When Steve Wynn and Real Gone Records prepared the release of the career-defining 11-CD “Decade” box set early last year, the plans were as one would expect: hit the road!
With 166 tracks (57 of them previously unreleased) covering the prolific ten-year period after Steve moved to New York City in the mid-nineties, this collection offered endless possibilities for song choices and themes night to night along with stories behind the writing, recording and the time in which it all went down.
Well, we all know the rest of the story and Steve’s is just one of billions, of plans made and plans postponed. After two shows early in 2020 with The Dream Syndicate, there would be no more in-person gigs for the next 18 months, the longest period off the road for Steve since he first started doing shows.
But this fall, that unplanned hiatus will be coming to an end—suitcases will be packed, vans will be gassed up, guitars will be packed, and Steve Wynn will be booking tour dates in Europe starting in October and stretching into early 2022. The theme will be the “Decade” box set—which Steve will be selling and signing after the shows—but there will also be plenty of songs from other periods as well.
“I’m sure this will be a tour unlike any I’ve done before,” said Steve. “We’ve all been missing so much and we’re all just starting to poke our heads above ground and learning to do things again that we may have taken for granted before. Just seeing old and new friends face-to-face will be a heavy, cathartic and ultimately fun and celebratory experience, I’m sure. As much as I’ve enjoyed doing virtual shows in the last year, it will be so nice to play to actual people instead of an iPad for the first time in a long time. Needless to say, I am ready.”