This January, I hit the icy roads with The Gene Clark No Other Tour.
Beach House brought together an all-star band to perform Gene Clark’s under-appreciated 1974 album No Other from beginning to end, exactly as it is on the recording, for a week-long tour. The band included members of Fairport Convention, the Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Wye Oak, Celebration and more — and I was deeply honored to contribute my piano playing to this musical force of nature and to share the stage with so many artists I admire.
The positive energy throughout the tour was incredible. To have so many talented people join in a common cause and share such a high level of excitement and passion for the project was an indescribable experience. I can only hope that the magnitude of emotions we felt came across on stage as we performed for nearly 5,000 people in Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC and NYC.
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen)
Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention / Plainsong)
Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear)
Sean Antanaitis (Celebration) – Organ/Synths/Guitar
Geoff Graham (Lower Dens, 13 Falls) – Acoustic Two
Mike Lowery (Lake Trout and more) – Drums
Dominic Matar (Carloman, House of Resonance) – Piano
Alex Scally (Beach House) – Bass
Steve Strohmeier (Chris Cohen, Cass McCombs, Beach House) – Lead Guitar
Walker Teret (Lower Dens, Cass McCombs, Celebration) – Acoustic Lead
Tony Drummond (Celebration)
Victoria Legrand (Beach House)
Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak)
I think Gene Clark would have been happy and proud to see his album come to life again. Thanks for an amazing week to everyone in this band.
(Top / Feature photo by P Squared Photography)