John McLaughlin Releases "Sanctuary"

John McLaughlin has released a live version of the classic Mahavishnu Orchestra song, "Sanctuary."
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John McLaughlin has released a live version of the classic Mahavishnu Orchestra song, "Sanctuary."

The song is a part of McLaughlin's new live set, Live @ Ronnie Scott’s, which he recorded with his band, the 4th Dimension. The album, which is set for release Friday, September 15, features Mahavishnu classics like “Vital Transformation” and “Miles Beyond” re-interpreted through the unique lens of the 4th Dimension—Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums) and Etienne M’Bappé (bass)—along with some of McLaughlin's more recent compositions.

The release of Live @ Ronnie Scott’s will be followed by the Meeting of the Spirits Tour, a series of November and December shows undertaken in collaboration with one of McLaughlin’s favorite musicians, American guitarist Jimmy Herring.

Separate sets by Jimmy Herring—who we interviewed for Episode 55 of our No Guitar is Safe podcast— and the Invisible Whip and McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension will be followed by the two joining forces for an expansive closing jam based on classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material. These special concerts will also mark McLaughlin’s final shows in America.

You can listen to "Sanctuary," and check out McLaughlin's full upcoming itinerary below.

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Meeting of the Spirits Tour

Nov 01 University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Buffalo, NY
Nov 02 The Egg Albany, NY
Nov 03 Town Hall New York, NY
Nov 04 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
Nov 05 Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts Cranston, RI
Nov 08 The Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA
Nov 09 Keswick Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Nov 10 Prudential Hall, NJPAC Newark, NJ
Nov 11 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
Nov 12 Duke Performances at DPAC Durham, NC
Nov 15 Michigan Theatre Ann Arbor, MI
Nov 17 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
Nov 18 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
Nov 19 Clowes Memorial-Hall-Butler University Indianapolis, IN
Nov 21 Laura Turner Concert Hall Nashville, TN
Nov 22 Atlanta Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA
Nov 24 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
Nov 25 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
Nov 27 The Joy Theater New Orleans, LA
Nov 30 Paramount Theatre Austin, TX
Dec 01 Riviera Maya Jazz Festival Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Dec 05 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
Dec 06 Revolution Hall Portland, OR
Dec 08 The Warfield San Francisco, CA
Dec 09 Royce Hall-UCLA Los Angeles, CA