Guitarist Philip Sayce returns to the UK for a six-date tour in November 2023. With a new album due this year to be released on Atomic Gemini, Sayce’s own label and a new single will be out in May, both are highly anticipated, given that his seventh album Spirit Rising, which Warner Music released during the pandemic, currently has over 11 million streams on Spotify.
“I am beyond excited to return to the UK,” Sayce says. “It’s been a long time coming, and it is a privilege to return to the country where I was born to perform. I cannot wait to reconnect with the UK audiences, who are always so gracious, supportive, and welcoming. We are going to light it up with everything we’ve got. Are you ready?”
Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Sayce is the protege of guitar legend Jeff Healey and GRAMMY and Academy Award-winning superstar Melissa Etheridge. Born in Wales, raised in Toronto, Canada, and now an American citizen, Philip’s love of the guitar started at a young age when his parents introduced him to the greats early on, notably Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Jeff Healey, and Jeff Beck.
The band consisting of Philip Sayce (vocals, guitar), Sam Bolle (bass), and Bryan Head (drums) will be performing featured music from Sayce’s rich catalogue, including 5:55 (Spirit Rising), Alchemy (Peace Machine), and Aberystwyth (Steamroller) which was produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Dave Cobb.
Sayce comes with full rock star backing. “Players come along and challenge what you thought was possible,” Joe Satriani said. “Philip Sayce – I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone go that crazy in that direction for a long time.”
At a GRAMMY event, Jon Bon Jovi told the audience, “I want to give a special nod to Philip, who I immediately opened the program and said, ‘Who the fuck is that guitar player?’ Pretty fabulous, Philip.”
Sayce’s heralded performances at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, the Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, the Dallas International Guitar Festival in Texas, and a devastating house-shaking appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in New York City have left audiences stunned and amazed.
Special guest for the November tour is the excellent Troy Redfern.