Lonestar will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year in a big way. The band has officially announced they are reuniting with original lead singer Richie McDonald and will tour and record a new album in 2012. The first concert dates for the four original members – keyboardist Dean Sams, drummer Keech Rainwater, lead guitarist Michael Britt and Richie McDonald – willl take place in Europe on February 26 through March 4.
The band teased their big announcement with a tweet on Tuesday which read “Big news for Lonestar fans coming tomorrow! 2012 marks our 20th anniversary. What would you like to see and hear from us?”
“Five years has come and gone since I left Lonestar,” Richie said. “We’ve all tried other avenues and the fact remains that some things were just meant to be. With the Lonestar 20-year reunion approaching, Dean, Michael, Keech and I got together and have decided we have some unfinished business to take care of. I miss those crazy nights running around onstage making music with my band of brothers.”
“We have so much more music to offer the country music fans, and truly feel they want us back on the radio and out on the road performing live for them,” Dean said. “After a lot of soul searching and long conversations between all of us involved, we are energized and excited to be writing and recording new music together again!”
“I am excited to see and hear what comes out of this reunion and upcoming album,” Keech said. “I think that having a break for a while, will have sparked new ideas and great music, both live and in the studio.”
“I’m very proud of everything we’ve achieved in our career so far, doing things that not many bands have been able to do,” Michael said. “But even after all that we’ve done, I think we still have a powerful drive to keep making music and doing new things.”
Lonestar has sold more than 10 million albums since their national launch in 1995 and recorded 10 No. 1 hits including “No News,” “Come Crying To Me” and the award-winning “Amazed.” The group was named the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year. The band’s last album, Party Heard Around The World, was released in 2010 with lead vocalist Cody Collins. The band wishes Cody the best in his future musical endeavors.
Lonestar Tour Dates:
2/26 London, England Wembley Arena
2/29 Belfast, Ireland Odyssey Arena
3/2 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
3/4 Mannheim, Germany SAP Arena