Guitar Legend Carl Verheyen and Band Set West Coast U.S. Tour for September

Carl Verheyen, recognized as "One of the Top 10 Guitar Players in the World" by Guitar Magazine and "One of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time" by Classic Rock magazine, today announced that he will bring his three-member Carl Verheyen Band on a September tour of the West Coast, stretching from Seattle to Southern California. This comes immediately after the band's European festival tour and right before Verheyen rejoins Supertramp as lead guitarist for 30 arena shows, also in Europe.

The Carl Verheyen Band's tour will be a rare chance for West Coast audiences to experience a powerful mix of blues, rock, jazz and even country from three world-class musicians in comparatively intimate venues. The Grammy-nominated Verheyen is joined by renowned bassist Dave Marotta, who has also performed with Phil Collins, Neil Diamond, Bruce Hornsby, Gino Vanelli, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, and countless others. Marotta has also played bass on dozens of widely known movies and TV shows, ranging from American Idol to CSI. Ace drummer John Mader has performed or recorded with Booker T. Jones, Steve Miller, Pat Benatar, Patti Austin, Albert King, Randy Newman, and Bonnie Raitt. He has also played drums for several Tony Award-winning musicals, including Disney's The Lion King, Rent, "Mamma Mia," and the world premiere of Wicked.

Verheyen's 40+ years of solo, band, and studio guitar work have progressed to where hardly a day goes by during which anyone with access to music, movies, or television doesn't hear him. As a first-call studio guitarist, Verheyen is the guitar behind some of the most popular TV shows (Seinfeld, Frazier, Cheers, Happy Days, LA Law, Married with Children, among others) and movies (Star Trek, The Usual Suspects, Ratatouille, The Negotiator, and hundreds more) of all time. In addition to his duties as Supertramp's lead guitarist, he has performed and recorded with a who's-who of music giants, ranging from the great BB King, to Joe Bonamassa, Cher, Brad Paisley, Christina Aguilera, The Bee Gees, and hundreds of others.

Verheyen provided one-on-one guitar lessons for John Fogerty and was a featured soloist at the Academy Awards, playing live to a TV audience of more than 67 million. He frequently performs in arenas closer to 20,000 in capacity, such as this autumn when Supertramp will play European cities such as London, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, Lisbon, and dozens more. He has released more than 12 of his own CDs, mixing band music with solo efforts such as his just-issued "Alone," a solo acoustic improvisational release.

"My own band and I couldn't be more excited to be touring the West Coast, as this is the first time in more than two years that the three of us had a chance to really connect with audiences on our home turf," said Verheyen. "Dave, John and I love playing more intimate venues and we look forward to bringing our music and energy to both longstanding and new fans up and down the coast."


September 8: Agoura Hills, CA: Bogies - 7:30 PM

September 10: Seattle, WA: Highway 99 - 8:00 PM

September 11: Seattle, WA: Highway 99 - 8:00 PM

September 12: Eugene, OR: WOW Hall - 8:00 PM

September 15: Sacramento, CA: Harlow's - 7:00 PM

September 16: Oakland, CA: Yoshi's - 8:00 PM

September 17: Monterey, CA: Planet Music - 8:00 PM

September 18: Bakersfield, CA: Temblor Brewery - 8:00 PM

September 19: Los Angeles, CA: Baked Potato - 9:00 PM

Image courtesy of Carl Verheyen Official Web Site