Concrete Blonde Cements Reunion Tour
Reunited modern rock act Concrete Blonde will kick off a North American tour Jan. 18 in San Diego, just three days after the release of "Group Therapy," the band's first album in more than eight yearsReunited modern rock act Concrete Blonde will kick off a North American tour Jan. 18 in San Diego, just three days after the release of "Group Therapy," the band's first album in more than eight years. Currently confirmed dates have the band's original lineup -- singer/bassist Johnette Napolitano, guitarist Jim Mankey, and drummer Harry Rushakoff -- on the road through a Feb. 21 show in Boston.
Due from Manifesto Records, "Group Therapy" consists of 12 new songs recorded last year in Los Angeles. Last September, the band played its first live show since disbanding in 1995 as part of an L.A. benefit for the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund that also featured Bicycle Thief, Wiskey Biscuit, and the BellRays. Since then, Concrete Blonde has played a handful of shows, including Je Jeune Salon's third annual fashion & entertainment show in December.
Since splitting in 1995, Napolitano has been the most active of the trio's members. She formed another trio, Pretty & Twisted, with former Wall Of Voodoo guitarist Marc Moreland and drummer Danny Montgomery. The group's sole album was a 1995 self-titled affair released by Warner Bros. That same year saw Napolitano release "Vowel Movement" (Mammoth) with Holly & the Italians leader Holly Beth Vincent.
In 1997, Napolitano and Mankey reunited to record "Concrete Blonde Y Los Illegals" with L.A.'s Los Illegals. Along with appearances on albums by Steve Wynn, Matthew Ryan, and the Heads, she also scored Steve Balderson's 1998 directorial debut, "Pep Squad." His second film, "Firecracker," features Blondie's Deborah Harry and the Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin in key roles and is due out later this year.
Concrete Blonde's last studio album, 1993's "Mexican Moon," debuted at No. 67 on The Billboard 200. 1990's "Bloodletting," the best-known of the group's five studio albums, peaked at No. 49 and featured the single, "Joey," which topped Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and reached No. 19 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Here are Concrete Blonde's tour dates:
Jan. 18: San Diego (4th & B)
Jan. 19: Tempe, Ariz. (Bash on Ash)
Jan. 20: Tucson, Ariz. (Rialto Theater)
Jan. 21: Santa Fe, N.M. (Paramount Theater)
Jan. 24: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
Jan. 25: Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)
Jan. 28: Eugene, Ore. (Wow Hall)
Jan. 29: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theater)
Jan. 30: Seattle (Showbox)
Feb. 1: Santa Ana, Calif. (Galaxy)
Feb. 8: Chicago (Vic Theater)
Feb. 9: Minneapolis (1st Avenue)
Feb. 13: New York (Knitting Factory)
Feb. 14: Philadelphia (venue TBA)
Feb. 15: Washington D.C. (9:30 Club)
Feb. 16: Pittsburgh (Club Laga)
Feb. 17: Cleveland (venue TBA)
Feb. 19: Toronto (venue TBA)
Feb. 21: Boston (venue TBA)