Lucero Announce Three UK Dates in April

Memphis, Tennessee based country-punk rock band Lucero, who regularly play between 150 and 200 shows a year, are headed over to the UK in April. Details below.

“Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you’re allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. It’s like killing yourself, and then you’re reborn. I guess I’ve lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now.” – Charles Bukowski

I first heard the band, Lucero, when listening the the third Atticus CD. The track was ‘Bikeriders’ and though the friends I were currently trying to reach oblivion with through heavy booze and cheap weed consumption didn’t dig it one bit, there’s was something in those whiskey soaked lyrics that cried out to me. I would have been seventeen at the time, looking just about old enough to get in most pubs and bars without an ID, and I was heavily into the romanticism of being a total drunk.

The band had just released Nobody’s Darlings and were, especially in the UK, a somewhat unknown entity so the chances of a UK tour were very unlikely. It wasn’t until just before the release that I finally got to see Lucero live, down in London, watching Ben and Rick do a stripped set which featured a plethora of songs new and old. This ran for two days, I was at both nights, and for the couple of hours I spent in a sweaty bar in the arse end of Brixton, I was a happy man. We all drank whisky and it felt like family.


Yet it wasn’t watching the band in full and, as great as the show was I felt like something was missing. Lucero, a year or so later, played a full UK tour to promote the release of Women And Work, an album which showed the band taking a giant leap in all aspects of their musicality and career, but I was deathly ill for the Manchester date and unable to fund the Newcastle make-up show I’d planned.

But now Lucero are once again returning to our shitty little island, to grace out ears with graveled vocals, rock and roll riffs, and I for one will be going to as many shows as is financially viable.

  • Apr 25th – Manchester, The Deaf Institute
  • Apr 26th – Bristol, Exchange
  • Apr 27 – London, Scala

Other US and European tour dates available from Lucero’s website.


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