Grand Funk Railroad have announced a US tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1973 album We’re an American Band and its hit title track.
The veteran rockers will kick things off with an appearance at the Clewiston Sugar Festival on Saturday (March 18th) in Clewiston, Florida. From there, they’ll play an April 1st show in Akron, Ohio, followed by select dates throughout April, May, June, and July. The tour’s final headlining show is set for July 7th in St. Louis, with Grand Funk Railroad then supporting Kid Rock for a two-night stand in their hometown of Detroit on July 14th and 15th.
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“We’re an American Band” remains an FM staple decades after it shot to No. 1 on the Billboard charts back in 1973 and stands as Grand Funk’s most well-known hit. Founding drummer Don Brewer is credited with writing the song and singing lead vocals, and he fondly recalled its origins in a press release for the upcoming tour.
“’We’re an American Band’ came to me when we were flying from town to town on our ‘Phoenix Tour’ in 1972,” Brewer said. “We were being sued by our former manager Terry Knight and he was trying to stop us from performing. The line — ‘We’re comin’ to your town, we’ll help you party it down’ — came to me first and I wrote the song around that line. Taking snippets of things going on during the tour at that time, like staying up all night with Freddy King playing poker, four young chiquitas in Omaha, sweet sweet Connie in Little Rock, and finally the declaration, ‘We’re an American Band,’ because it sounds great and sings well. I feel lucky and blessed every time we play it live.”
You can see the full list of dates for Grand Funk Railroad’s We’re an American Band 50th anniversary tour below. Get tickets here.
Grand Funk Railroad’s 2023 US Tour Dates:
03/18 – Clewiston, FL @ Clewiston Sugar Festival – Civic Park
04/01 – Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater
04/13 – Deadwood, SD @ Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
04/23 – Oxford, AL @ Oxford Performing Arts Center
04/29 – Marietta, OH @ Peoples Bank Theatre
05/06 – Highland, CA @ Yaamava’ Theater
05/13 – Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theatre
05/19 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
06/02 – Peachtree City, GA @ Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
06/09 – Lincoln, RI @ Twin River Casino
06/24 – Selbyville, DE @ Freeman Arts Pavilion
07/07 – St. Louis, MO @ River City Casino & Hotel
07/14 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena *
07/15 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena *
* = supporting Kid Rock