Updated: 22 August 2017

The news we posted a few months back that there would be no more Magic Band tours has, happily, proved to be completely wrong.

John French decided that he didn’t want the Magic Band project just to fizzle out, he’d much rather have a proper Farewell Tour and that’s what he has painstakingly put together.  Sadly Mark Boston doesn’t feel well enough to commit to a lengthy tour so he’ll not be there, and Brian Havey who featured on the two last tours wasn’t available for this one so his duties (and others) will be covered by keyboard player Jonathan Sindelman.

The line-up this time around will be:

John “Drumbo” French – Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Sax, Drums
Eric Klerks – Extended Range guitar, BKP Vocals
Max Kutner – Guitar and Slide guitar
Jonathan Sindelman – Keyboards
Andy Niven – Drums

It’s a great shame this is the last outing for the band but it’s been a thing of beauty and wonder while it lasted. Don’t miss this … because you know you’ll kick yourself if you don’t go. You won’t get another chance to hear this amazing music played live by a band schooled by someone intimately involved with its creation … so do it!

Here are the dates and venues. (I think this is the final list – due to tickets selling out Band on the Wall have added another show!):

Only UK dates here but John has hinted at a separate European Tour in Spring 2018.


  1. Wm B Hart says:

    No American tour? sad

  2. Just bought my tickets and discovered the venue is the place that I ran as Mexican restaurant 20 years ago!

    That will feel really strange…


  3. Gordon Reid says:

    Happy to say they are playing Exeter on 21st November, so at the moment, Bristol and Exeter and hopefully some more SW dates, better start saving up, Christmas is coming early. Thanks to John and all the guys

  4. Gordon Reid says:

    The Exeter gig is at the Phoenix

  5. Logan Kane says:

    it’s an absolute travesty to me that no American promoters are interested in this project. I am only 20 years old but this music has changed my life infinitley. I am a college student in Los Angeles and we do house shows all the time. I truly wish I could fine a way to set up a gig for them in LA. If only it wasn’t so far to go from all the other dates… Very glad to see them doing this tour though!!! musical glories shall be had

    • BeeBoWorld says:

      20 years old and you’re into Capt Beefheart?!?! thank you my friend. I thought all the fans were just “old farts at play”


    • Gordon Reid aka DJ Shinybeast says:

      Should you come over to see any of these dates, make sure to come to Bristol and Exeter and we’ll put you up for a few days. Start saving now ;-)

  6. clive naylor says:

    Brilliant news.Will be watching them in Nottingham on 12th Nov.

  7. Chris Taylor says:

    Great news about tour…soooo sad it’s a farewell one.my son massive fan lives in Wellington NZ …what about Southern Hemisphere fans …I know it’s a long way but …..

  8. Mott The Hoople says:

    Me and the man-child will be there at the Robin 2 with mixed emotions. Glad to see them, but possibly for the last time ever.

  9. Jesse says:

    Hope Finland. Afraid not.

  10. Olav says:

    Great news.
    Hope to see you guys play in the Netherlands during springtime!

  11. Daren Hales says:

    Bought tickets for myself and a friend, who introduced me to Beefheart in the mid 80’s. My personal favourite, Odd jobs hope they play it. Can’t wait. The Fleece Bristol.

  12. Fraggle says:

    No US dates? WTF?! super LAME

    • Steve says:

      They’d be more than happy to tour the US but that would need venues to book them and make it worth their while. There has been little or no support from US agents for the band since they got together. Beefheart was always better supported in the UK and Europe .. and so it goes …

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