Happy Friday! Time to get educated about the music happenings this week. Faith No More, The Frames, Kanye West, Underworld, Lady Gaga, and more.
Finally! A Perfect Circle has returned from their hiatus with a five-city west coast reunion tour planned for the fall - the band’s first activity since 2004. The group plans to play three shows in each city, playing one of their albums in its entirety each night. Dates have still not been announced, but the touring line up has been confirmed to include Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel, Josh Freese (currently Devo’s drummer and former drummer for Nine Inch Nails), James Iha (former guitarist for The Smashing Pumpkins) and Matt McJunkins (collaborator on Keenan’s Puscifer and Howerdel’s Ashes Divide). Check the guys out on Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 27th too!
It’s the week of reunion tours and celebratory anniversary tours. Faith No More has added two more dates which will be the final of their reunion tour. Those shows include a show in Santiago, Chile and Los Angeles, CA, so this is your last chance to catch the band! The Frames have announced a short celebratory tour for their 20th anniversary, and Einstürzende Neubauten have also announced a celebratory tour for their 30th anniversary. However, Einstürzende Neubauten’s tour will include two types of events – a traditional, full-length concert and the other an Intimate Multidisciplinary Experience. Which will you go to? Finally, Underworld has announced a short fall tour with a few shows on the west coast and a few on the east coast. Also, check out their new LP Barking, which was just released on September 14th.
Kanye West is still working hard, releasing a new track “GOOD Friday”, which features Common, Big Sean, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and Charlie Wilson. Check that track out and many more from Dark Twisted Fantasy at Kanye’s new website. Also, if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard already, Lady Gaga wore a meat dress and won eight awards at MTV’s Video Music Award held September 12th. She used this opportunity to speak out against the US government’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Gaga asked fans to join her and the SLDN in helping repeal the policy.
A Perfect Circle Return from Hiatus with Tour Dates, Jimmy Kimmel Appearance: A Perfect Circle has announced the return from their hiatus with a five-city west coast reunion tour for this fall, their first activity since 2004. The group plans to play three shows in each city, playing each one of their albums in its entirety each night. Also, the band will play on Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 27th.
Faith No More Adds Final Reunion Tour Dates in Chile and Los Angeles: Through various band tweets, Faith No More has announced additional dates to their reunion tour. Roddy Bottum and Billy Gould have both confirmed dates for Santiago, Chile on December 5th and Los Angeles, CA on November 30th. Follow the link to read the tweets and more information about tickets.
The Frames Celebrate 20th Anniversary with North American Tour: Irish folk group The Frames have announced a short North American tour celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary. Frontman Glen Hansard has been busy with his side project The Swell Season, but is ready to perform with The Frames once again. Follow the link for tour dates.
Einstürzende Neubauten Announce 30th Anniversary North American Tour: Einstürzende Neubauten have announced a series of North American tour dates to celebrate their 30th anniversary performing live. The group has set up two different events - some dates will be traditional full-length concerts by the entire group, and others will be an Intimate Multidisciplinary Experience (Q&A, workshops, films, solo performances, photos, etc.) Follow the link for dates and more info.
Underworld Release New Album, Announce US Tour Dates: Electronica group Underworld just released their new LP Barking on September 14th. Also, the group has announced several US tour dates for the fall – two east coast and three west coat shows. Follow the link for dates, album art, and video.
Kanye West Builds Site for New Releases Including a Brand New Single “GOOD Friday”: The new track “GOOD Friday” featuring Common, Big Sean, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and Charlie Wilson is now up and running on Kanye’s new site. You can listen and download this track and many more from Dark Twisted Fantasy at the new blog. Follow the link to check it out.
Lady Gaga Snags 8 VMA Awards, Asks Fans to Help Repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”: Lady Gaga took home an impressive eight Video Music Awards during MTV’s VMA show on September 12th, using the opportunity to speak out against the government’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Gaga asked fans to join her and the SLDN in helping repeal the policy.