California jam act ALO will continue a long standing tradition early in 2018. The band has confirmed the 12th annual Tour d’Amour, their run surrounding Valentine’s day celebrating love in all its form. ALO also revealed a change of lineup for this year’s Tour d’Amour.
ALO drummer Dave Brogan, who is also one of four lead vocalists, can’t join his mates on this year’s Tour d’Amour due to family obligations. Ezra Lipp (Phil Lesh, Sean Hayes, Magic in the Other) has been tapped to keep Brogan’s seat warm. “ALO has always felt like a family. While Zach, Dan and Steve will miss having Dave on drums for these shows, they all fully support Dave in taking the time needed for his family,” reads a note from the band.
Dave Brogan adds, “Unfortunately I will not be able to join my ALO brothers on this 12th annual installment of the Tour d’Amour. I need to be home with family seven days a week at that time. I am excited that Ezra will be playing in my stead and very confident that his ability and personality will fit seamlessly with the band. I look forward to rejoining ALO on the road as soon as possible and thank Steve, Lebo and Zach for their patience and understanding. Family has always come first with ALO and I know that our core fans love and support that. Thanks to them as well.”
This year’s Td’A kicks off at SLO Brew in San Luis Obispo on January 31. From there, ALO brings the tour to the California cities of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Solana Beach in early February. The quartet then heads to the Pacific Northwest for visits to Portland and Seattle ahead of stops in Grass Valley, Sebastopol, Chico and Sacramento. ALO concludes Tour d’Amour XII with concerts in Crystal Bay and San Francisco. The group’s San Francisco stop features two evenings at The Fillmore March 16 – 17 along with a Saturday family Matinee show.
Support for the tour will be revealed on November 27. Tickets go on sale for all shows except Chico on Friday at 10 a.m. PT. Watch ALO cover Beck’s “The New Pollution” for our Twenty Years Later video series: