Benmont Tench to Play Solo Shows This Fall

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benmont-tench-2016-solo-concertsBenmont Tench, the keyboard player and founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and their earlier incarnation, Mudcrutch, will do two rare solo performances this fall. The concerts will take place at the Iridium in New York City on November 8 and 9. (Tench performed at the same venue on November 10, 2016.)

Tench will likely be performing songs from his 2014 album You Should Be So Lucky and other material.

Tickets for both shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, September 15 at 12 Noon. It’s expected that members of Petty’s Highway Companions Club will have access to a limited allotment of tickets during a special presale beginning Thursday, September 24 at 12 Noon. (You can also try this TicketWeb link.)

You Should Be So Lucky was produced by the legendary Glyn Johns in Los Angeles and features Tench handling lead vocals, piano and organs, joined by a team of collaborators including a core band of Don Was, Ethan Johns, Blake Mills and Jeremy Stacey with contributions by Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Petty and Ringo Starr.

Watch the music video for “Why Don’t You Quit Leavin Me Alone” from his solo album…

Mudcrutch "crush it" at NYC's Webster Hall, June 10, 2016. L-R: Tench, Campbell and Petty. Photo: Greg Brodsky

Mudcrutch “crush it” at NYC’s Webster Hall, June 10, 2016. L-R: Tench, Campbell and Petty. Photo: Greg Brodsky

Mudcrutch released their second album on March 25, 2016, eight years after their self-titled debut, and did a quick 21-date major market U.S. tour from May 23 – June 30. The band dates to the early 1970s; its members are Petty, fellow Heartbreaker lead guitarist Mike Campbell, Tench, Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh.

The team concept of the band allows each member to write and sing lead on at least one song and, at their concert in New York City last spring, following Tench’s turn on his “Welcome to Hell” from the recent album, the enthusiastic crowd shouted “Ben-mont, Ben-mont” to which an approving Petty added: “I do that in the shower.”

Related: Mudcrutch “crush it” at NYC’s Webster Hall

Tench has played on recordings by Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, Green Day, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, John Prine, Waylon Jennings, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash and more.

Watch Petty introduce the Heartbreakers to an appreciate Chicago audience, followed by Tench’s beautiful piano introduction to “A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me)”…

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