San Francisco’s original White Punks THE TUBES celebrate their triumphant return to the UK with their “MONDO PULP TOUR” that started on 7th October.
The Tubes formed in 1972 and their first eponymous album was produced by Al Kooper.
In 1973 they opened for New York Dolls, Iggy Pop and Led Zeppelin. In ’78 they headlined the Knebworth. They opened several dates for David Bowie on his Serious Moonlight tour. They released album Mondo Birthmark [unreleased rarities] in 2009.
In 1977 The Tubes toured the UK, but many of their shows were banned due to British censorship.
In February 1978 they released the ground-breaking live album What Do You Want From Live – recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November 1977, followed by their UK television debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
The Tubes features four original members — Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), plus David Medd (keyboards) — who has played with the Tubes since 2006.
“We’re thrilled to be coming back to the country that started it all for us…” said the Tubes frontman Fee Waybill.
The bands histrionic, quasi-pornographic and satirical theatrics take on the media, consumerism, and politics are led by singer Fee Waybill’s half-crazed on-stage characters, including the larger-than-life counterfeit British glam rock star Quay Lewd.
The Tubes will perform all the hits and fan favourites including What Do You Want From Life?Mondo Bondage, Sushi Girl, Talk To Ya Later, She’s A Beauty and White Punks On Dope.
Main Image: Juergen Spachmann
Bristol, The Fleece Tuesday 11 October
Plymouth, The Hub Wednesday 12 October
Cardiff The Globe Friday 14 October
Brighton Concorde 2 Saturday 15 October
Southampton, The Brook Sunday 16 October
Wolverhampton Robin 2 Tuesday 18 October
Sage Gateshead Thursday 20 October
Holmfirth Picturedrome Friday 21 October
Glasgow, The Art School Saturday 22 October