British big-beat techno duo the Chemical Brothers will spend several
weeks criss-crossing the U.S. on an 18-date fall tour that will take them
from Boston to Dallas and beyond.
Combining over-the-top, trippy visuals with the pounding beats of their
electronic dance-rock sound, the pair Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands
will kick off the trek in support of their most recent release,
Surrender, Sept. 14 at the Avalon in Boston.
The outing concludes Oct. 9 at the massive Coachella Valley Music and
Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. That two-day event also is scheduled to
feature sets from Rage Against the Machine, Beck, Morrissey, Pavement
The Chemical Brothers' tour will bring the pair to such cities as
St. Louis, Dallas and New Orleans for the first time, according to Dan
Cohen, Astralwerks Records spokesperson.
Simons has said U.S. audiences seem to respond best to the duo's vocal
hits, such as "Block Rockin' Beats" (RealAudio
excerpt), from Dig Your Own Hole (1997), and their latest
single, "Out of Control" (RealAudio
excerpt), off Surrender.
A video for "Out of Control," which features vocals by New Order
singer/guitarist Bernard Sumner, was shot last month in Mexico City. The
clip was directed by Wiz (Scary Spice) and stars Rosario Dawson ("Kids"),
Cohen said. The commercial single of the track will be released Oct. 5
and features remixes by DJ Sasha, as well as the previously unreleased
track "Power Move."
Fans say the intensity of the pair's shows more than makes up for their
lack of traditional rock instrumentation.
"The highlight of the show was the sheer intensity of the music," fan
Matt Uffalussy, 20, wrote in an e-mail. Uffalussy, the Pennsylvania
webmaster of the unofficial Chemical Beats site, said he saw the band at
the Electric Factory in 1997 and plans to see them there again Sept. 26.
"The nonstop bass pounding and electrifying beats made everyone move,"
he wrote. "I thought they put on a great live show, with Tom and Ed doing
their thing, mixing up the beats for a totally unique set."
Chemical Brothers Tour Dates:
Sept. 14; Boston, Mass.; Avalon
Sept. 1516; New York, N.Y.; Hammerstein Ballroom
Sept. 18; Miami, Fla.; Coconut Grove (Zenfest)
Sept. 19; Atlanta, Ga.; Atrium
Sept. 21; New Orleans, La.; The State
Sept. 22; Austin, Texas; Austin Music Hall
Sept. 23; Dallas, Texas; Bronco Bowl
Sept. 25; Washington, D.C.; RFK Stadium (HFStival)
Sept. 26; Philadelphia, Pa.; Electric Factory
Sept. 27; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club
Sept. 30; St. Louis, Mo.; TBA
Oct. 1; Kansas City, Kan.; Uptown KC
Oct. 2; MinneapolisSt. Paul, Minn.; Roy Wilkens River Center
Oct. 4; Calgary, Alberta; Max Bell Arena
Oct. 6; Vancouver, British Columbia; PNE Forum
Oct. 8; San Francisco, Calif.; Bill Graham Auditorium
Oct. 9; Indio, Calif.; Empire Polo Ground (Coachella)