Helmet Postpone June U.S. Tour

Helmet have postponed their current U.S. tour. The band said the following:

“It’s with great regret and disappointment that we are forced to postpone the current run of shows. Our aim is to reschedule the dates as quickly as we can, and we sincerely apologize to our fans and all concerned for the inconvenience.”

Helmet Announce June U.S. Tour

Helmet have announced the dates for their “An Evening With Helmet” tour. That run will take place this June.

Tour Dates:

06/03 Pawtucket, RI – The Met
06/04 Hartford, CT – Infinity Music Hall
06/05 Fairfield, CT – The Warehouse
06/08 Harrisburg, VA – XL Live
06/09 Washington, DC – Black Cat
06/10 Richmond, VA – Broadberry
06/11 Kill Devil Hills, NC – OBX
06/12 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
06/14 Huntington, WV – The Loud
06/16 Cincinnati, OH – Taft
06/17 Columbus, OH – Basement
06/18 Saginaw, MI – The Vault
06/19 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
06/21 Indianapolis, IN – HiFi
06/22 Iowa City, IA – Wildwood
06/23 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
06/24 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
06/25 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line

Opening Acts Revealed For Upcoming Korn & Evanescence Tour

The opening acts have been revealed for Korn and Evanescence’s upcoming U.S. tour. They include: Helmet, Palaye Royale, P.O.D., Jeris Johnson, and Dana Dentata.

Tour Dates:

With Helmet & Jeris Johnson:

08/16 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
08/18 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amp
08/20 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amp
08/21 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
08/23 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
08/24 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

With Palaye Royale & Jeris Johnson:

08/26 Mansfield, MA – The Xfinity Center
08/27 Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion
08/28 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach

With Palaye Royale & Dana Dentata:

08/31 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
09/01 Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amp
09/04 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/06 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion

With P.O.D. & Dana Dentata:

09/09 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amp
09/10 Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center
09/13 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
09/15 Auburn, WA – White River Amp
09/16 Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amp

Helmet Cancel Spring European/UK Tour

Helmet have cancelled their spring European/UK tour. Page Hamilton issued the following statement:

“Hey everyone, We were so looking forward to returning to Europe and getting back out on the road this Spring. After the past 2 1/2 years of Covid crushing live music we’d started rehearsals and even played 2 shows in LA. Unfortunately we are forced to cancel our 2022 European Tour due to several circumstances beyond our control (the world is still not back to normal) and for a band member to deal with a serious but non life threatening health issue. We would like to sincerely apologize to all our fans who have reached out to us to make plans to hang, catch up and hear us play. For now it’s back to the drawing board and we hope to see you next year.”

Helmet Announce European/UK “Covers And Hits” Tour

Helmet have announced a European/UK tour. The dates for the trek, which they are calling the “Move On: The Covers And Hits Tour,” can be found below.

Tour Dates:

04/03 Prague, CZE – Lucerna Music Bar
04/04 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka
04/05 Berlin, GER – SO36
04/07 Muenster, GER – Sputnikhalle
04/08 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
04/09 Aarhus, DEN – Voxhall
04/11 Oslo, NOR – John Dee
04/12 Stockholm, SWE – Slaktkyrkan
04/14 Helsinki, FIN – Vanha
04/16 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
04/18 Cologne, GER – Gebaeude 9
04/19 Frankfurt, GER – Zoom
04/20 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
04/21 Eindhoven, NET – Effenaar
04/22 Dunkerque, FRA – Les 4 Ecluses
04/23 Audincourt, FRA – Le Moloco
04/24 Grenoble, FRA – L’Amperage
04/26 Istres, FRA – L’usine
04/27 Toulouse, FRA – Le Rex
04/28 Hondarribia, SPA – Psilocybenea
04/29 Madrid, SPA – Nazca
04/30 Barcelona, SPA – Wolf
05/02 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo
05/03 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
05/04 Rome, ITA – Largo Venue
05/05 Ravenna, ITA – Bronson
05/07 Vienna, AUT – Szene Wien
05/08 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
05/09 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
05/10 Stuttgart, GER – Universum
05/11 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
05/13 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
05/14 Leeds, UK – The Wardrobe
05/16 Dublin, IRE – Academy
05/17 Limerick, IRE – Dolans Warehouse
05/18 Belfast, IRE – Limelight
05/19 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
05/20 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
05/21 London, UK – Garage

