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Gary Breaks Through Live in London, Paris and LA

Completing a whirlwind tour through 3 of the world's biggest metropolises, Gary recently enjoyed an amazingly successful series of solo gigs in London, Paris and Los Angeles that were marked by intense press coverage and overflow crowds.

Gary's solo headlining gig on Friday January 12th at the Borderline in London was a particular triumph, with advance press coverage in Time Out London (a photo of Gary and his National steel guitar and a blurb marking the show as the #1 live gig of the week to catch) and a preview live set/interview on the BBC owned London Live radio culminating in a packed house screaming for multiple encores—followed by a 4 star review of the show a few days later in the prestigious Guardian newspaper (see press raves section for complete review).

Then it was off to Paris for a solo acoustic gig at the famous Hotel Du Nord on Sunday night January 14th. Advance press raves with photos of Gary in Le Monde, Le Figaro, Liberation and Le Parisien national newspapers made this a sold-out event, as the packed room was treated to over 2 hours of Gary on his Gibson J-45 and dobro (on loan from Gibson France). Gary was joined for one number by Tanger singer Philippe Pigeard, who duetted with Gary on their joint composition "A Toit Le Seul" from the Lucas-produced Tanger album "Le Detroit". Gary's Paris trip was capped with an interview and live set (including an acoustic "Rise Up to Be") on Oui-FM, France's most popular national rock radio station.

Home to NYC for one day's rest, then off to LA for Gary's first time ever performing debut there, at the new deluxe Knitting Factory Hollywood. Once again, the advance press was superb, with the gig picked as a Critic's Choice with a photo in The LA New Times, plus a full column devoted to Gary in Billboard Magazine's Declaration of Independents page (also with a photo—see press raves section) that plugged both the LA gig, Gary's musical presence at the Sundance Festival, and his 3 new albums. The Saturday night crowd on Jan. 20th was treated to a 2 hour tour de force by Gary that pulled all the stops out, including a wild poetry reading by Gary's longtime friend and former Yale associate, horror film actor Bill "Choptop" Moseley, who read a poem inspired by the day's inaugural fever accompanied by a psychedelic space raveup courtesy Gary. In the crowd were such luminaries as Hits Magazine editor Roy Trakin, former Magic Band/Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer/soundtrack composer Cliff Martinez, and Trouser Press columnist Jim Green.

A very tired but elated Gary then made it back to NYC where he is preparing for the Feb. 13th release of the Du-Tels' (Gary and Peter Stampfel) long-awaited debut album "No Knowledge of Music Required" on Knitting Factory/Shimmy Disc and its concomittant record release party/concert at the Knitting Factory on Sunday night Feb. 4th—and Gary's upcoming European solo tour beginning at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on Friday night March 2nd.