Slightly Stoopid, Pepper Join Forces For Summer Tour
As expected, reggae-rock acts Slightly Stoopid and Pepper will embark on a 20-plus-date summer tour, beginning Aug. 1 at the Joint in Las Vegas and wrapping Sept. 6 at San Diego's Open Air Theatre.As expected, reggae-rock acts Slightly Stoopid and Pepper will embark on a 20-plus-date summer tour, beginning Aug. 1 at the Joint in Las Vegas and wrapping Sept. 6 at San Diego's Open Air Theatre. Reggae duo Sly & Robbie will join the tour as support.
"It's going to be nuts," Slightly Stoopid's Miles Doughty told Billboard.com after the band's set at this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. "It's going to be a good little tailgate party."
The forthcoming Tailgate ’08 jaunt, which primarily visits amphitheaters, brings Slightly Stoopid and Pepper together for the first time since 2006's Jägermeister Music Tour. “We just try to get out as much as we can with those boys, because it’s definitely some of the best times we have on the road,” Pepper drummer Yesod Williams tells Billboard.com.
Along with the tour, Slightly Stoopid and Pepper will both drop new albums on July 22. Slightly Stoopid’s "Slightly Not Stoned
Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid" (Stoopid Records/Controlled Substance Sound Labs) is a re-release of the band's 2005 EP with the same title. The set features new songs, outtakes and other rarities. Additionally, Pepper will release its fifth studio album, “Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations,” via Law Records/Controlled Substance Sound Labs.
Along with a “couple punk-rock tunes” and a “Motown vibe,” the new Pepper album contains “some really old songs that we never actually recorded or released before,” Williams says. Older tracks like “Drive” and “Lucy” have only been played live “a handful of times, like six or
seven years ago,” the drummer notes. “Over the last year and a half, we made it a point to pick out the strongest old songs and make sure they were on the album.”
Following its summer tour with Slightly Stoopid, Pepper hopes to launch a package tour with the bands on its self-run Law
Records. “It’s all up in the air right now, but what we want to do is the first Law Records Tour, which would be in the same vein as the Punk-O-Rama tour,” Williams says.
The trek -- which could begin in the late fall or early winter -- would
feature the Super Villains, Passafire and Pepper, as well as other acts on the label. “We’ll headline this first one and try to carry it on every year, changing the lineup with different Law artists,” says Williams, noting that the tour would most likely visit large theaters.