Yardbirds Announce October Tour Dates

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yardbirds-logoIt’s been decades, of course, since Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page spent their apprenticeships working in the Yardbirds—and since the untimely passing of original lead vocalist Keith Relf—but the Yardbirds have been an ongoing entity since founding members Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar) and Jim McCarty (drums) assembled a new version of the band to perform in 1992, some 24 years after its initial split.

The current lineup of the Yardbirds—who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992—has now announced its October U.S. tour dates, many of which are in the Northeast. (See dates below.)

Watch the 1965 Yardbirds—with Jeff Beck on guitar—performing “For Your Love” live

Related: Our interview with “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul” songwriter Graham Gouldman

The latter-day version of the Yardbirds has gone through numerous lineup changes over the years. Dreja departed in 2013 due to medical reasons, which left McCarty as the sole original member of the band. While the Yardbirds were once an all-British outfit, the current lineup is four-fifths American with McCarty the Englishman in the band. In addition to McCarty (vocals, drums), the Yardbirds today comprise John Idan on guitar and lead vocals, Johnny A on lead guitar (Peter Wolf, Bobby Whitlock), bassist Kenny Aaronson ( Bob Dylan, Billy Idol), and Myke Scavone on vocals, blues harp and percussion.

Related: Digging in to the Yardbirds’ history

October 2016 Tour Dates (Click here for tickets)
October 6 – Bethlehem, PA – Musicfest Café
October 7 – Lakewood, NJ – Strand Theatre
October 8 – Dearborn, MI – Ford Community PAC
October 9 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino
October 11 – New York, NY – BB King’s
October 13 – Beverly, MA – Cabot Theatre
October 14 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
October 15 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center
October 28 – Honolulu, HI – Blue Note
October 29 – Honolulu, HI – Blue Note
October 30 – Honolulu, HI – Blue Note

Watch the current Yardbirds lineup perform “Over, Under, Sideways Down”

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