The Dandy Warhols will kick off their 25th-anniversary celebrations with a UK and European tour in January and February 2019 with shows in London at O2 Academy Brixton (1 Feb) and O2 Institute Birmingham (19 Jan).
Born out of Portland, Oregon in 1994 in the shadow of the twilight years of the grunge scene, The Dandy Warhols’ influences range from 1960s garage rock through to 1980s-1990s shoegaze. Their incredible career has seen them release nine studio albums, two compilation albums and 27 singles over a spectacular 25-year career.
The band – Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboards), Peter Holmstrom (guitar), and Brent DeBoer (drums) – have gone on world tours, had hit singles and even taken the stage during the Greek riots. The band’s live presence – frequently filled with nudity early on in their career – was enough that, at their first gig in 1994 they were approached the independent record label Tim/Kerr who offered to pay for the recording of an album. The result was their debut, 1995’s Dandys Rule OK, an album that impressed major record label Capitol Records to sign the band. The band’s second album, …The Dandy Warhols Come Down was released in 1997 and spawned three Top 40 singles including ‘Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth’ (more commonly known as Heroin is so passé). But it was with the release of 2000’s Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia that the band hit the public consciousness with full force. The mega-hit ‘Bohemian Like You’ landed in the cultural sphere like a freight train and has yet to leave it.
Touring the world, including a performance at Glastonbury Festival in 2000 which caused David Bowie to choose them to perform at Meltdown 2002 when he curated, and duet with them on The Velvet Underground’s ‘White Light / White Heat’ on the encore on July 29th, the band built on their popularity to gain worldwide acclaim. Throughout the 2000s the band continued to release albums – Odditorium or Warlords of Mars (2005), …Earth to the Dandy Warhols… (2008), The Dandy Warhols Are Sound (2009), This Machine (2012) and, most recently Distortland (2016).
In October 2018, The Dandy Warhols surprised fans, sharing a video for their brand-new single, the track ‘Forever’, their first since 2016. With the video inspired by Greek Mythology, the track is taken from their as-yet-untitled tenth album, due for release next year on Dine Alone Records. 2019 also sees The Dandy Warhols start the celebrations for their 25th anniversary by touring Europe. With the future stretching out ahead of them, and an impressive back catalogue behind them, the tour promises to be a celebration of both the past and a glimpse into what’s yet to come.
The Dandy Warhols
celebrate 25 years with a UK and European tour
Birmingham, O2 Institute – Tuesday 29 January*
Glasgow, The Old Fruitmarket – Wednesday 30 January
Manchester, Albert Hall – Thursday 31 January
London, O2 Academy Brixton – Friday 01 February*
Tickets on sale now from *ticketmaster.co.uk