Posted in metal | music | tour dates on March 2, 2009

by Black Bubblegum

Mastodon @ Scion Rock Fest - Feb 28, 2009 (by Michael Woodruff)
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Less than 36 hours after Mastodon left the stage at Scion Rock Fest where they played a few tunes with Scott Kelly of Neurosis (!!!), the band announced a tour that includes a NYC date at Irving Plaza (May 9th, tickets on sale soon) and a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 10th, presale starts Wedesday). All dates will include Kylesa (who was also at Scion) AND Intronaut. Both openers will be coming off of their tour with The Haunted and Nachtmystium.

MastodonDuring the April & May North American trek, the Atlanta crew will play all of their upcoming album Crack The Skye (out March 24):

The complete album performance is something new for the group, says guitarist Bill Kelliher, but "there's something about [the album] where it would be weird to leave a song out. We'll incorporate a whole stage show, which will hopefully make it even more exciting for kids to come see and more visually stimulating." The band is also hoping to make a short movie from all the songs, which Kelliher predicts will be Mastodon's version of "The Wall." -[Billboard]
Word is that the band have employed Josh Graham to incorporate visuals into their stage show, similar to Neurosis and A Storm of Light's projection show. Billboard also got more of a straight story on the record's concept
"It's about a crippled young man who experiments with astral travel. He goes up into outer space, goes too close to the sun, gets his golden umbilical cord burned off, flies into a wormhole, is thrust into the spirit real, has conversations with spirits about the fact that he's not really dead, and they decide to help him. They put him into a divination that's being performed by an early-20th-century Russian Orthodox sect called the Klisti, which Rasputin is part of.

"Knowing Rasputin is about to be murdered, they put the young boy's spirit inside of Rasputin. Rasputin goes to usurp the throne of the czar and is murdered by the Yusupovs, and the boy and Rasputin fly out of Rasputin's body up through the crack in the sky and head back. Rasputin gets him safely back into his body."

"That's the basic story," he [Brann Dailor] says, "but it's all metaphors for personal sh*t."

Oh word? See if you can decipher more at the Crack The Skye website.

Tickets are still available for the April 19th BB Kings show with The Haunted, Nachtmystium, Kylesa, & Intronaut.

A Storm Of Light recently played Europa with Amenra & Zoroaster.

All Mastodon shows go on pre-sale on Wednesday (password = CracktheSkye), and then regular sale Friday. All dates on this "intimate" tour are below...

MASTODON, KYLESA, INTRONAUT - 2009 TOUR DATES
Apr 10 Workplay Theater Birmingham, AL
Apr 11 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Apr 13 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
Apr 14 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Apr 16 Martini Ranch Phoenix, AZ
Apr 18 Coachella Indio, CA
Apr 19 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
Apr 21 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
Apr 22 Neumo's Seattle, WA
Apr 23 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
Apr 24 MacEwen Ballroom Calgary, AB
Apr 25 Starlite Ballroom Edmonton, AB
Apr 26 The Odeon Saskatoon, SK
Apr 28 The Garrick Winnipeg, MB
Apr 29 Fine Line Music Hall Minneapolis, MN
Apr 30 Metro Chicago, IL
May 1 Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI
May 2 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
May 4 Le National Montreal, QC
May 5 Opera House Toronto, ON
May 7 House of Blues Boston, MA
May 8 TLA Philadelphia, PA
May 9 Fillmore @ Irving Plaza New York, NY
May 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
May 12 9:30 Club Washington DC
May 13 Cat's Cradle Carbarro, NC
May 14 Orange Peel Ashville, NC
May 15 Center Stage Atlanta, GA

"MASTODON will tour Europe with Metallica this summer. In addition, they have been invited to perform as part of the Sonisphere Touring Rock Festival this summer in Europe and the UK with Metallica, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Lamb of God and more."

