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Amazing Things Arts Center



October 8, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


The album, Imaginary Friends Live by Reeves Gabrels, captures the improvisatory spark and emotional energy of the guitarist and songwriter’s live shows with his rock trio

Reeves Gabrels, guitarist for The Cure and a longtime collaborator of the late David Bowie, is releasing his sixth solo album on October 1st and celebrating with 14 shows on tour from Nashville to Boston and back with his power trio Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends.

Coming to the Boston area is a true “homecoming” for Reeves as he moved there in 1978 to start at Berklee College of Music and Boston was his based for nearly two decades. The show at Amazing Things Arts Center is thus a real treat as he has not played in Massachusetts with a band of his own for nearly a decade.

The Cure has a lot of  concertgoers who cross generations: parents bringing young adults, young adults bringing parents — and that aspect has transferred over to listening to Reeves. And Reeves encourages it by being interested in talking to young people after his shows at small venues.

A stellar musician, Gabrels likes nonetheless to keep his feet on the ground by playing small venues for home-town audiences when he has time. He sings as well as plays other-worldly guitar with his Imaginary Friends who on the current tour and album include Kevin Hornback on bass and Marc Pisapia on drums and harmony vocals. Performances include smartly-crafted original songs, covers that surprise as well as delight, and fearless improvisation.

Catch Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends live while you can – and experience music that combines the visceral energy of rock, the harmonic sophistication of jazz, and the emotional honesty of blues.

The new album by Reeves Gabrels, titled Imaginary Friends Live, will be released on Oct 1st for the tour kickoff that night in Nashville at The Family Wash/Garage Coffee – where the live recording was made, in December 2015. The initial release will be available for download only, exclusively on Bandcamp.

Tour sets in October by Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends, like the new album, draw not only on new and recent original work – such as the biting “Drown You Out” and the spooky “House of Usher” which channels Edgar Allen Poe – but also on Reeves’ back catalog including co-writes with famous friends, for example “Bus Stop” is a Tin Machine song by David Bowie & Reeves Gabrels, and “Yesterday’s Gone” is by Reeves Gabrels & Robert Smith of The Cure. There are also selected blues, story-songs and R&B covers interpreted in unusual ways. As one audience member said after a recent show, “Reeves really takes you on a journey.”

Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends are a Nashville-based power trio formed in 2007 and fronted by “one of the most daring rock-guitar improvisers since Jimi Hendrix” (Ted Drozdowski for Each song is its own adventure when Reeves and friends perform. One Gabrels lyric says it all: “Let me bend your ear, and your mind a little too.”

Reeves Gabrels, a world-class American musician, is an innovative guitarist who also sings, writes songs and composes soundscapes. He joined The Cure, a distinctive and successful post-punk rock band, in 2012 and is known as well for his partnership with David Bowie from 1987 through 1999. A co-founder of the rock band Tin Machine with David Bowie, Tony Sales and Hunt Sales, Gabrels went on to work closely with Bowie as guitarist and a co-writer for Outside (1995) and as guitarist, co-writer and co-producer for Earthling (1997) and Hours (1999). Gabrels was Bowie’s guitarist and music director across a dozen years of touring, including for a Bowie tour with Nine Inch Nails, and for Bowie’s 50th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden.

The 2017 release Imaginary Friends Live is Gabrels’ sixth album as featured guitarist and vocalist supported by superb musical colleagues. He also made two improvisatory guitar-duo albums, one with Bill Nelson of Be-Bop Deluxe fame and the other with David Tronzo who currently teaches at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Gabrels also composes film, television and video-game soundtracks. A sought-after collaborator, he has written, performed and recorded with musicians in genres from heavy metal to hip-hop to electronica to jazz.

$25 general seating.
$13/students 21 and under

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