Dinosaur Jr. Focusing On Oldies On Tour
Sensing the climate was right for a reunion, the original members of Dinosaur Jr. are preparing for a summer tour.Sensing the climate was right for a reunion, the original members of Dinosaur Jr. are preparing for a summer tour. "We didn't realize there was like a lot of interest," drummer Murph tells Billboard.com. "We had a lot of promoters and people wanting us to play. We got offers to play some pretty big festivals so we just figured it would be good for everybody to do it."
The highly anticipated reunion came to fruition last month when the J Mascis-led band performed on CBS' "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" followed by a jam-packed gig at Hollywood's Spaceland a day later.
"It was like amazing," Murph says of finally returning to the stage with Mascis and original bassist/future Sebadoh leader Lou Barlow. "When we played on stage, it felt just like before. We did it for so long and we're a pretty intense band, so you know we definitely did our homework and it paid off. It was like a perfect fit."
The reunion is also timed around reissues of Dinosaur Jr.'s first three decidedly punk-based albums, 1985's "Dinosaur," 1987's "You're Living All Over Me" and 1988's "Bug." The Merge reissues are all remastered and feature original cover artwork, bonus videos and a live track.
Dinosaur Jr. heads to Europe next week for a few festival shows before returning Stateside for a 14-date club tour that culminates with a performance at Lollapalooza July 24 in Chicago. An impressive list of support bands will appear throughout, including fellow indie rock icons Superchunk, Broken Social Scene, Radio 4, Love As Laughter, Cobra Verde, Bardo Pond and Barlow's Sebadoh colleague Jason Loewenstein.
As for the set list, Murph says the band is concentrating on material from its first three albums, despite the fact that Dinosaur Jr. released eight albums in total.
"Yeah, it's really not fair to Lou to start focusing on other stuff outside of that [early] era," Murph says. "That would create a little bit of weirdness. And we've got 30 or 40 some songs, so we have plenty of material to choose from."
Fans are abuzz about the possibility that the trio will record new material, but Murph says, "We're not that kind of a band. We don't work that way. It's just all about the reunion and just kind of reconnecting as people, as kindred souls. We're not about putting [out] new product or anything like that at all."
He adds, "If everything has gone really well and things are really happening, that's when the pressure will come on. Then we'll be getting that, 'What are you guys going to do now?' kind of thing. But that won't happen until much later."
Here are Dinosaur Jr.'s tour dates:
July 7: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
July 8: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
July 9: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)
July 10: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
July 11: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
July 12: Northampton, Mass. (Pearl Street)
July 13: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
July 14: New York (Central Park SummerStage)
July 15: Boston (Avalon)
July 16: Quebec City, Quebec (Quebec City Festival)
July 17: Toronto (Phoenix Concert Theatre)
July 19: Cleveland (House of Blues)
July 20: Pontiac, Mich. (Clutch Cargo's)
July 21: Covington, Ky. (Madison Theatre)
July 22: Milwaukee (Eagles Club)
July 23: Minneapolis (Quest)
July 24: Chicago (Lollapalooza; Grant Park)