"Traffic single set, December concerts"|
New Musical Express, September 7, 1968
Traffic's U.S. tour has been put back by one week, following group member
Chris Wood's collapse last weekend. A surprise single is scheduled - and
with a new LP due out in a fortnight, a further album is already in the
planning stage. Traffic is also expected to undertake a series of major
British concert dates in December.|
The group was due to leave next week Tuesday (10) and open in Ottawa three days later - but the tour has now been re-scheduled to begin at New York Fillmore East on September 20. Traffic will sail across the Atlantic to give Wood time to recuperate, but a spokesman told the NME that the opening could be further delayed if he does not recover quickly.
Wood collapsed on Saturday after an appearance at Middlesborough, and was found to be suffering from Bronchial Pneumonia and Exhaustion. The group has so far missed three one-nighters this week and will not play at the Edinburgh Festival tonight (Friday) or Nelson Imperial (tomorrow).
Record producer Jimmy Miller decided on Tuesday to release "Feelin' Alright" as the group's next single, to be rush released next week. It is a Dave Mason composition from the LP Traffic which Island issued on September 20. Commented Miller: " We plan to start recording the next album in New York during the tour. This will depend upon Chris's condition, but we hope to have a number of tracks completed by the end of the two-month tour".
Dave Mason revealed thatTraffic is to cut down the number of one-nighters it plays, but will concentrate instead on selected concerts. He added: "We are planning concert dates in December, and hope to have a couple of American groups on the bill with us".
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