Entries tagged with: reunions
I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the internet. It has been a very tough year for us as a band, having announced our reunion plans, only for Tony to be diagnosed with lymphoma, leaving us no choice but to postpone the proposed Sabbath tour, and then for Bill to go public on his site about an un-signable contract. None of us knew how Tony was going to respond to his intensive chemo therapy, and radiotherapy. Ozzy and myself flew to England to be with Tony, and on his "good" days, we'd meet at his home studio and put ideas together for the upcoming album, all sitting down together, no drummer involved, just 3 of us quietly putting together ideas. We thought that when we had enough songs together for a full band rehearsal, we'd move back to L.A and put the whole thing together with Bill. Unfortunately, to our surprise, Bill issued a statement on his site saying he'd been offered an un-signable contract. He hadn't told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us let alone in public. We had the idea of keeping just one show in this year, hoping that Tony would be well enough for that show, and that things with Bill would be sorted. As you may expect, a one off show at Donnington Festival (Download) costs an absolute fortune to stage, involving over 50 people, transport, air fares, hotels, meals, agents, promotors, accountants, lawyers etc, so none of us, expected to make much money from it- it was a one off Sabbath show for the fans, before we go into recording the new album. Apparently, this wasn't acceptable to Bill's representatives, they wanted an amount that was so unrealistic that it seemed to have been a joke. So we resigned ourselves to doing Download without Bill, hoping he'd change his mind and at least make a guest appearance. We started rehearsals a few weeks ago with Tommy Cluefetos, the drummer who will be on the Ozzy and Friends Tour. Brilliant drummer and good bloke. It was decided we'd better do a warm up show, to break the ice since we haven't played together live. The O2 Academy was available in Birmingham, where we were rehearsing, so we decided on that, and to make a donation to Help For Heroes Charity, since we'd be ironing out any glitches we may have. Then Bill put out a further statement saying he'd been ready to play the Birmingham show , but he was expected to have to do it "for free"- well, I think that's basically how you raise money from gigs for charity - you play them "for free".Whatever the story, it still seems questionable that they cropped Bill out of old pictures! Most importantly though, I hope Tony is healing quickly and feeling good.
All I am saying [again] is that there are two sides to everything. I do hope to play with Bill again some day. For whatever reason; it wasn't meant to be this time. Bill's made his decision, and I have to respect that. Hopefully this painful year will be worth the wait for the new Sabbath album and end in joy and happiness for all.
Dear Sabbath Fans and Fellow Musicians,Read the rest of Bill Ward's note below. Hopefully they can come to terms for some later dates.
I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued. At this time I have to inform you that I won't be playing with Black Sabbath at the Birmingham gig dated May 19th, 2012, nor will I be playing at Download on June 10th, 2012. Further, I will not be playing at Lollapalooza on August 3, 2012.
Cedric takes a leap @ Coachella 2012 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
If you're not in California, hopefully you caught At the Drive-In's 5th reunion show streaming live from Coachella Sunday night (4/15). Previous shows happened in El Paso, Marfa, Dallas and Austin. More info at those links. The Coachella setlist, and a list of their upcoming (announced) dates, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
M83 / The Black Keys / Refused
"Coachella's new dueling weekends have unwittingly started a bitter turf war between those at the festival now and those who plan to come next week.After sets by Jimmy Cliff, Madness, Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Cliff, Arctic Monkeys, EMA, Ximena Sarinana, Gary Clark Jr, Death Grips, and many more, night fell and the massive crowds at Coachella's first of two Fridays were treated to sets by Pulp (setlist & video HERE), Mazzy Star (more on their set in a second), Refused (more on their set HERE), The Black Keys (setlist below), M83, Amon Tobin (more about him HERE), and others (that we didn't get pictures of).
In years past, if you were the socially adept, party-minded type, you could pretty much bank on the fact that all the cool kids in your social satellite system would be somewhere on the Empire Polo Field, in line for Spicy Pie pizza, or wearing next-to-nothing at the Ace pool party.
