Posted in music | tour dates on December 21, 2011

by Bill Pearis

The La's in 1990
The Las

Liverpool legends The La's will play their first American show in 21 years on March 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets ($25) go on sale Thursday (12/22) at noon. The show is part of the first-ever NYC extension of Liverpool Sound City festival. More bands are playing, and the line-up should be announced early January.

With songs like "There She Goes," "Timeless Melody" and "Way Out," one could argue that '90s Britpop started with the La's 1990 eponymous debut, an album that frontman/songwriter/perfectionist Lee Mavers didn't even want released. It was finished by producer Steve Lillywhite and disowned by the band, despite near universal acclaim. It's the only album Mavers made as the La's though there are enough demos, different versions of the LP's songs with other producers, and live tracks floating around that they filled a box set.

I don't think the La's really toured America the first time around, just some summer festivals. (Though my memory may be fuzzy about that.) Mavers reformed the La's a few times over the last decade, most recently with original bassist John Power who has since left again to reunite his post-La's band, Cast, whose new album is out in February. It's unclear who the members will be in March.

The NYC edition of the Sound City is part industry conference and part music fest. From the initial press release:

The inaugural New York Sound City (NYSC) will take place on Monday 12th March 2012 as a one day and night music event.

Designed by Sound City (the team behind innovative boutique events in Dubai, Norway and their home city of Liverpool) NYSC will feature key public and media partners from both the UK and US.

"Sound City has established itself as the coolest city centre festival and business conference in the UK. In the short space of 4 years we have delivered our bumper boutique events in Norway, Dubai, Texas and our home city of Liverpool. The UK businesses, individuals and artists we have showcased and assisted have gone onto generate over £12 million of real money for the UK music and digital economy. We do not mess about. For us to partner up with New York is the next logical step. Liverpool and New York have always shared a special relationship with each other. Two of the worlds biggest cities and both synonymous with art, music and pop culture. This is the first announcement in what is going to be an exciting time for the growth of our strong brand." David Pichilingi CEO Sound City

The live show will feature three UK bands (La's included) and three bands from the U.S. Again, details on that to be released next month.

Click through for some classic La's videos and live performances.

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The La's - There She Goes

The La's - Feelin'

The La's - Timeless Melody

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Comments (33)

Hazah!...

Posted by John Updike | December 21, 2011 3:44 PM

Hmm, not sure if I could care less about a reunion than I do about a La's reunion. Happy Mondays I guess, but that's about it.

Posted by onceler | December 21, 2011 3:44 PM

Finally, the sound of the So I Married An Axe Murderer soundtrack is coming back!

Posted by M | December 21, 2011 3:45 PM

The LA's!!! There...she...goes....

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 3:47 PM

Is that Iceage?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 3:50 PM

3:45 you know "two princes" is on that soundtrack too!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 3:51 PM

boo radleys did "there she goes" on the SIMAAM soundtrack. there's a reformation i'd go to see.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 3:53 PM

AMEN!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 4:02 PM

The La's fucking rule.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 4:03 PM

I was able to buy tickets today... 4.20pm

Posted by Jorin Reddish | December 21, 2011 4:18 PM

Ned's Atomic Dustbin too!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 4:26 PM

I know the La's also opened on some of the dates for Elvis Costello's tour in summer 1991 (saw the NJ show), but not sure if they did any headlining dates of their own.

Posted by Tom | December 21, 2011 4:32 PM

now we just need jesus jones and we're all set

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 4:34 PM

tom,

they played the HFStival in DC summer of 1991 which is where I saw them. Don't remember any club dates.

bill

Posted by bill p | December 21, 2011 4:46 PM

the la's toured hawaii to new jersey on 1991

ive got the tour shirt to prove it

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 4:46 PM

They were always regarded as a great live band. Could be interesting, even if the crowd will blow.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 4:51 PM

I have frequently found ned's atomic dustbin in the sale dustbin.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 5:02 PM

I saw them as part of CMJ in NYC back then. Short good set. Best song about heroin ever: "There She Goes".

Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2011 5:07 PM

Has the singer kicked heroin? Saw video from some shows they did in 2005 and he sounded terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 5:51 PM

"There She Goes" is the second-best song about heroin. The best song about heroin is "Another Girl, Another Planet."

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 7:09 PM

The La's played the Marquee...was there

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 8:19 PM

and the fast lane in nj

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 9:18 PM

And they played at Toads Place, new haven. There at that one.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 12:01 AM

The La's! Awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 12:32 AM

Saw them in '91 headline at the Marquee (on 21st St). quite tasty.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 6:08 AM

I think the best song about heroin is actually "heroin" by velvet underground

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 8:24 AM

WRONG it's "leaving on a jet plane" obviously

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 9:32 AM

screw you evr

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 10:10 AM

>

You are correct. sir.

Be on the lookout for my Only Ones tribute band - Lovers Of Today.

Posted by Spike Priggen | December 22, 2011 10:22 AM

Bunch of hippie shit. Can't wait for the inevitable Trey Anastasio guest appearance.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 10:52 AM

Except that "Heroin" by the velvet underground isn't really about heroin. It's actually about being in love with a girl.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 11:31 AM

who's the velvet underground?

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 11:51 AM

really wonderful band.

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 1:30 PM

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