Mr. Bungle to Reunite for First Live Shows in 20 Years with Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo
Update, September 25, 1:32pm EST: More shows in each city have been announced. Those have been added below, along with support acts.
Mr. Bungle, the influential, long-running experimental outfit, will reunite next winter to perform live for the first time in 20 years. The band will be performing The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny, their 1986 self-produced/released demo, in a trio of February shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, the first time songs from that release will have been played live in over 30 years.
As if that weren’t exciting enough on its own, joining the band’s core of Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton and Trey Spruance will be Scott Ian (Anthrax) on guitar and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies) on drums.
February 5 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre – H09909 and Hirax open
February 6 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre – Cattle Decapitation and Neil Hamburger open
February 7 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre – The Melvins and C*nts open
February 8 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre – Victims Family and Intestinal Disgorge open
February 10 New York, NY Brooklyn Steel – Full of Hell and Spotlights open
February 11 New York, NY Brooklyn Steel – Antidote and Cleric open
February 13 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre – Possessed and Neil Hamburger open
Tickets are on-sale this Friday, August 16 at 10am local time. There will be no additional cities added to this itinerary, so if you’re considering traveling for one of these shows, best start making arrangements now.
“Ever since Trevor hatched The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny v.2 idea a few years back, Patton, Lombardo, he and I had each been incubating some idea of that egg. Lombardo called me one day and asked me to make some guitar demos so he could learn the songs. He had this generous idea to surprise the other guys with being totally ready to go with the tunes. It just so happened that I was in Eureka at the time. So, I found myself re-visiting all of those riffs in the same goddamned town and in the same goddamned house where I recorded all the original guitars on that demo 33 years earlier. There was something about actually physically working out the mania of those riffs again at DAVE LOMBARDO’S request, in that environment — it just split my head open. It wasn’t long before the train of destiny had picked up too much speed for any of us to jump off.”
“When we recorded that demo, we were 16 and 17 years old and we were absolutely serious about the music. At the time, we were living the deluge of ’80s metal and absorbing every riff and every drum fill from every known band from Denmark to San Francisco. The recording and playing were amateurish (save for Trey’s video-game-solos) but the schooled composition and spirit were solid. I always felt like this music held its own and deserved to be presented in a clearer and more defined package even if it meant being 33 years later.”
“I remember writing riffs for this cassette in my parent’s garage, with no heat, so I recorded in a sleeping bag for analog warmth, playing a one-stringed acoustic guitar that was piped into a ghetto blaster. Thank god I had Trevor and Trey to help decipher my rotten riffs into something intelligible!”
“When Mike hit me up about this my brain thought he was asking me if I wanted to come to a show, him knowing I am a HUGE Bungle fan. When I realized he actually meant for me to play guitar with them it broke my brain, I was a giggly drooling mess. Somehow I pecked out Y E S on my keyboard and holy crap I’m playing in Mr. Bungle. Seriously, it’s an honor and a privilege to get to play with my favorite ‘Mr.’ band of all time.”
“I don’t know what was in the water in Eureka California, but it certainly wasn’t clean. This is going to be a ridiculously, insane band to play with and I am honored to have been asked to join the wrath.”