Mr. Bungle Announce First Shows in 20 Years
The band will be performing their first-ever demo in its entirety
Published Aug 13, 2019After nearly 20 years of inactivity, Mr. Bungle are reuniting for a trio of shows in 2020.
The band, featuring Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn and Trey Spruance will be joined by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Suicidal Tendencies and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.
They'll be performing their 1986 demo The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny in its entirety, marking the first time those songs have been performed in almost 30 years.
UPDATE (08/15, 5:03 p.m. EDT): Mr. Bungle have now added an additional night in each of the previously announced cities. You can find their updated itinerary below.
"Ever since Trevor hatched The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny v.2 idea a few years back, Patton, Lombardo, he and I had each been incubating some idea of that egg. Lombardo called me one day and asked me to make some guitar demos so he could learn the songs. He had this generous idea to surprise the other guys with being totally ready to go with the tunes. It just so happened that I was in Eureka at the time. So, I found myself re-visiting all of those riffs in the same goddamned town and in the same goddamned house where I recorded all the original guitars on that demo 33 years earlier," Spruance says in a statement.
The band were heavily influenced by the pioneering thrash bands Lombardo and Ian founded so it's a no-brainer they requested them to join the reunion.
"They are a significant percentage of 'The Big Four', all of which had a major impact on us. Aside from their obvious skills and --for crying out loud, INVENTION of this genre-- there's nothing like being in a band with those whom which you have rapport. If we are going back to the source with this stuff we might as well go ALL THE WAY back," says Dunn.
"To have Scott and Dave with us on this suicide mission is more than an honor. THEY are a big part of the reason we wrote this stuff in the first place, and to realize it 30+ years later with these maestros is an absolute miracle… we can finally play this teenage nonsense correctly! A total catharsis for us," says Patton.
The three shows will take place in February, hitting up Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, respectively. Supporting acts are yet to be announced and no additional dates will be added.
02/06 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
02/07 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
02/08 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
02/10 New York, NY - Brooklyn Steel
02/11 New York, NY - Brooklyn Steel
02/13 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
See you in 2020. No joke. pic.twitter.com/G14IfLnO34— MrBungle (@MrBungle) August 13, 2019