Pigface just announced their first tour in over 14 years. This is after throwing some truly legendary events since their inception in 1991 featuring a wide spread of notable names and all kinds of shenanigans. This tour will be no different! Check the following dates and grab your tickets asap!
NOV 15 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
NOV 16 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom
NOV 17 Toronto, Canada Lee’s Palace
NOV 18 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
NOV 19 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
NOV 20 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
NOV 21 Columbus, OH Skullys Music Diner
NOV 22 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell)
NOV 23 New Orleans, LA Southport Hall
NOV 24 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
NOV 26 Oklahoma City, OK Tower Theatre
NOV 27 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
NOV 28 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
NOV 29 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
NOV 30 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall Chicago
In support of this, we had the opportunity to catch up with none other than Martin Atkins (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, Public Image Ltd) who spoke on the upcoming trek, all the included surprises, and more! You can read this over for yourself right here:
First thing’s first. How the hell are you doing?
MA: Great! Better than ever!
You’re about to go on tour with Pigface for the first time in 14 years. How did this come about and how excited are you for the trek?
MA: Excitement is not the right word. I’m frightened, delirious, nervous, intimidated, hopeful and tingling. There are no certainties, except that this will be a wild ride. And I’m thrilled that I decided to do it! I think in 2016 when we did our last farewell show, everybody on stage and a large part of the crowd seemed to think this was way too important to all of us to let it go.
Pigface shows are known for their energy and stretching stage capacity. It’s come to my attention that you’ll be amping the energy up with special guests on select dates. I’m sure there will be surprises but can you tell us about who’s coming out?
MA: The full lineup is listed below, but to be back on stage with Chris Connelly who will be on stage with Lesley Rankine for the first time, although they were both on the FOOK album. Mary Byker, En Esch, and I are all from that era. It’s especially poignant when some of our members are no longer around. Surprise guests so far, amazingly, include Randy Blythe the singer from LOG, Danny Carey from Tool are you fucking kidding me??? I’m trying to get the drummer from Flogging Molly on stage, a sitar player in Toronto, and who knows!
Is there a chance of new Pigface music on the horizon?
MA: This has been asked a few times, and my answer has been a quick ‘no.’ But honestly, with crazy surprises every day, I don’t have a fucking clue.
What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened at one of your live shows?
MA: Well that’s a ridiculous question. 5 guys in costume playing bagpipes? A guy playing a shopping cart covered in guitar pickups and Christmas lights, belly dancers, fire, people literally having their mouths stitched shut, amazing music, a cow, a giant lobster… fuck I don’t know.
Here’s a fun round… If you could play a show anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
MA: Not particularly geographically, but some high school, somewhere to create a spectacle and show some young kids that absolutely anything is possible.
You’ve had your hands in so many projects over the years which begs the question… What else do you have in the works right now?
MA: Well, trying to push the boundaries of education. There’s a separate bus traveling with us with students and a tour manager for an educational experience, which hopefully, at it’s best will be a life changing experience. I’m also working on my 4th book about my time in PiL, which was delayed because of problems with PledgeMusic, but I’m still very excited to workshop it as I have been doing around the country. Playing drums again. I had a pretty long break so they feel very new to me, and of course, whatever my 4 kids through at me and challenge me with.
If you had the opportunity to collaborate with any musician or other artist, dead or alive, who would you choose?
MA: On my mind right now, is Paul Raven. It’s about 10 or 12 years since he died and I’d love to play with him again. I’m sure there’s a part of that desire for what can not happen is spilling into the reverence with which I treasure my time with current members of Pigface. So I get the questions, but I’m trying to live that and experience it in the now, not regret and wish.
If you could give any one piece of advice to musicians coming up today, what would it be?
MA: It’s going to be 2020, it’s not 1980. Grow up, get 5 jobs, understand that nobody gives a shit more than you do, be humble, be awesome, and help other people.
Any favorite stories from your experience in the industry?
MA: Yeah. It’s called Tour:Smart, the other is Band:Smart, and the others are collected in a little book called Welcome to the Music Business You’re Fucked. And I’m not trying to sell you a book of course! Here’s a free download of WTTMBYF’d.
If you could pick any Pigface song to show the entire world, which would you choose?
Final fun round… If you had an unlimited budget to shoot a music video for any one of your projects – what might that look like?
MA: It would look like me letting a few other artists shoot their videos and spend some of the money too.
That’s all we have for you today. Any last words for your fans out there?
MA: See you soon!! Wear a diaper.