Tuesday, June 25, 2013

O Goblin, Where Art Thou: Atlanta, Asheville ... But Not Nashville?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 6:17 PM

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Several years ago, I was in a roomful of movie geeks when Time Out NY critic Josh Rothkopf's cell phone rang. A shiver swept the room — his ringtone was the infernal intro to the main theme from Dario Argento's Suspiria. I can't say for sure whether it was because the music evoked the gruesome imagery so vividly, or because the music is creepy in and of itself. But for whatever reason, as the tinkling tune grew louder and louder, people flinched as one.

If you've seen Argento's gore-drenched, style-saturated fairy tale, you know it derives a lot of its power to unnerve from its score, which segues from a chiming intro that suggests a clawed hand cranking a music box to what sounds like growling demons beating on garbage-can lids. The music was performed by the Italian prog-rock band Goblin, led by Claudio Simonetti, which handled the scores for several films from Argento's most fruitful period.

Now comes word that Goblin will launch its first North American tour this fall, with stops Oct. 1 in Atlanta and Oct. 3 in Asheville, N.C. — but no Nashville date. (Picture us eyeing that open Oct. 2 slot with Mater Suspiriorum's glowing eyes.)

From the press release:

The Italian Soundtrack Kings will perform all of their classic cuts, including scores from Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebrae, Dawn of the Dead, Phenomena, Sleepless and other songs that are milestones among prog rock followers, including songs from Roller, Il fantastico Viaggio del Bagarozzo Mark, and most recently Back to the Goblin. Other famous scores never performed live anywhere will be included on this tour. ...

The tour will include a small amount of VIP ticketing, allowing fans to meet the band, get up close, see part of the soundcheck, and walk away with a commemorative poster. Also during the tour the band will be selling an exclusive tour EP put out by Death Waltz Records. The EP features brand new versions of classic Goblin tracks re-recorded by the recently reunited band. The EP will be pressed on blood red 180g vinyl and feature an exclusive cover design by poster artist Graham Humphrey's (Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street).

The lineup for this tour will include original members since 1975 Claudio Simonetti and Maurizio Guarini (keyboards) and Massimo Morante (guitar). The band is rounded out by drummer Titta Tani and bassist Bruno Previtali that joined in 2010.

Support on the tour (up to October 20th) will come from the Northern California based Secret Chiefs 3, formed by Mr. Bungle founding member Trey Spruance. Secret Chiefs 3 have developed quite a cult following of their own over the last 15 years with their blend of other worldly psychedelic rhythms and melodies.

Tix for the Atlanta show ($25 GA, $65 VIP) go on sale noon Friday here. Dates for the tour are as follows:

Oct 1 Atlanta, GA/ The Loft
Oct 3 Asheville, NC/ The Orange Peel
Oct 4 Baltimore, MD/ Otto Bar
Oct 5 Philadelphia, PA/ Underground Arts
Oct 6 Brooklyn, NY/ The Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 9 Boston, MA/ Sinclair
Oct 10 Montreal, QC/ Le National
Oct 11 Toronto, ON/ Opera House
Oct 12 Pontiac, MI/ The Crofoot
Oct 13 Chicago, IL/ Metro
Oct 15 Denver, CO/ The Gothic Theatre
Oct 18 Seattle, WA/ Neumos
Oct 19 Portland, OR/ Hawthorne Theatre
Oct 20 San Francisco, CA/ The Regency Ballroom
Oct 22 Los Angeles, CA/ Beyond Fest @ The Egyptian Theater (with a screening of Deep Red)
Oct 25 Austin, TX/ Housecore Horror Film Festival
Oct 27 Austin, TX/ Housecore Horror Film Festival

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