Thursday, January 26, 2012
[blabbermouth.net] Southern California’s heavy fuzz rock legends FU MANCHU are thrilled to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their 1997 classic “The Action Is Go”. To follow up on the overwhelming response they received from their “In Search Of… 15 Years” tour, the hardworking group will be undertaking a headlining tour with a set comprised of this entire fourteen-track album from start to finish. Many of these songs will be performed live for the first time ever.
To coincide with the tour, the band will be reissuing the original album on 180-gram vinyl with double gatefold packaging on the band’s own At The Dojo Records worldwide. The band will also be selling the vinyl reissue as well as the original CD at these shows. On September 14, FU MANCHU will launch their European trek in the U.K. A full listing of the 24-city, 15-country, four-week FU MANCHU “The Action Is Go 15″ tour can be seen below.
Recorded at Grandmaster Studios in Hollywood, California and Sound City in Van Nuys, California and produced by Jay Yuenger of WHITE ZOMBIE, mixed by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MELVINS) and mastered by Dave Collins (SOUNDGARDEN, BLACK SABBATH, MONSTER MAGNET), “The Action Is Go” was the band’s fourth full length album and the first to feature current lead guitarist Bob Balch. This collection is considered a classic of the band’s catalog. Highlights include the lead single, “Evil Eye”, “Hogwash” and concert classic “Saturn III”.
Originally formed in 1985 as a BLACK FLAG-influenced hardcore punk band called VIRULENCE, FU MANCHU has since become one of hard rock’s most celebrated names. The band released its first single “Kept Between Trees” in 1990 and in the years following, helped give rise to a celebrated style of heavy music tagged “stoner rock” alongside peers such as KYUSS, MONSTER MAGNET and SLEEP. Since its inception, the quartet has built itself a fanatical army of loyal enthusiasts all drawn to the group’s ridiculously catchy, unpretentious music, guitar-driven sound and carefree lyrics centered on “old muscle cars, choppers, vans, skateboarding and science fiction.”
The track listing for “The Action Is Go” is as follows:
01. Evil Eye
03. The Action Is Go
04. Burning Road
07. Side Hoax
08. Unknown World
11. Grendel, Snowman
12. Strolling Astronomer
13. Saturn III
14. Nothing Done
“We’re stoked that the fans are into us doing the complete album thing again. We look forward to bringing these songs back live to the fans after 15 years,” states FU MANCHU frontman/guitarist Scott Hill.
FU MANCHU intends to bring this tour to the U.S. and potentially other countries throughout 2012 and 2013. Details are expected to be announced in the immediate future. Additionally, the band is currently writing new material and plans to release an all new album in 2013.
In addition to Hill, FU MANCHU features guitarist Bob Balch, bassist Brad Davis and drummer Scott Reeder.
FU MANCHU European “The Action Is Go 15″ tour dates:
Sep. 14 – Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
Sep. 15 – London, UK @ Islington Academy
Sep. 16 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell
Sep. 17 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2
Sep. 19 – Paris, France @ Maroquinerie
Sep. 20 – Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage
Sep. 21 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland @ Kammgarn
Sep. 22 – Romagnano Sesia, Italy @ RNR Arena
Sep. 24 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Plaza Club
Sep. 25 – Munich, Germany @ Hansa 39
Sep. 26 – Vienna, Austria @ Szene
Sep. 27 – Berlin, Germany @ Lido
Sep. 28 – Warsaw, Poland @ Hydrozagadka
Sep. 30 – Tallin, Estonia @ Rock Café
Oct. 01 – Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi
Oct. 03 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Strand
Oct. 04 – Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
Oct. 05 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
Oct. 06 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Rock
Oct. 08 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
Oct. 09 – Cologne, Germany @ Luxor
Oct. 10 – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
Oct. 11 – Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Effenaar KZ
Oct. 12 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
Posted by Dan Goldin at 6:18 PM