This year, however, a text bearing the age-old Coachella rallying cry, "Dude! VIP lounge, now. Shots!" has a 50% chance of being met with the reply, "Dude. I'm coming next weekend. Too bad for you cuz it's so cold there right now."" [LA Times]
Our first set of Coachella Friday pics is HERE. The rest, along with the Black Keys setlist, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis
"I feel like we're some weird meat stuck between two pieces of amazing bread." Small Factory drummer Phoebe Summerquash was referring to her band's placement on the bill between Versus and reformed indiepop legends Black Tambourine at Night One of CF*2012: for the love of pop! The three night event at The Bell House celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the '90s-era zine and co-founder Gail O'Hara has gotten a lot of bands to reform/come out of hiding just for the occasion. "Someone said I am like the mafia," she joked. "No one can say no to me!"
Small Factory haven't played in 17 years but, despite Pheobe's protests, the trio sounded like no time had passed whatsoever and were the clear highlight of night one for this reviewer, a justification of the entire three-day shindig. Songs like "Hopefully," "What to Want" and "Suggestions" haven't aged a bit and the band was together and rockin'. (They also played Cake Shop on Friday.) Small Factory are also in some ways the quintessential chickfactor band. The have a song called "Versus Tape" and their cover of Lois Maffeo's "Valentine" had the entire audience singing. If there was a snapshot of the whole night, that was it.
Lois Maffeo, whose 1993 album Strumpet is a Clinton-era indie rock classic, did her own set earlier in the night, playing a few songs solo before bringing out "The Lois Plus": original drummer Molly Neuman and Heavenly's Peter Momtchiloff on electric guitar. She was a real charmer and the Strumpet-era songs really hold up. Lois is also a very funny person. "I'm so glad I made music in the '90s," she said. "'Magazine' is easy to rhyme. I have trouble working 'Tumblr' into my lyrics."
Versus, who are still a highly functioning band with a recent album on Merge, gave, unsurprisingly the tightest set of the evening but I'll admit to not paying that close attention, as I've seen them probably eight times in the last four years. Richard Balyut looked very Easter Sunday dapper in suit and bowtie.
Black Tambourine @ the Bell House
Headliners Black Tambourine were fun but felt more like you were watching some friends' pick-up band at a party. Which was essentially what happened. The instrument switching between Archie Moore, Brian Nelson and Mike Schulman every few songs felt arbitrary, like the all wanted their turn on drums, bass and guitar.
Which isn't to say it was bad at all. It was fun, and clearly they were having a blast. Schulman, in particular, tore into what ever instrument he was playing. And when Moore was on drums -- usually the more gothy, tribal songs (okay maybe it wasn't totally arbitrary) -- they sounded pretty great. Singer Pam Berry seemed nervous, but her voice was clear and as pretty as ever. And, as chickfactor founder Gail O'Hara said in her introduction, you could actually hear the vocals this time around. I never saw them back in the day, so I'll take her word on that.
In addition to BT classics like "Throw Aggi Off the Bridge," "For Ex-Lovers Only" and "We Can't Be Friends," the band did a number of covers including Love's "Can't Explain," The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," and "Dream Baby Dream" by Suicide. Rose Melberg came out to sing Strawberry Switchblade's "Since Yesterday" which had the place dancing. It was a genuine party atmosphere.
The night, which was hosted wittily by Gaylord Fields, started with two unannounced guests. The first was James McNew's Dump who played a low-key set that included a great cover of Prince's "Pop Life." And then Mark Robinson came out to excited cheers to do solo electric versions of Unrest's "Yes She is My Skinhead Girl" and "Isabel".
The chickfactor anniversary party continued on Wednesday with headliners The Aislers Set, Pipas, personal faves The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group and Bridget St. John and more, and then ended Thursday night... but more about those nights later.
Lots more photos and some videos of the first night's fun are after the jump....
