It’s the 40th anniversary of Ten Years After’s first album. But the British bluesrock band is happy letting others make a big deal out of it.
“It hasn’t struck me it’s been 40 years we’ve been doing it; I was gonna say 21,” says drummer Ric Lee, 51. “I know that’s the publicist and that’s what we’re hanging on this year, but we have a lot to say in the here and now, really.”
In fact, TYA’s last album, in 2004, was called “Now” and heralded the group’s return to active duty, with singerguitarist Joe Gooch in place of founding frontman Alvin Lee. Ric Lee (no relation) says another album of new material is in the works, as well as a concert DVD, and he’s satisfied that some of the skepticism surrounding the group’s reunion is diminishing.
“I actually think the band’s a lot better now than it was,” he says. “A tremendous amount of people come up and say, ‘My God, the energy you guys have got is just unbelievable,’ and they’re getting off on that. And the new material is being very well-accepted.
“It’s very much a word of mouth thing like it was in the early days. I’m confident we can make that work for us again.”
Ten Years After performs Tuesday (July 17th) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.