Woodstock vets to play Lucerna
Ten Years After returns to Prague after nine years
Posted: October 3, 2013
The current lineup of Ten Years After, from a concert in Germany in 2012.
One of the bands to make its name at Woodstock, Ten Years After is still touring with three of its original members - Leo Lyons, Ric Lee, and Chick Churchill - along with guitarist Joe Gooch. The original guitarist, Alvin Lee, left in 1975 for a solo career and passed away in March 2013. The current tour dates, including a Prague show Oct. 7, are dedicated to his memory.
The band was dormant for a while but due to demand and a reissued back catalog got back together in 2001 in its current configuration and has been active ever since, but has been absent from Prague since 2004.
That's a shame because they put on a good show of classic rock topped by their big hits like "I'd Love to Change the World" from their classic album A Space in Time and "I'm Going Home," which launched them to fame at Woodstock and was on the live album Undead.
The songs were staples on the radio, and the albums with their psychedelic covers were mandatory decorations in college dorm rooms throughout the 1970s.
When: Oct. 7 at 8
Where: Lucerna Music Bar
Tickets: 500 Kč
In addition to raft of late 1960s and early '70s hits, the band also plays material from two relatively recent studio albums, 2004's Now and 2008's Evolution. Gooch, who is in his 30s, brings an energetic stage presence to the rest of the band, who are all just a gray hair away from 70 years old. He carries the heavy lifting on the guitar solos quite easily, and the rest of the band clearly enjoy the positive feedback from the audiences.
At the previous Prague shows the original members were quite willing to chat with the audience and sign any posters, old vinyl records or CDs. Bassist Leo Lyons also wasn't shy about telling a few stories.
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