Howe Gelb Announces Impending Breakup of Giant Sand


By Uncle Blurt

Giant Sand, we love you and have loved you ever since your early Giant Sandworms days. And we will miss you terribly. Yesterday GS mainman Howe Gelb announced he was putting the beast to rest after three brilliant decades of fronting Arizona’s most eclectic, unpredictable and engaging band – and they may be one of America’s most enduring and beloved outfits, in fact.

Below, read his farewell announcement.

There will be a final European tour along with a 3LP box, The Sun Set (listen to a sample of it, below), and then finis. Go HERE and HERE to read some of our notable GS coverage of the past.


30 years of giant sand

way back when it seemed like a long spans. but no. just a blink of the eye.

the flutter of the lid seems like it’s in a slow-motion wow, but any motion is in fast-forward compared to still life.

albums live on a shelf like a still life collection collecting decades and dust.
what do we have here, collectively speaking ? musings set to motion. here in rewind and some in fast forward.

we know there’s no comfortable category to place it all. perhaps because there is no categorical comfort.

the forefathers of this output have been set in rock: david bowie, john lennon, jimi hendrix, bob dylan and neil young.

the forefathers set in ivory are probably responsible for what’s coming next.
but as far as rock erosion is concerned, with this collection of mega dust, this giant sand, it’s high time to call it a day.

30 years seems an adequate number to aptly utter “I kinda quit”. there’s plenty enough here. more than imaginable.

i’m very eager to see what the next blink will bring. piano for now. songs forever.
so here’s to the next 30 years of plunk rock. a circle of fifths in black and white blur. getting on a plane with no guitar bag slung. maybe a hat. .. bolo tie too.

thank you so very much for your participation in all of this. I will never thank you enough because I can’t.

we are a fabric. a stitch in time. sonic threads woven by our space age muses.

Tour Dates:

04-06 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Kino Siska ^
04-07 St.Pölten, Austria – Cinema Paradiso ^
04-08 Geislingen, Germany – Rätschenmühle ^
04-09 Brussels, Belgium – Le Botanique *
04-10 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso-Noord Tolhuistuin *
04-11 London, England – Village Underground *
04-12 Gateshead, England – Sage Gateshead *
04-13 Dublin, Ireland – Whelanslive *
04-14 Cork, Ireland – Cyprus Avenue *
04-15 Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh *
04-17 Brighton, England – All Saints Hove *
04-18 Bristol, England – The Lantern / Colston Hall *
04-19 Paris, France – Le Trabendo *

^ Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan
* with Jason Lytle

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