Er, you don’t really
think the band’s obsessive fans will adhere to that “one item” caveat, do you?
By Blurt Staff
Throbbing Gristle announce their first US performances in 28
years – including an appearance Sunday April 19th at the 2009 Coachella Music
Festival! The band, who have not performed in the United
States since May 1981, will also be playing Chicago and New
York for the first time ever.
To mark these special occasions, the band will play TWO SET events in New York and Chicago.
The performances begin with a new live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 60min 1980
alchemical film “In The Shadow Of The Sun,” followed by a second set
of material from across TG’s history.
Between sets in both New York and Chicago, Throbbing
Gristle will be available for a fan signing session. Fans are encouraged to
bring along ONE ITEM from their collection for the band to sign. There will
also be special ‘TG USA 2009’ merchandise including an all new album, T-shirt
specific to the event, Tour Enamel Badge, and Tour Embroidered Patch for sale.
In addition, Throbbing Gristle will perform their live
soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 60min 1980 alchemical film “In The Shadow Of
The Sun” at UCLA in Los Angeles on April
21st and a full set of material from across their history at The Grand Regency
Ballroom in San Francisco
on April 23rd.
4/16/09 Masonic Hall
Brooklyn, New York
Los Angeles, Ca**
4/23/09 Grand Regency Ballroom
San Francisco, Ca
4/25/09 Ephiphany Episcopal
**”In The Shadow Of The Sun” soundtrack performance only.
Throbbing Gristle – Chris Carter, Peter Christopherson, Genesis
Breyer-P.Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti – formed in 1975 and released a string
of albums until 1981 including The Second Annual Report, 20 Jazz Funk Greats
and the legendary 24 Hours Cassette Boxed Set (reissued as TG24 on CD by the Grey
Area of Mute in 2002 and followed by the companion box set TG+ in 2004). Unlike
many of their punk peers, Throbbing Gristle deployed their music as a weapon
attacking the apparatus of the music industry, which they treated as the
propaganda wing of the then growing entertainment industry. TG set up their own
imprint, Industrial Records (giving rise to the term “industrial
music”), for the distribution of their clanging factory noises and as a
cold parody of the entertainment industry’s process of industrializing music.
In 2007 Throbbing Gristle released their first new studio album in over 25
years, Part Two – The Endless Not which was followed later that year by TGV, a
live DVD box set featuring 10 full shows – most never-before-seen – ranging
from the fascinating beginnings in 1979 through to the notorious RE~TG
‘re-grouping’ 23 years later at London’s Astoria and three further European
2008 saw the reactivation of Industrial Records and the release of
Thirty-Second Annual Report, a reinterpretation of The Second Annual Report
recorded at La Villette in Paris,
30 years after its original release and available on download and as a special
edition vinyl, pre-framed and limited to 777 copies.
Throbbing Gristle have troubled eardrums, shattered preconceptions and changed
lives. The repercussions of their sonic, ideological and industrial experiments
are still being felt today.
Meanwhile, read our recent interview with Genesis P-Orridge