Hole back together again @ Public Assembly last night (photo via silas howard)
To quote Hole superfan Greg Frederick:
Hole reunites after 15 yrs. at the after party for the release of rockumentary Hit So Hard. based on drummer Patty Schemel who played with past band members Melissa Auf der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love as they hit the stage at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, BK. April 14, 2012, 15 Years after last playing music together.You'll remember that the event was advertised as 3/4 of 90's Hole lineup (not to be confused with current day Hole), and I don't think they even knew if Courtney would show up and play a song with them. Watch it happen, Courtney giving a shout-out to the Cribs who were playing Music Hall of Williamsburg next door included, in the video below...
Courtney jumps on stage to play Miss World after waiting for Eric to tune her guitar and Patty to find her a strap.
Courtney jumps back on stage for Over The Edge
photos by Tim Griffin
Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive In @ RED 7 on 4/9
After an opening set by Zechs Marquise, At the Drive-In played their first show since 2001 (as it said on the show poster) at Red 7 in Austin last night (4/9). It was also the first in a series of pre-Coachella warm up shows that continue in Dallas (tonight) and then Marfa.Here's a second set of pictures. More below...
According to show promoter Transmission Entertainment, the surprise gig sold out in 11 minutes after being announced via Twitter the other day. In addition to all those packed inside, there were many listening from the alley outside. Though some complained that Omar Rodriguez Lopez seemed a bit out of it (update: his mother recently passed away), the band was generally high energy with Cedric hanging from the rafters of the newly refurbished club, and the crowd going insane.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Small Factory - Merry Go Round (MP3)
If you didn't get tickets to the opening night (4/10) of the chickfactor 20th anniversary shows at the Bell House but would still like to see Small Factory play in New York, they're playing Cake Shop on Friday, April 13 with Air Waves.
One of the quintessential '90s indiepop bands, Small Factory formed in 1991 in Providence, RI and released two albums before breaking up in 1995. The record to seek out, however, is their 1996 singles comp The Industrial Evolution that culls the trio's many 7" from such labels as Slumberland, Bus Stop, Simple Machines and Pop Narcotic which really exemplifies the band's happy-sad folk pop style. You can download "Merry Go Round" (from one of their Slumberland singles) at the top of this post.
The first two nights of the chickfactor anniversary fest are sold out but you can still get tickets to the Thursday, April 12 night featuring Stevie Jackson, Honey Bunch, the Pines, The Softies and "special guests" not yet announced.
Kiss it Goodbye was a hardcore band from Seattle, Washington, USA that existed from 1997 - 1998.Rorschach is back in action (and have an NYC show coming up), and now after calling it quits in 1998, Kiss It Goodbye is too. The band has scheduled a string of West Coast dates that include an appearance at the Revelation anniversary show. They're all listed below. No word on any East Coast dates so far, but we'll keep you up to date.
After leaving the New Jersey band Deadguy, vocalist Tim Singer and guitarist Keith Huckins moved on to form Kiss it Goodbye with bassist Thom Rusnack and drummer Andrew Gormley. Huckins, Rusnack and Gormley were already familiar musically as they had all previously performed together in the New Jersey band Rorschach.-[wiki]
Still no word on a Deadguy reunion either, but a girl can dream, can't she?
UPDATE: A former member of the band has stated that both Keith Huckins and Andrew Gormley (both also of Rorschach) are NOT part of the KiG 2012 lineup. Bummer.
by Bill Pearis
And the '90s reunions just keep coming! that dog. will play their first NYC show in 15 years on Thursday, May 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their old pal Fred Armisen will open. Tickets are on sale this Friday (3/9) at noon (though AmEx presale starts today at noon).
The progeny of LA music biz folks, that dog. formed in 1991 and released three albums of poppy punk, distinguished in part by Petra Haden's scratchy violin playing. "He's Kissing Christian" and "Never Say Never" were staples on alt-rock radio and 120 Minutes. that dog. was put to sleep in 1997 after their third album but the original line-up got back together last August for two sold out hometown shows at the Troubador. Catch up via Spotify or watch a few of their classic videos (some directed by pal Spike Jonze) at the bottom of this post.
