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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 15 shows on tour from Nashville to Boston and back with his power trio Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends.

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 show schedule is:

1 Oct (Sun)       NASHVILLE, TN – The Family Wash (No advance ticketing; donations during show pay the bands. Venue is a restaurant & bar. Venue website: - To reserve a table: (615) 645-9930)

4 Oct (Wed)      ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grey Eagle

6 Oct (Fri)         TUCKERTON, NJ – Lizzie Rose Music Room

8 Oct (Sun)       FRAMINGHAM, MA – Amazing Things Arts Center

11 Oct (Wed)     HOBOKEN, NJ – Maxwell's Tavern

12 Oct (Thur)    SOUTHBRIDGE, MA – The Cannery Music Hall (No advance ticketing; all tickets sold at the door.)

13 Oct (Fri)       MARLBORO, NY – The Falcon (No advance ticketing. Donations at the door pay the band. Venue is a restaurant/bar. Website: - To reserve a table: (845) 236-7970)

14 Oct (Sat)       TROY, NY – The Hangar on the Hudson

15 Oct (Sun)      LOWELL, MA – UnchARTed Gallery

16 Oct (Mon)     NEW HAVEN, CT – cafe nine (Manic Monday by Manic Presents)

18 Oct (Wed)     CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Middle East (Upstairs)

19 Oct (Thur)    FALL RIVER, MA – The Narrows Center for the Performing Arts

22 Oct (Sun)     PORT CHESTER, NY – Garcia's at the Capitol Theatre

23 Oct (Mon)    NEW YORK, NY (Manhattan) – The Cutting Room

25 Oct (Wed)    ROANOKE, VA – The Spot on Kirk


The new album by Reeves Gabrels, titled Imaginary Friends Live, will be released on Oct 1st. The tour kicks off that same 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 at Bandcamp: is the link.

Also at Bandcamp are the 2015 studio album Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends and that year's bonus single "Try." Another popular Gabrels release, Ulysses (della Notte) from 2000, is at CDBaby.

 Tour sets in October by Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends 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 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."


Band biography

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 biography


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 in 1989 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 now teaches at Boston's Berklee College of Music. And Gabrels 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.


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Susan Kastan -

 20 Sep 2017





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