Note: This story was part of our April Fool’s 2012 News Blast Spectacular. It is not to be confused with truth. We hope you enjoy.
Legendary D.C.-punk band Minor Threat are, although short-lived, wildly influential on not only music, but also on ways of life. Lead singer Ian MacKaye is known for having pioneered the “Straight Edge” movement, a movement made up of people who refuse to partake in drugs and alcohol.
Minor Threat broke up in 1983 after only 3 years together, but MacKaye allegedly stated in a recent interview that “it was time to get the band back together. Does that sound too cliche? I hope not. But who care what other people think? Not me.”
MacKaye is also known for fronting influential post-hardcore band Fugazi, who he says “are still on hiatus. Right now I want to focus on this Minor Threat tour. Then we’ll see what happens.”
Minor Threat will be reuniting with the “Out of Step” lineup, that being Ian MacKaye on vocals, Lyle Preslar and Brian Baker on guitar, Steve Hansgen on bass, and Jeff Nelson on drums.
But what is on everyone’s mind is Minor Threat’s decision to play arenas, and to be supported by Good Charlotte.
“We chose Good Charlotte because they embody everything Minor Threat is about.” When asked if he was sure about that, MacKaye responded with “Positive.” He didn’t go into further detail because he “didn’t feel like it.”
Regardless, Minor Threat are a great band that deserve to be seen live, even if it is in an arena setting with a pop-punk band as the opener. The tour will kick off at Seattle’s Key Arena and finish with a two-night run at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Check out the tour dates below:
June 19 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
June 20 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
June 22 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden
June 24 – Sacramento, CA – Power Balance Pavilion
June 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
June 26 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
June 29 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
June 30 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
July 2 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
July 4 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
July 7 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
July 9 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum
July 11 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
July 15 – New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden
July 16 – New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden
Good Charlotte lead singer Benji Madden said, when reached for comment: “Uh… we went on hiatus a few months ago. I was never told about this tour.”
When asked if he would be excited about touring with Minor Threat, he responded: “Who? The name sounds vaguely familiar, but I can’t place it. That’s the band Rollins was in, right?”
Well, there you have it. Tickets go on sale on April 31.