The Melvins celebrate their 30th anniversary with an extensive North American tour, kicking off July 12 in Phoenix, Ariz.
“Has it really only been 30 years?” asked singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne. “Dang! Thanks to everyone who’s been there for us! It’s been an exciting trip and I probably should have listened and learned more. I apologize for anything I’ve ever done wrong and for anything I’m going to do wrong… Ha!”
‘Everybody Loves Sausages,’ a 13-track covers album including songs by Queen, Roxy Music and Venom, is the Melvins latest release. The album features guests Mark Arm, Jello Biafra, JG Thirlwell, and Scott Kelly, among others. The band’s cover of Queen’s ‘You’re My Best Friend’ is amazingly straight (and good). Their off-the-cuff, accelerated, and incendiary cover of ‘Black Betty’ is also not to be missed. Fans of Bowie and The Kinks should find Buzzo and Co.’s treatment of their material appealing as well.
Spin is currently streaming the album, with commentary from Buzz, in its entirety (http://www.spin.com/articles/melvins-covers-album-stream-everybody-loves-sausages-buzzo/).
The Washington-based band formed in 1983 by Montesano High School classmates Osborne, Matt Lukin, and Mike Dillard. The outfit experienced its first line-up shift soon thereafter as Lukin and Dillard left the band with drummer Dale Crover stepping in, leading to one of rock music’s longest running partnerships. In the intervening years the band, sometimes a trio and sometimes a quartet, has released over twenty studio albums, a dozen live records and innumerable singles and EPs. In 2012 they embarked on the epic 51 States in 51 days tour and have recently added Melvins Lite, a new incarnation of the band featuring stand-up bassist Trevor Dunn, with the 2012 release of ‘Freak Puke.’
The Melvins just wrapped up a month-long European tour and will be playing Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore this Saturday, May 25. Pre-30th Anniversary Tour dates for the band also include performances at Scion Rock Fest (June 1, Memphis) and a trio of dates in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Support for the entire 30th Anniversary Tour comes from Texas bar rock boogie kings, Honky; a band perfectly capable of laying waste to most rooms on its own.
Melvins 30th Anniversary Tour:
July 12 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
July 13 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad
July 15 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
July 17 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
July 18 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Company
July 20 Minneapolis, MN Bash 13 (Grumpy’s) *
July 21 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom **
July 22 Chicago, IL Double Door
July 23 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
July 25 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop
July 26 Detroit, MI Small’s
July 27 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater
July 29 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
July 30 Hartford, CT Arch Street Tavern
July 31 Brooklyn, NY Venue TBA
August 1 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
August 2 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
August 3 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
August 4 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
August 5 Atlanta, GA The Loft at Center Stage Atlanta
August 7 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s
August 8 Houston, TX Warehouse Live – Studio
August 9 Austin, TX Mohawk
August 10 Dallas, TX Trees
August 13 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound
August 14 Boise, ID Neurolux
August 16 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
August 19 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
August 20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
August 22 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
* - w/Mudhoney, Die Kreuzen and Negative Approach
** - w/Mudhoney
Honky opens on all dates except where noted.
Previously announced dates:
May 25 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest
May 27 Millvale, PA Mr. Small's Theatre
May 28 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
May 29 Cincinnati OH The Ballroom at the Taft Theatre
June 1 Memphis, TN Scion Rock Fest