America and the pursuit of happiness

In a week that saw American supergroup The Eagles fly back into the charts after 30 years, it was fortuitous that another US band was pounding down memory lane, this time in Ipswich.

In a week that saw American supergroup The Eagles fly back into the charts after 30 years, it was fortuitous that another US band was pounding down memory lane, this time in Ipswich.

The throngs were missing from The Regent - just 400 were in attendance in an enthusiastic audience - but they were treated to a musical masterclass from the folk-rock heroes of America.

After almost 40 years at the top, two of original threesome, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, are still belting out the hits - as well as new songs from the excellent Here and Now album.

The fans turned up to hear the classic America tunes - Ventura Highway and Horse With No Name to name but two - but they went away happy with the excellent new tracks in their musical memories as well.


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Dewey, Gerry and former band member Dan Peek were the sons of American airmen based in the UK and formed America based on their shared love of acoustic guitar-based folk rock.

Gerry revealed his father was based at Mildenhall at the time - a pleasant Suffolk link to one of the great musical success stories of the 20th century.

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The “free wind was blowing through our (slightly thinner!) hair” when Ventura Highway was played and other early crackers in a 90-minute set were You Can Do Magic and Don't Cross the River.

America played the tracks which accompanied the movie The Last Unicorn and the title track went down well.

From Here and Now two tracks, Chase the Rainbow and Ride On, proved popular as did Head and Heart, written by John Martin.

Hallmark of an excellent event was the quality of the musicianship - and the haunting voices that took us back through the years. Gerry, in particular, has retained his voice and sounds, as he has often sounded like a carbon-copy of Neil Young.

As the show came to a climax, California Dreaming and the rockier Sandman brought the crowd to its feet before the encore and Horse With No Name, made in 1972.

Not one song proved disappointing and the band later met the audience for T-shirt and album signing.

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