Dennis of Refused on stage with Invasionen at by:Larm (more by BBG)
Many thought that Refused would never reunite, so it seems appropriate that before hitting Coachella, the band would play their first show since 1998 on leap day (aka Feb 29th, yesterday). Check out videos and the setlist from the surprise gig at Scharinska in Umea, Sweden, below.
Refused are set to play Coachella as well as two sold-out nights at Terminal 5 in NYC. Ceremony, who recently started streaming their new LP, and are playing the BV/Power of The Riff show at SXSW, is on board for the second NYC date (no opener yet on the first).
All Refused tour dates with the setlist and videos below...
Porcell of BOLD on stage with Youth of Today (more by Jason House)
NYHC greats BOLD will apparently reform to play Lit Lounge tomorrow night (2/29) as part of a showcase that will also feature "Navegante (Electronic/Funk), Young Gliss (Hip Hop/ Rock), Meridian (New Age Rhythm Blues), ZAKEE (Alternative/Soul/Hip Hop), and The Better Letters (Rockabilly/Pop/Funk)." Interesting. BOLD 2012 is reportedly their original lineup, with "Zulu, Matt, Drew, Tim and Porcell" all on board. Check out the flyer below.
With the NYC show that makes three total Bold dates, with the second and third being the now-sold-out Revelation Anniversary Shows on 6/8 - 6/10 in California (Bold plays the first two).
OKAY MOTHERFUCKERS - DIE KREUZEN PLAYING MAY 26 TURNER HALL. BE THERE.The above quote comes from Keith Brammer's Facebook. He's the bassist of the legendary Die Kreuzen who apparently will reunite for a one-off show in their native Milwaukee, WI. According to reports, the band will feature 3/4 of the original lineup, with Jay Tiller stepping in for Brian Egeness. No word as to what era the band will focus on or if this show will lead to more, but fingers are crossed. For the unfamiliar...
Die Kreuzen (pronounced Dee-Kroytzen) was a rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin which was formed in 1981.... They began as a hardcore punk group and rapidly became a source of inspiration for a wide range of alternative rock musicians, including Soundgarden, Sonic Youth, Voivod, Drive Like Jehu, Alice In Chains, and Neurosis. -[Wiki]The band called it quits in 1992 and the show will mark their first reunion in some time, though there was a close call in 2009. Check out some live video of Die Kreuzen below.
feedtime was an independent postpunk rock trio from Sydney, Australia, formed in 1979... [who] made four albums in the 1980s... The second album, Shovel, received the greatest critical acclaim. The last of these four albums, Suction, was produced by Butch Vig.feedtime called it quits in 1989, reunited briefly in 1996, and has reunited again for a round of shows which are all listed below.
feedtime's sound was loud, primitive, and brutal. The most distinctive musical element is thick, roaring electric guitar, played with a slide, over a thick, chugging rhythm section. Their loud but stripped-down, minimalist approach led them to be compared to the British postpunk band Wire (although feedtime didn't know Wire's music), but feedtime's sound also heavily referenced rural American country and blues. -[Wikipedia]
The dates include a trio of NYC area gigs: Brooklyn gets Death By Audio on 3/29, Manhattan has Cake Shop on 3/31, and NJ gets the look at Maxwells on 4/1. Advance tickets are available for Maxwell's.
The tour is timed to coincide with the release of their new 4xLP/4CD boxset, the Aberrant years, due on March 13th via Sub Pop. Order yours.