Page Hamilton commented:

“After 2 & 1/2 years of pandemic prison we are beyond stoked to get back to our beloved European friends, fans, cities, rolling countryside, delicious not-fast-food and heavy beer. Thank you for your patience, vigilance and sense of communal responsibly for making this tour possible. We look forward to toasting you all with a bottle of lukewarm imported Budweiser; Helmet, live again in Europe, Scandinavia, the UK and beyond. Thank you.“

Helmet To Release New Live Album “Live And Rare” In November

Helmet have announced that they will be releasing their first official live album, “Live And Rare,“ on November 26. Fans can pre-order the effort HERE.

Page Hamilton commented:

“After persuading our label folks in Hamburg to bake these old tapes, we finally managed to mix two live shows for release. Side 1 was recorded at CBGBs, which was our neighborhood club, a 10-minute walk from home. We all spent plenty of time at CBs and though this is not our audition night set, it captures the early frenetic energy of the band as well as my lack of scintillating stage banter.

In 1989, I walked in off Bowery through the creaky swinging doors and plastic-slat, meat locker-style curtain into the greatest rock club in the world, CBGBs. Apparently, David Byrne (a musical hero of mine) was not sympathetic to the rent scandal that ultimately forced CBs to close but I am a maudlin old fool and have great memories from our time there. We became a better band by playing that stage a lot and I saw some of the best shows ever in that room.

Owner Hilly Crystal and manager/booker Louise Parnassa sat facing each other, west and east at desks up front and barely looked up to acknowledge me. Louise, a very pretty and seemingly dour (I got to know her a bit and she is sweet and lovely when she’s not dealing with hundreds of dipshits in rock bands) Jersey girl said, ‘Can I help you?’

I handed her our first recorded music on a cassette tape with hand silk-screen torture helmet artwork from a Spanish Inquisition book and an umlaut over the ‘M.’ The songs, ‘Born Annoying,’ ‘Rumble,’ ‘Shirley Maclaine,’ and ‘Geisha to Go‘ were done at Don Fury‘s 8-track Soho basement studio. She said, ‘I might listen in a couple of weeks. If you wanna play sooner, audition.’ She signed us up for the first available date, which was that Sunday. (Maybe Monday?)

We played with a Night Ranger-style rock band, one dude wore a thigh bandana and a singer/songwriter girl wearing a long Loretta Lynn-kinda dress. Mike Kirkland and Tommy Victor of the band Prong did the door and FOH that night.

Mike later told me he wrote in the CBs notebook, ‘Cool band, book with Cop Shoot Cop or Unsane.’ Louise told me a few years later we were like ‘ice picks in her forehead,’ but she thought I was cute (paraphrasing here, think Jersey alphabet…fuckin’ A, fuckin’ B, fuckin’ C) so she booked us almost monthly. ‘Murder,’ ‘Repetition,’ and ‘Sinatra‘ were brand new, so this show was pre-Strap It On, year zero.

Henry probably still had dreadlocks; Peter wore Beatle boots and skinny legged pants; John and I always dressed like 12-year-olds, so no, it wasn’t some brilliant Helmet marketing scheme as a few bitter downtown hipster turds claimed. For $50, the FOH engineer would record your set on CBs 2″, 16-track tape machine. I’m pretty sure our friend Brian Childers who was the singer for a cool band called Crawlpappy was manning the desk.

I’m glad we shelled out the money; if you were one of the 30 people there, you helped pay for this live album. Thanks.

Side 2 is part of the set from the Big Day Out festival in Melbourne, Australia. Our first trip down under is a bit of a blur after almost 30 years but the memories I have are fond. A brief escape from the frigid NYC January dreariness was welcome relief.

