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Black Box Revelation To Kick Off US Tour May 12th

Black Box Revelation To Kick Off US Tour May 12th

So when these dates broke, I immediately thought to myself  “Okay, so what epic band are they opening for this time?”. Readers of Concert Confessions have seen the Black Box Revelation pop up multiple times on this website. Whether it’s opening for Beady Eye, opening for the Meat Puppets, opening for Jane’s Addiction– The boys from Belgium have been able to keep themselves busy in the last calender year.

Busy they shall stay, as on May 12th Black Box Revelation will kick off a tour of the US HEADLINING a set of club shows-that’s right folks headlining. The trek even includes a Bonnaroo stop June 10th-then they’re set to make their debut on American Television with a stop by the Late Show with David Letterman on June 12th. All tour information can be found at The Black Box Revelation official website, by clicking Here

Black Box Revelation May/June 2012 Tour Dates:

05/12/12 – Road to Hangout Festival/Mobile, AL

05/15/12 – Café 9/New Haven, CT

05/17/12 – Mexicali/Teaneck, NJ

05/18/12 – Monkey House/Winooski, VT

05/20/12 – Mercury Lounge/New York, NY

05/22/12 – DC9/Washington, DC

05/26/12 – Vinyle/Atlanta, GA

05/27/12 – The Basement/Columbus, OH

05/28/12 – Melody Inn/Indianapolis, IN

05/30/12 – Double Door/Chicago, IL

05/31/12 – Shelter/Detroit, MI

06/01/12 – Intersection/Grand Rapids, MI

06/03/12 – 7th Street Entry/Minneapolis, MN

06/07/12 – First Thursday Concert In The Park/Baltimore MD

06/10/12 – Bonnaroo Music Festival/Manchester, TN

06/11/12 – The Late Show with David Letterman/New York, NY

06/12/12 – Brooklyn Bowl/Brooklyn, NY

Jane’s Addiction Announce Tour W/ Black Box Revelation

Jane’s Addiction Announce Tour W/ Black Box Revelation


In non-Coachella and non-Radiohead related news, Jane’s Addiction has announced some 2012 tour dates as well. In support of their latest effort “The Great Escape Artist”, the band will hit 18 cities, bringing along The Black Box Revelation as support (who have been opening for all your favorite cool bands like The Meat Puppets and Beady Eye)

“Starting February 22, this special run of North American shows—called “Theatre of the Escapists”–will bring the band to intimate venues, most of which are classic theaters”JanesAddiction.Com

We were able to obtain the names of the cities from the Jane’s Addiction Official Website below who offer their own presale Wed Jan 11th at 10AM(that’s tomorrow morning!) before they go on sale to the general public on January 14th.

2/05 — The Crane Bay, Indianapolis, Ind.
2/22 — The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
2/24 — The Fillmore, Detroit, Mich.
2/25 — The LC Indoor Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
2/27 — Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
2/29 — Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, N.Y.
3/02 — The Palace Theatre, Albany, N.Y.
3/03 — State Theatre, Portland, Maine
3/04 — The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y.
3/06 — Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J.
3/07 — Palace Theatre, Waterbury, Conn.
3/09 — The National, Richmond, Va.
3/10 —  House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
3/13 — The Tabernacle, Atlanta, Ga.
3/15 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Catoosa, Okla.
3/16 — Uptown Theater, Kansas City, Mo.
3/19 — The Brick, Minneapolis, Minn.
3/24 — Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wis.


Beady Eye 12/03/11: Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

Beady Eye w/ Ican Abrahamn and Black Box Revelations 12/03/11

Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

It’s always nice to spend Saturday night with good friends. On the first Saturday in December, I did exactly that at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to find free parking. One of my pals ran into an old friend who he had not seen in 17 years. There was an exchange of Christmas gifts where I gave the gift of Insane Clown Posse Vinyl and received the latest Limp Bizkit effort on compact disc. Two thirds of Triple Bordego found their way into the house. Those guys are a lot of fun and always a blast to hang out with. I managed to catch up with not one, but two of the best warriors of the new media revolution. The only bad part of the evening was the reason we were all gathered on the corner of Wilshire and Western. That reason was Beady Eye.