"With the Aberrant years, Sub Pop finally realizes our goal of releasing feedtime, a longtime staff favorite and a huge influence on the label's early artistes. From 1978 or 1979 (dates are hazy) until the breakup of their classic lineup in 1989, Sydney, Australia's feedtime--no, that's not a typo, the 'f' is lowercase--shoved their mutant fusion of early American blues, stripped-down hard rock and minimalist punk on an often-hostile music scene. Their raw vision of rock music and disdain for trendy music-biz maneuvering earned them little in the way of mainstream success, but it did get them a rabid underground following (notably Sub Pop's very own Mudhoney) and the support of seminal Aussie indie label Aberrant Records, Amphetamine Reptile Records and Rough Trade US...."All tour dates, including some shows with Mudhoney, are listed along with some videos and a bunch of songs you can listen to (thanks to a Soundcloud mix compiled by Mark Arm), below...
Good things come to those who wait, and in this case its TWO Codeine shows in NYC as part of a short run of North American dates! Tickets go on sale Friday for July 15th at Le Poisson Rouge, and tickets go on sale the same day (2/24) at noon for their June 29th show at Bell House. Support details are still forthcoming.
The band, who announced their reunion and intent to play the US, are also on board for a show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago as well as an ATP I'll Be Your Mirror event in the UK, one in Tokyo, Primavera Sound, and a bunch of other European shows which coincide with a slate of reissues due via The Numero Group.
All dates are listed below.
Things got a little worse for the reunited Black Sabbath who are already struggling with Tony Iommi's ongoing battle with lymphoma. The band, who is reportedly working on new material and are scheduled to begin touring in May, received an open letter from original drummer Bill Ward who is unahppy with the band's insistence that he sign an "unreasonable contract" (again). He swears though that his "position is not greed-driven." and that he's "not holding out for a 'big piece' of the action (money) like some kind of blackmail deal." Read it in full below...
Surprised we are not, but we are excited to exclusively announce that Refused have added ANOTHER NYC show at Terminal 5 after the immediate sellout of the previously announced show on 4/23. The newly added date is 4/22 at Terminal 5. Tickets (which will be on Ticketmaster) go on sale Wednesday at noon (don't sleep).
All tour dates and a couple of videos below.
Refused announced their reunion earlier this month along with the announcement that they'd be playing Coachella. Then they quickly added an appearance at Sweden's Way Out West festival with the report, "additional dates will be made official." Well one of those additional dates that has just been made official will take place in NYC on April 23 at Terminal 5! Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/25) at noon. Other dates have been announced too
All currently known dates and the video for "New Noise" off 1998's The Shape of Punk to Come below...
In addition to the previously discussed Bamboozle appearance, The Promise Ring will ALSO reunite for an NYC date! The show goes down on Sunday, May 20th at Irving Plaza and tickets go on sale on January 28th at noon.
The Promise Ring split up in 2002 and reunited briefly in 2005. The band confirmed their reunion late last year and NYC is one of a few slecet cities scheduled for the band so far. All known dates are listed below.
That's correct, you read right. And in a recent Facebook post they confirm that...
REFUSED ARE NOT FUCKIN' DEADRefused WILL reunite to play Coachella 2012. No word on any additional dates, but we'll keep an eye out. Refused called it quits in 1998 and reissued their landmark LP The Shape of Punk To Come in 2010.
Full Coachella lineup HERE.
UPDATED: The band has issued a statement... doesnt sound too promising for more touring.....
UPDATED AGAIN: The band has added a show at Way Out West festival in Sweden and according to a report, "additional dates will be made official".
Pulp @ Way Out West in 2011
The Coachella 2012 lineup was supposed to be announced in full by now (update: ANNOUNCED), so that may explain why Pulp just announced that they will in fact be playing the festival on both of its weekends: April 13 & 20. Now let's hope that also means a North American tour that comes all the way east. The rumored end-of-2011 US shows obviously didn't happen.
I was lucky enough to catch Pulp during their reunion dates in Europe over the summer, at the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg, Sweden to be exact. Here are some pictures from that glorious show, the great Jarvis Cocker, special guest Charlie Fink from Noah & the Whale, and many Swedish fans included. They continue below...
