The Alice's Restaurant tour
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the movie "Alice’s Restaurant,” based on the song by Arlo Guthrie. To commemorate the occasion, Arlo has arranged a special tour, running through 2020, to revisit the incredible events that began on Thanksgiving in 1965. "Alice’s Restaurant Massacree" struck a chord with the anti-war counterculture. By 1967 Guthrie had gone from playing small clubs to playing festivals and stadiums. :Arthur Penn (who had just finished filming Bonnie & Clyde) heard the record when it came out in 1967," recalled Arlo. "He also happened to live in Stockbridge, where the events took place. He thought it would be a great idea to make it into a movie. And he did." For this tour, Arlo will be joined on stage by longtime collaborators Terry “A La Berry” Hall (drums), Steve Ide (guitar, vocals), and Carol Ide (vocals, percussion). "I didn’t think I was gonna live long enough to have to learn ‘Alice's Restaurant' again," Arlo 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 … I’m surely looking forward to it again being a centerpiece of my live repertoire."