HELMET will embark on a U.S. headlining tour later this spring. The 18-date trek, dubbed "An Evening With Helmet", will kick off on June 3 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and conclude on June 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jun. 03 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met
Jun. 04 - Hartford, CT - Infinity Music Hall
Jun. 05 - Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse
Jun. 08 - Harrisburg, VA - XL Live
Jun. 09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Jun. 10 - Richmond, VA - Broadberry
Jun. 11 - Kill Devil Hills, NC - OBX
Jun. 12 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
Jun. 14 - Huntington, WV - The Loud
Jun. 16 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft
Jun. 17 - Columbus, OH - Basement
Jun. 18 - Saginaw, MI - The Vault
Jun. 19 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection
Jun. 21 - Indianapolis, IN - HiFi
Jun. 22 - Iowa City, IA - Wildwood
Jun. 23 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
Jun. 24 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
Jun. 25 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (Friday, April 29).
Last month, HELMET canceled its previously announced European tour which was scheduled to take place between April 3 and May 21. At the time, HELMET frontman Page Hamilton said that the trek was called off so that a bandmember could "deal with a serious but non-life-threatening health issue."
In December, Hamilton confirmed to the "Thunder Underground" podcast that he had begun working on material for HELMET's first album in more than five years. "I have some scraps. That's about all," he said. "I'm writing a piece for this high school in Memphis called the Christian Brothers. It's their 150th anniversary. It's the oldest high school orchestra in the country. So I have to finish that. I have some time — [I have to complete it] by 2023; I have a year. But, yeah, the HELMET stuff, I'm gonna sit down and buckle down. So I'll do my days where I try to divide it into the orchestral writing thing, this Christian Brothers piece, which is mostly brass and woodwinds and percussion, and then the HELMET stuff. 'Cause if you're just beating the pavement on one thing all day every day, I think it can get stale — for me anyway. First thing I do every day is play jazz guitar. So that keeps me excited and happy."
HELMET's first official live album, "Live And Rare", was released last November via earMUSIC. It was made available on heavyweight black vinyl as well as a CD digipak edition and digital.
Although HELMET disbanded in 1997, Hamilton revived the band in 2004, and the group has continued to tour and record.
HELMET's latest album, "Dead To The World", was released in October 2016 via earMUSIC. The effort was produced by Hamilton and mixed by Jay Baumgardner.
Earlier last year, HELMET released a cover of GANG OF FOUR's 1981 song "Into The Ditch". The track was recorded for a tribute album to GANG OF FOUR's guitarist Andy Gill, "The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four".
Having cut his teeth playing with avant-garde guitar icon Glenn Branca and indie stalwarts BAND OF SUSANS, Hamilton launched HELMET in 1989, and the band released its debut album, "Strap It On", on the independent Amphetamine Reptile label the following year. HELMET soon became the subject of an unprecedented major-label bidding war, ultimately signing with Interscope and releasing "Meantime" in June 1992.
Even while the band was absent from the spotlight, HELMET continued to exercise considerable influence on multiple generations of bands. Their songs have been covered by the likes of CHEVELLE, DEFTONES, FAITH NO MORE, PIG DESTROYER and SOULFLY, and the band inspired a 2016 HELMET tribute album titled "Meantime Redux". HELMET has also been cited as a key influence on such bands as GODSMACK, KORN, MARILYN MANSON, MASTODON, PANTERA, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SEPULTURA, SLIPKNOT, STAIND, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and TOOL.