Psychedelic legends The Crazy World of Arthur Brown have just announced their first US tour dates since 1969. They’ll be joined on the early 2017 run by Electric Citizen, and if you’re reading this, I doubt very seriously you need me to tell you the level of occasion this is. Aside from the sheer performance aspect of what Arthur Brown brought to music, to space rock, to heavy prog and to psychedelia, just the sheer scale of time here makes this one all the more special, as well as the fact that also taking part in the shows will be current bands answering the sonic call that Brown put out all those years ago — from freakout freaks White Hills to nod-riff legends Acid King to doomweavers Pallbearer. I’m sorry, but there’s just no way to lose out on seeing one of these shows.
Of course, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown played Psycho Las Vegas earlier this year, and sure enough, it’s Psycho presenting these shows. You’ll find the full set of their performance at the bottom of this post.
Here’s a press release I wrote, newly circled back from the PR wire:
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Announces First US Tour in 47 Years!
After a highlight performance at Psycho Las Vegas 2016, hugely influential UK heavy psychedelic progressive oddities The Crazy World of Arthur Brown announce their 2017 “ZIM ZAM ZIM” tour – their first run of US shows since 1969.
The God of Hellfire himself, Arthur Brown, will be celebrating 50 years since releasing the debut single “Devil’s Grip,” which helped shape the British and worldwide psychedelic movement. Pushing theatrics to their dystopian hellscape limits would earn Brown acolytes in everyone from David Bowie and Alice Cooper to KISS, Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga to the entire genre of black metal, and his influence continues to spread today.
“Last time I toured US with the Crazy World was early 1969,” Brown confirms. “It was our third tour there. At the time, the band had been headlining massive festivals, alongside Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Jefferson Airplane, and other top attractions of the time. Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper were still only mildly famous, somewhere down the bill.”
ZIM ZAM ZIM takes its name from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s latest album, released in 2014. They’ll be joined on this landmark trip by Ohio rockers Electric Citizen, and shows will feature generational sonic offspring like White Hills, Acid King, Pallbearer, Danava and Jex Thoth.
Psycho Las Vegas presents
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN w/ Electric Citizen
ZIM ZAM ZIM – USA TOUR 2017
2/15 Los Angeles, Regent Theater w/ White Hills
2/16 Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino w/ White Hills
2/17 San Francisco, Slims w/ Acid King
2/18 Portland, Star Theater w/ Danava
2/21 Chicago, Reggies
2/23 New York, Le Poisson Rouge
2/24 Austin, Barracuda w/ Pallbearer & Pinkish Black
2/25 Austin, Barracuda w/ Acid King & Jex Thoth