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Allan Holdsworth cancels tour
Will Allan Holdsworth be back? That's the question many of his fans are asking after Holdsworth canceled his European tour back in November, as well as all dates for May 2014.
The first indication that Holdsworth was pulling back from time on the road came from his booking manager back in the fall. MoonJune Records and Management released a statement that began, "Dear friends and fans of Allan in the UK, Holland, Germany, Belgium and France. We regret to say that we have to cancel the upcoming European tour in November and to postpone our European plans for May 2014." The statement later continued, "We apologize to all fans for the inconvenience. Allan will take a well deserved break and focus strictly on personal matters. MoonJune Records & Management will issue another statement about upcoming plans related to Allan's career later."
Though no reason was given for Holdsworth canceling his tour, several websites and venues cited "illness" as a key factor. At least one (the Borderline London) expected Holdworth's gig to be rescheduled at some point this year, along with a band that should have included bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Virgil Donati at dates in Chesterfield, Manchester, High Wycombe, and London, among other locations.
Refunds for Holdsworth's tour are available at point of purchase. The guitarist, who has been laying low since the cancellations were announced, also recently backed out of a planned tour in Mexico.
Allan Holdsworth Frets Over Decades-Long Career (Created April 24, 2013)
Widely considered to be one of the most talented instrumentalists in all of jazz fusion, Allan Holdsworth has released more than a dozen studio albums as a solo artist and has played on through a music career that has lasted some four decades and counting.
It speaks to Holdsworth's talent, obviously, that he learned to play piano before he ever picked up a guitar. But once he did, it certainly came naturally. Before long, he had also mastered the violin, responded to the tutelage of renowned saxophonist Ray Warleigh and appeared on the self-titled debut album of progressive rockers Tempest in 1973. That, as it turned out, was just the beginning of Holdworth's ping-pong between projects, including a brief union with U.S. drummer Tony Williams and appearances with progressive rockers Gong on several albums in the late 70's.
It was also in 1976 when Holdsworth decided to tackle his very first solo project, but through the years has been noted not simply for his music, but for his mathematical knowledge of a fretboard and a wide array of complex cord progressions. Among his many accomplishments, he was one of the first musicians to use a Synthaxe (a cross between a synthesizer, guitar and saxophone), and in the 90's created his own signature guitar model with the Carvin company.
Holdsworth's "The Sixteen Men of Tain" (2000) was his first release to feature an all-acoustic rhythm section. This was followed by his first live release, and he eventually released a career retrospective in 2005.
Allan Holdsworth Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|Against the Clock: The Best of Allan Holdsworth||2005|
|All Night Wrong||2003|
|Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie||2001|
|The Sixteen Men of Tain||2000|
|1997-06-06: Frankfurt Jazz Festival, Frankfurt, Germany||1997|
|None Too Soon||1996|
|Hard Hat Area||1994|
|Best Works Collection||1992|
|With a Heart in My Song||1988|
|I. O. U.||1982|
Top 10 Allan Holdsworth Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|3||Devil Take the Hindmost||1,846||925|
|7||The Sixteen Men of Tain||1,020||515|
|8||In the Mystery||893||494|
|10||54 Duncan Terrace||886||470|
Past Tour Dates for Allan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 01/25/2015 Hermosa Beach CA Saint Rocke 01/22/2015 Agoura Hills CA Canyon Club
Allan Holdsworth Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 09/25/2014 Chicago IL Reggies Rock Club 09/24/2014 Chicago IL Reggies Rock Club 09/04/2014 Oakland CA Yoshi'S San Francisco 09/03/2014 San Francisco CA The Addition 09/02/2014 San Francisco CA The Addition 08/31/2014 Fresno CA The Painted Table 08/30/2014 Sacramento CA Harlows Night Club 08/17/2014 San Juan Capistrano CA The Coach House Concert Hall 08/16/2014 Ramona CA Ramona Mainstage 08/14/2014 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room
Allan Holdsworth Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 11/08/2013 High Wycombe Bkm ARTS4EVERY1 CENTRE 11/07/2013 London London The Borderline 04/12/2013 New York NY Madison Square Garden
Allan Holdsworth Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 10/25/2012 Paris New Morning 10/22/2012 Verviers Wlg Spirit of 66 10/21/2012 Munster North Rhine-westphal Hot Jazz Club 10/20/2012 Enschede Overijssel Atak 10/14/2012 Malmo Skane Kulturbolaget 10/09/2012 Oslo 03 Victoria-Nasjonal Jazzscene 04/22/2012 San Juan Capistrano CA The Coach House Concert Hall 03/31/2012 Detroit MI Jazz Cafe at Music Hall 03/31/2012 Detroit MI Jazz Cafe at Music Hall 03/28/2012 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall
Allan Holdsworth Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 01/27/2010 Morristown NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center