Co-Headlining Tour with Mudhoney
Meat Puppets’ original lineup, Curt and Cris Kirkwood and drummer Derrick Bostrom, will be joining Mudhoney this spring for a co-headlining US tour in support of their latest album, Dusty Notes (Megaforce). In 2019, Mudhoney released the album, Morning in America. Dates are below, with more on the way. Tickets are on sale now.
The Puppets’ story begins with three kids, enamored of music and immersed in the psychedelic drug culture of Arizona in the ’70s, who find their way to punk rock and painstakingly become one of the most important bands of the American underground. “We began to make such a hellacious racket that we knew we were on to something,” says Derrick Bostrom, who rejoined the band in 2018.
“The band has been a really, really deep font of creativity,” Derrick said. “Love it or hate it, hit or miss, Curt is just prodigious. They are still living the rock lifestyle; they’re not doing it by half measures. They stayed on the road. These guys are uncompromising. I consider the Meat Puppets to be a national treasure.”
The Puppets have released two editions of limited vinyl: Meat Puppets II on blue and black swirl (100 pieces), and Dusty Notes on translucent “Coke bottle” color.
Mudhoney were the first real success story for Sub Pop Records; their music laid the groundwork for the movement that would (briefly) make Seattle, Washington, the new capital of the rock & roll universe. They took the sweat-soaked and beer-fueled mixture of heavy metal muscle, punk attitude, and garage rock primitivism that would become known as “grunge” to the hipster audience for the first time with early releases like 1988’s Superfuzz Bigmuff and 1989’s Mudhoney, and those fans would in turn sell it to a mass audience ready for something new.
Mudhoney never scored the big payday some of their old running buddies did, though they did land a major-label deal that produced several strong albums, especially 1995’s My Brother the Cow and 1998’s Tomorrow Hit Today. Their importance on the Seattle scene cannot be underestimated, and their body of work — big, loud, purposefully sloppy, a little bit menacing, and even more funny — has stood the test of time better than their well-known colleagues. And they continued to produce strong, relevant music into their third decade on 2013’s Vanishing Point and 2018’s Digital Garbage.
Dusty Notes Tour
Nov 29 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
Nov 30 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriet’s (sold out)
Dusty Notes Tour
- Neil Hamburger
^ All Souls
- # with Sumo Princess, Stephen Maglio
April 4 Mill Valley, CA Sweetwater Music Hall +
April 5 San Francisco, CA The Independent +
April 6 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour ^
April 7 San Diego, CA Soda Bar ^
May 8 New York, NY Mercury Lounge #
May 9 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl #
May 10 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts #
May 11 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes #
May 13 Woodstock, NY Colony #
May 14 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom #
May 15 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall #
May 16 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall #
May 17 Portsmouth, NH 3S Artspace #
May 18 Jersey City, NJ White Eagle Music Hall #
The Meat Puppets and Mudhoney
May 7 San Francisco, CA San Francisco Fillmore
May 8 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater
May 9 Tucson, AZ Rialto
May 10 Sante Fe, MN Meow Wolf
May 12 Denver, CO Summit
May 13 Salt Lake City, UT Commonwealth
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