Arlo Guthrie Eyes End of Annual Thanksgiving Carnegie Hall Concerts


Arlo Guthrie's vacation weekend concert events at New York's Carnegie Hall have change into as a lot part of Thanksgiving custom as turkey, pumpkin pie and big balloons floating down Sixth Avenue. But it might not be that method for for much longer.

Guthrie is within the midst of his Alice's Restaurant — Back By Popular Demand Tour, which he began this fall and plans to hold into 2020, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his epic 1967 story music and the 1969 film it helped encourage. He and his family-filled visitor checklist return for one more efficiency on Nov. 24, which Guthrie predicts would be the penultimate efficiency of his long term on the esteemed venue. (Use the code TWB30394 for a 20 % ticket low cost at

"I don't know if we'll proceed it past subsequent 12 months," Guthrie tells Billboard. "Next 12 months we'll do the precise 50th anniversary present at Carnegie, and I feel I'll in all probability name it quits after that. It's been an extended custom, however the older I get the more durable it’s to do. I'd quite give up whereas we're forward and it's nonetheless present."

If that holds true, nonetheless, Guthrie is assured the great reminiscences will stay and maintain followers who’ve turned out for the reveals because the late 60s. "It's been an exquisite expertise for me and the household," says the Massachusetts-based Guthrie. "My children grew up there. Every 12 months it turned a household custom to go to New York, stroll round city, eat right here and there, then do the present. We've had a complete routine going, and we've beloved it."

"Alice's Restaurant Massacree" — which chronicles a quotation for littering in 1965 and the U.S. Army's refusal to draft him due to that conviction (for the way more in-between, hearken to the music… in all probability once more) — got here out throughout October of 1967 and have become an immediate Thanksgiving custom for followers and radio stations across the nation. Guthrie himself gave it an extended lay-off earlier than returning to performing it throughout 2015 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the occasion that impressed that music, full with a multi-media presentation on stage

"I bear in mind the second I noticed that everyone coming to the gig had already heard the music, in all probability within the early 70s, that the day was over once I was performing it to new victims," Guthrie says. "At some level I noticed the times of unusual individuals have been over, so I cease enjoying it for lengthy durations of time, after which would solely play it on the anniversaries. I'm general comfortable that we determined to do it that method. I'm not burned out on it. And I'm nonetheless having fun with the tour and performing it each evening once more for individuals."

Guthrie says plans are being formulated for subsequent 12 months to rejoice the 50th anniversary of the Alice's Restaurant movie, wherein he starred — though he was "by no means a giant fan of the film" — and for which director Arthur Penn acquired an Academy Award nomination. Firm plans have but to be introduced, however the 2019 Carnegie Hall present will likely be a focus. In the meantime he'll hold the "Massacree" alive in live performance — in addition to the spirit of counter-culture protest it evokes and which remains to be a giant a part of Guthrie's personal repertoire.

"Obviously, it's what we do," he says. "I’m not an expert protestor. I used to be by no means in search of issues to complain about. But there are occasions once I assume individuals want to face up for what they assume, whether or not it's left, proper or heart." And heart, Guthrie provides, feels like an interesting place nowadays.

"The center floor at this level is a pure protest to loopy individuals on the appropriate — and loopy individuals on the left as properly. I hold considering that if everyone with widespread sense can maintain the center floor, we'll get by it. I imply, who would've thought that plenty of my friends would ever be defending the FBI at this cut-off date? What a travesty! We had a lot enjoyable complaining about them years in the past — and for good motive. But right here we’re, and simply excited about these issues places a smile in your face."