My night of music started with the closing song from opener Ican Abrahamn. Musically, I would describe the song I heard as trance heavy indie rock. The best description of what was going down on stage comes from my man JEFF WINSTON. He pointed out that he drummer looked homeless. I couldn’t agree more.

Before I make Oasis fans cry, we must discuss the musical highlight of the night. The Black Box Revelation are a Belgian duo who are capable of cranking out some serious rock and roll. It’s a shame the two only had thirty minutes to spend with the empty auditorium as they were just getting warmed up by the time it was all over. I must assume that guitarist/vocalist Jan Paternoster is using the same trick as Local H guitarist Scott Lucas by having a bass pickup built into his guitar as the sound coming from that thing was fucking massive. Imagine the blues boogie of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Keys dipped in the demonic tones of Black Sabbath. I realize that is a lot of bands with black in the name used to describe the sound of a band with black in the name but it’s the truth. Highlights of the short set included “I Think I Like You,” “Bitter” and “Love Licks.” Thank you for giving me something good to write about BBR.

So by now you are probably asking why the hell I went to Beady Eye. I wouldn’t call Different Gears, Still Speeding a top 10 album of 2011, but I found the music on the band’s debut album enjoyable. Someone in the Beady Eye camp was smart in putting tickets on sale long before Liam’s brother released a record and toured across America. My pal is obsessed with Oasis and was foaming at the mouth at the chance to see a Gallagher brother in such an intimate venue so tickets were purchased the moment they went on sale. The excitement level for the evening was high which is why what we got was so disappointing.

I knew there would be no Oasis songs and I was fine with that. What I didn’t expect was a lifeless uninspired mess that will no doubt take the crown as the worst show I saw in 2011. Despite the venue being only half full at best, the energy level was high as a pre-recorded version of “Yellow Tail” blasted from the PA. The energy was even higher when the five piece band hit the stage performing “Four Letter Word.” Some jumped, some clapped but on the main floors third tier many were checking Facebook by the time the bands second song “Beatles and Stones” began.

The first major glare of the set was the sound inside the venue. Even when undersold I have heard bands’ sound great inside the Art Deco landmark. When the bands guitars and drums didn’t echo off the walls, Gallagher’s vocals were so loud in the mix that they were often distorted. While it has never been easy for us Yanks to understand what Liam Gallagher is saying through his thick Manchester accent, it took me coming home and watching my videos to discover the front man had insulted the Church of Scientology.

Glancing across the venue the overall feel inside was boredom. Fans chatted over soft songs like “For Anyone.” Multiple security duos walked around desperately seeking someone to bust. The most action I saw them have all night was when they insisted a female fan get off the shoulders of her male counterpart during “Bring The Light.” Yet the biggest violators of looking bored were the band themselves. Liam occasionally moved around and at one point and even autographed a fans recently purchased vinyl copy of Different Gears, Still Speeding. Yet I can’t recall any other of the band moving an inch the entire time. These gentlemen were so still they make Interpol look like Dillinger Escape Plan. It felt as if they want to be there and were simply going through the motions. I found myself watching Liam sweat through his trench coat as Jakob mentioned in his Seattle review while having a conversation on twitter with The Audio Perv instead of enjoying the music. Speaking of Jakob thank God he posted the setlist so I could countdown how many songs we had left.

