Gerry Beckley teams up with his America co-founder Dewey Bunnell on new single, "Tickets to the Past"
Gerry Beckley, the illustrious singer, songwriter, performer and co-founder of legendary band America, releases his new single, “Tickets to the Past” today! The song also features his America cohort, Dewey Bunnell, on vocals and was co-written by the iconic duo and is culled from his fourth album for Blue Élan Records, Aurora, set for release on June 17, 2022.
As befits its simultaneous look back and forward, the songs on Aurora include “some old and some new,” unfinished demos and scratch recordings from as early as the mid-‘70s, along with tracks “started from scratch” over the past two years. “Tickets to the Past,” marks the first time Beckley has co-written a song with longtime America partner Dewey Bunnell that appears somewhere other than an America album. With America, who still perform more than 100 live dates a year, unable to fully tour during the last two years, Beckley turned to “my main hobby,” writing and recording almost 40 tracks, pared down to the 11 included on the album.
Recorded during the pandemic at Beckley’s two home studios in his dual bases of Sydney, Australia, and Venice, California, Aurora is an introspective album that takes stock of his life – past, present and future. “This is a time of great reflection whether we like it or not,” he says. “If we treat this pandemic as the lesson it could and should be, this could be a moment for great growth, because even with the immense challenges we face, there is still hope.”
Sequenced like a traditional vinyl album, with a Side 1 and 2, Aurora is the work of a lifelong performer who hasn’t stopped growing, personally and creatively, with a beginning, middle and end.
“When you hold a mirror up to your life, it’s hard to control how much of your life is in that reflection,” he says. “I don’t want to say it’s about one thing in particular, I’d rather leave it more open-ended.”