In celebration of the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough record and cult album Music For Men, Gossip are reuniting for a special UK/European tour.
The Music For Men Anniversary Tour kicks off in France on July 4th 2019, and wraps up in Dublin the following month on August 18th. Tickets went on sale 9 am on the 29th March and include UK stops in London, Glasgow and Manchester.
“We can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the release of Music For Men!” said the band in a statement, “we are beyond excited to reunite with our Gossip family and fans. We’ve truly missed playing these songs and connecting with our amazing and inspiring crowds. It’ll be a sweaty, outrageous time for sure. Can’t wait to see y’all in Europe in July!”
Music For Men when it debuted was described as “a raised fist of a record” (Guardian), “the disco record of the year” (Uncut) and “the greatest punk rock ‘n’ roll disco soul band on the planet”(NME).
The EP was produced by multi Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin and recorded at the historic Shangri La Studios in Malibu. Music For Men sold over 1.5 million copies and expertly captured iconic front-woman Beth Ditto’s powerful righteous vocals and the Gossip’s fiery sound.
Lead single ‘Heavy Cross’ remains a favourite to this day racking up thousands of streams a month.
Gossip released a total of five albums, the last being A Joyful Noise in 2012. The trio’s blistering brand of soulful swagger brought queer politics to the mainstream; confronted body politics head on and singularly refused to be pigeonholed or ignored, landing magazine covers around the world.
Ahead of their time, they garnered huge critical acclaim and cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting and relevant must-see live bands. Set against Nathan Howdeshell’s jagged riffs, slabs of synth and Hannah Blilie’s pulsing drums, Beth Ditto’s voice remains a thing of wonder; tender, but also capable of unleashing a ferocious range and exuding star power.
We are so excited/lucky to reunite with our Gossip family for a few special shows. So much love!!!!!”Beth Ditto
The shows will bring the band together on stage for the first time since going on hiatus in 2012. However, during this time Beth Ditto did not remain idle, launching a solo career and writing a book Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir. Her last hit song “Ooh La La” off the Fake Sugar EP (2017) was used in fashion ads for eBay.
Meanwhile, Hannah Blilie was in the R&B group Chanti Darling and recently loaned her vocals and sticks to Miss Rayon. Together, they debuted their LP, Eclipse in November 2018, full of post-punk sounds.
It feels like the perfect moment for these straight-talking rebel rousing icons to embark on a tour at a time when the political, cultural, gender and sexuality issues that fired and inspired Gossip’s anthems are so much a part of our daily conversations.
Tickets are available from here.
04/07 – Herouville Saint Clair, France – Beauregard Festival
05/07 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
06/07 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
08/07 – Paris, France – Salle Pleyel
12/07 – Lisbon, Portugal – Nos Alive Festival
15/7 – Luxembourg – Den Atelier
16/07 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Paradisco
19/07 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3 Galvanizers Yard
20/07 – Manchester, UK – Academy
21/07 – London, UK – Somerset House
18/8 – Dublin, Ireland – Love Sentation 2019