Unbundling at Bondi beach, surrounded by beautiful topless women sunbathing next to the clear, clean, warm water of the Tasman Sea was soundly beating the 6-flight walk-up, grocery-schlep to my East Village apartment while wrapped up like ‘Nanook of the North.’ The shows, hmmmm. My performance was no doubt effected by all the fun in the sun and copious amounts of alcohol (red label Coopers mate).

Someone did manage to run a 2″ 24-track tape machine during our set at the Melbourne Big Day Out; thanks are due to those folks. We’ve had these tapes collecting dust in the band locker (New Jersey pre-2001, North Hollywood since) for all these years so we enlisted our talented pal Toshi Kasai to mix some of the set and Golden Mastering to polish things up.”

Helmet Cancel Fall Headlining Tour

Helmet have cancelled their fall headlining tour. The band issued the following statement:

“Due to the ongoing pandemic and for the safety of all concerned we are disappointed to have to cancel our short run of headline dates in the US due to take place later this month. We hope to be able to revisit some if not all these shows in 2022 and desperately look forward to an uninterrupted schedule finally and get back out on the road. Be safe everyone and thanks for your support.”

Helmet Announce Fall Headlining Dates

Helmet have announced some fall headlining shows. Here’s the dates:

09/22 Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi
09/24 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
09/25 Wichita, KS – TempleLive
09/26 Fort Smith, AR – TempleLive
09/28 Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
09/30 Cedar Park, TX – Haute Spot
10/01 Denton, UK – Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
10/02 Amarillo, TX – Hoots Pub

Helmet Release 7-Inch Box Set “Move On”

Helmet have released a new 7-inch box set titled “Move On.“ The effort, which can be purchased HERE, features the following tracks:

7” #1: “Move On” (David Bowie cover) and “More Bad News” (live)

7″ #2: “Mercy” (Wire cover) and “Rollo” (live)

7″ #3: “E.T.I.” (Blue Öyster Cult cover) and Blacktop (live)

7″ #4: “I’m Only Sleeping” (The Beatles cover) and “Crisis King” (live)

Helmet Stream Cover Of Gang Of Four’s “In The Ditch“

Helmet have released their cover of Gang Of Four’s “In The Ditch.“ This track is from the new Andy Gill tribute album, “The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four,” which will be released on June 4.

Helmet’s Page Hamilton commented:

“My old pal Henry Rollins reissued ‘Entertainment!‘ and ‘Solid Gold‘ back in the 90’s and asked me to do liner notes for ‘Solid Gold‘. I don’t remember what I wrote but I know it was glowing, corny and fanboy. Their songs, feel, energy, inventiveness made an indelible imprint on my musical soul.

All of our peers that formed bands in the late 80’s were influenced by Go4. I chose ‘In the Ditch‘ for this tribute cause it’s a great song even though it was challenging (thank you to my band!). It feels improvised and random at times but holds together as a composition. The guitar part feels like spontaneous scratchy funk, the angular bass and drum groove grooves hard but sounds like there’s a spoke missing.

The vocal is somehow beautiful but scary, urgent and dangerous. There’s no room for limp dick, mail-it-in, non-musical moments in any of these songs. How the hell did they put this together? We could only try to capture the intensity of the original. This band changed me. Thank you Andy, Dave, Hugo & Jon.”

Gill‘s widow Catherine Mayer added:

“Helmet has recorded a superb version of ‘In the Ditch‘, such a powerful song for these paranoid times. Andy and the other members of the original line-up came of age during an era of Public Information Films issued by the UK Government in case of nuclear attack.

Even then it was clear that the instructions given in these films, such as taking shelter under tables or diving into ditches, were designed not to save lives but to quieten public nerves. It was propaganda, and as such grist to Gang of Four’s preoccupations. How eerily relevant the lyrics seem, recalling Prepper ideologies and also the claustrophobia of our locked-down world.

Of course I also stumble over the lyrics about ‘beyond the cares of the world’ and ‘six feet under’, things that apply to Andy metaphorically if not, in the second case, literally. His ashes are at home with me, high on a shelf where he can observe, with pleasure, preparations for this wonderful album.”

[via Brooklyn Vegan]