(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
After their sold-out reunion world tour in 2015, seminal punk / alt. rock legends L7 have just embarked upon a new North American tour.
Launching earlier this week (April 10) in Jersey City, N.J. the tour is now underway and coincides with an announcement related to the band. L7 have launched a crowd-sourcing campaign on PledgeMusic to finance the recording of a new album, their first new record in 20 years.
With an expected release date of February, 2019, Suzi Gardner, Donita Sparks, Demetra Plakas and Jennifer Finch are offering some enticing items to fuel donating. They include: a record player prop from the 1994 “Andres” video, vintage L7 vinyl records, signed set lists, a meet and greet in Boston, Dee Plakas‘ drum head + sticks, and Suzi Gardner‘s cherry red Gibson Les Paul.
This is not L7‘s first time running a financial campaign like this. Although they were not officially reunited at the time, the 2014 success of a crowd-funded, BRIT award-nominated documentary on the band, “L7: Pretend We’re Dead“, helped convince the ladies that the time was right.
A reunion and the aforementioned 2015 tour helped things along and in 2017, L7 released their first original song in 18 years, “Dispatch From Mara-a-Logo“. That was followed by the single “I Came Back To Bitch” and its subsequent official video [HERE].
Visit / Donate at the L7 PledgeMusic campaign’s PAGE and here’s their current touring itinerary, which includes appearances at Download UK and Download Madrid.
April 12: New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
April 13: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
April 15: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
April 16: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
April 18: Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
April 19: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
April 20: Chicago, IL @ Metro
April 21: Detroit, MI @ El Club (A John Waters Birthday w. L7 & John Waters)
May 27: Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
June 9: Leicestershire, UK @ Download Festival UK
June 29-30: Madrid Spain @ Download Madrid
June 13: Paris, France @ La Cigale
June 15: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg Amsterdam
June 17: Berlin, Germany @ SO36
June 27: Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo Zürich (offiziell)
June 28: Segrate, Italy @ Circolo Magnolia, Punk In Drublic
July 23: Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
July 24: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
July 25: Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
July 27: Montreal, Quebec @ ‘77 Montreal Festival
October 6: Glasgow, UK @ Garage
December 6: London, UK @ Electric Ballroom