Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band return for album, tour

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

Since saying goodbye to late-night TV with his boss David Letterman nearly two years ago, bandleader Paul Shaffer has hardly been idle.

Now he’s going to be much more visible, too.

The ace musician and The World’s Most Dangerous Band return on March 17 with their first album in 24 years, a collection of a dozen songs featuring genre-spanning guests Darius Rucker, Shaggy, Dion, Valerie Simpson, Bill Murray and Jenny Lewis (with a tribute to David Bowie called “Sorrow”).

To complement the album, Shaffer and his iconic band – Felicia Collins (guitar), Anton Fig (drums), Will Lee (bass), Sid McGinnis (guitar), and Tom Malone, Frank Greene, and Aaron Heick (horns) – will hit the road April 1 for a 15-date tour that will visit Atlanta this summer.

Shaffer and the gang – including guest singer Simpson – will play Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. June 11. Tickets are $42-$102 and are on sale now at the venue box office, www.ticketmaster.com and by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Here’s a look at the CD track listing and tour itinerary:

  1.  “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” – featuring Shaggy
  2. “Why Can’t We Live Together” – featuring Darius Rucker
  3. “Sorrow” – featuring Jenny Lewis
  4. “Yeh Yeh” – featuring Paul Shaffer
  5. “Win Your Love For Me” – featuring Dion
  6. “Happy Street” – featuring Bill Murray
  7. “Some Kind Of Wonderful” – featuring Felicia Collins
  8. “Rhythm” – featuring Leo Napier
  9. “I Don’t Need No Doctor” – featuring Valerie Simpson & Felicia Collins
  10. “Enjoy The Ride” – featuring Will Lee
  11. “Just Because” – featuring Paul Shaffer
  12. “Wigwam”

 

Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band tour dates (more shows TBA)

APRIL

1                         The Clemens Center                           Elmira, NY
2                         The Palace Theater                             Greensburg, PA
8                         The Borgata                                         Atlantic City, NJ
20                       Fallsview Casino Resort                     Niagara Falls, ONT
21                       The Wellmont Theater                         Montclair, NJ
22                       Theater At Westbury                           Westbury, NY

MAY

3                         Centrepoint Theatre                            Ottawa, ONT
4                         Wilbur Theater                                     Boston, MA
6                         Ridgefield Playhouse                          Ridgefield, CT

JUNE

9                         Ryman Theater                                   Nashville, TN
10                       Seminole Casino                                 Immokalle, FL
11                       Cobb Energy PAC                               Atlanta, GA
29                       Kresge Auditorium                              Interlochen, MI
30                       Arcada Theater                                   St. Charles, IL

JULY

1                         Ames Center                                      Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

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