The Nature of the Beast

5 March 2018


At a remote studio deep in the heart of northern England's "Rural Capital of Food"...

Andrew Latimer, Denis Clement, Colin Bass and Pete Jones recently had a brief rehearsal period to reconnect and consider material for the upcoming performances.  Much merriment ensued after a hard day's night and all four are looking forward to hitting the road in May.


The 2018 tour is breaking ground in new territories and also revisiting familiar ones.  But there are some absent friends such as Scandinavia, France, Germany and both North and South America.  Camel have not toured these territories in many years and there were no financially viable offers for the band to do so in 2018. It now seems highly unlikely there will be any dates added on the present schedule.  Camel Productions can say for certain that the 17th September Royal Albert Hall show will be the final performance of this year.  There are still a precious few tickets left and they will soon be sold out.


During Camel's long history, many fans have been able to meet and spend a few moments with the band after a show.  This very down-to-earth group of musicians have enjoyed this unique experience.  However, during the random Meet & Greets on recent tours, there have been a few worrying moments.  Crowd control became a serious issue.  When several hundred fans queued for autographs and selfies, it became quickly evident that demand could not be met in the time available.  At two shows, when fans realised the band had to leave before they could get their autographs, they surged forward nearly overturning a table, crushing the band against a wall.  Thankfully, no one was injured but it brought to mind keyboardist Guy LeBlanc's experience in 2003 when he was nearly pulled off the stage by a fan.  A monitor cabinet broke his fall, but Guy fractured a rib.

At another Meet and Greet, an over-zealous fan gripped Andrew Latimer's hand in a vice-like handshake.  He refused to let go despite Andrew's shouts of protest and he badly bruised Andrew's hand.  The injury cast doubt on his ability to play the following night.  Luckily he was able to play but the seriousness of it cannot be underplayed.  An injury to any band member can bring down a tour.  Had this 'fan' fractured Andrew's hand, it would have ended the tour then and there.  It was imperative there be a radical change to the Meet & Greets on future tours.


For a number of years Andrew Latimer has been challenged by arthritis in his hands, more so in recent years.  He tells us he now finds it too painful to shake hands with anyone and so, with no disrespect intended, Andrew will not be able to shake hands and we ask that everyone respect this in turn.  We would all rather he continue to play his guitar than risk silencing that gift.

The other change is an end to the random access Meet & Greets.  They will now be offered only as a VIP Package in limited numbers to take place in a private environment before a show.   In this way, both the band members and the fans will have time for an autograph, photos and a brief personal chat in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.  Please be aware that only one item can be autographed due to time constraints, so please only bring your most treasured item.  This will give everyone a chance to have a memorable one-on-one moment.  If you are interested in a VIP Package, please contact the venue for more information.

We trust everyone will understand the need for these changes.  Camel have always been open, accessible and generous to fans and that includes all band members from 1972 to the present.  But we no longer live in the same time as we did in the 70's.  That openness was very special.  In this New Dawn, the changes throughout society are so great that those days are now truly gone by.  Would anyone in 1976 have tolerated watching a 2 hour live concert, during the performance, through a 3" x 5" screen?  

Camel ask that no mobile phone, tablets, video cameras or any recording devices are used during the performance  The band would much prefer to play to the faces in an audience as opposed to an array of arms with electronic devices held in the air, obscuring the faces of fans.  Camel Productions received a number of complaints from fans who couldn't see for all the devices equally obscuring their view, let alone the distraction of the bright screens shining back at them.  The intimacy and magic of a performance is lost for everyone when the focus is interrupted in this way.  CP and Camel would very much appreciate your cooperation.

It's hugely important that everyone enjoy the tour, both band and fans alike.  Camel on the Road 2018 has an exciting new element.  With the exception of Japanese fans, who were the first to experience Pete Jones' phenomenal contribution to Camel, tour 2018 will offer a first opportunity to do so for fans in Europe, England, and the Middle East.  Pete Jones is a wonderful addition to the group so don't miss the chance to see a performance and enjoy the magic of this enduring and endearing group that is Camel.


Friday, 22 December 2017

Due to original shows selling out in

Turkey and Israel

extra performances have been scheduled

See our TOURS page for details

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

New dates for Iberia and

For the first time...

Two dates in Israel

See our TOURS page for details

Thursday, 9 November 2017

For the first time...

CAMEL to perform in Istanbul

See our TOURS page for details

Monday, 6 November 2017

Tickets on sale for 2 shows in Poland

Warsaw      Zabrze

Friday, 3 November 2017

Tickets now on sale for the Royal Albert Hall performance


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Two new dates in Poland added to the tour schedule

See our TOURS page for details

Monday, 30 October 2017

performance announcement

band on stage
                                    Photo by Alec Lenya Bass

    After the hugely successful tour of Japan with keyboardist Pete Jones, the band was keen to get back on the road as soon as possible.  After a few wrinkles were ironed out, mainy to do with schedules, they organised
a brief get together a couple of weeks ago and it was a unanimous decision to return to the road in 2018.  With the success of The Snow Goose tours in 2013 and 2014, the band agreed presenting Moonmadness with the same faithful intention woBand in Japanuld be every bit as enjoyable.

We'll have more news as more dates are confirmed (only confirmed dates are announced).  You can check Camel's NEWS and TOURS page on their website.  The band are looking forward to visiting new countries on the 2018 tour.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be made available on the tour.  Details to follow.

(from left:  Denis Clement, Colin Bass, Pete Jones and Andrew Latimer)
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Camel Tour Manager Emma Edgar


If you were unable to see this phenomenal line up perform live in Japan in 2016, you can buy the DVD recorded at the Ex-Theatre in Roppongi, Tokyo in May 2016.

You won't be disappointed.