Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Melvins Announce U.S. Tour; Cover of "I Want To Tell You" Streaming via Wall St. Journal

The Melvins, who just wrapped up an extensive North American co-headlining tour with Napalm Death, return to the road for a new round of U.S. dates in August, announcing a 7-week trek in support of their forthcoming album, Basses Loaded (June 3, Ipecac Recordings).

The tour, which will feature the current line-up of Dale Crover, Buzz Osborne and Red Kross/OFF! bass player Steve McDonald, includes stops at the Eaux Claires and Muddy Waters Festivals as well as a performance at the inaugural Music Tastes Good Festival in Long Beach, Calif.

Osborne recently spoke with the Wall St. Journal about the band’s tireless work ethic and the concept behind Basses Loaded: ( The paper is also streaming “I Want To Tell You,” the Melvins’ rendition of The Beatles’ classic.

The twelve-song album features six bass players: including Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald, Butthole Surfers’ J.D. Pinkus, Big Business’ Jared Warren, Mr. Bungle/Fantomas’ Trevor Dunn (aka Melvins Lite) and Melvins’ drummer Dale Crover swapping the drum kit for bass in the Melvins 1983 iteration.

Basses Loaded pre-orders are available now via the Ipecac webstore (, Bandcamp (, Amazon ( and iTunes ( Digital pre-orders include instant downloads of “Hideous Woman” and  “War Pussy.”

U.S. tour dates (all headlining shows are on-sale this Friday, May 13):

August 3  Las Vegas, NV  Backstage Bar & Billiards
August 4  Flagstaff, AZ  The Green Room
August 6  Boulder, CO  Fox Theatre
August 7  Ft. Collins, CO  Aggie Theatre
August 9  Sioux Falls, SD  The District
August 10  Fargo, ND  The Aquariaum (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
August 13  Eau Claire, WI  Eaux Claires Music Festival
August 14  Rock Island, IL  Rock Island Brewing Company
August 15  Des Moines, IA  Wooly’s
August 16  Lawrence, KS  The Bottleneck
August 17  St. Louis, MO  The Firebird
August 18  Louisville, KY  Headliners Music Hall
August 19  Indianapolis, IN  The Vogue Theatre
August 20  Grand Rapids, MI  The Pyramid Scheme
August 22  Columbus, OH  A&R Music Bar
August 23  Pittsburgh, PA  Rex Theater
August 24  Buffalo, NY  Iron Works
August 26  Syracuse, NY  The Westcott Theater
August 27  Northampton, MA  Pearl Street
August 28  Hamden, CT  The Ballroom at the Outer Space
August 29  Providence, RI  Fete Ballroom
August 31  Baltimore, MD  Ottobar
September 1  Carrboro, NC  Cat’s Cradle
September 3  Cookeville, TN  Muddy Roots Music Festival
September 5  Athens, GA  40 Watt Club
September 6  Charlotte, NC  Amos’ Southend
September 7  Charleston, SC  Music Farm
September 8  Jacksonville, FL  Jack Rabbits
September 10  Baton Rouge, LA  Spanish Moon
September 11 Jackson, MS  Duling Hall
September 12  Memphis, TN  Hi-Tone
September 13  Little Rock, AR  Metroplex
September 14  Tulsa, OK  Cain’s Ballroom
September 15  Oklahoma City, OK  The ACM @ UCO Performance Lab
September 16  Norman, OK  Opolis
September 17  Austin, TX  The Sidewinder
September 18  San Antonio, TX  Paper Tiger
September 20  El Paso, TX  Lowbrow Palace
September 21  Tucson, AZ  Club Congress
September 24  Long Beach, CA  Music Tastes Good Festival

European tour dates:

June 4  St. Philips, UK  Temples Festival
June 5  Kortrijk, Belgium  De Kreun
June 6  Amsterdam, Netherlands  Paradiso Frote Zaal
June 7  Hamburg, Germany  Logo
June 8  Copenhagen, Denmark  Jazzhouse
June 9  Gothenburg, Sweden  Truckstop Alaska
June 10  Oslo, Norway  BLA
June 11  Malmo, Sweden  Babel
June 13  Berlin, Germany  Postbahnof
June 14  Leipzig, Germany  UT Connewitz
June 15  Koln, Germany  Underground
June 17  Clisson, France  Hellfest
June 19  London, UK  Koko
June 20  Leeds, UK  Brudenell Social
June 21  Glasgow, UK  Art School
June 22  Aston, UK  The Warehouse


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