In celebration of the August 21st release of the 20th anniversary edition of their influential album Kiko, Los Lobos have announced a North American tour with Neil Young & Crazy Horse, as well as a series of live Kiko concerts, where the band will perform the album in its entirety.
“We are honored and proud to have been asked to join Neil Young & Crazy Horse on their latest tour” said saxophonist and 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.”
The album Kiko Live is being released on various formats, including 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, California, 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. 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. Los Lobos 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 enormous achievement in a world where bands rise and fall in the blink of an eye. Los Lobos’ lineup has remained uninterrupted since 1984, when Steve Berlin joined original members Louie Pérez, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, and Conrad Lozano, each of whom had been there since the beginning in 1973.
“There’s this thing that still happens, this musical thing,” says Pérez. “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 Tour Dates
* Dates with Neil Young & Crazy Horse
** Kiko performances
August 3 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino-The Pavilion
August 9 Kitchener, ON Kitchner Blues Festival
August 11 Beaverton, OR THPRD’s Summer Celebration
August 12 Port Townsend, WA McCurdy Pavilion
August 18 Davenport, IA River Roots Live Festival
August 25 Nederland, CO NedFest
August 26 Telluride, CO The Ride Festival
August 30 Santa Barbara New Noise Santa Barbara Festival
September 8 Santa Fe, NM Buffalo Thunder Resort Casino
September 14 Winterhaven, CA Quechan Casino Resort
September 22 Hollister, CA Pepper Tree Ranch
September 23 Santa Maria, CA Cruzin’ For Life
**Sept. 27 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
**Sept. 28 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
**Sept.30 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
**Oct. 1 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
*Oct. 3 Windsor, ON WFCU Centre
*Oct. 5 Kingston, ON K-Rock Centre
*Oct. 6 London, ON The John Labatt Centre
*Oct. 8 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center / Cleveland St. Univ.
*Oct. 9 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
*Oct. 11 Chicago, IL United Center
*Oct. 14 Tulsa, OK Tulsa Convention Center Arena
*Oct. 17 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
*Nov. 9 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
*Nov. 10 Seattle, WA KeyArena At Seattle Center
*Nov. 11 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
*Nov. 13 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
*Nov. 14 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
*Nov. 16 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
*Nov. 19 – 20 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
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