Soul (Bad) Brains Reassembles For East Coast Tour

After a successful 12-date outing on the West Coast last November, Soul Brains -- a.k.a. the artists formerly known as Bad Brains -- have announced plans for an additional two week tour, slated to kick off in Washington, Missouri on February 27.

The group -- comprised of original Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, drummer Earl Hudson and vocalist H.R -- will be playing vintage Bad Brains tunes on the tour, and hasn't actually written any new material together. There are also no immediate plans for Soul Brains to head into a studio after the road outing concludes on March 14 in New Orleans.

According to a source close to the band, the slight name change from Bad Brains to Soul Brains was H.R.'s idea, because the frontman didn't want to be associated with anything "bad" or negative.

Soul (Bad) Brains haven't released a new studio album since 1995's "God of Love," and split up in July of that year after H.R. attacked a concert-goer in Lawrence, Kansas, with

a mic stand. Since then, the members of Soul Brains, including H.R., have focused their time on a variety of projects and solo efforts.

The source also said that the fluidity of the Brains reformation has a lot to do with the "hands-off" approach many of the band's associates are taking with the planned tour, realizing that "in order for this thing to exist, it's important that H.R. be allowed to take the reins and see where it goes."

For more information about the punk and reggae fusion reunion, be sure to check out the band's just-launched official website at www.soulbrains.com. Meanwhile, the dates for Soul Brains' upcoming tour are:

  • 2/27 - Washington, MO @ Calvin Opera House
  • 2/28 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
  • 3/1 - Woodstock, NY @ Joyous Lake
  • 3/2 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
  • 3/3 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 3/4 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
  • 3/5 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
  • 3/6

    - Mt. Snow, VT @ TBA

  • 3/7 - Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill Nite Club
  • 3/8 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 3/9 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Abyss
  • 3/10 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
  • 3/11 - Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
  • 3/12 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
  • 3/14 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues