Love Reforming For First Shows Without Arthur Lee

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According to the California 66 Revue site:

Three of the premiere bands of the Los Angeles psychedelic era of the late ’60s will join forces August 4–18 for the California ’66 Revue tour. The Electric Prunes, Love and Sky “Sunlight” Saxon of the Seeds will bring the spirit of Sunset Strip in the late ’60s up the East Coast and into Canada and the Midwest.

“This is an idea that James Lowe and Mark Tulin of the Electric Prunes had — to gather three influential ’60s bands from the Los Angeles area together to create the excitement that was the L.A. music scene in 1966,” says tour promoter Patrick Hand. “When L.A. veterans Sky Saxon and Love signed on, California ’66 was on the road. I’ve come to think that 1966 was really the year that rock music peaked, before the excesses of stadium venues and art rock, and these musicians were a big part of that.”

The current incarnation of Love is led by original guitarist Johnny Echols, lead guitarist in the classic 1966–68 lineup, and will be backed by Baby Lemonade, the latter-day psychedelic L.A. band that accompanied Love founding member Arthur Lee from 1993 until his 2005 death.

Tour dates are as follows:

August 4th 2009      Philadelphia, PA      Johnny Brenda's     
August 5th 2009     Hoboken, NJ          Maxwell's    
August 6th 2009     Fairfield, CT          Quick Center for the Arts,
                                                         WPKN-FM benefit concert    
August 7th 2009     Cambridge, MA        Middle East    
August 8th 2009     Montreal, QC         Theatre Plaza –
                                                         Teenbeat Takeover Wooly Weekend,
August 9th 2009       New York, NY         BB King's    
August 10th 2009     Foxboro, MA         Patriot Place    
August 12th 2009     Chicago, IL           Double Door    
August 13th 2009     Milwaukee, WI     Shank Hall    
August 14th 2009     Toronto, ON         Lee's Palace    
August 15th 2009     Ferndale, MI        The Magic Bag    
August 16th 2009     Cleveland, OH     Beachland Ballroom    
August 17th 2009     Pittsburgh, PA      Hard Rock Cafe    
August 18th 2009     Alexandria, VA     The Birchmere    

Hat tip: The Daily Swarm.

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