The Airborne Toxic Event's Mikel Jollett performs at Pointfest. Photo by Leslie Tucker.

The Airborne Toxic Event’s Mikel Jollett performs at Pointfest, St. Louis, on May 10, 2014. Photo by Leslie Tucker.

By Glen

Wow. After three months of scraping the bottom of the barrel in search of TATE news, this week we drank from a fire hose. It’s taken three days for the smoke that belched from my computer Monday morning to dissipate, when The Airborne Toxic Event tour news was breaking faster than I could follow it, let alone report it. Now, having had a few days to process it all, we’ll do our best to cover everything.

Fall Tour

It started with an e-mail from a friend, alerting me to the announcement of an Oct. 12 TATE gig in Lansing, MI. When that was quickly followed by dates for Houston and New York City, it was clear something big was afoot. Within minutes, the ever vigilant fan community had uncovered pending shows in Salt Lake, Portland, Philly, Tempe, Denver, Toronto and Lawrence.

Finally, mercifully, the band put a halt to the frantic Googling that threatened to break the Internet, by releasing the full tour schedule via e-mail, 26 shows in 50 nights:

Thu Sep 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Fri Sep 19 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Sat Sep 20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Mon Sep 22 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
Thu Sep 25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Fri Sep 26 – Austin, TX – Stubbs
Sat Sep 27 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
Sun Sep 28 – Atlanta – Buckhead Theatre
Fri Oct 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Sat Oct 4 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Tue Oct 7 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Wed Oct 8 – Washington, DC – 930 Club
Thu Oct 9 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Sat Oct 11 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Sun Oct 12 – Lansing, MI – The Loft
Mon Oct 13 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Tue Oct 14 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Wed Oct 15 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
Fri Oct 24 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Sat Oct 25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Sun Oct 26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
Tue Oct 28 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Thu Oct-30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
Mon Nov 3 – Salt Lake, UT – The Depot
Wed Nov 5 – Aspen, CO – The Belly Up
Thu Nov 6 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

The tour pre-sale has already happened, having gone down on Wednesday. It was a crazy affair, with many shows selling out of pre-sale tickets within minutes – including the San Francisco residency ticket (more on that below), for which the 50 available tickets were snapped up in about one minute. Many fans report having loaded tickets for that show into their cart, only to be informed that they were sold out upon checkout.

The TATE store pre-sale was followed by a Thursday Live Nation pre-sale for most of the shows. That one was no less manic, but in the end, it seems that most fans were able to find what they were looking for.

If you missed out on the pre-sale carnage, the general sale starts at 10 am this morning. Find your show link here.

Which shows will you be taking in? Comment below! As for me, I’ll be at the three San Francisco gigs, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Hope to see you there!

3 Nights, 3 Albums: San Francisco Residency

The clear highlight of the new schedule is the three-night residency at The Fillmore in San Francisco to kick off the tour, Sept. 18-20. These will be no ordinary concerts. On each of the three nights, The Airborne Toxic Event will play one of their studio albums straight through, along with a variety of other songs. Every fan has those songs they wish they could hear live, and this is the opportunity to cross many of them off your list. My list includes “All for a Woman,” “It Doesn’t Mean a Thing,” “Strange Girl,” This Is London,” “Elizabeth” and – of course – “This is Nowhere.” It’s also nice to know that I’ll get “Innocence” at least once this tour, along with “The Fifth Day.” And dare I hope that the Such Hot Blood night will include “Dublin” and “The Way Home?” One can dream.

Starting off the tour in this way also makes one optimistic that the remainder of the tour will include more setlist variation than is typically the case. With all three studio albums fully rehearsed, the band will have almost its entire arsenal polished up and ready to go.

Already, Airborne fans around the world are booking their trips to San Francisco for what promises to be perhaps the most epic three days in TATE history. Or, as one fan put it, “This 3 day residency stay is going to be EPIC. So EPIC we will need to retire the use of the word, Epic.”

If you’re traveling, be aware that the band has negotiated a 15% discount for TATE fans at the nearby Hotel Kabuki, though it should be noted that even with the discount, the prices are not for the faint of heart. When you book, use the promo code “tateforever.”

New Tunes to Debut on Tour

One little detail that almost slipped under the radar when the news broke is that all three nights in San Francisco (and presumably other stops on the tour) will also include some brand-new songs. We know the band has been working on their follow-up to Such Hot Blood. How far along they are, we can’t say, but the fall tour will no doubt provide some clarity on what’s coming next.

Travelling Troubadors

Not to be forgotten amongst all the excitement is that the group also returned to action last week with appearances at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival and Pointfest in St. Louis. These stops yielded the first published interviews with Mikel Jollett in some time.

The Daily Beacon interviewed the front man for Shaky Knees. The meat of the Q&A dealt with the band’s identity and the contrast between touring and recording. One statement in particular spawned some debate and speculation among fans:

DB: You all have said you consider yourself a live band versus a band focused primarily on recording. What do you mean by that? Can you elaborate?

MJ: …I don’t know if that’s true anymore. I think what I meant by that was, with our music, we see ourselves primarily as kind of travelling troubadours. We just went from city to city and so much of our identity was kind of wrapped up in the shows we put on. I’d say it’s different now. But yeah, I think I was drunk when I said that. Some days you’re all about live. Some days you’re like, ‘f— this place! I don’t want to play at all.’

Any concern that this comment elicited from fans was quickly swallowed up by the tour announcement, as it’s clear the band is looking forward to hitting the road again this fall. But we’ll file this for a rainy day and perhaps come back to it in the future.

The Day Mikel Fought the Law

The second interview, captured on video at Pointfest, finds the storyteller in fine form as he provides arguably his most detailed account yet of the day he was arrested in Atlanta a few years ago – an incident that was the genesis of the band’s frequent covers of “I Fought the Law.” Oddly, Mikel neglected to mention the fact that he was joined in the clink that night by one Noah Harmon.

Festival Coverage

Coverage of TATE’s first two festival appearances was limited, but Access Atlanta did publish a brief review in which Mikel plays a prominent role. A near-monsoon that struck just as Airborne took the stage caused most to put away their cameras, but such was not the case at Pointfest, where TATE was captured by photographers here, here and here.

Toxic Gold

We’ll close this week with some Happiness from Pointfest, as we look forward to plenty more Toxic Gold ahead.

Glen, Fan of The Airborne Toxic EventGlen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.

  1. Howard A Graves says:

    Have my tickets for (1) El Paso Texas. Will be attending with my son,two grandsons (also huge TATE fans) Daughter in Law and smarter half. (2) Vancouver, BC, (3) Portland and the home town of Seattle where my two nieces will be attending their first TATE concert along with the smarter half. A great way to spend the summer!

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  2. Awesome Howard! See you in Vancouver!


  3. Susan S. says:

    SF for me!

    Liked by 1 person

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