Pigface Announce First Tour in 14 Years Along With Full Lineup and Special Guests

Pigface Announce First Tour in 14 Years Along With Full Lineup and Special Guests
 Industrial-Rock supergroup Pigface announces their first tour in over 14 years. The tour will start in Cleveland, OH on November 15th, making stops along the east coast and midwest of North America and finally ending in Chicago, IL on November 30th

Pigface has been a collective of musicians since being founded in 1991 by Martin Atkins (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, Public Image Ltd) and William Rieflin(Ministry, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM). It has featured a rotation of artists such as Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Danny Carey (Tool), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle) Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy) and many more in its history.

The current iteration of Pigface for the tour will include Martin Atkins at the helm along with Mary Byker (Pop Will Eat Itself, Gaye Bykers On Acid) Lesley Rankine (Silverfish + Ruby), Curse Mackey (Evil Mothers),En Esch (KMFDM),Dirk Flanigan (77 Luscious Babes), Bobdog Caitlin (Evil Mothers), Bradley Bills (Chant) Greta Brinkman (Moby, Druglord), Charles Levi (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult) Orville Kline (Porn And Chicken).

Special guests will appear at limited dates on the tour such as Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe (Nov 15th-19th), Folk singer and Violinist Gaelynn Lea (Nov 15th-16th Nov 25th-30th) Pigface and Kittie alum Fallon Bowman (Nov 17tth) and Ali Jafri (Nov 17th). There will also be surprise guests throughout the tour.

Tour Dates

NOV 15 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
NOV 16 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom
NOV 17 Toronto, Canada Lee’s Palace
NOV 18 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
NOV 19 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
NOV 20 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
NOV 21 Columbus, OH Skully’s Music-Diner
NOV 22 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell)
NOV 23 New Orleans, LA Southport Hall
NOV 24 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
NOV 26 Oklahoma City, OK Tower Theatre
NOV 27 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
NOV 28 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
NOV 29 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
NOV 30 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall Chicago

Tour VIP Packages Available Here
About Pigface

 

Formed by Martin Atkins and Bill Rieflin the day after the Ministry tour for “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste,” and hailed by some as “an aggressive new alternative-rock Frankenstein,” Pigface grew to become a fierce juggernaut with a malleable line-up that could be as limited as the individual members personal phone books, or as packed with possibilities as the Yellow Pages. Egos were willingly surrendered for the greater good: the onstage fire-eater at a Pittsburgh show was just as important as the participation of then-fledgling Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor.

Fans going to the shows expecting a rote regurgitation of the stuff found on the debut 1991 Pigface document, Gub, were left screaming and shaking their sweaty bodies in wild abandon, or scratching their heads down to skull-surface trying to make sense of it all. Pigface concerts are characterized by high-energy performances. Frequently there will be upwards of 10 musicians on stage at any time during the show. In addition, members of the audience are occasionally invited on stage for the encore.

At close inspection, it’s obvious that Pigface has become much more than the convenient, yet dubious tag of “supergroup.” A strategy for the creation of uncompromising music, Pigface has been a farm team (belly dancer Christine Petro added some color to U2s PopMart tour), as well as a launchpad for underground mavens to reinvent themselves. The collective fostered the aesthetic growth of former Silverfish screamer Lesley Rankine (heard here on “Chickasaw”, and “Ten Ground and Down”) into the sultry grooves of Ruby. Ditto for the career of former Gaye Byker On Acid Mary Hoxley, who later ascended from “grebo” obscurity to British dance-rock royalty in Apollo 440. Pigface also acted as a rampart where established musicians-such as Tools Danny Carey and Red Hot Chili Peppers Michael “Flea” Balzary could stretch out in ways their parent bands would not let them.

The communal spirit of the music was also enough of a force to make the music industry adjust its cloudy spectacles to take notice (reportedly, the last word in Skinny Puppy’s American Recordings contract is “Pigface”). But don’t think for a nanosecond that all that activity and accomplishment was only felt onstage in a self-congratulatory back-slapping marathon: Just prior to his signing to the nothing Records label, Marilyn Manson launched an ad hoc ensemble names Mrs. Scabtree, that featured other like-minded Ft. Lauderdale, Florida freaks. When pressed for details, Manson described the group as “a Pigface-kind of thing.” Time has proven that Pigface was an idea that has ignited both musicians and audiences alike.

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