The Melvins Tap Leif Garrett For Tour

After unleashing their latest effort, "The Crybaby," the guitar buzz maestros of The Melvins are hitting the road with a little help from fallen teen idol Leif Garrett.

The Melvins' current label, Ipecac Recordings, notes that after the band gets its U.S. tour rolling next Wednesday in Las Vegas, Leif and his band Godspeed will open the next seven dates of the outing.

For The Melvins, the tour finds the band touring behind its 18th album and third since signing to Mr. Bungle frontman Mike Patton's Ipecac. The album actually sees the band team with Garrett for a cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Tool, Hank Williams III, Jesus Lizard's David Yow, Skeleton Key, and Mike Patton himself turn up on the album as well, as The Melvins recorded music for "The Crybaby" and sent it out to friends to add their unique contributions.

The result is, according to Ipecac, a uniquely schizophrenic experience, and it marks the third entry in a Melvins' trilogy that

also includes "The Maggot" and "The Bootlicker" (all of which were released within the last year).

The band hopes to recreate some of that schizophrenia on the road, as Garrett will join the band for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" after his opening set. Ipecac noted that the band will also likely pick up other friends and local luminaries for select dates on the tour.

For Garrett, the brief opening stint finds him making the rounds with Godpseed, which released an EP last summer. Released on Garrett's Tongue and Groove Records, the EP boasts appearances by former Marilyn Manson guitarist Zim Zum and former Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, who plays piano.

If you want to check it out, here's where to look:

  • 3/29 - Las Vegas, NV @ Sanctuary
  • 3/31 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre (w/ Leif Garrett's Godspeed)
  • 4/1 - Pomona, CA @ Glass House (w/ Leif Garrett's Godspeed)
  • 4/2 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst (w/ Leif Garrett's Godspeed)

  • 4/4 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall (w/ Leif Garrett's Godspeed)
  • 4/5 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre (w/ Leif Garrett's Godspeed)
  • 4/6 - Olympia, WA @ Metropolis (w/ Leif Garrett's Godspeed)
  • 4/7 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox (w/ Leif Garrett's Godspeed)
  • 4/8 - Missoula, MT @ Cowboy Bar
  • 4/11 - Fargo, ND @ Kirby's
  • 4/12 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
  • 4/13 - Lincoln, NE @ The Royal Grove
  • 4/14 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe¹s
  • 4/15 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
  • 4/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar
  • 4/17 - Champaign, IL @ The Highdive
  • 4/19 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
  • 4/20 - Columbus, OH @ Little Brothers
  • 4/21 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
  • 4/22 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
  • 4/23 - Youngstown, OH @ Nyabinghi
  • 4/25 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
  • 4/26 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
  • 4/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
  • 4/28 - Washington DC @ Black Cat
  • 4/29 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
  • 5/1 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
  • 5/3 - St. Petersburg, FL

    @ State Theatre

  • 5/4 - Orlando, FL @ Sapphire Supper Club
  • 5/5 - Tallahassee, FL @ Cow Haus
  • 5/6 - New Orleans, LA @ The Shim Sham Club
  • 5/8 - Dallas, TX @ Tree's
  • 5/9 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's BBQ
  • 5/11 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
  • 5/12 - San Diego, CA @ Brick x Brick
  • 5/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
  • 5/17 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
  • 5/18 - Victoria, BC @ The Ice House Bar
  • 5/20 - Edmonton, AB @ The Rev
  • 5/21 - Calgary, AB @ The Republik
  • 5/23 - Saskatoon, SK @ Louis' Pub
  • 5/24 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
  • 5/27 - Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Music Hall
  • 5/28 - Quebec City, QC @ Bar D'Auteuil
  • 5/29 - Toronto, ON @ The Guvernment