Even a move to a smaller venue such as the Music Box would not have saved this show. It is clear Beady Eye is a team who is playing out the season with no chance of making the playoffs. Noel won the race with a far superior album and two sold out nights in a slightly smaller venue here in Los Angeles. His High Flying Birds are returning next weekend for a key slot on a major rock radio holiday festival and a late night television performance. Beady Eye didn’t even try to make an effort to shine for Los Angeles. In closing its clear Beady Eye has no desire to be amazing. While they may be able to ride the coattails of past success overseas Beady Eye clearly missed the boat in America and no one really cares. Even if the music left a lot to be desired it’s always nice to have a night out with your friends and that’s exactly what that was on a brisk December night.


Beady Eye 11/30/11: Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA

Beady Eye w/ Black Box Revelation 11/30/11

Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by JakobRoss424

The two musicians who have arguably made music headlines more than any other pair of musicians EVER are the brothers Gallagher: Liam and Noel. Oh and before you ask the obvious, no they are not related to the watermelon-smashing comedian. In 2009, Oasis—one of the biggest and best bands of the 90s—split… kind of. Song writer/guitarist Noel Gallagher left the band after a backstage fight with Liam. Liam and some other members of Oasis formed Beady Eye, while Noel formed Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, who Reverend Justito saw earlier this year AND who I will be seeing in April. So just like that, Liam went from 50,000 person crowds and headlining huge festivals to 500 person crowds and playing the small stages at mid-afternoon. And it seemed like a decent fit for the man.

So fast forward to early 2011, Beady Eye released their debut album to mixed reviews, but I really liked it. The songwriting isn’t very strong, mostly due to the departure of the songwriter, but the music had an old school kind of feel to it, with blues influences and soft-rock influences. After a successful four-show mini-tour of the US earlier this year, Beady Eye decided to expand to a 10-show tour of the US, in which they played here in Seattle for the first time ever. The show, which took place at Seattle’s oldest venue(?) Showbox at the Market (opened in 1939) didn’t exactly sell out, but the crowd got packed pretty tight when the band came on.

At 9:15, the openers, Belgian garage-rock duo Black Box Revelation, came out and put on a cool performance with riffs that would make Tony Iommi smile, and jams that would bring Jerry Garcia back from the dead. They had a Black Sabbath/White Stripes kind of feel, and in the seven songs they played, I could tell the crowd was impressed especially the two kids who knew EVERY word to EVERY song. They probably lived in the youth hostel next door, am I right!?
We thought we would have to wait at least an hour before even SEEING Liam Gallagher, but we were wrong. Halfway through BBR’s set, Beady Eye just strolled right past the stage, waving and accepting applause. But it would be another hour before Beady Eye came on to perform, and when they did the lights went out and the band’s logo appeared on the screen. I got out my new iPhone and began shooting video. They came on after a minute of some weird intro music (according to www.setlist.fm, this little intro is called “Yellow Tail”) they came on and broke into “Four Letter Word.” As the song came to a close, a bouncer came over and told me that video was prohibited, but pictures were ok. Not wanting to be kicked out (as some of the drunk people around me were) I decided to take pictures only.

The band sounded tight, and although Liam’s voice cracked every once in a while, it seemed as though he had as much fun as Liam could possibly have. He walked around the stage nonchalantly and even did his signature “hands-behind-the-back-and-head-tilted-back” stance he has done at the microphone ever since Oasis began. Liam sported a trench coat which, by the end of the show, was caked with sweat, so I could only assumed Noel was under there. Think about it…
Has anyone SEEN the two in the same place since Oasis broke up??
The band ripped through song after song, and even though Liam is a Manchester City fan (Liverpool for life), Mostly Oasis put on a rather good show, and I recommend them, even though Liam is a Grumpy Grumperson.
Yellow Tail (Intro)
Four Letter Word
Beatles and Stones
Two of a Kind
For Anyone
Three Ring Circus
The Roller
In The Bubble With the Bullet
Bring the Light
Standing On the Edge of the Noise
Kill For a Dream
The Beat Goes On
Man of Misery
The Morning Son
World Outside My Room
Sons of the Stage (World of Twist cover)

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