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Comments (33)

"It's about a crippled young man who experiments with astral travel. He goes up into outer space, goes too close to the sun, gets his golden umbilical cord burned off, flies into a wormhole, is thrust into the spirit real, has conversations with spirits about the fact that he's not really dead, and they decide to help him. They put him into a divination that's being performed by an early-20th-century Russian Orthodox sect called the Klisti, which Rasputin is part of."

These metal postings are too funny.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 11:16 AM

Yeah, and a fucking album dedicated to entire state is a better idea.... Its called art douchetard. Deal with it.

I for one, cant wait to see Mastodon and Kylesa!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 11:25 AM

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 11:47 AM

"Yeah, and a fucking album dedicated to entire state is a better idea.... Its called art douchetard. Deal with it."

Wow. Consider 11:16's cliched hipster snobbery checked.

Posted by chris | March 2, 2009 11:52 AM

Just saw them on the Scionfest .. Better than anyone there (and don't argue it, if you weren't there..)..

I saw a few that rivaled their show.. but not in the musicianship and songs.. and hands down some of the baddest guitars at the entire festival..

Posted by orsyn | March 2, 2009 11:53 AM

"Its called art douchetard. Deal with it. "

No, it's called 'pretension.'

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:00 PM

neurosis was better at scion fest. just saying. i was there.

Posted by jan janson | March 2, 2009 12:02 PM

Even if I wasn't there, Neurosis was better. I saw both band's together, Neurosis make's nearly any band they play with look like armature hour.

That being said I love Mastodon and am psyched for this album!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:34 PM

neurosis kills everyone in the metal dept.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:29 PM

I was @ Scion, and the 2nd of the NYC shows w/ Mastodon last year...Neurosis' set this time around was way way better, and i really liked the '08 show.

i also thought Converge was brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:33 PM

fuck yeah. i can't wait for this!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:44 PM

hipsters are so funny. they think they're so above metal but if John Daranell or Andrew Bird came up with this concept it would be just fucking brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 2:22 PM

DO "STONEHENGE"!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 2:59 PM

Right. A concept album about a crippled kid in outer space occupying the body of Rasputin is not ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 3:00 PM

3:00PM you are missing the point. I think the point is that it's all ridiculous. A record about a state as well as the Mastodon concept.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 3:29 PM

what a bunch of fucking metal racists, Body County is way better than these wack ass getting beat up by system of down muthafuckkas, prolly a bunch of nazis or somme shit

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 7:45 PM

"Yeah, and a fucking album dedicated to entire state is a better idea.... Its called art douchetard. Deal with it."

Sorry, that is the rebuttal of the day. Hats off.

Posted by Jeff the chef | March 3, 2009 12:04 AM

i want headlining shows in germany - no fucking metallica support slots

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 8:39 AM

co headline with system of down touring all concentration camps with nachytmistium opening

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:33 AM

I'd like to bang all of your heads together 3 stooges style. Fucking morons

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 11:50 AM

you tried that with system of a down and failed you fucking metal jocks, go tour with pearl jam and sing songs about mookie blaylock

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 7:22 PM

mastodon is one of the most cutting edge bands out there - anyone who says different obviously does not know what they are talking about!

Posted by colin | March 4, 2009 12:36 PM

Now that I've heard the album I'm really pissed I didn't get a ticket for this when I had the chance! oh well, I'll give it a shot day of.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:21 PM

Here Wo Go Magic + The Antlers = the show of 2009 you were going to want to say you were at.

Those 2 bands are really really great. Watch out.

Posted by mass mailer | April 13, 2009 10:00 PM

Here Wo Go Magic + The Antlers = the show of 2009 you were going to want to say you were at.

Those 2 bands are really really great. Watch out.

Posted by 3D camera | April 13, 2009 10:02 PM

to bad none of your elitist opinions matter to these guys, your paying to see their performances.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2009 1:33 AM

MEHstadon

Posted by anonyMEHous | May 10, 2009 2:29 PM

Better than anyone there (and don't argue it, if you weren't there..)..

I saw a few that rivaled their show.. but not in the musicianship and songs..

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Posted by CLOMID | November 15, 2009 2:44 PM

Much deserved, cannot wait for live show again!!!

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