Baker’s Air Force Springs Into Transatlantic Tour

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British drumming giant Ginger Baker and his band Air Force have announced that they’ll be back in live action, both in his home country and in America, in the spring.

The original Air Force are widely credited with helping to bring jazz-rock fusion into the rock mainstream, with the two albums they released in 1970. The new Air Force 3 line-up played a one-off London club date at the Borderline last  week (26 January), in a show postponed from December. They will now embark on five UK concerts starting at Birmingham 02 Institute on 24 April. They then play Manchester 02 Ritz (25), Newcastle 02 Academy (26), Glasgow 02 ABC (27) and London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire (29). Tickets for the UK shows are available here.

That itinerary will be followed by a ten-date US tour in May, including two nights at the Iridium in New York. The show promises “previous material [and] exciting new arrangements whilst showcasing new talent and collaborating with old friends.” This is likely to include selections from Baker’s momentous catalogue with Cream, Blind Faith, his 1970s albums and his work with Billy Preston.

Ginger himself acknowledges that the new tour activity is thanks in large measure to his family. He describes it on his official fan page on FaceBook as “a long term dream of my kids Nettie, Leda & Kofi who have helped this happen.” More information on all the dates is also available at Baker’s official web siteand you can follow Ginger on Twitter here.

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  1. Stephen Mennella

    February 6, 2016 at 12:00 am

    There seems to be a big mystery surrounding this latest incarnation of GB’s Airforce. Who is in the Airforce 3?

  2. Dave Bedrock Bedrosian

    February 6, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Ginger, will you be in Los Angeles CA?

  3. Sal LaTona

    February 6, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    This is very exciting news ! I hope you all come to Phoenix Arizona.

  4. THomas

    February 23, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Excellent News indeed…Any chance for a Show, Here in the Desert Southwest…Albuquerque, New Mexico?….We can book you on one of our Native American casino’s….An Outside Venue…Blue Skys and Great Vibes.!

  5. Ray Frazier

    March 6, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Mr. Baker I pray your heart will get better & you feel great. Thank you for being my greatest musical & drumming inspiration. You mean a lot to many people, so relax & do what you need to get healthy for yourself, your family & loved one’s.
    You will be in my daily prayers.


    April 13, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Blessing to you Ginger Baker, God is a great healer. You will be in our prayers for recovery and good health…..Dear heavenly we humbly thank you for all our blessings and Ginger Baker.We pray for Ginger to recover to good health. We ask for these blessing in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior…Amen
    just and old fan wishing you well

  7. Mike tillman

    July 30, 2016 at 10:51 am


  8. Seymoure balaj

    October 9, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Enjoyed reading book and drumming all these years

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