To help celebrate the August 21st release of the 20th anniversary edition of their seminal album Kiko, Los Lobos has alerted us to news of a North American tour with Neil Young & Crazy Horse, along with a series of live Kiko concerts, where the band will perform the album in its entirety. Kicking off in October in Ontario, Canada, the Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour continues through late November and includes a performance at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
“We are honored and proud to have been asked to join Neil Young & Crazy Horse on their latest tour” said saxophonist/keyboardist Steve Berlin. “Neil has always been one of our
heroes, and we are ecstatic to get to play and hang out with him for the next few months.”
Kiko Live is also being released on CD, DVD and a 2-disc Blu-ray/CD set from Shout! Factory on August 21st. Kiko Live captures their February 24, 2006, performance at the House Of Blues in San Diego, CA, where the band performed the critically acclaimed release in its entirety, during a string of shows devoted to the album. Never before released or broadcast, Kiko Live also contains interviews with the band and others involved in the making of the studio album.
The Kiko 20th Anniversary Edition is newly remastered, and features bonus material including demo versions of album tracks and live recordings, and new liner notes written
by Los Angeles journalist and longtime friend of the band, Luis Torres.
Released in 1992, Kiko was embraced by fans and hailed by critics as the band’s defining moment, the album that put Los Lobos back on the innovation track. The album, wrote All Music Guide, “demonstrated the breadth of their sonic ambitions.” Kiko was produced by Mitchell Froom, who received a Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year for his work on the album, and who had previously collaborated with the band on La Bamba. Dubbed one of the albums of the decade by The Wall Street Journal, “the album of the year” by the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, and one of “The Essential Recordings of the ‘90s” by Rolling Stone, Los Lobos also took home an MTV Music Video Award for Breakthrough Video for “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” in 1993.
Starting in November 2012 and continuing through 2013, Los Lobos will celebrate 40 years together, an amazing achievement in a world where bands come and go in the blink of an eye. A rare example of longevity in a volatile music world that stresses style over substance, Los Lobos’ lineup has remained uninterrupted since 1984, when Berlin joined original members Louie Pérez, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, and Conrad Lozano, each of whom had been there since the beginning in 1973.
Los Lobos is a band that continually reboots itself and expands its scope with each passing year, while never losing sight of where they came from. “There’s this thing that still happens, this musical thing,” said Pérez recently. “But if you took everything away, even the music, you’d still end up with four guys who were friends and hung out and grew up in
the same neighborhood. And you can’t take that friendship away from us.”
LOS LOBOS 2012 Tour Itinerary-
* Dates with Neil Young & Crazy Horse
** Kiko performances
3 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino-The Pavilion
9 Kitchener, ON Kitchner BluesFestival
11 Beaverton, OR THPRD’s Summer Celebration
12 Port Townsend, WA McCurdy Pavilion
18 Davenport, IA River Roots Live Festival
25 Nederland, CO NedFest
26 Telluride, CO The Ride Festival
30 Santa Barbara New Noise Santa Barbara Festival
8 Santa Fe, NM Buffalo Thunder Resort Casino
14 Winterhaven, CA Quechan Casino Resort
22 Hollister, CA Pepper Tree Ranch
23 Santa Maria, CA Cruzin’ For Life
** 27 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
** 28 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
**30 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
1 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
*3 Windsor, ON WFCU Centre
* 5 Kingston, ON K-Rock Centre
*6 London, ON The John Labatt Centre
*8 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center / Cleveland St. Univ.
*9 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
*11 Chicago, IL United Center
*14 Tulsa, OK Tulsa Convention Center Arena
*17 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
9 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
*10 Seattle, WA KeyArena At Seattle Center
*11 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
*13 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
*14 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
*16 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
*19 – 20 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre