On September 30, Steven Page will release Excelsior digitally; it’s his first solo album since 2018. The album on Page’s Fresh Baked Goods imprint will be available on CD on November 11, with a 2-LP vinyl version out early in 2023. Pre-save the album on Apple Music.
The lion’s share of material on Excelsior was “workshopped” for audiences on his wildly popular virtual concert series Live From Home, which Page has been conducting via Zoom since April of 2020 from his home near Syracuse, NY. Thousands of fans throughout the world have been tuning in on Saturdays (5 PM Eastern, 2 PM Pacific, 10 PM/UK, 7 AM Sunday – Australia-Eastern), which are limited to 1000 ticketed audience members per show, with an estimated to-date paid viewer total of 85,000+. The more than 90 episodes of Live From Home are available through Patreon.
The Excelsior track titled “Zoom” is, in fact, the album’s first single and is out now.
Once the Canada-US border re-opened,
Seven of the 11 tracks comprise a thematically linked song cycle that Page characterizes as “a suite of songs tied into what we’ve been involved with over the last ten years.” These will occupy sides A and B of the 2 LP version of Excelsior when it is released next year, along with the unrelated additional four songs (“gifts with purchase,” Steven jokes) to be found on side C of the second LP.
Side D will be silent and occupied by an etched graphic. “So you have two buckets of songs, so to speak. One speaks to an ‘outer life’ — bigger picture stuff. The others are largely about our very online existence and isolation we’ve all experience. It’s about all of us who spend too much time online.”
The songs on sides A and B are, in some way, an overview of humanity’s plight as reflected in the struggles of the individual.
“I don’t want to make it totally prescriptive as in ‘this is how you should hear it,’ but you might want it to apply it to your own lives if you feel so moved.”
The album’s title, taken from the state motto of New York, relates to a Canadian living there and unable to go back to his native land for more than a year and half to see his parents or kids.
Page, who was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame explains,
“I was kind of stuck here (Manlius, NY) and, in essence, became a true New Yorker. The state’s vaccine passports are called Excelsior Passes, and we reflect the slogan’s ‘onward and upward’ meaning in the album’s artwork.”
This fall, the Steven Page Trio open select North American dates for The Who.
“We’re not using drums on the Who dates; we can’t compete with them so the best thing you can do in that situation is to do the thing you do well.”
He points out that “The Who was the first band — that wasn’t the Beatles — that I fell in love with.”
The Steven Page Trio is additionally doing Midwest tour dates and expects to be on the West Coast in January in support of Excelsior.
Steven Page Trio UK Tour
Thu Sep 8: Luton – Bear Club
Fri Sep 9: Birmingham – Castle and Falcon
Sat Sep 10: London – Omeara
Mon Sep 12: Brighton – Komedia
Tue Sep 13: Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
Wed Sep 14: Leeds – Brundenell
Fri Sep 16: Manchester – Band on the Wall
Sat Sep 17: Glasgow – King Tuts
Sun Sep 18: Glasgow – King Tuts
Steven Page Trio BC Dates
Wed Sep 28: Nanaimo BC – Port Theatre
Thu Sep 29: Campbell River BC – Tidemark Theatre
Fri Sep 30: Maple Ridge, BC – Act Theatre
The Who Hits Back support dates (Except Nashville)
Sun Oct 2: Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Tue Oct 4: Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Fri Oct 7: Elmont, NY – UBS Arena
Sun Oct 9: Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Mon Oct 10: Nashville, TN – City Winery
Wed Oct 11: Chicago, IL – United Center
Steven Page Trio US tour, Part 1
Fri Nov 11: Minneapolis, MN – Dakota
Sun Nov 13: Madison, WI – The Bur Oak
Mon Nov 14: Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Wed Nov 16: St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Thu Nov 17: Kansas City, MO – Madrid Theatre
Fri Nov 18: Council Bluffs, IA – Arts Center at Iowa Western
Sun Nov 20: Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
Steven Page Trio US Tour, Part 2
January 2023: West Coast dates to be announced
Steven Page Trio Cross-Canada Tour
Starting in Spring 2023: Canadian dates to be announced
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