THE MELVINS, who are wrapping up a sold-out tour with MINISTRY, will return to the road this summer for a headlining trek dubbed "The Electric Roach Tour", the hard-working band's first headlining run since 2019.
Singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne comments: "It's nice to be able to tour!! We were wondering if it would even be possible again. It's been years since we played these places. The amazing MINISTRY tour was a warmup for this!"
Tickets for the six-week tour are on-sale this Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. local time. HELMS ALEE and HARSH MELLOW open on all dates.
"The Electric Roach Tour" dates:
June 15 - Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar
June 16 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet's
June 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
June 21 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's
June 22 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
June 23 - Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre
June 24 - -Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
June 25 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
June 27 - Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
June 28 - Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
June 29 - Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theatre
July 01 - Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest Café at the ArtsQuest Center
July 02 - Huntington, WV @ The Loud
July 03 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
July 05 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
July 06 - Davenport, IA @ Racoon Motel
July 07 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
July 08 - Minneapolis, MN @ Grumpy's
July 09 - Fargo, ND @ The Hall at Fargo Brewing Company
July 10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge
July 12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Metro Music Hall
July 14 - Bozeman, MT @ The ELM
July 15 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
July 16 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
July 17 - Eugene, OR @ Sessions Music Hall
July 19 - Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post
July 20 - Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone Berkeley
THE MELVINS released two albums in 2021: "Working With God", a newly recorded album featuring the band's 1983 iteration (Osborne, Dale Crover and original drummer Mike Dillard),as well as the 36-song acoustic LP "Five Legged Dog", which features a career-spanning collection of songs, from 1987's "Gluey Porch Treatments" to 2017's "A Walk With Love & Death".
THE MELVINS are one of modern music's most influential bands. Having formed in 1983 Montesano, Washington, the group founded by Osborne (with stalwart drummer Dale Crover joining the following year),has been credited with merging the worlds of punk rock and heavy music, forming a new subgenre all its own. Over the band's nearly 40-year history, they've released over 30 original albums, numerous live full-lengths and far too many to count singles and rarities. In the course of their discography, they've partnered with Jello Biafra, MUDHONEY and FANTÔMAS for individual releases and toured the world many times over. In fact, the band had the misfortune to be in both Christchurch and Tokyo for their 2011 earthquakes. In 2012, THE MELVINS completed the "51 States In 51 Days" (50 states +DC) tour, which was chronicled in the film "Across The USA in 51 Days". The current incarnation of the band is Osborne, Crover and Steven McDonald (REDD KROSS/OFF!). Previous lineups include a pairing of Osborne and Crover with BIG BUSINESS bandmembers Jared Warren and Coady Willis, a four-piece featuring the current trio plus BUTTHOLE SURFERS' Jeff Pinkus, as well as MELVINS LITE, which partners Osborne and Crover with MR. BUNGLE's Trevor Dunn. Sometimes, if you're extra lucky, one version of THE MELVINS will open for THE MELVINS.
Photo credit: Mackie Osborne