Saturday, November 12, 2011
[press release] KYUSS LIVES! has announced a very special one-off homecoming show, set for Friday, November 18 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will see the world famous band perform an extended two and a half hour long set showcasing songs from all of its records in addition to never-before-performed songs taken from the band's celebrated archive. This once in a lifetime, only in the U.S. gig celebrates the near total return of the California rock pioneers and will feature original KYUSS vocalist and front man John Garcia, original drummer Brant Bjork, original bassist and former Queens of the Stone Age four stringer Nick Oliveri plus SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS. Today, KYUSS LIVES! announces former KYUSS bassist Scott Reeder as the first guest slated to join the band at the highly anticipated show.
Reeder, who played bass on KYUSS' classic LPs "Welcome to Sky Valley" and "...And the Circus Leaves Town" and was also a member of doom legends The Obsessed, will share the stage with KYUSS LIVES! on what promises to be a momentous night in the band's ever-evolving legacy. Tickets for the KYUSS LIVES! Los Angeles show on November 18 are on sale now HERE. Don't miss out!
KYUSS LIVES! North American live dates (includes support from The Sword & Black Cobra):
November 17 San Diego, CA House of Blues
November 18 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre (* SPECIAL extended set!!)
November 19 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
November 21 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
November 22 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
November 23 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
November 26 Calgary, AB Flames Central
November 27 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Event Centre
November 29 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Centre
November 30 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
December 1 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
December 2 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
December 3 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom
December 5 Greensburg, PA The Palace Theatre
December 6 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
December 7 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
December 8 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
December 9 Long Island, NY Paramount
December 10 Montclair, NJ Wellmont
KYUSS LIVES! will also perform in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil in November. The dates are as follows:
November 9 Mexico City, Mexico El Circo Volador
November 11 Santiago, Chile Teatro Teleton
November 12 Buenos Aires, Argentina Teatro Colegiales
November 13 Sao Paulo, Brazil Caricoa Club
KYUSS LIVES! has also made special fan VIP upgrade packages available which will allow concert goers to both connect with the band personally and collect rare KYUSS LIVES! merchandise, making for a one-of-a-kind fan-to-band experience. Members of the band's Internet Fan Community also have the opportunity to purchase concert tickets via advance pre-sale. Click HERE to purchase KYUSS LIVES! VIP fan upgrade packages and HERE to pre-order KYUSS LIVES! concert tickets and become a member of the band's Internet Fan Community.
KYUSS is a band that needs no introduction. In the 1990's, the quartet produced some of the most celebrated, inspirational and influential rock music of its time. Over the course of four studio albums, KYUSS provided the blueprint for a generation of bands as they single-handedly spearheaded the "stoner rock" movement and created their own genre of rock 'n' roll. The group's landmark albums -- 1992's Blues for the Red Sun and 1994's Welcome to Sky Valley -- are universally praised by both critics and fans and are a staple in any discerning rock record collection. The generator parties that took place in the deserts of southern California at the close of the eighties were the making of KYUSS who trailblazed a stunningly heavy psychedelic rumble described by everyone except the musicians themselves as "stoner rock" or the more aptly named "desert rock". The band's gargantuan sound rested on three pillars: a downtuned guitar played through a bass amp, the rhythm section's quaking grooves and the instantly recognizable vocals of John Garcia. KYUSS' classic lineup - Garcia, guitarist Josh Homme, bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Brant Bjork - only lasted for two years and the band for just five, but after the unit's dissolution in 1995, its posthumous legend grew and grew. In the years since, KYUSS' legacy has lived on with previous members having formed or performed with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Brant Bjork and the Bros, The Dwarves, Mondo Generator, Slo Burn, Unida and Hermano.
Then something magical happened. In April 2010, Garcia announced a solo European tour billed as "Garcia Plays Kyuss"; the singer's backing band composed of Belgian and Dutch musicians and friends including lifelong KYUSS devotee Bruno Fevery on guitar. The shows were met with great joy by KYUSS' global fanbase. During a performance at France's Hellfest that June, Garcia and Fevery were joined on stage by former KYUSS members Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri for performances of the band's classic songs "Gardenia" and "Green Machine". After the gig, Garcia, Bjork and Oliveri decided to bring the KYUSS legacy back to where it really belongs; live and on stage. The undeniable chemistry and electricity that the performance yielded led to the resurrection of KYUSS' lead-heavy psychedelic groove for the masses under the banner 'KYUSS LIVES!', a name both tongue-in-cheek and genuinely deserving of its exclamation point.
"Kings of the stoner age...Unheralded in their own time, Kyuss inspired a generation of bands in thrall to their downtuned metal. Now, in the form of Kyuss Lives!, they're back." - THE GUARDIAN
"Kyuss Lives! is an offshoot of influential 1990s stoner-rockers Kyuss, which counts among its metal-ish progeny Queens of the Stone Age. The current incarnation's sound hearkens back to the group's thunder-guitar roots (think Blue Cheer, only faster)." - MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
Posted by Dan Goldin at 12:40 AM