Here’s another tour announcement we’re floored about!
It’s been almost 15 years since enigmatic frontman Jeff Mangum disbanded Neutral Milk Hotel, shortly after the release of their classic album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. In the subsequent years, Mangum essentially retired from the public eye, much to the frustration of fans. With only the occasional contribution to other Elephant 6-affiliated releases and seemingly no plans or desire to return to performing, the chance of a Neutral Milk Hotel reunion or solo effort from Mangum began to seem unlikely. Then, a couple of years ago, the unlikely happened: Mangum began slowly testing the waters to return to performing with a series of short and sporadic live appearances. Those appearances bred a brief U.S. tour in 2011. That tour led to an expanded tour in early 2012, followed by international dates and an appearance at Coachella.
I can now, without a doubt, say that the reclusive singer’s appetite for performing has truly been restored. Earlier today, his label announced Mangum’s most comprehensive U.S. tour to date for 2013, which includes a 2/1 stop at the BIJOU THEATRE in KNOXVILLE. This marks Jeff Mangum’s first performance in Tennessee since returning to the stage. At this time no Nashville date is planned, but with the singer’s newfound musical vigor, I wouldn’t doubt the possibility of one by the end of 2013. Either way, the return of Jeff Mangum is a monumental event for music and driving a few hours to catch a performer that, up until a few years ago, seemed unlikely to ever perform again, much less nearby, is more than worth the trek.
Jeff Mangum will appear at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville on 2/1/13 with support from Tall Firs. Tickets are $31 and will be onsale THIS FRIDAY, 10/16, at 10AM (the exact same time as Nashville Morrissey’s show which we announced earlier, so you’d better get those clicking fingers warmed up). Tickets are available here. A portion of proceeds will benefit charity Children of the Blue Sky.
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From Merge Records:
Jan 9 Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall at Babeville
Jan 10 Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall
Jan 11 Cleveland, OH – Ohio City Masonic Temple
Jan 12 Detroit, MI – Redford Theatre
Jan 14 Columbus, OH – Southern Theatre
Jan 15 Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley
Jan 16 St. Louis, MO – Sheldon Concert Hall
Jan 18 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
Jan 19 Oklahoma City, OK – ACM at UCO – Performance Lab
Jan 20 Dallas, TX – Majestic Theater
Jan 21 Houston, TX – Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center
Jan 23 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
Jan 24 Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
Jan 25 Gainesville, FL – Florida Theater
Jan 26 Orlando, FL – The Beacham
Jan 28 Augusta, GA – Sky City
Jan 29 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
Jan 30 Wilmington, NC – Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews
Jan 31 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Feb 1 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
Feb 2 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Feb 4 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
Feb 5 Wilmington, DE – Dupont Theatre
Feb 6 York, PA – Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
Feb 8 Hartford, CT – The Great Hall in Union Station
Feb 9 Portland, ME – State Theater
Feb 10 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Feb 13 Ithaca, NY – State Theatre
Feb 14 Clinton, NY – Hamilton College Chapel
Feb 15 Poughkeepsie, NY – Barvadon Opera House
Feb 16 North Adams, MA – MASS MoCA
Support will be as follows
Jan 9 – Jan 15 Tall Firs will be main support and Briars of North America will be first of three
Jan 16 – Feb 6 Tall Firs will be main support
Feb 8 – Feb 16 The Music Tapes will be main support and Tall Firs will be first of three, EXCEPT on Feb 14 at Hamilton College, where the only support will be Tall Firs. These Music Tapes shows will not be tent performances.