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The Residents touring, playing ‘God in 3 Persons’ in full at MoMA

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Though co-founder Hardy Fox died a year ago, mostly anonymous art rock collective The Residents continue on and they’ve got big plans for 2020. First and foremost, they’ll be presenting their 1988 opus God in 3 Persons live for the first time ever with a seven-piece band and audio-visual theatrical experience at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art on January 24 & 25 for three performances. If you’re unfamiliar with the album, here’s the gist:

In this propulsive and brooding rock oratorio, The Residents’ anonymous lead singer, performing as Mr. X, preaches of his encounters with a pair of ambiguously gendered conjoined twins (portrayed on video by noted genderqueer porn star Jiz Lee). Their physical union has magical healing powers…or so he claims! A confession of faith-mongering complicated by a crisis of desire, God in 3 Persons functions as a darkly twisted cautionary tale about the risk of losing yourself in the process of refusing to accept others in their entirety.

God in 3 Persons is directed by Travis Chamberlain with musical direction by Joshua Raoul Brody and puppetry and background design by Leigh Barbier. Video artist John Sanborn is providing the projections and joining The Residents for these shows will be vocalist Laurie Amat. You can watch a promotional video for the shows, featuring Sanborn and Residents vocalist Randy Rose — and stream the album — below.

Tickets for the January 24 God in 3 Persons performance go on sale to the general public on 1/10, while the two January 25 performances go on sale 1/11. You can get them now, and help fund the production, through The Residents God in 3 Persons Indiegogo.

There is also a rehearsal performance happening at San Francisco’s The Lab on January 18 and tickets for that are available via their Indiegogo.

After that, The Residents will be on the Dog Stab! tour in the spring and so far dates include Denver, Detroit, Cambridge, NYC and Philadelphia. The NYC show happens April 30 at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.

In other news, God in 3 Persons got a deluxe, expanded reissue this year with unreleased tracks, demos and more.

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The Residents — 2020 Tour Dates
January 18 – San Francisco – The Lab
January 24 & 25 – NYC – MoMA (God in 3 Persons Live)
April 21 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theatre
April 25 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall
April 28 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
April 30 – NYC – Le Poisson Rouge
May 1 – Philadelphia – The Fillmore.

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