"ATTENTION! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence THIS STATION IS ...NOW...OPERATIONAL"That news was posted on a new official At The Drive-In website and has been confirmed by the band. No word on what exactly it means (dates, record, other projects, etc), but there have been reports of a show scheduled in Russia, and any way you slice it, excellent news! - BBG .
photos by Stephanie Crumley, words by BBG
American Nightmare in MA
American Nightmare (aka Give Up The Ghost) reunited for two shows: Club Lido in Revere, MA on December 29th and one in Los Angeles on 12/31. The shows, their first in close to eight years, featured the lineup of Wesley Eisold (of Cold Cave), Timothy Cossar, Joshua Holden, Brian Masek, and Alex Garcia-Rivera, and featured notable support with the East Coast getting appearances from All Pigs Must Die, Colin of Arabia, and Salvation while the West Coast got Trash Talk, Touche Amore, and Weekend. Pictures, videos and the partial setlist from the MA show are in this post.
Jacob Bannon recently interviewed Wes & Tim for the Deathwish podcast, discussing the details behind the reunion. Stream that in full on the Deathwish player or download a copy via iTunes. Deathwish recently reissued We're Down Til We're Underground and Background Music on vinyl. Order yours at their eStore.
The founding members of The Beach Boys, one of the world's most legendary bands in popular music history, will reunite for a global 50th Anniversary CELEBRATION in 2012. Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will come together for a new studio album and commemorative catalog releases with Capitol/EMI and a 50-date international tour to begin in April with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ("Jazz Fest") as well as other exciting events to be announced.More of the announcement with more people saying stuff, and the announcement in video form too, below...
Brian Wilson says, "This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again."
Mike Love says, "We got together at Capitol Records and re-recorded 'Do It Again.' Brian and I wrote that song which went to number 1 in Great Britain, Australia and elsewhere some 44 years ago. Brian paid me a compliment saying, 'How can a guy sound that great so many years later?' Later on, while working out some harmonies on a new song Brian had written, I got a chance to return the compliment. It was a thrill to be around a piano again with Brian, Alan and Bruce and experience firsthand the brilliance of Cousin Brian's gift for vocal arrangements. I am very much looking forward to David Marks joining us and thrilling with his surf guitar licks. Music has been the unifying and harmonizing fact of life in our family since childhood. It has been a huge blessing that we have been able to share with the world. Wouldn't It Be Nice to Do It Again? Absolutely!"
Al Jardine says, "The Beach Boys were recently inducted into the California Hall of Fame. From our humble beginnings as brothers, cousins and friends, we have been honored to sing the praises of California, and I'm really excited for our fans to be able to see us again in concert on the world stage, and to celebrate our 50th anniversary together with a new studio album."
Bruce Johnston says, "I will be looking forward to singing Brian Wilson's melodies and Mike Love's lyrics once again in concert with many of the original band members, but imagine what we all could come up with vocally in a recording studio atmosphere under Brian's musical direction."
David Marks says, "I'm really looking forward to celebrating this important milestone in The Beach Boys' history with the other guys, and with Capitol Records - where it all began 50 years ago. It means a lot to me that we can all reunite and pay tribute to the fans who have kept the music alive."
Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On Sunday 27th May 2012 Alexandra Palace will host the first show in 13 years from Cincinnati's rock legends THE AFGHAN WHIGS. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums highlighted by the classic Gentlemen LP in 1993. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and this long awaited reformation will no doubt be a very special event.The second year of ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park will take place September 21st-23rd...
ATP are also pleased to confirm their return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA where they will follow last year's debut in that city with a 2012 I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs and curated by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli.
As you can see in the poster, tickets will go on sale in January. More of the lineup will also be announced at that time.
All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror UK, which just lost Guided By Voices, will host The Afghan Whigs and has moved further into the "unreal" category with additions of Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Dirty Three, Floor, Chavez, Balam Acab, The Oh Sees, Yuck, Archers of Loaf, Demdike Stare, and Siskiyou to appearances from Sleep, Melvins, Mogwai, Codeine and Mudhoney.
Full ATP I'll Be Your Mirror UK lineup is below.