Watch: Botch Played Their First Official Show in Over 20 Years and They Still Rule


As any fan of music or professional wrestling knows, retirement is only temporary. You either get the itch, your other projects wind down or the potential checks get big enough that you get the itch again; oftentimes, it’s a combination of all three. Fortunately for us, the time was right for mathcore legends Botch to return, which they did on Friday at the first proper show in two decades.

Though they played a surprise reunion set at a friend’s party last year, this was their first properly-promoted gig since announcing they’d be playing together again. The setlist was, unsurprisingly, stacked as hell and featured all the Botch staples, plus new song “One Twenty Two.”

This is all a big change from last year, when Botch’s Brian Cook said:

“I’ve learned not to say never to that, but the circumstances would have to be very specific and I honestly can’t imagine what those circumstances would be at this point. And, man… it would freak me the fuck out. To put on a Botch show the way we used to put on Botch shows… I’m 44 years old and I don’t know if my body could handle throwing itself around onstage all night and all that’s stuff. I bruise too easily these days.”

Botch are going on tour but after seeing these videos, it’ll probably all sell out, so buy your tickets ahead of time or be caught complaining in the comments section.

Feb 24 Seattle, WA @ Showbox (SOLD OUT)
Feb 25 Seattle, WA @ Showbox (SOLD OUT)
Oct 5 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Oct 6 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Oct 7 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Oct 13 Chicago, IL @ Metro
Oct 14 Chicago, IL @ Metro
Oct 19 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Oct 21 Denver, CO @ Summitt Hall
Nov 10 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Nov 11 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Nov 14 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Nov 15 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 17 Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
Nov 18 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Dec 8 Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda
Dec 9 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
Dec 12 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency

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