Early last March, we had a post trumpeting the new Psychedelic Furs album set to release on May 1st with a US tour that never happened. The May album release got bumped to July, and by that time I completely lost the plot. I still need to get a copy of that disc as commenters here who’ve had the pleasure tout its many fine attributes. Yesterday, the band released their new tour dates, set to happen [sensibly] later this fall. I’m still not ready to jam into a box with hundreds of people just yet, but I’ll admit that it might be possible later this year.
About half of the dates announced last year are still in the running this time, but the shows are much more numerous with dates in the UK as well as on the east coast and midwest United States. The West Coast and Canada will have to wait for the 2nd leg, by the looks of things. So where are they at? Lots of places. Some near you.
Psychedelic Furs | 2021 | US/UK Tour [1st leg]
September 15, 2021 | Indianapolis, IN | The Vogue
September 16, 2021 | Chicago. IL | The Vic Theatre
September 17, 2021 | Milwaukee, WI | Summerfest
September 19, 2021 | Buffalo, NY | Town Ballroom
September 24, 2021 | Kingston Upon Thames, UK | Banquet Records – Q&A Session [sold out]
September 27, 2021 | Bristol, UK | O2 Academy Bristol
September 28, 2021 | Nottingham, UK | Rock City
September 29, 2021 | Glasgow, UK | Glasgow SWG3
October 1, 2021 | Manchester, UK | Manchester Academy 2
October 2, 2021 | Liverpool, UK | O2 Academy Liverpool
October 3, 2021 | London, UK | Royal Albert Hall
October 5, 2021 | Cambridge, UK | Cambridge Junction
October 15, 2021 | Scottsdale, AZ | The Showroom @ Talking Stick Resort
October 16, 2021 | Tucson, AZ | Rialto Theatre
October 17, 2021 | Santa Fe, NM | Lensic Performing Arts Center
October 19, 2021 | Houston, TX | White Oak Music Hall
October 20, 2021 | Dallas, TX | Granada Theater
October 21, 2021 | Austin, TX | Emo’s Austin
October 23, 2021 | New Orleans, LA | Tipitina’s
October 27, 2021 | Fort Lauderdale, FL | Revolution Live
October 29, 2021 | Clearwater, FL | Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
October 30, 2021 | Orlando, FL | Hard Rock Live – Orlando
October 31, 2021 | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL | Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
November 2, 2021 | Charlotte, NC | Neighborhood Theatre
November 3, 2021 | Carrboro, NC | Cat’s Cradle
November 5, 2021 | York, PA | Strand Theatre – Appell Center for the Performing Arts
November 7, 2021 | Tarrytown, NY | Tarrytown Music Hall
November 9, 2021 | New Haven, CT | College Street Music Hall
November 10, 2021 | Phoenixville, PA | The Colonial Theatre
November 12, 2021 | Atlantic City, NJ | Sound Waves @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
November 13, 2021 | New York, NY | Apollo Theater
November 14, 2021 | Beverly, MA | The Cabot
November 16, 2021 | Northampton, MA | Academy Of Music
November 17, 2021 | Montclair, NJ | Wellmont Theater
November 19, 2021 | Huntington, NY | The Paramount
The Charlotte show is only two hours away, but that would necessitate lodging expenses. Carrboro is about three and a half hours away, but close to my pals near the Research Triangle. And Cat’s Cradle is always a fun show. Hmmmm. I’m not really ready for live music at this time as I am just not comfortable with going back to the old ways yet. Maybe next year I;ll feel differently. I do see that several of my friends will have shows near their doorstep, so their mileage may vary.
What I can get behind unequivocally, is the notion of the Psychedelic Furs as a band who have lost little and more likely have gained something more in the intervening years. I’m sure there will be some magical shows in those gigs; particularly the esteemed Royal Albert Hall gig. What a vibe that will have. If you need tickets, hit that button.
I”m seeing them at the Apollo Theatre in NYC in November! My printed tickets arrived in the mail yesterday (I’m old school and shell out the two extra bucks so I’ll have a stub as a souvenir).
I’m sorry you don’t feel comfortable with concerts yet, PPM!
All the best,
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Steve Shafer – So right on the stub issue! Where would I be without my ticket stubs? There are too many unknown factors. How long will my vaccination be effective and against which variants? The fact that Covid-19 can propagate asymptomatically is very disturbing, and makes it difficult to control.
Music sales in the day of COVID are interesting. I received an email today from a band that I follow and they said one could pre-order their new album on Bandcamp and it’s due out August 22.
I pre-ordered and was able to download it right away. I don’t think that was their plan.
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Tim – I don’t know. These days, the immaterial version of the album is now months ahead of its corporeal form. I forgot to buy “Ghosteen” since the physical version was months behind the online version. Maybe this band is playing the same [common] game?
Nick Cave already has a new one out and you know, one day I just saw something in a social media feed and that was it for an annoucement Blink and you miss it and two years go by & you’ll be like, wait, what? Carnage? When the heck did that come out?
Another album that I have in the Bandcamp pipeline is the new one from Alpha, called Failure. They’re really frustrated, they wanted to premiere the vinyl first and I guess whoever pressed it screwed up big time (I think Corin said something like an entire side of one of the albums wasn’t pressed). Exploit COVID time, makes some new product and struggle like hell to sell it.
The new Cousteaux is quite good. Weird, we have a Leonard Cohen cover on one side of the alnum and a Miley Cyrus cover on the other.
Tim – Yeah, and “Carnage” is another, stream first then the physical comes out months later!
Ah, the Furs. A band I like and want to support, but have zero interest in watching them live again. I saw them at a festival about 10 or 15 years ago. Such a lackluster performance. No originality in the presentation of the songs or the stage show. Essentially it was a bad mix of their greatest hits album. Zero dynamics or stage presence. I’d much rather listen to their albums than see them again.
I’ve never seen a bad Furs show, going all the way back to 1980 and Club 57. They did a famous residency at The Mudd Club in the summer that year, but I don’t know anyone who ever went to any of the week long shows. The best two shows I ever saw were both at The Ritz promoting first, Talk Talk Talk in August of 81 and then in 87 promoting Midnight To Midnight. That second show was pitted against U2 playing an arena concert across the Hudson at The Meadowlands in NJ and Richard Butler made a crack to the audience about how we must not have been able to get U2 ticket which caused the audience to boo. I remember Bulter came back with something along the line of “well we’re here to entertain you” and the crowd went crazy.
Its been more that 15 yrs since I saw a Furs show and that was back in NYC. They were very much on that night. Opening for The Bunnymen, the were given enough time to play a pretty full set for the opening act. Richard was in great voice and they sounded really powerful. I had tickets to the Clearwater show when it was originally scheduled for last April, the venue held on until about July before they just refunded tickets. I think I might just make the 40 minute drive for the show in October.
I’ve never seen a bad P.Furs show either (not even when they were the opening act!), but sure when nothing was going on with them it is possible they just cashed in and phoned in a tour or two.
But I will assure you that this is not that band anymore. The new record is fantastic and all reports of the shows they did do around it were very complimentary, and of course now they have extra reason to work hard for those concert monies. I’d suggest giving their live shows one more chance if they happen to come near you this time round.