Oh boy. We’re ready to announce a batch of Scud Mountain Boys shows. Tickets for all of these should be on sale by Friday, Oct. 21.
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Saturday Jan. 14
Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
Sunday, Jan. 15
Pearl Street Clubroom
James Walbourne will open the shows in January.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012
Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012
The Black Cat, Washington, DC
I have NO idea if there will be any more shows than these. Not a clue. That’s as true a truth as I’ve ever told you, though I don’t expect it will stop you from asking. There might be. There might not be. I might be lying. I might be telling the truth. Even I don’t know.
If you own a home in any of the locales above, you might want to purchase some additional insurance, because as you know if you read my last correspondence, shows involving Joe Pernice are normally preceded by some kind of disaster. To wit, in the first few days of September 2005, the Pernice Brothers were on tour in Florida, headed for shows in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Katrina and Irene. And it’s not JUST Katrina and Irene. You may recall that the Pernice Brothers, most of whom lived in New York at the time, embarked on a European tour on the evening of September 10, 2001, flying from JFK to Heathrow, and then were trapped overseas with no way to get home for over a week. (Remember the story of the “I Hate My Life” t-shirts almost being seized at the Canadian border, but then being donated to a homeless shelter in Vermont in October 2001? One of the best stories EVER. The moment I realized irony was not dead, and I could breathe again.) Also, on a slightly smaller scale, but no less memorable on account of the lawmen, was the time, also on the same tour in 2005, that the club in Dallas was seized by the ATF for non-payment of taxes, just as the band was loading in for soundcheck!
I know what you’re thinking: that was Pernice. This is the Scuds. But you’re wrong. I mean you’re not WRONG—that WAS Pernice and this IS the Scuds—but Joe does travel with a dark cloud over his head that even the sunniest-dispositioned of the sunnily dispositioned, which the Scuds are most CERTAINLY not, can’t counteract. Not many people can see it, but I can of course. Being Irish-American, I’m actually drawn to it. Occasionally, he’ll walk by a baby and the baby will begin to cry, and I can tell that the baby, a seer of dark clouds, is in for a tough life.
Anyway, if nothing bad happens, that’s when and where the band will play.
I know I told you last time there would be some Scuds releases, but once again, I was the bearer of premature and thus bad information. We WILL re-release the Scuds The Early Year on Ashmont in Jan. 2012. That’s it. For now. Same record, different artwork. We’re aiming to have it to sell at these shows.
I have no real Pernice news. There’s still a ¾ finished record in the can (that’s an entertainment biz term – I don’t mean bathroom), and it will come out sometime. Ashmont HQ is moving sometime next year (yes, I realize I’ve been saying that for a year, but there’s paperwork now), and I am trying to avoid having 5000 CDs delivered a week before moving day. Yes, I do realize that’s EXACTLY what’s going to happen no matter what I try to do. There’s talk of plans involving screenplays, puppet shows, musicals, cookbooks, records, science experiments, kittens, duets, bikes and renovations, but it’s all a jumble. If I can’t discern between strategy and fever dream, I’m just going to keep my mouth shut. More or less.
I hope to see you at a Scuds show. (I’ve been told I’ll be at all of them, as it’s a well-known fact that I excel in the parking of 15-passenger vans.) If we’re not coming to your city, you should come to ours. Seriously. Boston is BEAUTIFUL in January (if you’re a polar bear.)
If you want to share the dates via a link, you will find them here: http://www.pernicebrothers.com/tour/.