For Perry Farrell and Lollapalooza organizers, the cancellation of the summer's biggest indie-music festival is a major setback. But for Sonic Youth — a pioneering, self-sufficient group that's made a 23-year-long career out of uncompromising noise-rock — it's just another bump in the road.
Like would-be Lollapalooza tourmates Modest Mouse (see "Modest Mouse Roar Back From Lollapalooza With New Tour"), the Youth have rebounded with a string of 25 North American dates, starting July 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and wrapping up August 20 in Asheville, North Carolina; the group will then head over to Europe for a few select shows. More U.S. dates are expected to be added to the itinerary.
Though the Lollapalooza tour may have been overly ambitious (see Lollapalooza Canceled; Organizers Cite Poor Ticket Sales), Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore still appreciates what the festival represented.
"I think the people who organize Lollapalooza have a distinct interest in music that has less of a high-profile commodification value," he said. "It's hard to do a festival like that and make it successful."
Anti-commodification or not, the group's tour is in support of its 19th and newest album, Sonic Nurse, and its first DVD anthology, Corporate Ghost, a collection of 23 videos dating from between 1990 and 2002. The DVD includes clips by directors Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich"), Harmony Korine (screenwriter of "Kids") and Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven"), along with bonus features like alternate versions of videos, directors' commentaries and short documentaries on the making of the clips.
The group plans to film a video for Sonic Nurse's "I Love You Golden Blue" with actor/director Vincent Gallo. However, Moore himself will not be appearing in the clip.
"[Gallo] is a great filmmaker," Moore said, "but I'm not going be in the video because he's a Republican. And I refuse to be in a video directed by a Republican."
Next up, the New York quintet has composed music for Asia Argento's upcoming directorial effort, "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" (see Marilyn Manson A Beer-Swilling Lowlife ... In Film). The Youth are fans of Argento's previous film, "Scarlet Diva."
"She had pretty much finished filming this movie and she came by our studio and showed us some stuff," Moore said. "It was so striking that we just kept sending her music."
Sonic Youth tour dates, according to the band's label representative:
- 7/13 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
- 7/14 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
- 7/15 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
- 7/17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
- 7/18 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
- 7/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
- 7/20 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
- 7/21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
- 7/23 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
- 7/25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
- 7/26 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
- 7/28 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
- 7/29 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
- 7/30 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/Eagles Club
- 7/31 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
- 8/2 - Detroit, MI @ Marquee
- 8/4 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
- 8/5 - Toronto, ON @ Koolhaus
- 8/6 - Ottawa, ON @ Capitol Theatre
- 8/11 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 8/13 - New York, NY @ TBD
- 8/14 - Boston, MA @ TBD
- 8/15 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
- 8/19 - Raleigh, NC @ Cat's Cradle
- 8/20 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel