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The Tubes, the San Francisco-based rock band, whose eponymous 1975 debut album included the rock anthem “White Punks on Dope”, celebrate their return to the UK in November 2017 for six club dates, plus five arena concerts where they will support Alice Cooper. Get ready for non-stop theatrical mayhem and outstanding rock music from The Tubes.
The news of the UK tour dovetails with the August 11th release of The Tubes: “The A&M Years” Box Set which includes the band’s first five studio albums. The box set can be ordered here from Amazon UK.
The Tubes frontman Fee Waybill says:
“We’re thrilled to return to the country that started it all for us, I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world. The tour will be incredible fun.”
The band’s over-the-top theatrical visual live performances are known to rock fans worldwide for their quasi-pornographic and satiric take on the media, consumerism, and politics, celebrated by lead singer Fee Waybill’s deranged on-stage characters, including the larger-than-life fictitious platform-booted, drugged out British glam rock star Quay Lewd.
The Tubes toured the UK, but many of their shows were banned due to British censorship. In February 1978 they released the ground-breaking live album What Do You Want From Live – recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November 1977, followed by their UK television debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
The band are best remembered for their 1983 single She’s a Beauty, a top 3 U.S. hit single bolstered by a frequently-played music video in the early days of MTV. But they will perform all their classic hits and fan favourites including – What Do You Want From Life?, Mondo Bondage, Amnesia, Sushi Girl, Don’t Wanna Wait Anymore, Talk To Ya Later and White Punks On Dope.
The current line-up of The Tubes features four original members – Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), plus David Medd (keyboards), the latter has played with the band since 2006.
THE TUBES – NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR:
*Supporting Alice Cooper
Southampton Engine Rooms – Saturday 4 November
Bristol, The Fleece – Sunday 5 November
Reading Sub 89 – Monday 6 November
Newcastle, Boiler Shop – Thursday 9 November
Edinburgh, The Liquid Room – Friday 10 November
*Leeds, First Direct Arena – Saturday 11 November
*Glasgow, The SSE Hydro -Sunday 12 November
*Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena – Tuesday 14 November
*Manchester Arena – Wednesday 15 November
*London, SSE Wembley Arena – Thursday 16 November
Norwich, The Waterfront – Friday 17 November