Guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela are thrilled to announce plans for a major American tour. The headline dates begin May 4 at Austin, Texas’ ACL Live at the Moody Theater and then continues into early June, including a stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Saturday, June 1. In addition, the renowned Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo will make a series of top-billed festival appearances, among them Cleveland, Ohio’s LaureLive (June 9). The new tour dates follow a previously announced European tour, set to visit Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, England, and France through April. For complete details and ticket information, please visit rodgab.com/tour-dates.
Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. at FoxTheatre.org, the Fox Theatre Ticket Office, and 855-285-8499. Ticket prices start at $34.25, plus applicable fees. Single-event access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus will be available for purchase on top of your show ticket. Marquee Club passes are $55 per person and include an enhanced pre-show through post-show experience with complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages.
The upcoming world tour celebrates Rodrigo y Gabriela’s hugely anticipated fifth studio album, METTAVOLUTION, due to arrive via ATO Records on Friday, April 26; pre-orders are available now HERE, with the first 500 pre-orders receiving an exclusively autographed postcard from Rod and Gab themselves.
Their first album in five years, METTAVOLUTION marks the most ambitious music of Rodrigo y Gabriela’s remarkable two-decade career. Three years in the making, the LP embraces the duo’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species, all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, the music of METTAVOLUTION was road-tested around the world on tour in 2017 and 2018 before being recorded late last year in Los Angeles with multiple GRAMMY winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, A Perfect Circle and Band of Horses) behind the board.
METTAVOLUTION gathers six white-hot new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions – much of which acknowledge the duo’s thrash-metal roots back in Mexico City – as well as an inspired, side-long cover of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes,” audaciously reimagined for two acoustic guitars. “Echoes” – originally found on 1971’s MEDDLE – is streaming now HERE.
“We are big Pink Floyd fans,” say Rodrigo y Gabriela. “That track, specially the LIVE IN POMPEII version means a lot to us – we even made a huge visual reference in our video for ‘Hanuman.’ Besides that, the lyrics are even more relevant now than they were 45 years ago. The search for knowledge about ourselves, it’s becoming a key element for survival these days. That’s what evolution is all about at the end of the day.”
“The centerpiece of Pink Floyd’s Meddle album, “Echoes,” is a sprawling 23-minute odyssey of psychedelic imagery, contemplative sound effects and rushing melodies.”