Metal Monday: The Melvins Lite Experience

Just about thirty years into their career, Melvins are still going strong. Perhaps even stronger than ever with the in 51 States in 51 Dates tour. As explained to me by the band, that’s 19 more consecutive shows than their current record of 32. The Melvins Lite experience, as it were, happened to be an incredibly good one”even from the moment I got in line. Outside the venue I had an extensive conversation with a guy who was planning on seeing a vast majority of their northeastern U.S. dates (12 in all) as well as a nice gentleman who came all the way from Israel to see the Melvins, in addition to Big Business and a few other shows, a fitting audience for a band that doesn’t do “typical” very well at all. For those unaware, Melvins Lite consists of regular Melvins members Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover joined by bassist Trevor Dunn, without other regular Melvins members Jared Warren and Coady Willis.

Fifty-one consecutive shows in as many states is sort of a crazy notion. By most measures, this would be considered the record”even if the Guinness World Records folks don’t ultimately decide that the feat is worthy. The current record is held by George Thorogood for touring 51 states in 50 days back in 1980 (this includes Washington, D.C. as a separate state)”or so they say. The Melvins’ camp doesn’t so much believe that, though, and it’s not in the record books. (more…)

The Melvins' 50 States In 51 Days Tour Isn't Just Weird, It's Ambitiously Weird

Sludge rock survivors and Kurt Cobain inspirers the Melvins announced their intention to become Guinness World Record holders today with the fastest ever tour of the United States. The band will tour all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia over the course of September and October of this year. The first show will kick off in Anchorage, AK on September 5th and the tour will wrap in Honolulu on October 25th. The schedule has the band in a different city and state every night and will take a grueling 51 days to complete. The Melvins are also doing a similar tour of Canada in July, hitting most major markets in the Great White North along with stops in Rochester, N.Y., Portland, O.R., Bellingham, W.A., and San Francisco.

The touring band for the ambitious outing will consist of singer/guitarist Buzz Osbourne, drummer Dale Crover, and stand-up bassist Trevor Dunn. This three man lineup – lacking fellow Melvins members Jarred Warren on bass and drummer Coady Willis – has the touring bandmates playing and recording as “Melvins Lite.” This lineup can be heard on the new Melvins record Freak Pukereleased today and accompanied by the news of the tour.

View all of the Melvins’ tour dates here. Check out “Leon Vs. The Revolution” from Freak Puke below.