Posted in music | tour dates on November 26, 2008

Jesus Lizard


All Tomorrow's Parties are extremely excited to announce that THE JESUS LIZARD have reformed and will perform at the Fans Strike Back festival in 2009.

In what has to rank as one of the most unlikely developments in rock, the awe-inspiring primal force of the Jesus Lizard will return, briefly, in 2009. The original lineup of David Yow, Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims and Mac McNeilly will reform for a very limited series of live dates in 2009, starting with the All Tomorrow's Parties event dubbed The Fans Strike Back in Minehead, UK on May 9 and 10 and ending with a final appearance in Chicago in late November. These shows will be the Jesus Lizard's first since disbanding in 1999 and the first in twelve years to feature the original storied quartet. As anyone who has experienced the Jesus Lizard live can attest, they are one of the most intense and visceral musical assemblies to ever stalk a stage. This fleeting reunion offers an incredible opportunity to either be blown away all over again or to immerse yourself in the sweaty power and driving mayhem for the very first time.

In celebration of this event, Touch and Go Records will reissue four full-length releases from the Jesus Lizard in May 2009. Remastered recordings of Head, Goat, Liar, and Down will be available on both LP and CD, all with expanded packaging and liner notes. Bob Weston is heading up the remastering process with Steve Albini, the original session engineer, sitting in.

This is the same UK festival/weekend that Sleep are reforming to play. This is not to be confused with ATP NY which also just announced bands for 2009 (when I got this news I did get confused for a second and thought JESUS LIZARD??!, but then realized they meant for the UK) (we can still hope) (they are playing Chicago in November....ATP NY is in September...).

Jesus Lizard are playing "ATP UK Weekend 1". "ATP UK Weekend 2" is the one the Breeders are curating, and that's the one Shellac and Gang of Four (maybe not the original lineup?) were just added to. More UK ATP details below...

Jesus Lizard

Taking place from the 8th - 10th May at Butlins Holiday Resort, Minehead, England, Fans Strike Back will see half of the festival line-up chosen by ATP and the other half voted for by everyone that buys a ticket. Voting has now started! Also added to the line-up today are The Cave Singers.
Due to some people not receiving their voting forms until late last week, the first round of voting will be tallied up and announced next Monday, 1st December, and we will then be inviting the top two bands on the list to perform.

The ATP curated bands so far:
SLEEP performing Holy Mountain / selections from Dopesmoker + more
YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS perform Colossal Youth


All Tomorrow's Parties takes great pleasure in announcing that The Breeders have been chosen as curators for ATP Weekend 2 taking place in May 2009. Created by Pixies bassist Kim Deal in 1988, the band have released four stunning and influential albums including 1993's highly successful Last Splash which spawned the epoch-making single 'Cannonball' and most recently the acclaimed Mountain Battles. The Breeders will perform at ATP and will pick a bill of 40+ artists to join them. The event will take place from the 15th-17th May 2009 at Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead, England.
The line up today expands to include legendary post-punk band GANG OF FOUR and the always incredible Steve Albini-led SHELLAC will celebrate their 78th appearance at ATP by performing as our 'house band'. Confirmed so far:

SHELLAC (House Band)



Comments (30)

who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 11:29 AM

I do. Why Chicago?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 11:32 AM

The Jesus Lizard are from Chicago. I hope they add a NYC date!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 11:35 AM

I love the idea of two weekends back to back, though expensive that would be an amazing week.

Posted by TXn | November 26, 2008 11:35 AM

I'm going to listen to goat now and remind myself of how great they were.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 11:37 AM

Jesus Lizard AND Sleep. Mingya!

Check out Mighty High...In Drug City here

Posted by Joe Momma | November 26, 2008 11:39 AM

finally, a reunion to be STOKED on.

only saw them once, it was insanely good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 11:48 AM

With Mac McNeilly.....the only way to do it right. Yes!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 11:56 AM

oooooo my god!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 11:58 AM

saw these guys 3 times pre-_Liar_ and they remain the most powerful live band ever.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 12:07 PM

Wow, did you see my post about the NY ATP?

Sleep do Holy Mountain, Jesus Lizard do Goat and Neurosis do Souls at Zero. Is that a good start for a ATP?

I almost called it, except wrong city.

Posted by nsfw | November 26, 2008 12:17 PM

I've seen david yow's dick more often than most fat guys have seen their own.
it scarred me mentally.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 12:26 PM

i too witnessed the cock of david yow when seeing them for first time at lollapalooza '95 where he was arrested shortly after performing...never heard of them and then was blown away and saw them again in knoxville in '99 at a tiny club...they wreak havoc in the best kind of way

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 12:53 PM



last time i saw jesus lizard was at irving plaza in 97...brainiac opened...good times.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 1:23 PM

this is so fucking cool......I really hope they come around to NY.....please......

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 1:24 PM

saw them w/gvsb on the liar tour. still one of the best shows i've seen especially w/yow launching himself from my girlfriend's hand into the crowd at the start of seasick.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 1:57 PM

England does not deserve this---fuck!

11:29---It must suck to be you. Go enjoy your Vampire Weekend CD and shut the fuck up.

Posted by TWB | November 26, 2008 2:12 PM

"I think I'm going to fuckin throw up!!"

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 3:11 PM



last time i saw jesus lizard was at irving plaza in 97...brainiac opened...good times.


Yes. Me too. Brainiac ruled then Jesus Lizard wrecked the place.
...Back when most touring bands were dangerous and alive!....

Everyone is just so.... Sensitive now.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 3:15 PM

I'm making my parents listen to the Lizard all through Thanksgiving weekend!

Posted by nipples | November 26, 2008 3:38 PM

everyone is not sensitive now and belle and sebastian were big in 1997. there's always a wide range of music, you just got old.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 4:23 PM

Fuckfuckfuckfuck! Nice!

Never caught them back in the day. This is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 8:00 PM

It's a three hour drive. I'll be there in two and a half.

Posted by setstatic | November 26, 2008 10:44 PM

Jesus Lizard? Lollapalooza '95? I feel old. They rock!

Posted by Dooder City | November 27, 2008 9:51 AM

I'm definitely flying to Chicago for the last gig regardless of whether they play NY or not. Mac on drums, dudes!

Posted by circusking | November 27, 2008 9:25 PM

many years ago, in '92 jesus lizard played a small club in baltimore, show was sweaty & phenomenal!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2008 2:06 PM

My GF never saw them and I've been trying to fill her in on exactly what she missed... hope they play some smaller clubs.. those were so fun!!

I'm with circusking.. I flew to chicago to see scratch acid a couple o years ago and I am willing to do it again.. Hopefully they will be playing Austin and I wont have to..

chicago is full of such insignificant aging scenester pricks.. good thing there were people from all over the world at the touch n go party to enjoy the show with. ;-)

Posted by buzz allgrin | December 5, 2008 9:33 AM

Still stoked for this.

Let's hope they play the Empty Bottle...ha.

...and....Chicago has the nicest people ive ever met, and theyre not few and far between.


Posted by JY | February 2, 2009 8:09 PM

Just booked my ticket to see them in London - and bands didn't get sensitive, fans got old and worried about breaking shit and getting sued, land of the free my arse

Posted by Lalor | March 17, 2009 4:06 PM

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