RIDE: First Live Shows in 20 Years
Set to Play Coachella, SF, Pomona and San Diego
One of Creation Records’ first global success stories, Ride, are back together for live dates to the delight of their loyal dans. Friday, April 10 at Coachella will mark the band’s first American performance since June of 1992 when they played the now-defunct Academy in New York.
In addition to the shows, Rhino Records will release OX4, a best of album (with new sleeve notes by journalist Andrew Perry) on vinyl and CD for Record Store Day April 18, 2014.
The band will also appear live on KCRW on April 8 at 11 a.m. PST which can be heard on radio in Southern California and worldwide via the internet at www.kcrw.com.
April 08 LA KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic
April 10 Coachella
April 13 San Francisco Warfield
April 14 Pomona Fox Theater
April 16 San Diego Humphrey’s by the Bay
April 17 Coachella
RIDE are the band who slammed the door firmly shut on the (by then) flailing 80s pop movement and paved the way for bands like Primal Scream and Oasis to shine in the Britpop era. They helped Alan McGee’s label achieve its first UK chart breakthrough as well as enjoying a successful career in the US, Europe and Japan while many of their peers struggled to break out of the UK scene, as well as having an international record deal with Seymour Stein’s legendary Sire Records.
The Oxford four piece: Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Laurence ‘Loz’ Colber and Steve Queralt last took to the stage in the UK as special guests to Oasis at the Brighton Centre in December 1994, with Benacassim Festival in 1995 marking their last live performance until now. It has taken twenty years for an official reunion to materialise, and fans have been pining for Ride to get back together ever since.
In the meantime, Andy Bell played with Hurricane #1, Oasis and then Beady Eye, and Mark Gardener and Loz Colbert worked and played together for an album with The Animalhouse, Gardener then went on to write a solo album, with various touring and collaboration commitments in addition to his ongoing Ox-4-Sound mixing/production and soundtrack work. Colbert continued to play music, with acts as diverse as Supergrass, Damo Suzuki and The Jesus and Mary Chain as well as Gaz Coombes’ solo project, and Steve Queralt retired from a musical career altogether.
The band’s name started to get thrown around during a brief nu-gaze movement around 2006 with bands like Animal Collective, Deerhunter and Panda Bear all citing Ride as heavy influences. Even Radiohead tried to persuade them to reform by requesting them as support for their South Park Oxford show in 2001, but to no avail. The planets have no aligned and Ride will finally hit the road again.