Long recognized as one of rock's truly legendary bands, Love makes a welcome return to the Princess Pavilion on Monday 11 July...|
Led by the charismatic singer/guitarist Arthur Lee, this Los Angeles-based group was among the most influential and experimental of its era. Love's creative impact on other artists from the mid-1960’s right to this very day far outweighs the commercial success achieved during their brief but highly productive heyday. This is one group that truly made a difference.
Never more popular, Lee has become a popular icon with the music press and regularly receives accolades from many contemporary musicians that cite him as an influence including members of Primal Scream, Happy Monday’s, Ian Brown and The Coral.
Consequently there has been a great resurgence of interest in his back catalogue and the Rhino/Elektra re-releases of his first four albums: Love, Forever Changes, Da Capo and Four Sail have all charted. Indeed, Forever Changes alone has sold in excess of 40,000 copies in the UK since its re-release.
Lee and his bandmates captured the look, sound, and attitude of a society in change. Love was the first multiracial rock band of the psychedelic era, and their music was appropriately diverse, delving into acoustic folk, electric blues-rock, symphonic pop, and jazz-tinged balladry, among other realms. As Lee commented recently: "Variety is the spice of life, and God gave me a talent to be able to use any kind of music I choose. I don't like to be categorized." 2005 also sees the return of original Love guitarist Johnny Echols performing on stage with Arthur Lee and Love for the first time since 1967.
Show starts 8.30pm. Tickets £15 advance / £17.50 on the door. Box Office 01326 211222.