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This article was written by E on 05 Sep 2011, and is filed under Concerts, Rock.

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Portishead is going tour for the first time in 97 million years. Links and Dates:


Waow

Well, maybe not 97 million years. But it sure does feel like it. And its great to have these kids back. They head out on the road in less than a month, so check out the dates they have up thus far. Direct swipe from the press release/email I got in the email a few days ago:
Nobody sounds like Portishead.  The progression of their albums has clearly established their uncompromising stance towards their future. For the first time since 1998, Portishead announce their North American tour this October 2011.
Portishead kick off their tour at this year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties presentation, I’ll Be Your Mirror  Saturday October 1 & Sunday October 2 taking place in Asbury Park, N.J.  Portishead co-curated these two days of the 3 day festival.  According to Adrian Utley,We’ve always thought that we must come back to tour in the states, something we wanted to do with the release of Third, but our schedule just wouldn’t allow it. Being that we were asked to curate  I’ll be your Mirror, this just seemed like a good start to touring the states – it set’s it off in absolutely the right way. We are absolutely delighted to come back.”
Following ATP, Portishead will take the stage at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom for two nights, followed by shows in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago,  Mexico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver. The tour ends in Denver on October 27th.
After an 11- year hiatus, Portishead’s album Third, the long-awaited follow up to their 1997 self-titled release, debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, received rave reviews  and has been hailed as an “unexpected yet totally impressive return” by Rolling Stone Magazine, and “Worth the wait” by Newsweek.   “‘Third’is more polymorphous, more extreme, more propulsive and often harsher than previous Portishead albums” claimed New York Times.  “…anyone can make abrasive music, but few can do something new and compelling with apocalyptic heaviness” wrote Spin Magazine.
Following Third’s release, Portishead made their only U.S. performance on April 26th at the Coachella Music Festival after an invite only private rehearsal at LA’s Mayan Theater. “Beth Gibbons and Co. delivered bigtime, turning out stirring new songs from their first album in more than a decade. The band’s warm peels of sound moved across the field like an aural massage, the six touring members locked in together with incredible precision, every turntable scratch and haunting synth gorgeously amplified,” praised Rolling Stone. Appropriately Portishead ended their set with “Thanks for waiting.”

Joining Beth Gibbons, Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley on stage are Jim Barr (bass), Clive Deamer (drums), and John Baggott (keyboards).

October 1 & 2              IBYM, Asbury Park, NJ
October 4                     Hammerstein Ballroom NY

October 5                     Hammerstein Ballroom, NY

October 7                     Jacques Cartier Pier, Montreal

October 9                    Sound Academy, Toronto
October 10                   Sound Academy, Toronto

October 12                   Aragon, Chicago

October 15                   Mexico, Corona Festival

October 18                   Shrine LA

October 21                   Greek, Berkeley, SF

October 23                   WaMu, Seattle

October 24                   PNE Forum, Vancouver

October 27                   1st Bank Center, Denver

Head over to their website for more. And have fun, dammit.


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  • http://profiles.google.com/ryan.canty Ryan Canty

    Portishead is touring: *SCREAMING LOUDLY…THEN MY HEAD EXPLODES* ooh oooh OOOOOH….YES JEEBUS! YAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/ryan.canty Ryan Canty

    Portishead is touring: *SCREAMING LOUDLY…THEN MY HEAD EXPLODES* ooh oooh OOOOOH….YES JEEBUS! YAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/ryan.canty Ryan Canty

    Portishead is touring: *SCREAMING LOUDLY…THEN MY HEAD EXPLODES* ooh oooh OOOOOH….YES JEEBUS! YAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/ryan.canty Ryan Canty

    oh wait they ain’t coming NOWHERE near Pittsburgh…#$%&^& THAT! *puts head pieces *BACK* together and stomps out the room*

    • http://musicnerdery.com E.

      yeah but tickets are harder to find than the last track weave in the hood. shits serious.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ryan.canty Ryan Canty

        gat damn! :( that IS serious! Girl, one of my friends who is *MAJOR* Portishead fan was *CRYING* on the phone over the weekend because she wanted to go to the october 4th hammerstein concert (our respective birthday to boot) and could *NOT* get a ticket because they were sold out/gone. And, damn she is an OOOGLY cryer over the phone…smh

        • http://musicnerdery.com E.

          dont be talkin about peoples ugly cry. lol.