Arlo Guthrie's Alices Restaurant
When legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie took to the road to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his seminal song Alices Restaurant Massacree, he was incredibly moved by the feedback from enthusiastic fans. Alices Restaurant -- Back By Popular Demand Tour will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the feature film Alices Restaurant, originally released in 1969, starring Arlo as himself, directed by famed director Arthur Penn. It was filmed in the Berkshires, Arlos own backyard, recreating some of the events that launched the Massacree, while adding a good dose of fiction. Ultimately, the movie garnered a Best Director Oscar Award nomination for Penn.
"I didn't think I was gonna live long enough to have to learn 'Alice's Restaurant' again," Arlo Guthrie 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. The fact that I have contended with it for five decades either by having to learn it again or by not doing it, has been an interesting balancing act. I'm surely looking forward to it again being a centerpiece of my live repertoire."
Currently on the road for the last year presenting the Re:Generation Tour, Arlo along with his son Abe will be joined onstage on the forthcoming tour with longtime collaborators Terry A La Berry Hall (drums), Steve Ide (guitar, vocals) and Carol Ide (vocals, percussion) of his former acclaimed band Shenandoah. Arlos daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie, a lauded singer-songwriter in her own right, will open the shows.
In July 2017 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love and the original release of Arlos debut album, Rhino Records re-released the full mono version of the album Alices Restaurant on 180 gram vinyl. In March 2018, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress inducted "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" into the registry honoring the recording for its cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the American soundscape.