Today Mark Lanegan is pleased to announce news of a forthcoming US tour in May. Tickets for all dates go on sale this Friday, February 8th at 10:00 AM EST. The tour comes after the recent release this past August of his album with Duke Garwood With Animals and, preceding that, the 2017 release of Gargoyle, both of which were put out through Heavenly Recordings. Supporting Mark on the tour will be Simon Bonney (of Crime & the City Solution). Full dates are listed below. 5/3: Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville Festival 5/4: Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival 5/5: Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge 5/7: Chicago, IL – Bottlom Lounge 5/8: Detroit, MI – The Shelter 5/10: Marston, NC – Epicenter Festival 5/11: Baltimore, MD – Ottobar 5/13: Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair 5/14: Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw 5/15: Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts 5/16: Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony 5/18: Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Festival
Anyone here going to any of these? I'll be attending the Nashville show Sunday. Can't wait! I've only seen him once with a full band and a handful of times with just Jeff Fielder. These are billed as Mark Lanegan Band, I believe.
Hello everyone ! My review from the 106 in Rouen (for a French one, go here in a few days)
Let’s go for my 11th time seeing Mark, in Rouen this time. It’s not our first visit to the 106, but this time we go in the « Grande Salle », there is no area where you can stand, which is unusual for a gig with the whole band, it was more logical during the Imitations tour. Well, having secured a first row, and being a bit tired by the travel, me and Guillaume won’t complain about it: we have a perfect view of the stage. No Garwood for the opening act, it was Simon Bonney, an Australian singer/guitarist, and his wife, Bronwyn, on the violin and backing vocals. Simon has also left the stage in order to let her sing a solo song about her late brother, « a musician who had a tough life » she said to us. With a large smile, which was a bit disturbing, a bit Amanda Palmer-style. She sings pretty well, and Mr Bonney too, and we could hear the violin pretty well, which is not always the case with this instrument. But a full band would have been better for the set, rather than the same guitar chord again and again, and a prerecorded music for Bronwyn’s solo. As the set was very short, it didn’t bother me, but Guillaume and Gwladys (who are not very into calm, acoustic sets ) didn’t like the performance.
And then THE Mark Lanegan Band. I now often look at Mark’s musicians (I must admit it was difficult for me the first times, couldn’t get my eyes off Mr Lanegan ) and that’s lucky, because they are all very talented. Including Mark, there are now six people on stage, in a half-circle, Mark being in the centre. Excellent idea (maybe not possible in smaller venues?) because you can see everyone clearly. From left to right, Mr Jeff Fielder on guitar, Miss Brien on keyboards during the whole show now (who Mark does not present as his wife, but there is no doubt with the kiss at the end of Come to Me ;-)), a newcomer, Mr Christophe Claeys, on drums, Mr Lyenn on bass (the only one I do not see very well, as he is behind Mark), and « brother » Aldo Struyf on guitar and keyboards. Once the band is in the place, Mark arrives, and he looks in good health. When he begins to sing, his voice immediately becomes the centre of attention, being exceptionally good tonight (and I know what I’m talking about, believe me). The sound is excellent, maybe Shelley’s voice was a bit too low, but that was not dramatic. I must admit I hadn’t too much time to listen to the last album, I did it only once (the poor record had a big concurrence with the Pixies one being released just before ;-)), but the new songs sound well on stage. However, the audience was more enthusiast when we reached Hit the City and some of the other « hits ». Some people tried to go to the space left empty between the stage and the rows of seats, but that was not authorized, so we all stay sit obediently… except for the incessant ballet of people who seem to always want something outside of the venue, a thing I would never understand. Of course, it is possible to be thirsty or to have to go to the toilets sometimes, but so many people who didn’t take their precautions before the show, that’s just incredible. At least in the first row no one moved, we didn’t have to let someone pass every five minutes or so.
My personal first highlight was Burning Jacob’s Ladder (what a song!), but Bleeding Muddy Water (preceded by an excellent solo of Mr Fielder) was the one which really blowed me away. Mark puts so much of him in his songs, but that one particularly touches me very much. Apart from Somebody’s Knocking, every recent album will be almost equally represented tonight, the other ones from Blues Funeral being the also touching Harborview Hospital and the always excellent Ode to Sad Disco. The « electro » turn of Mark’s music is very well mastered, as a « recent » fan (13 years anyway !) I’m not disturbed by that, but I suppose the total absence of the first albums may displease some people. The « calm » songs are not numerous, Deepest Shade (which I watched the head on the shoulder of my better half, a touching moment here again) being one of the rare ones tonight.
Death Trip to Tulsa, as often, marked the end of the principal set, but it’s so good you can’t be unhappy to hear it. Mark and the band returned for only two more songs, the duet with Shelley on Come to Me that I already mentioned (damn, we didn’t think of taking a photo at the end, these two are so cute together ;-)), and The Killing Season for the conclusion. Jeff informed us as usual that Mark will come and sign things after the show (an excellent news for Gwladys, as that’s the first time she’s seeing him), but for the moment I just run to the stage to pick the setlist (thanks to the roadie who gave it to me). I then began to tell everybody that there were mistakes on it... but there weren’t, I’m not that good anymore at remembering setlists after more than 200 gigs, my bad ;-) Someone of the audience also gave me a pick of Mr Fielder, big thanks to him too I then added a wonderful conclusion to this already excellent evening by giving the setlist and my newly bought copy of the Sleevenotes series to Mark in person so that he could sign them. I mumbled something, he smiled, I needed nothing more, I’m ready for my 12th…