The Alejandro Escovedo Band
Think About the Link Tour
brought to you by Prevent Cancer Foundation
performing «A Man Under the Influence» in its entirety
with special guests
Alejandro Escovedo headlines the Think About the Link 12-city tour, presented by Prevent Cancer Foundation, rekindling his long ties to Austin, as well as his connections to the North Carolina Triangle’s music scene, when he resumes his annual tradition of starting out a new year with an ACL Live concert on January 13, 2018.
Alejandro will perform his 2001 album “A Man Under the Influence” in its entirety, and play a second set with many special guests. Chris Stamey, the North Carolina luminary who produced that album, will serve as musical director. Stamey is publishing a memoir next April with University of Texas Press.
The band will include noted pedal steel and electric guitarist Eric Heywood, guitarist Mitch Easter, plus drummer Hector Munoz, bassist Mike Luzecky, violinist Warren Hood, cellist Brian Standefer and Tosca String Quartet viola player Ames Asbell, along with backing singers, a percussion section and other special guests. The show is in some aspects an outgrowth of a concert Escovedo performed in North Carolina last month as part of the 20th-anniversary celebration for the Yep Roc record label.
The concert is partly in memory of Austin guitarist Joe Eddy Hines, who died of cancer earlier this year and had played with Escovedo for many years. The foundation’s mission is “saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection.
Escovedo began performing January concerts at ACL Live in 2013 with a career retrospective show, followed by 2014’s “United Sounds of Austin” historical overview of the city’s music scene, a 2015 show based on his experiences during Hurricane Odile in Mexico, and a 2016 Leonard Cohen-themed concert. Escovedo traded the January 2017 show for a taping of the “Austin City Limits” TV show a few weeks prior.
Alejandro Escovedo had an unlikely path to fame. Though he comes from a musical family—brothers Coke and Pete played with Santana and niece Sheila E. is a well-known pop star—he did not begin playing music until his mid-twenties, when he worked on a film about a band that couldn’t play. His music has defied genre, with influences from garage rock, country, punk and traditional Mexican music.
His fans know him as a rocker and a musician, but Escovedo now has another identity to his name: hepatitis C survivor.
Escovedo was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1996, and his illness intensified—and was brought into the spotlight—when he collapsed on-stage in 2003. At the time of his diagnosis, Escovedo was unaware that hepatitis C is one of the leading causes of liver cancer. More than 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with liver cancer this year and hepatitis C will cause at least 50% of those cases. Hepatitis C is especially dangerous because it does not always present signs and symptoms until someone has been infected for a long period of time. By the time Escovedo collapsed on stage, he had advanced cirrhosis of the liver, as well as tumors in his abdomen and varices in his esophagus.
He has said, “Getting sick was like walking on a beautiful sunny day, and suddenly a piano falls on you from out of nowhere.”
Today, Escovedo is cured of hepatitis C and feeling well. Now he wants you to have the information he didn’t have: that hepatitis C is linked to cancer, and if you are at risk you need to get screened for this virus before it leads to cancer.
“Many people are unaware of the link between hepatitis C and cancer,” Escovedo said. “I am proud to join with the Prevent Cancer Foundation to tell you to take charge of your health and think about the link between viruses and cancer."
Join us on January 13, 2018 to help raise awareness for Prevent Cancer Foundation when The Alejandro Escovedo Band plays ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The band, which includes MITCH EASTER, CHRIS STAMEY, and HECTOR MUNOZ, will perform two sets, one playing the album, «A Man Under The Influence,» and another ALL-STAR set with extra special guests CRAIG FINN (The Hold Steady), CINDY WILSON (The B-52s), JESSE MALIN, ROBERT PATRICK, and RICHARD PATRICK (Nine Inch Nails, Filter)