Roger McGuinn and John Sebastian are playing back-to-back solo sets at the Michigan Theater on Friday, August 8. It's the hottest double bill of the summer: this is Roger McGuinn of the Byrds — "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Eight Miles High," "Turn! Turn! Turn!" — and John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful — "Daydream," "Summer in the City," "Do You Believe in Magic?"
McGuinn's not sure what songs he's going to play: "My wife and I always work out the set list at lunch the day of the show. It'll be a mix: probably some tracks from the Byrds and some from my solo albums plus some traditional songs." Sebastian won't be sure until he gets onstage: "I know what I start with and I know what I end with, and other than that, I really don't know — some oldies, some Spoonful, some folk, maybe some jug band — those're always fun."
Of course, McGuinn'll be playing his trademark Rickenbacker twelve-string. "People want to see the Rickenbacker," he says, "though I always bring a Martin twelve-string, a Martin seven-string, and a banjo along, too." Sebastian says that in addition to some harmonica and a little autoharp, he'll be playing "a beautiful Heritage guitar from Kalamazoo and a baritone guitar that looks like a Telecaster but with a longer neck and thicker strings to give some of the songs a little extra bounce."
As always, McGuinn's on the road with his wife, Camilla, who also serves as tour manager and roadie: "We do about fifty to seventy-five dates a year. We drive a high-top van, and we'll go a great distance for a nice venue. She's wonderful." After a couple of gigs with McGuinn, Sebastian'll be doing a tour with mandolin master David Grisman. "We're going to be out there like a couple of teen boys," he giggles. "It's great!"
McGuinn and Sebastian have known each other for decades. "Roger and I have a friendship that goes
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