America’s most inappropriate band is about to become the Middle East’s! Constructors of catchy garage punk melodies and avid displayers of dick, Atlanta’s Black Lips have booked a two-week Middle Eastern tour to celebrate their latest, the appropriately-titled Arabia Mountain. (The album’s actually named after a REAL LIFE mountain outside of the band’s REAL LIFE home city.) Black Lips have already toured Australia, Thailand, Portugal, and India — where they famously fled the country after growing worried they’d be imprisoned for onstage naughtiness during a show in Chennai — so when the chance to tour Egypt, Dubai, and… Iraq came up, just like Van Halen, the boys jumped.
Bassist/vocalist Jared Swilley said, “We want to play everywhere on the planet, and the opportunity came up. We couldn’t say no. Anywhere that we haven’t been excites us. Not many Western bands have toured the region and to be one of the first is amazing. Adventures are the best.” Swilley adds, “People like music and having fun and I think that’s pretty universal.” So the Black Lips will venture on this fall, bringing their message of fun, rockin’ out, and inappropriately exposing oneself to audiences across this less-than-toured region. Beirut-based indie rockers Lazzy Lung will accompany Black Lips on select dates.
09.14.12 - Amman, Jordan - TBA *
09.19.12 - Larnaca, Cyprus - Savino Live *
09.21.12 - Cairo, Egypt - Culturewheel *
09.23.12 - Tunis, Tunisia - Le Squat *
09.26.12 - Dubai, UAE - Music Room *
09.28.12 - Hawler, Iraq - TBA
09.29.12 - Sulamaniah, Iraq - TBA
10.06.12 - Beirut, Lebanon - Metro Al Madina *
* Lazzy Lung