Released over a decade ago, Easy Star All-Stars’ Dub Side Of The Moon took the band out of the studio, to stages all over the world. To commemorate the release, this month the band will kick off their Dub Side Anniversary Tour as Easy Star Records readies the release of a special anniversary edition of the classic album.
When Easy Star Records originally released Dub Side Of The Moon, they never expected that their complete Reggae rendition of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon would have such international acclaim. Dub Side Of The Moon managed to sit on the Billboard Reggae Charts for more than 7 years while receiving an outpouring of international mainstream press outlets.
The huge success of Dub Side of the Moon initiated a popular series of Reggae tribute albums by the band including 2006’s Radiodread, 2009’s Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band and 2012’s Easy Star’s Thrillah. The Easy Star All-Stars have also released an original EP and album, 2008’s Until That Day, and 2011’s First Light and a remix of Dub Side Of The Moon, 2010’s Dubber Side Of The Moon.
On July 22, 2014, the leading independent reggae label will release a special anniversary edition of this classic Dub Side of the Moon album with new artwork, an in-depth liner note booklet and two bonus tracks, including a new version of the song “Breathe” featuring additional vocals by Eric Rachmany of Rebelution, Metric Man, and Ruff Scott of the Easy Star All-Stars.
This spring the band hits the road for the Dub Side Of The Moon Anniversary Tour. The band will be performing the album live in its entirety as well as playing classic material from the band’s career, including original songs and tracks from the other tribute albums. Select shows will also include new animated visuals that were debuted at live shows in November 2013.
The tour features a number of great supportive pairings as well. Two acts from the Easy Star Records roster there will be performing, including five co-headlining shows with John Brown’s Body, a run that features a 4/20 weekend at the Brooklyn Bowl. Longtime Easy Star collaborator Cas Haley will bring his band Big Hope along to open all of the dates on the Southeastern section of the run. There will also be two shows with Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Du, and four shows with Rochester’s celebrated Thunder Body.
The tour will take the band around the east side of the nation, including 19 states and a stop in Canada. The Easy Star All-Stars will also make their first appearance during JazzFest in New Orleans with a show at Howlin’ Wolf along with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. Before flying to the UK, the group’s US tour ends in Orlando, Florida at the Reggae on the Block music festival. An event that also features some of the best new artists on the scene as well as living legends, including, Katchafire, Pato Banton and The Now Generation, Passafire, Natty Vibes, The Movement, Mike Pinto, Ojo de Buey and more.
Be sure to catch The Dub Side Of The Moon Anniversary Tour when it comes to a city near you! For more about The Easy Star All-Stars, their music and details about their tour dates, check out the information below.
Article By: Aaron Solomon