The Detroit band, The Sights, is set to release their compilation of tour diaries from their US and European tour with fun-time rockers Tenacious D. The 270-page tour diary was written by the front man of The Sights, Eddie Baranek.
Eddie and The Sights traveled around parts of the US and Europe last year, playing to crowds of over 140,000 people, alongside Jack Black and his band Tenacious D.
“It’s cool to have for the band that’s not just another album,” said Eddie. Also being released is a DVD compilation of some of the most memorable performances from their tour with Tenacious D, which will come with the copy of Taken Alive. The kickoff for the release will be this Saturday, July 27th, at Detroit’s New Center Park at 7pm. The Sights are headlining the free concert in the park, which will also include performances from other Metro Detroit artists Melvin Davis, Nadir, and Six and the Sevens. “It’s kind of like a bring-your-own-blanket picnic in the park with free concerts,” said Eddie. At the show, there will also be food and beverages for purchase.
And don’t let the fun-loving style of their tour partners, Tenacious D, paint an image of what The Sights are. Eddie says “I like to think we bridge British Invasion power-pop with Motown melodies all played with high energy to create our sound,” and that’s exactly what you can expect – heavy soul with a Brit-pop twist and Detroit grit.
Inside Taken Alive, expect to see tons of photographs from the tour (with plenty of Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D), a map of all the places they visited, dates of the concerts, and stories of all of the people Eddie and the rest of the band met along the way. “It’s nice to relax off the road, we met lots of people, [the book] is full of characters,” adds Eddie.
The idea behind releasing a book came from our friends over at Metro Times.
“Metro Times asked me to blog about the tour – that sort of evolved into the book,” said Eddie. He says “This is something tangible the band can have, more than the memories.” Eddie wrote about everything from the people he met along the way, to the performances. He says that his favorite shows from the tour were playing the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City – be sure to pick up your copy of Taken Alive at New Center Park, Saturday at 7pm to find out why!
Check out The Sights website here for more information!