The Presidents of the United States of America to perform debut in full with March 2012 UK / Ireland tour

Posted: 10th November 2011

There's something a bit fishy about the recent trend for bands to perform seminal albums 'live and in their entirety'. For so long, gig-goers have (if they're honest) bemoaned the presence of new, unheard songs when all they really want are the classic sing-alongs.

Nonetheless, at the majority of gigs, bands traditionally insist on teasing the crowd with extracts from their most popular works, punctuated with music from the latest record plus, shockingly, a bit of brand new material - often introduced apologetically. The new stuff may well be the artist's attempt to avoid becoming their own tribute act but, still, how dare they?

Yet, perversely, here they are promising to only play classic material. It is a compromise of sorts. They guarantee the set list will include, at the very least, a full fans' favourite of a record, with any troublesome new material reassuringly just a footnote. Meanwhile, the bands retain some artistic credibility since the record and its running order was determined by them in the first place. 'OK, we'll play it - but we'll play it OUR WAY'.

For Seattle grunge flag bearers, The Presidents of the United States of America, this means a set of 1995 rock classics under the umbrella of their smash hit self-titled debut album. Their first full studio release, the record reached No 6 in the US and Canada and the UK Top 20. It also contained some of 'The Presidents' most enduring songs; not least 'Lump' and the brilliant 'Peaches'.

Raw, raucous and with no little humour, the record turned triple-Platinum in the US and Gold in the UK and was to be the band's best-performing album. Fitting, then, that they should want to revisit it for 2012 audiences.

'PUSA' will be performing their self-titled debut in full at the O2 Academy in Bristol on Thursday 8th March, followed by gigs in Wolverhampton, Manchester (Ritz) and Glasgow, London and the final date (announced so far) at Vicar Street in Dublin on Saturday 17th March 2012.

We will have tickets for all dates when they go on sale at 9AM on Friday 11th November (Saturday 12th for Bristol, now for Dublin), priced £20 for London, €25 for Dublin and £18.50 for the remaining UK dates.

Stewart Darkin