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Page Hamilton’s latest batch of hired guns masquerading as “Helmet” is about to embark on a month-long European jaunt that will hit up cities in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and The Netherlands. Kicking off January 13 in Helsinki, the tour includes opening act support on most if not all dates from Totimoshi, whose 2008 record Milagrosa was produced by Mr. Hamilton and engineered by Deaf Nephew Toshi Kasai (of Altamont and Big Business). Details can be found here.
No word on the next album yet, but after 2006’s disappointing Monochrome, does anyone even WANT a new Helmet album? I mean, Chris Traynor (formerly of Orange 9mm) isn’t even in the band anymore, so what’s the point? If anything, what I really want for my birthday this year is a proper REUNION with original Strap It On /Meantime members Henry Bogdan, Peter Mengede, and John Stanier! (Traynor can rejoin too, I suppose, if he promises not to play anything released post-Aftertaste.) Can’t Obama get on that shit? I’m sure that once this European tour ends President Change can detain Page in some secret U.S. prison (extraordinary rendition, wooot!) until he agrees to reform the classic lineup. Si se puede! Yes we can!