This must be the year of improbable reunions. The Meat Puppets, Iggy & The Stooges, the Police, and now Van Halen? Breaking a 20 year standoff, Billboard is reporting that Van Halen will re-unite with David Lee Roth for a 40 city tour this summer. Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfie will step in on the bass for the shows. The tour will open in, of course, Las Vegas. Hopefully Dave can pull himself away from the Liberace museum long enough to grace us with his customary " I'm so drunk I forgot the words to this song...". Dave, good to have you back, feathers and all.
Chris and Ollie of the Zico Chain have confirmed to the staff here that they will be playing Austin's SXSW music festival in March, and will be touring the U.K. in support of their new album due out on Hassle Records later this summer. They promised to bring us a good balty and some nan bread if they can get it through customs. Other SXSW announcements include Mastodon, I Am X, Mike Aiken, The Moaners, The Village Green, The Pipettes, Interpol, The Octopus Project, Ghostland Observatory, Thunderbirds Are Now! ....(only 1490 +/- bands left to go...) Still no word on that nagging Chili Pepper rumor that is circulating.
Willie Nelson, who is currently touring Europe, has announced a U.S. Tour billed as the "Last Of The Breed" showcasing Willie, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price. The tour kicks off in Prescott Arizona on March 9th, making it back to Austin in time to collide head on with SXSW for 2 nights, though it's not a SXSW show, before ambling off up the east coast, ending in the midwest on March 25 at the Rosemont Theater just outside of Chicago. Tickets are going fast
Happy 25th birthday to Metal Blade Records, big friends of club kingsnake. They have a bunch of artists heading out including Unearth who is opening for Slayer on their tour which starts this weekend. Psyopus is also out on tour for Metal Blade now, working their way from Texas, up the east coast, ending in Arlington Heights, Illinois on February 25th. Finally Travis and the guys from Cattle Decapitation will headline a 3 show tour in Mexico in February.
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