“Alastair should be out playing with the biggest bands in the world, I believe it’s just a matter of time.”
– Alan Parsons
Alastair Greene was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and has been the resident guitar hero of this sunny seaside town for many years. That is, up until five years ago when he was asked to join the Alan Parsons Live Project, who he has been touring the world with since. Greene’s band, a blues rock trio aptly named Alastair Greene Band, was recently signed to Eclectic Groove Records and released the critically acclaimed blues rock album TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR in June of 2014. In addition to playing Alan Parsons Project hits in arenas around the world and touring with his own band, Greene recently filled in for some prime tour dates with Starship, featuring <stronghttp://>Mickey Thomas.
Greene has just returned from a sold out show in Tel Aviv, Israel with Alan Parsons and is set to embark on tour again with the British prog and pop legend this March. Tour stops will include shows in Canada, England, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy (tour dates listed below).
Santa Barbara, California has been home to many well known music business figures over the years. One of Greene’s earliest supporters was legendary tone-guru and Santa Barbara resident Seymour Duncan, who said early on, “Alastair is a guitarist I enjoy listening to, whose style includes the fire of Texas Blues.”
Chris Shifflet of the Foo Fighters, who spent his early days in Santa Barbara, said recently, “I’ve known Alastair since we were kids, and he’s always been a ripping guitarist. Glad to hear he’s still going strong.”
The Alastair Greene Band was formed in 1997 and has remained a blues rock trio much in the vein of early Gov’t Mule, Cream, and Rory Gallagher. Their new album, TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR, recently garnered the attention of Johnny Winter‘s former booking agent, Tina Terry. The Alastair Greene Band was signed as one of the flagship acts to the Tina Terry Agency in January 2015 (tour dates TBA).
“Imagine a meld of Cream, Johnny Winter, The North Mississippi All-Stars, Jimi Hendrix, and Santana, and you will have some idea of the music laid down by the Alastair Greene Band. Surely one of the finest Blues Rock bands on the scene today.” – Blues in Britain
Greene first met Alan Parsons doing a session for a country rock band at Parsons’ home studio in 2003. A few months later, Parsons called upon Greene to contribute guitar solos to his 2003 release, A VALID PATH. The only other soloist on this record was, as Parsons comedically told Greene, “Oh, just some guy named David Gilmour.”
How does a blues rocker feel about touring with a prog rock legend such as Alan Parsons, or a pop rock band such as Starship, or his own blues rock trio, the Alastair Greene Band?
Greene puts it simply. “I’ve always enjoyed so many different types of music and feel lucky that I’ve had the opportunity to play a lot of it. My roots are in blues, southern, and classic rock, but I’ve always loved so many other types of guitar playing. Getting a chance to play a wide variety of music with such high caliber artists really keeps me on my toes and keeps me growing as a player. I welcome a good challenge. As long as I’m playing my guitar, I’m a very happy camper.”
ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT MARCH 2015 TOUR DATES
Mar 12 Le Grande Theater Quebec City, Canada
Mar 13 The Oakville Center Oakville, Canada
Mar 14 The Oakville Center Oakville, Canada
Mar 18 Shepard’s Bush Empire London, UK
Mar 20 Volkhause Zurich, Switzerland
Mar 22 Ruhr Congress Bochum, Germany
Mar 25 Linear 4 Kiak Milan, Italy
Mar 26 Gran Teatro Padova, Italy
Mar 27 Teatro Obihall Florence, Italy
Mar 28 Auditorium Concilazione Rome, Italy