Joe Cocker teams up with Huey Lewis for tour

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Joe Cocker has announced plans to team up with Huey Lewis & the News for a co-headlining summer tour. The tour will stop in Massachusetts for a night at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston on Wednesday, August 1. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $25 to $75, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

Cocker will be touring in support of his 21st studio album, Hard Knocks. Originally released to fans in Europe, the album was released stateside in January. Produced by Matt Serletic (Matchbox 20, Carlos Santana), Hard Knocks features nine new songs as well as a cover of the Dixie Chicks’ “I Hope”. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with songs being mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

“I don’t know what you would call this album: ‘rock/pop’?” Cocker said in a press release. “It’s a little more pop than I’ve been into for quite a while so it would scare me sometimes. I would do the basic tracks and then Matt would go away and do some of these overdubs and he had all these electronic things on there. It was sometimes like, ‘Oh, my god!’. But I wanted to work with Matt very much. And I always knew what kind of record we would be making.”

Huey Lewis & The News released their first album in nearly a decade with 2010’s Soulsville, their ninth studio effort overall. The album pays tribute to the rich Stax legacy of the 1960’s and 19770’s. Recorded at the historic Ardent Studios in Memphis, the album features 14 classic songs from the vault of Stax Records. One of the original Stax co-engineers, Jim Gaines, who also engineered the band’s best-selling albums, Sports and Fore!, produced Soulsville with the band.

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