We’re not talking about lysergic acid diethylamide, the illicit psychoactive drug made popular during the counterculture ’60s. This LSD stands for a summer tour starring Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam.
You can bet there were more than a few snickers when the three artists realized their first initials would make for an interesting tour name. Even the graphic image bundled with the press release proudly states “It’s worth the trip.”
The package gives you three great artists. Yoakam, who counts Buck Owens and the Bakersfield Sound as major influences, has racked up more than 25 million album sales and is a multi-Grammy winner.
Williams, who has three Grammys on her shelf, recently re-recorded her classic 1992 album, Sweet Old World, for the L.P.’s 25th anniversary.
Earle also has three golden gramophones to his credit and is touring in support of the 30th anniversary of his 1988 album Copperhead Road.
Produced by Live Nation, the LSD Tour is being presented by satellite radio company SiriusXM ,which recently announced a 24/7 station titled “Dwight Yoakam and the Bakersfield Beat.” Curated by Yoakam, the launches in late June.
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All three artists are road veterans. Data submitted to Pollstar for 2017 includes results from Williams’ sold-out July show at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, Colo., where 1,242 fans purchased tickets resulting in the evening’s $59,616 gross. William’s’ February evening at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., sold 557 of 870 available tickets for a $19,315 gross.
Yoakam’s 2017 touring year ranged from gigs like his night at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa., where fans purchased 765 of the 1,287 tickets available, resulting in a $47,398 gross, to his sold-out concert at Southern California’s City National Grove of Anaheim where 1,297 ticket-buying fans made for the evening’s $72,971 gross.
Earle’s 2017 shows with his backing band The Dukes saw its share of sellouts and light audience turnouts. Ticket sales for Earle’s two sold-out August nights at West Hollywood’s Troubadour moved 980 tickets, resulting in a $34,300 total gross.
The LSD Tour begins June 12 at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Destinations include New York’s Beacon Theatre, Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion, San Francisco’s Masonic and Chicago’s Chicago Theatre. Final stop is Aug. 18 in Indianapolis at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn.
King Leg will appear as special guest.
Presales begin March 26 at 10 a.m. and general onsales launch March 30 at 10 a.m. All times local. Check out Pollstar’s LSD Tour page for updates.