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Peter Furler, Steve Taylor Bring New Songs To Concert Tour

April 24, 2014

By Scott Smith, Times Record, Fort Smith, Ark.

April 24--Musicians Peter Furler, Steve Taylor and Dave Ghazarian have been around the block several times, but their new tour is about to place them in a whole new neighborhood.

The Peter Furler Band and Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil are embracing their successful pasts while keeping both eyes firmly planted on the present day and future. Both groups will play brand-new songs and some of their best-known cuts at 7:30 p.m.May 19 at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. in Tulsa.

"Yeah, this tour is presenting something I've never done before," said Furler during a recent telephone interview. "It's going to be a three-hour show -- I'm singing and playing guitar with my band and then playing drums with Steve Taylor's band -- so it will be interesting for me."

Furler laughed.

"Steve's show will be really high-energy stuff -- I don't even think there's a ballad in there where I can catch my breath on drums," he said while laughing again. "I'm really excited to play with Steve."

Furler and Taylor have collaborated in the past on music by Furler's previous band, Newsboys, as well as Furler's first solo CD, 2011's "On Fire." Furler's association with Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil began once Taylor talked Furler into starting a post-Newsboys solo career.

"I told Steve that if we continue with some of the songs we've written -- we both had a bunch of material -- then I'm in," Furler said. "I told Steve, 'If you sing these songs, then I'll play drums on them.' That's how The Perfect Foil started."

Taylor also produced Peter Furler Band's recent CD, "Sun and Shield," helping give the disc a slightly darker tone than heard on most Newsboys songs. Furler's group includes Ghazarian on bass and Jeff Irizarry on drums.

"My set at Cain's Ballroom will be quite a bit of stuff I wrote with Newsboys and a little bit of my first solo record, and we'll do about half of 'Sun and Shield,'" Furler said.

Furler called his return to Cain's Ballroom "an important, historic" event. For Taylor, it will be his first time to play the venue.

"I've been wanting to do Cain's Ballroom forever now," Taylor said during a recent telephone interview. "I first heard of the place when The Sex Pistols played there in 1978. Cain's is like a place like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It's such an incredible place."

Taylor said his set will include selections from his work in film scores, as well as material from The Perfect Foil's upcoming, yet-to-be-named CD.

"We're still working on the new album and we hope it comes out this year," he said. "There's more of a rock influence on the new album, because the four of us bash things out until we have something we like. It's a lot of fun."


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