Early-'70s hit-maker Gilbert O'Sullivan is heading Stateside next month for a pair of shows marking his first U.S. gigs in over 43 years. O'Sullivan is best remembered for his string of five Top 40 hits, including 1973's Top Seven favorite “Get Down,” the previous year's Top Two smash, “Claire,” and his six-week 1972 chart-topping classic — “Alone Again” (Naturally).” The U.S. dates for this summer will play on July 9th at Manhattan's City Winery; and July 10th at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live.
O'Sullivan received raves for his recent album, the 2018 self-titled release, which was produced by Ethan Johns — son of the legendary Who and Eric Clapton producer Glyn Johns.
Although his music has never strayed far from the airwaves, Gilbert O'Sullivan shed light on why he's never been a fixture on the North American touring circuit: “The decision had to be made for my first tour of America, which would be '73, '74. And the decision was this; Gilbert had toured Europe, doing concerts on his own, filling up theaters. In America, my manager had to make the decision, do I go on as support for the Moody Blues, or does he send me out into big arenas? And it was a fateful, wrong decision. You can have a million-seller, three-million seller in America — but it doesn't necessarily put buns on seats. And so, the tour got pulled. After we did Carnegie Hall, which was great — 'never even made it to the West Coast. So that was it. Nothing happened.”
Since returning to the road about 15 years ago, Gilbert O'Sullivan has been wowing crowds with his career-spanning, full band shows. He told us that he felt the time was right to bring the essence of what he does best to the U.S. fans this time out: “We decided — myself and my guitar player — to go out and do an up close and personal (show) — just the two of us. A two-hour show. So, that's what's led us to be able to come back (laughs) after all that time to appear in New York and Philadelphia.”
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