Today, Meat Puppets had major news for fans, with the announcement of the first tour featuring the band’s original lineup in 23 years and the release of a brand-new single, “Nine Pins.” The trio featuring Curt and Cris Kirkwood and drummer Derrick Bostrom will reconvene on the road to support the group’s forthcoming album, Dusty Notes, which is due out on March 8 via Megaforce, and will mark the lineup’s first venture together since their 1995 No Joke! Tour.
After nearly two decades apart, Meat Puppets were inspired to get the original band lineup back together after their induction into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall Of Fame in 2017. At the award ceremony, the trio of Curt and Cris Kirkwood and Bostrom performed together for the first time in two decades, playing classic tunes such as “Lake Of Fire,” Plateau” and “Backwater.” With immediate chemistry apparent — noted Bostrom in a statement, “It was so intense that even I couldn’t deny it! I remember why we did this. It was magical” — in the time since, the band has been back in the studio creating their new studio work, Dusty Notes, and plotting their comeback tour.
Meat Puppets’ highly anticipated return tour includes 14 dates spanning April 4 to May 18 with featured support including Neil Hamburger, All Souls, Sumo Princess and Stephen Maglio. Kicking off with four dates in California from April 4 to 7, the band will then head to the East Coast, with a two-night stand in New York City on May 8 and 9. From there, the group will snake around the Northeast, with scheduled stops in Philadelphia; Asbury Park, New Jersey; Woodstock, New York; Hamden, Connecticut; Portland, Maine; Boston and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The tour closes on May 18 with a final performance at Jersey City’s White Eagle Music Hall.
The group’s tour will follow up the early-March release of Meat Puppets’ upcoming new album, Dusty Notes. In addition to the original core lineup, the album features keyboardist Ron Stabinsky and Curt Kirkwood’s son, guitarist Elmo Kirkwood. On March 8, the album will be available on standard streaming services, as well as three distinct vinyl editions: a limited-edition early “bootleg” black vinyl, a Zia Records exclusive swamp/oil splatter vinyl, and a standard swamp/olive vinyl.
Meat Puppets have been previewing Dusty Notes since its initial announcement in mid-December. At the time of the announcement, the group released the album’s first single, “Warranty.” Today, the group released the album’s second song, “Nine Pins,” which you can listen to below: