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Canned Heat

Canned Heat

Canned Heat, a legendary band with a legacy rooted in blues, emerged in 1966 under the guidance of blues aficionados Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Bob “The Bear” Hite. Inspired by Tommy Johnson's 1928 recording, the band took its name "Canned Heat." They were soon joined by Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, a former member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, bassist Larry “The Mole” Taylor, and drummer Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra, creating a powerhouse lineup.

Canned Heat captivated global audiences with three iconic hits: “On The Road Again” (1968), “Going Up The Country” (1969), and “Let’s Work Together” (1970). “Going Up The Country” became the unofficial anthem of the Woodstock Festival, solidifying their place in rock history.

Their electrifying performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock in 1969 placed them alongside legends like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who. Collaborations with John Mayall, Little Richard, and blues legend John Lee Hooker resulted in the acclaimed album “Hooker ‘n Heat.” Canned Heat is also credited with revitalizing the careers of forgotten bluesmen such as Sunnyland Slim, Skip James, Memphis Slim, and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.

Despite the tragic losses of Alan Wilson in 1970, Bob Hite in 1981, Henry Vestine in 1997, and Larry Taylor in 2019, Canned Heat has persevered. They've graced stages at prestigious venues like Paris’ Olympia, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Royal Albert Hall. Their music has featured in films ("Woodstock," "Flashback," "Forrest Gump") and television, and in commercials for brands like Miller Beer, Chevrolet, Geico, Pepsi, and McDonald's.

Now, over fifty years and forty albums later, Canned Heat continues to thrill audiences worldwide. Led by drummer and band leader Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra, the lineup includes New Orleans’ legend Dale Spalding on harmonica, guitar, and vocals; inventive bassist Rick Reed; and the incredible Jimmy Vivino on lead guitar and vocals, known for his 28-year tenure with Conan O’Brien.

Canned Heat's story of “Music, Drugs, Death, Sex, and Survival” is vividly chronicled in Fito’s book, “LIVING THE BLUES,” available on the band’s merchandise page. Book Canned Heat for your next event and experience the enduring magic of a band that has not just survived but thrived through the decades, bringing timeless blues and rock ‘n’ roll to every performance.


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