Touring line-up for 2012

Touring line-up for 2012
Posted on May 3, 2012 .

There will be a new line-up for US performances, starting this month, May 2012.

As most fans know, Nokie has actively been pursuing his personal career since leaving The Ventures in 1985 and has played with a number of different artists, both in the country and rock fields. Since around 1999, Nokie also returned to perform as guest lead guitarist in Japan for The Ventures’ annual January tour (known as the ‘Blue Note’ tour), and has played a number of concerts wiith the group each year in the US. However, he will now be concentrating on his solo career, and we wish him well for the future in all his endeavors.

We are pleased to announce that Gerry McGee will now be performing with The Ventures not only for the Japan summer tours, but also for US shows. As many fans are aware, Gerry has been with The Ventures since 1968 and has performed before thousands of audiences in Japan, as well as on tour in the US – not to mention having recorded on hundreds of tracks, including many of the classic Japanese songs co-written by Don, Bob Bogle, Mel and Gerry which became standards in Japan. Gerry first joined the group in 1968 for about 5 years, then returned in 1985 and has been with us ever since – more than 25 years since re-joining. We look forward to appearing with him this summer starting with the shows in Park City, Utah later this month. For anyone who has not experienced a Ventures’ concert with Gerry on lead, we encourage you to attend.

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