Band celebrates 50th anniversary of 1973 hit “We’re An American Band”
Grand Funk Railroad celebrates the 50th anniversary of their 1973 “We’re An American Band” Platinum single and album with 2023’s The American Band Tour, performing multiple shows across the country and dynamically underlining their trademark “rock and soul” classics. The trek kicks off March 18th in Clewiston, FL with stops in Akron, OH; Deadwood, SD; St. Louis and others. Additional dates are to be announced.
Original founding member Don Brewer (vocals and drums) is the writer and singer of “We’re An American Band,” from the band’s seventh album. One of rock’s definitive anthems, the Platinum-certified single went all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“‘We’re An American Band’ came to me when we were flying from town to town on our Phoenix Tour in 1972,” Brewer shares. “We were being sued by our former manager Terry Knight and he was trying to stop us from performing. The line ‘We’re comin’ to your town, we’ll help you party it down’ came to me first and I wrote the song around that line. Taking snippets of things going on during the tour at that time, like staying up all night with Freddy King playing poker, four young chiquitas in Omaha, sweet sweet Connie in Little Rock, and finally the declaration, ‘We’re An American Band,’ because it sounds great and sings well. I feel lucky and blessed every time we play it live.”
As part of this year’s itinerary, the legendary rock and roll powerhouse will be the special guests of Kid Rock for two hometown shows in Michigan at Little Caesars Arena on Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th.
Brewer took the time to talk about building the perfect set list and also discuss highlights of the Grand Funk Railroad set list, which is packed with one hit after another including of course the enduring “We’re An American Band.”
Grand Funk Railroad 2023 Tour Dates:
Mar 18 – Clewiston, FL @ Clewiston Sugar Festival – Civic Park
Apr 1 – Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater
Apr 13 – Deadwood, SD @ Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
Apr 23 – Oxford, AL @ Oxford Performing Arts Center
Apr 29 – Marietta, OH @ Peoples Bank Theatre
May 6 – Highland, CA @ Yaamava’ Theater
May 13 – Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theatre
May 19 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
June 2 – Peachtree City, GA @ Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
June 9 – Lincoln, RI @ Twin River Casino
June 24 – Selbyville, DE @ Freeman Arts Pavilion
July 7 – St. Louis, MO @ River City Casino & Hotel
July 14 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
July 15 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena