‘Call It What It Is’ - The Return Of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals | Shore Fire Media

30 November, 2015Print

'Call It What It Is' - The Return Of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Spring Tour Will Support Their First New Album In 8 Years

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will follow up their triumphant 2015 reunion tour with Call It What It Is, their first new studio album in over eight years, set for release on April 8th, 2016, via Stax Records. The band also announced the initial leg of their forthcoming Call It What It Is World Tour, which kicks off April 2nd, 2016 in Port Chester, New York, and will take the beloved rock, soul and R&B band around the world throughout much of next year.

Every online North American ticket order will include a CD of Call It What It Is upon its release.


"Making music again with the Innocent Criminals has been a priority for a while now," Harper told Rolling Stone last year. "It was time."

Tracing their roots back to 1993, the Innocent Criminals (percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward) were involved in most of Harper’s projects before going on hiatus in 2008. The band toured the globe nonstop, earning legions of fans thanks to explosive live performances and a succession of acclaimed studio albums including Fight For Your Mind, The Will to Live, Burn to Shine, Diamonds on the Inside and the GRAMMY® nominated Lifeline, their last studio album together in 2007. The Innocent Criminals also backed Ben and The Blind Boys of Alabama on the two-time GRAMMY® winning collaborative albumThere Will Be A Light in 2004.

Call It What It Is, the new album from Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, is an incisive, bold, poetic statement that could only come from these long-time band mates and close collaborators, one of popular music's most essential, cohesive and dynamic ensembles.


Apr 02, 2016 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

Apr 03, 2016 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

Apr 04, 2016 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

Apr 07, 2016 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Apr 09, 2016 House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA

Apr 10, 2016 The Fillmore Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Apr 12, 2016 Métropolis, Montreal, Canada

Apr 13, 2016 Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada

Apr 15, 2016 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI

Apr 16, 2016 Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL

Apr 17, 2016 House Of Blues Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

Apr 19, 2016 Tivoli Theatre, Chattanooga, TN

Apr 20, 2016 Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN 

Apr 22, 2016 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

Apr 23, 2016 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC