Alice’s Restaurant -- Back By Popular Demand
Tour will coincide with the 50th
Anniversary of the feature film “Alice’s Restaurant,” originally released in
1969, starring Arlo as himself, directed by famed director Arthur Penn. It was
filmed in the Berkshires, Arlo’s own backyard, recreating some of the events
that launched the Massacree, while adding a good dose of fiction. Ultimately,
the movie garnered a “Best Director” Oscar Award nomination for Penn. Of the
film, Roger Ebert had said, “It is also good to have Arlo Guthrie himself, who
is quiet and open and good on camera... “Alice's Restaurant” ...becomes a synthesis
of Arlo's spirit and Arthur Penn's tact.” “Alice’s Restaurant” was Arlo’s first
foray into acting, and he would later take roles in several television series.
didn't think I was gonna live long enough to have to learn 'Alice's Restaurant'
again," Arlo Guthrie says with a smile. "It was a quirky kinda thing
to begin with. Nobody writes an 18-minute monologue expecting fame and fortune.
The initial success of the song really took me by surprise more than anyone
else. The fact that I have contended with it for five decades either by having
to learn it again or by not doing it, has been an interesting balancing act.
I'm surely looking forward to it again being a centerpiece of my live
on the road for the last year presenting the Re:Generation Tour,
Arlo along with his son Abe will be joined onstage on the forthcoming tour with
longtime collaborators Terry “A La Berry” Hall (drums), Steve Ide (guitar,
vocals) and Carol Ide (vocals, percussion) of his former acclaimed band Shenandoah.
Arlo’s daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie, a lauded singer-songwriter in her own right,
will open the shows.