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Event Archive - Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Fri. September 4th 2015 Malkin Bowl (Stanley Park) (All Ages)
Tickets at: Live Nation, All Ticketmaster Locations
Presented by: Live Nation

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are reuniting for their first tour in seven years. Last month, the band announced the first leg of the tour, which will kick off at Crossroads in Kansas City, MO on June 5, and now announce a Vancouver date on September 4 at Malkin Bowl has been added to the schedule. For more information, visit

On March 25, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will kick off a four-night stand at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. The dates sold out in mere minutes as fans snapped up tickets for the band’s first shows together since their double encore set in September 2008 in Brazil. The band will also perform at numerous festivals this summer, including Boston Calling, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo and KAABOO. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals last played Bonnaroo in 2007, where they were joined on the main stage by special guest John Paul Jones on the Led Zeppelin classic "Dazed and Confused."

"The Innocent Criminals are a family," Harper said of the band's return to touring. "We've remained very close over the years and it seemed like we couldn't wait another minute. We've all come full circle in our own ways and it is time we pick up where we left off. It's creatively time for us to do this.”

Harper is currently in the studio with The Innocent Criminals – percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward. Founding members Mobley, Nelson and Charles have been integral parts of Harper’s sound for more than 20 years, first playing gigs at the tiny Mint nightclub in Los Angeles and supporting Harper’s 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World. Yates and Ward became ICs a decade later and helped expand and refine the band’s sound.

While Harper has sold millions of albums worldwide, it’s on stage that he and The Innocent Criminals established themselves as one of the world’s most versatile and hard-working bands. Touring non-stop behind such albums as Fight For Your Mind, The Will to Live, Burn to Shine, Diamonds on the Inside and the GRAMMY® nominated Lifeline, they earned legions of fans with their explosive live performances.

The Innocent Criminals also backed Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama on the two-time GRAMMY® winning collaborative album There Will Be A Light. Ben also won a GRAMMY® last year for Best Blues album for his collaboration with Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!

“The new music we’re writing honors the old IC sound, but is light ages ahead of where we were back then,” explained Harper. “I can’t wait for fans to hear it and give us that stamp of approval that only Innocent Criminal fans can give.”


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