“Musicians never die. They just decompose.” And with that everlasting sentiment, British guitar legend and Mahavishnu Orchestra mastermind, John McLaughlin, embarked on his farewell US tour with his backing band the 4th Dimension. McLaughlin isn’t retiring from music altogether as he just released a new album, Live at Ronnie Scott’s. However, “simple aging has made it time to put the suitcases away,” admits the 75-year-old, jazz-rock icon.
The Meeting of the Spirits US tour began on Nov. 1st in Buffalo and will conclude on Dec. 9th in Los Angeles. Label-mate, Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip will open for McLaughlin on tour and also join him for encore sets of Mahavishnu Orchestra material.
On Nov. 30, The Meeting of the Spirits Tour visited Austin’s legendary Paramount Theatre where McLaughlin showcased the brand new, custom-built guitar of his dreams…a double neck 6 and 12 string masterpiece built by Paul Reed Smith. The handmade guitar will be auctioned at the conclusion of the tour in order to raise money for the non-profit Music Therapy Center in Ramallah.
According to McLaughlin, “Children are the future of our world, and those born in Palestine suffer for no reason other than to have been born there. The funds from the sale of my guitar will help alleviate this suffering. Speaking as an ‘old hippy’, If I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem.”
For additional information and remaining tour dates visit http://www.johnmclaughlin.com/.
John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring at the Paramount Theatre