Lonestar reunites with McDonald
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
– Lonestar has reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald
and will tour and record a new album in 2012 to mark their 20th anniversary.
The first concert dates for the band's four original members - keyboardist Dean Sams, drummer Keech Rainwater, lead guitarist Michael Britt and McDonald - will take place overseas Feb. 26-March 4. McDonald replaces Cody Collins, who had joined the band in 2007, replacing McDonald.
The band's last CD was "Party Heard Around The World," their 10th album, in 2010 on Saguaro Road Records.
Lonestar will perform in London (Wembley Arena), Belfast, Ireland (Odyssey Arena), Zurich, Switzerland (Hallenstadion) and Mannheim, Germany (SAP Arena) on a multi-artist bill with Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs and Little Big Town.
The stage was set for the announcement on Tuesday when the band tweeted, "Big news for Lonestar fans coming tomorrow! 2012 marks our 20th anniversary. What would you like to see and hear from us?"
The band has sold more than 10 million album units since their national launch in 1995 and achieved 10 number 1 country hits including No News, Come Crying To Me and Amazed.
"Well, five years has come and gone since I left Lonestar," said McDonald. "We've all tried other avenues, and the fact remains that some things were just meant to be. With the Lonestar 20-year reunion approaching, Dean, Michael, Keech and I got together and have decided we have some unfinished business to take care of. I miss those crazy nights running around on stage making music with my band of brothers. Looking forward to a new chapter in the book of Lonestar and reliving some old memories and also making some new ones for the fans that have been loyal to us through thick and thin."
"With 2012 in the near future, we all began thinking of what that meant to us as a band," said Sams.
"I think fans ultimately wondered if this was ever going to happen again, and it always seemed like the original Lonestar as a whole was better than the sum of its parts," Rainwater said.
Tour dates are:
Feb. 26. London, England Wembley Arena
Feb. 29 Belfast, Ireland Odyssey Arena
March 2 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
March 4 Mannheim, Germany SAP Arena
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