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9th April 2018

supersonic blues machine

Supersonic Blues Machine & Friends with very special guest Billy F Gibbons will be coming to the UK for their debut headline show at Londons prestigious O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 4th July.

Tickets are on sale right here.

Following the release of two acclaimed albums, 'West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco' (2016), 'Californisoul' (2017) and a triumphant performance on the mainstage at Ramblin' Man Fair last summer, the band are embarking on their first ever European tour and it will be one not to be missed.

Fabrizio tells us:

"I am really excited about this tour. Since by mission, we're more of a music community than a regular band, it hasn't been easy to get all these friends in the same place and at the same time, but finally, thanks to the overwhelming fans support and demand, we were able to start off the Machine and finally get it on the road for more than just one off Festival appearance at the time.

"We have assembled a ridiculously great cast of buddies that is ready to lay it down as it should and you will experience it first hand at Shepherds Bush Empire. Why starting off in London? Well it's SBM way to thank the amazingly supportive UK fans that have been requesting us since our first release. I personally love the Big Smoke and what it represents culturally and musically, for me, my family and band mates.

"Blues might have been born in Mississippi, but it's only with the UK help that was made popular and loved by never shrinking crowds around the globe. And I love the openness of the UK fans."

Billy F. Gibbons features on both albums will be joining the band for the whole tour. The core of the band is bassist/producer Fabrizio Grossi who has worked with everyone from Steve Vai, Alice Cooper and Glenn Hughes to Dave Navarro, George Clinton, Slash and Paul Stanley to name a few and drummer Kenny Aronoff.

Kenny has contributed to more than 60 Grammy® nominated recordings and over 300 million records sold worldwide feature his talents and is known for his work with John Fogerty, Sir Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins and Chickenfoot amongst others.

For this tour they welcome rising star Kris Barras on all dates with former guitarist Lance Lopez concentrating on his recent solo release and touring in support of it. Kris has exploded to the front of the British Blues Rock pack with his new album, 'The Divine And Dirty', released last month and will be joining the line-up following his own April-May UK tour with Beth Hart.

Together with its guests and Kris Barras, the band is also bringing along keyboard wiz Alex Alessandroni Jr (Stevie Wonder, Pink, Paul Stanley, Whitney Houston and many more), the backing vocals Supersonnets (credits spanning from Mary J Blige, Christina Aguilera, Jon Anderson, Shakira) and Fabrizio's co-writer partner for the majority of SBM catalogue Serge Simic on second guitar and vocals. For the London show they will also be joined by blues-rocker Davy Knowles who counts Bernie Marsden and Joe Satriani amongst his admirers, the latter declaring that he is his "favourite modern bluesman".

Latest album 'Californisoul' was released on Provogue/Mascot Label Group late 2017 and features guests Billy F Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Eric Gales, Robben Ford and Walter Trout. Fabrizio says about the albmum:

"CALIFORNISOUL! That's exactly what it is. It's the missing soundtrack to a summertime drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1971!"

They started touring life with a huge bang, playing to thousands of fans in Norway for their debut show and spent much of 2017 sharing the extravaganza with audiences from Texas, Holland, India, Russia, UK and now it's time to bring the show for its first major headline tour.

Full European Dates:
4th July: Shepherds Bush Empire, London
6th July: Sierre Blues Festival, Switzerland
7th July: Suwalkim Poland
15th July: Pistoria Blues Festival, Italy
18th July: Narcao Blues Festival, Italy
20th July: Blues in Villa, Italy

Tickets are on sale right here.

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