DT: SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/BARI LIEBERMAN, MSO PR
ANNOUNCES SERIES OF SCREENINGS OF THE FILM
‘THE INERTIA VARIATIONS’
IN EVERY CITY ON THEIR
NORTH AMERICAN “COMEBACK SPECIAL” CONCERT TOUR
LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 14
Above: Recent onstage photo of THE THE at Royal Albert Hall (L-R): Barrie Cadogan, Matt Johnson
THE THE, one of the most intriguing bands ever to emerge from England, has announced a series of screenings of The Inertia Variations in every city on their upcoming North American tour launching this Friday, September 14.
This critically acclaimed feature-length documentary, directed by Johanna St Michaels, tells the story of THE THE’s disappearance 16 years ago and re-emergence for 2018’s “Comeback Special” tour. It is essential viewing for all THE THE fans. The screenings in New York and Los Angeles will be accompanied by a Q&A featuring Matt Johnson, director Johanna St Michaels plus special guests John Tottenham (LA) and James Eller (NYC). Dates for all the screenings and tour dates are below.
THE THE recently revealed the full band lineup for their live shows–their first North American concerts in 18 years. Alongside singer and songwriter Matt Johnson, the line-up features a member from each of the three previous THE THE world tours: James Eller on bass (representing the ‘Versus The World’ tour), DC Collard on keyboards (representing the ‘Lonely Planet’ tour) and Earl Harvin on drums (representing the ‘Naked’ tour). They are joined by ‘new’ member Barrie Cadogan on guitar, who has played with his own band Little Barrie as well as Primal Scream, Edwyn Collins, Thee Hypnotics, Damo Suzuki, Spiritualized and The Chemical Brothers among others.
A tour trailer, with footage from THE THE‘s sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall this past June, can be viewed here.
The “2018 Comeback Special” will also include artistic contributions from a variety of longtime THE THE collaborators, including show designer Kate Wilkins, who worked on the ‘Naked’ tour in 2000, and audiovisual collage artist Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us), who has created the kaleidoscopic video installation for the tour.
This past June saw a flurry of activity for the recently reactivated THE THE, not only with a trilogy of sold-out London concerts at The Royal Albert Hall, Brixton Academy and The Troxy, but also the release of their new authorized biography Long Shadows, High Hopes: The Life and Times of Matt Johnson & THE THE by Neil Fraser (which came out June 7 by Omnibus Press), written with the full cooperation of Johnson who allowed unhindered access to his personal archives, and further screenings of The Inertia Variations documentary at the ICA in London.
THE THE will launch their North American tour this Friday, September 14 in Boston at the Orpheum Theatre. The nine-date headlining tour will make two stops in the New York area (September 16 at Brooklyn Steel and September 17 at the Beacon Theatre) and then head to Toronto, Detroit and Chicago before reaching Los Angeles for two shows (September 24 at the Ford Theatre and September 25 at the Hollywood Palladium) and wrapping September 27 in San Francisco. Agnes Obel will appear on all dates as a special guest, except the September 16 show at Brooklyn Steel where Elysian Fields will open and the September 17 gig at the Beacon Theater where XORDOX (aka JG Thirlwell/Foetus), a frequent THE THE collaborator, will open.
THE THE’s full North American film and concert Itinerary is below (click on venue to purchase tickets):
September 13th – Film: House of Blues
September 14th – Concert: Orpheum Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
September 15th – Film: Theatre 80
September 16th – Concert: Brooklyn Steel – supported by Elysian Fields
September 17th – Concert: Beacon Theatre – supported by JG Thirlwell / XORDOX
September 18th – Film: Revue Cinema
September 19th – Concert – Sony Centre For The Performing Arts – supported by Agnes Obel
September 20th – Film: Cinema Detroit
September 21st – Concert (SOLD OUT): Royal Oak Music Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
September 21st – Film: Logan Theatre
September 22nd – Concert (SOLD OUT): Riviera Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
September 23rd- Film: Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
September 24th – Concert (SOLD OUT): Ford Theatre – supported by Agnes Obel
September 25th – Concert: Hollywood Palladium – supported by Agnes Obel
September 26th – Film: Alamo Drafthouse
September 27th – Concert: The Masonic – supported by Agnes Obel
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