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Ben Harper Selects Songs For New Career-Spanning Retrospective, 'By My Side,' To Be Released October 16 By Virgin/EMI Featuring "Forever," "Diamonds On The Inside," "Waiting On An Angel," and an Exclusive New Ballad, "Crazy Amazing"

Harper's First Solo Acoustic Tour Includes Dates in North America, New Zealand and Australia

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GRAMMY®-winning musician and songwriter Ben Harper has selected his favorite ballads for a career-spanning retrospective titled By My Side, to be released October 16 by Virgin/EMI.  The collection, available in CD and digital formats, features 12 of Harper's most unforgettable songs, including "Forever," "Diamonds On The Inside," and "Waiting On An Angel," and also introduces a new ballad, "Crazy Amazing," which is exclusive to this release.  By My Side also includes a rare studio version of "Not Fire Not Ice," previously unreleased in the U.S., which until now was available only on the international single for "Ground On Down."

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Harper will headline his first-ever solo acoustic tour this fall, beginning September 26 in Ann Arbor, MI and continuing to several other major cities across North America before heading to New Zealand and Australia.  Billed as "An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper," the tour will include Harper's first headline performance at New York City's Carnegie Hall on October 10.  Ever since his acclaimed acoustic performance at the inaugural Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2002, Harper has been besieged by fan requests for this kind of intimate outing.  He will perform songs from throughout his career – from his 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, to his latest album, 2011's critically acclaimed Give Till It's Gone.

A musician, songwriter, producer, and activist, Ben Harper has released 10 acclaimed studio albums and three live records since 1994.  These albums, combined with an unceasing commitment to international touring, have helped him grow a fan base that now spans several continents. Whether the soul of southern Gospel, '70s funk, blues, reggae, or straightforward rock and roll, Harper and his trademark Weissenborn guitar continue to stun audiences with incendiary live performances and timeless songwriting.  A collaborator by nature, Harper has recorded and performed with a long list of artists including Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Charlie Musselwhite, Tom Morello, Rickie Lee Jones, Taj Mahal, Jack Johnson and Vanessa De Matta. His album with the Blind Boys of Alabama, There Will Be A Light, earned two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album. 

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Ben Harper:  By My Side [CD, digital]  

1. Forever 

Welcome To The Cruel World

2. By My Side         

Fight For Your Mind

3. Gold To Me   

Fight For Your Mind

4. Diamonds On The Inside

Diamonds On The Inside

5. In The Colors

Lifeline (with Innocent Criminals)

6. Beloved One

Burn To Shine

7. Not Fire Not Ice   

** Studio version, previously unreleased in the U.S. **

8. Morning Yearning 

Both Sides Of The Gun

9. Feel Love

Give Till It's Gone

10. Happy Everafter In Your Eyes

Both Sides Of The Gun

11. Waiting On An Angel    

Welcome To The Cruel World

12. Crazy Amazing

** New song **

 

Ben Harper:  "An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper" Tour  

9/26   

Ann Arbor, MI       

Michigan Theater                      

9/27   

Chicago, IL           

Cadillac Palace Theatre                         

9/29   

Toronto, ON        

Massey Hall

10/1   

Montreal, QC        

Maison Symphonique de Montreal        

10/2    

Burlington, VT       

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

10/3  

Philadelphia, PA     

Merriam Theater

10/5  

Boston, MA         

Boston Opera House

10/6   

Portland, ME         

State Theatre                                        

10/7  

Northampton, MA      

Calvin Theatre                                      

10/10  

New York, NY        

Carnegie Hall                                        

11/2   

Wellington, NZ      

Michael Fowler Centre                           

11/3   

Wellington, NZ       

Michael Fowler Centre                           

11/5    

Auckland, NZ        

ASB Theatre

11/6   

Auckland, NZ       

ASB Theatre

11/8    

Canberra, AU        

Canberra Theatre

11/9   

Brisbane, AU       

Brisbane Convention Centre

11/10  

Melbourne, AU      

The Plenary

11/12  

Sydney, AU        

Sydney Opera House                           

11/13  

Sydney, AU        

Sydney Opera House                           

11/14  

Sydney, AU         

Sydney Opera House               

11/15  

Sydney, AU         

Sydney Opera House                           

SOURCE Virgin/EMI



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