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After a Seven Year Hiatus: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Tour!

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The first, and last time I cried at a live show was when I saw Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 2001. I’m not the type of person who is prone to such public behavior, nor was it some silly freak-out that one would expect to see in the crowd of a Justin Bieber (is that his name?) concert. Rather, it was simply a few tears that rolled down my cheeks because I was that moved by the music and the imagery that was being projected behind the band. I’ve seen GY!BE three times, and when they took an indefinite hiatus in 2003, I figured I’d never see them live again, but at least I had all there albums – and had them on vinyl, too… you know, just in case I got a turntable that actually worked.

Rumors about the band getting back together and touring again have always circled; probably started by people like me who couldn’t bear the thought of living in a world where future generations of post-rock lovers would have to go without seeing GY!BE perform live.  Finally, after years of waiting, it’s true – they are going on tour, and the list of dates is, at last, up. I already have my ticket for when they come to NYC in March 2011… this is what we call “Christmas come early at Amanda’s house.” Dates are selling out like crazy, so get your tickets stat.

By: Amanda Chatel

Tour dates:


03 Dec: All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, UK

04 Dec: All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, UK

05 Dec: All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, UK

07 Dec: Academy 1, Manchester, UK

08 Dec: Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK

12 Dec: Anson Rooms, Bristol, UK

13 Dec: Troxy, London, UK

14 Dec: Troxy, London, UK


14 Jan: Charly Parker @ Parc de la Villette, Paris, FR

15 Jan: Cirque Royal, Brussels, BE

17 Jan: House of Culture, Helsinki, FI

19 Jan: Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL

20 Jan: Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin, DE

22 Jan: Eskulap, Posznan, PL

23 Jan: Akropolis, Prague, CZ

25 Jan: Arena, Wien, AT

28 Jan: Espace Julien, Marseille, FR

29 Jan: Apolo, Barcelona, ES

30 Jan: Joy Eslava, Madrid, ES

01 Feb: Le Bikini, Toulouse, FR

02 Feb: 4AD, Diksmuide, BE

16 Feb: Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, CAN

17 Feb: Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA

18 Feb: Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

20 Feb: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

21 Feb: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

23 Feb: Music Box at the Henry Fonda, Los Angeles, CA

16 Mar: Masonic Temple, Brooklyn, NY

17 Mar: Church of St. Paul the Apostle, NYC

19 Mar: Trocadero, Philly, PA

20 Mar: 9:30, Washington, DC

22 Mar: 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA

24 Mar: Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN

26 Mar: Metro, Chicago, IL

27 Mar: Metro, Chicago, IL

29 Mar: Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI

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