A bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order. He makes his Rockport debut touring in support of his new Beatles tribute album, Across the Universe.
The prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return To Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic guitar trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. While his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard aficionados who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola’s writing along with the soulfulness and his inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the guitar aficionado set.
Growing up in Bergenfield, NJ, with the music of Elvis Presley, The Ventures, and The Beatles, Di Meola naturally gravitated to guitar as a youngster and by his early teens was already an accomplished player. He attended Berklee in the early 70’s and played in fusion groups around Boston until Chick Corea tapped him to join the iconic Return to Forever group in 1974. After three landmark recordings Di Meola went solo with 1976’s acclaimed Land of the Midnight Sun. Over the course of six more albums with Columbia Records – Elegant Gypsy, Casino, Splendido Hotel, Electric Rendezvous, Tour De Force, and Scenario – Al established himself as an influential force in contemporary music. In the 80’s he formed a legendary acoustic guitar trio with Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin, and later on in the 90’s formed another critically-acclaimed trio, this time with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke called The Rite of Strings. More recent projects include 2013’s Beatles Tribute All Your Life and 2015’s Elysium. Di Meola is currently touring off the upcoming release of his 2nd Beatles tribute album, Across the Universe.
During a 40-plus year career marked by hugely influential recordings and worldwide tours, Di Meola has regenerated the jazz idiom three times over while dedicating himself to his art.
VIP Meet & Greet
Time: 5:30 PM
The purchaser (s) of the VIP Package shall receive the following:
1) View Al Di Meola’s soundcheck with access to sit in the first five rows of seating during the soundcheck. Cameras are permissible (no flash please), thus giving you a chance for never before, and never again footage of the intimate time which Al spends preparing with his Band in order to provide the audience in each and every city with a polished and fantastic performance.
2) Following the soundcheck, you will meet Al Di Meola and he will sign up to two pieces of your favorite memorabilia should you wish to bring any items. In addition Al will sign a CD, which we shall provide. During that time you will be able to personally chat with Al.
3) Al Di Meola’s tour representative will capture the moment on your own phone or camera while you pose with Al for a photo.
4) You will have priority access to the merchandise booth prior to the doors opening to the general public.
Here’s a great chance to meet your guitar hero!
Tickets $100 (separate from concert ticket)
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