America to be at Avalon


Three young men (two military brats, one British born) were living in London, England, started a band with borrowed acoustic guitars, and were singing three-part harmony.

How ironic that after their first gigs and an album recorded in London, the trio had dubbed themselves America, honoring the name of their homeland.

America, now a duo that in 2011 celebrated the 40th anniversary of its debut self-titled album, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and former band mate Dan Peek, who died in 2011, “met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song ‘A Horse With No Name.’ America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first No. 1 single,” according to the official America Facebook page.

An iTunes preview of America’s numerous Top 40 hits from the ‘70s and early ‘80s — “You Can Do Magic,” “Ventura Highway,” “Daisy Jane,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “Lonely People,” “I Need You,” “Sandman,” “Right Before Your Eyes,” and “Tin Man” — validate the band’s massive early success as well as the accolades bestowed: the trio won a Grammy award for Best New Artist in 1972.

“In the midst of its 40th-year anniversary of music making, America continues to evolve while remaining a perennial mainstay on the domestic and international concert circuit and a cornerstone of ‘70s Top 40 and FM rock radio,” the Facebook bio said.

“In addition to their classics, America is revisiting their roots as writers and artists. The 40th Anniversary show features songs reflecting some of their song-writing inspirations as well as showcasing their first album ‘America’ with a very special acoustic set featuring standards such as ‘I Need You’ and ‘Three Roses,’ as well as some never-before-performed deep cuts,” the bio said.

Tickets cost $49 and $59 for the Avalon show. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at, Back Porch Music, City Market stores in Fruita, Clifton, Hotchkiss, Delta, Montrose, New Castle, Rifle and Glenwood Springs, or by phone at 243-8497.


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