They've still got it: America rocks on

UNLIKE numerous other classic rock acts, America's Dewey Bunnell is proud that 42 years on, his band is still relatively intact.

While some long-running bands enlist a revolving door of hired guns, Bunnell and fellow co-founder Gerry Beckley are still going strong.

America began as a trio, with fellow original member Dan Peek (who died last year) leaving in 1977.

"A lot of our contemporaries have broken up," vocalist/guitarist Bunnell reflected.

"But we're fairly well intact and we're grateful that's the case.

"There's a lot of bands we cross paths with and there are some who are shadows of their former selves.

"More power to them if they keep it going though; if they're still out there doing it, that's great."

America will perform at the WIN Entertainment Centre in September.

The duo is aided in its live performances by three additional musicians, some of whom have been a part of the band's ranks for more than 30 years.

"I think you feel that on-stage, it makes for a pleasant experience," Bunnell said of the band's solidarity.

"It's been a real growing experience that's hard to describe.

"Off-stage, we've had lives parallel to each other; tragedy, great times."

Bunnell was also proud the band didn't merely trade on past glories by just playing hits such as A Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, and Sister Golden Hair live.

Instead, they've continued to record cover songs and write new material, both of which they play live.

"We consider ourselves a working-class band," he remarked.

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