Half a Century of Tower Of Power


California music legends Tower of Power – the most dynamic and distinctive band of survivors in soul music – have announced they will continue their milestone 50th anniversary celebrations with three very special UK shows this May including London’s Albert Hall on 30th May.

In 2018, Tower of Power released the centrepiece of their 50th anniversary, the dynamic and definitively titled ‘Soul Side of Town’. As always, the songs were primarily composed by the hit making team of founding members Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka who also hold down the world famous 5-man Tower of Power Horns. Along with the legendary rhythm section of drummer David Garibaldi and bassist Francis Rocco Prestia, respectively, these decorated veterans have custom-crafted a hair-raising audio experience that long-time fans, music connoisseurs and a new generation of listeners will groove to for years to come.??

Since its formation in Oakland in 1968, Tower of Power has forged a reputation as a crack band of high achieving musicians fluent in all realms of soul, rock and pop music with a sophistication and punch like that of a jazz big band.

From their first album East Bay Grease (1970) the interracial band became pillars and signatures of The Bay Area music scene that included pioneering like-minded bands such as Sly & The Family Stone, Cold Blood, Graham Central Station, The Pointer Sisters and The Sons of Champlin, plus rock-oriented outfits such as Santana, Betty Davis and Journey.

Beginning with their sophomore release, Tower of Power came to prominence with a string of acclaimed albums on Warner Bros. Records: Bump City (1972), Tower of Power (1973), Back to Oakland (1974), Urban Renewal (1974), In the Slot (1975) and Live and in Living Color (1976). A move to Columbia Records resulted in three more major label releases and their last top-charting hit, ‘You Ought To Be Havin’ Fun’. Including all studio albums, live albums and rarities anthologies, T.O.P. has 24 previous releases in its burgeoning catalogue.

In addition to T.O.P.’s classic recordings, the 5-piece Tower of Power Horns became much in demand for studio sessions and live gigs. Among the hundreds of artists they have blessed with their presence are Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Elton John, John Lee Hooker, Rod Stewart and Santana.

Tower Of Power’s co-founder Emilio Castillo said, “Our UK fans are some of favourite in the whole world, and all of us in Tower of Power are truly thrilled to be coming back to play some deeply funky music at three very special UK shows as part of our 50th anniversary.

We’ll see you there.”
For tickets and information visit: www.towerofpower.com


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