Posted in music | tour dates on May 18, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Helmet at Irving Plaza, March 2012 (more by BBG)
Helmet Irving Plaza

'90s alt-rockers The Toadies and Helmet are hitting the road this summer for a co-headlining tour, stopping in NYC on August 2 for a show at Webster Hall. Tickets to that show go on sale TODAY (5/18) at noon.

While the good times vibes of The Toadies and the math-rock blast of Helmet probably didn't cross paths a lot back in the day, it makes a little sense through the haze of '90s nostalgia. Hair-flying Austin trio Ume open on all dates and are absolutely worth showing up early to see.

The Toadies have a new album, Play.Rock.Music, that will be out July 31. Helmet most recent album is 2010's Seeing Eye Dog. As for openers Ume, the band (who played Hotel Vegan during SXSW) will go on a co-headlining tour with The Life and Times before hooking up with the Toadies and Helmet.

All Toadies/Helmet and Ume dates are listed below...

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Toadies/Helmet - 2012 Tour Dates
07/20 - Houston - HOB
07/21 - Pensacola - Cptn Fun Beach Club
07/22 - New Orleans - Tipitinas
07/24 - Jacksonville - Jack Rabbits
07/25 - Ft. Lauderdale - Revolution
07/26 - St Petersburgh - State Theatre
07/27 - Orlando - HOB
07/28 - Atlanta - Masquerade
07/29 - Charlotte - Fillmore
07/31 - Silver Spring - Fillmore
08/01 - Philadelphia - Trocadero
08/02 - New York - Webster Hall
08/03 - Boston - Paradise
08/04 - Rochester - Waterstreet Music Hall
08/05 - Lansing - Michigan Rock and Brew Fest
08/05 - Pittsburgh - Altar Bar
08/07 - Cleveland - HOB
08/08 - Detroit - The Crofoot
08/09 - Chicago - HOB
08/10 - Indianapolis - Vogue Theater
08/11 - St. Louis - Pop's
08/12 - Kansas City - Beaumont
08/14 - Denver - Bluebird

UME - 2012 Tour Dates
JUNE 2nd-3rd Houston, TX Free Press Houston Summerfeset*
JUNE 8th Austin, TX Red 7*
JUNE 11th Phoenix, AZ The Rhythm Room*
JUNE 12th Los Angeles, CA The Satellite*
JUNE 13th San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill*
JUNE 15th Portland, OR Bunk Bar
JUNE 16th Seattle, WA Barboza*
JUNE 18th Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge*
JUNE 19th Denver, CO The Walnut Room*
JULY 15th Cincinnati, OH Bunbury Festival^
JULY 21st Pensacola Beach, FL Capt'n Fun Beach Club^
JULY 22nd New Orleans, LA Tipitina's^
JULY 24th Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits^
JULY 25th Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution^
JULY 26th St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre^
JULY 27th Orlando, FL House of Blues^
JULY 28th Atlanta, GA The Masquerade^
JULY 29th Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte^
JULY 31st Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore^
AUGUST 1st Philadelphia, PA Trocadero^
AUGUST 2nd New York, NY Webster Hall^
AUGUST 3rd Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club^
AUGUST 4th Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall^
AUGUST 5th Lansing, MI Michigan Rock N Brew @ Adado^
AUGUST 7th Cleveland, OH House Of Blues^
AUGUST 8th Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom^
AUGUST 9th Chicago, IL House Of Blues^
AUGUST 10th Indianapolis, IN The Vogue^
AUGUST 11th Sauget, IL Pop's^
AUGUST 12th Kansas City, MO The Beaumount Club^
* Co-headlining dates with The Life and Times.
^ with Helmet/The Toadies

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Comments (13)

A bald-masking baseball hat is not a helmet.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 10:54 AM

Baseball Cap Rock

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 10:56 AM

This band used to be great. But after listening to the latest Lp "seeing eye dog"..Pages voice is shot..it doesn't even sound like him anymore..

Posted by Jim | May 18, 2012 11:10 AM

^ Agreed. I don't like THAT voice. I love the urgent shouting on the early records and even his clean voice at the time. Don't like the re-union records at all (Seeing Eye Dog is merely OK, though).

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 12:06 PM

I only know that song about the serial killer, possum kingdom I believe it was called. Doooo you want to die?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 12:07 PM

The first 2 Helmet records are absolute classics. Betty steered into partially shitty territory. Everything after that is horrendous. Size Matters and Monochrome are formula pieces of shit. Totally mailed in.

Posted by Hank | May 18, 2012 2:10 PM

Helmet has always sucked. It's a known fact.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 2:38 PM

Not sure about Helmet, but the Toadies are awesome. Their first show back in NY after the reunion was one of the best I've ever been to. The crowd was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 5:32 PM

Oh look everyone, a Helmet cover band with Page Hamilton (lone original member) calling themselves Helmet. No Peter Mengede, no Helmet.

Lemme guess: Helmet will play nothing but Strap It On and Meantime i.e their first two albums because everything after that sucked dick. Strap It On and Meantime aren't so great either. This band was total "in the right place at the right time" (NYC in the late '80s-early '90s.) Overrated.

How does this band keep getting shows at big NY venues like Irving Plaza and Webster Hall? Oh wait, they jock the draw of bigger bands (St.Vitus now The Toadies.)

Posted by D | May 19, 2012 2:40 PM

Helmet plays bigger shows in New York because a lot of New Yorkers like Helmet.
And while of course later line-ups don't hold a candle to '90s original Helmet, Page Hamilton has a sound that is his own, and people like hearing it, still.
By the way, Aftertaste is a an overlooked great record.
Size Matters has some good moments.
People can debate whether he should have called the band Helmet starting with SM, but again the sound was mainly his, and he did try to convince Bogdan and Stanier to return. Bogdan declined and Stanier (not sure of this) apparently didn't want to do it without Bogdan. Now he has Battles, so he's set. Let Page make a living....

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2012 4:47 PM

Helmet still has a decent following in NYC (I'd say 150-200 paid) and what they do is offer themselves as direct support to bands who have little or no Helmet fans. These bigger bands accept Helmet because it's a chance to gain new fans and Helmet plays to people who'd otherwise never see them. It's a smart move on Helmet's part so many older bands should employ. Helmet can't headline a show at a Live Nation or Bowery Presents venue anymore (save a show at Mercury Lounge) or they could but they'd bomb, so they play as direct support so they can still play the big clubs.

Helmet needs to hang it up because Page Hamilton is milking the first two records (mainly Meantime) in 2012 and they haven't put out a record as good as Meantime since Meantime was released two decades ago. Take away the first two albums from their set and they end cuz they wouldn't make enough on playng post-Meantime only material.

BTW way to completely ignore Mengede's contribution to the band which was great by mentioning just Bogdan and Stanier.

Posted by D | May 19, 2012 5:53 PM

Ume is the most relevant band on all of these bills. Go see them steal the show. They are killer. One of the most original bands out right now, top quality.

Posted by jamey simms | May 22, 2012 2:01 PM

the toadie rule enough said.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 4:48 PM

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