Fresh off of last September’s successful reunion tour of Spain, the Dream Syndicate will play its first North American show since 1988 at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCa in North Adams, Massachusetts on June 22, 2013, just a few weeks after the band wraps up a nine-city tour of Europe the month before.
The band’s Spanish shows last fall were named Best Live Show of the Year by the influential Ruta 66 magazine, finishing ahead of gigs by (in order) Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and The Stooges. (Click here for a video clip of “The Days of Wine and Roses” from El Sol in Madrid, Spain, September 2012.)
“I went into the Spanish shows with a little bit of caution,” says singer/guitarist Steve Wynn. “I’m really proud of what we did the first time around and wouldn’t want to do anything to tarnish or diminish our reputation. But I was so excited to see that the new shows not only replicated our sound and style but actually picked up on the dangerous, random, unhinged edge that was what I loved about being in the band in the first place.”
The band’s current lineup features singer/guitarist Wynn and drummer Dennis Duck, the two members who spanned the group’s entire seven-year career as well as bassist Mark Walton, who was in the band for its final two records and nearly all of their US and world tours. Guitarist Jason Victor who has played with Wynn in the Miracle 3 since 2001 will round out the 21st Century lineup.
The Dream Syndicate made its splash in 1982 with the debut album “The Days of Wine and Roses,” which is often cited among the top records in rock history and has been named as a major influence by such bands as Nirvana, Yo La Tengo, the Japandroids, and the Black Crowes, among many others. The appearance at the Solid Sound Festival is the only US appearance booked for 2013.
THE DREAM SYNDICATE – TOUR SCHEDULE:
MAY 23 HET DEPOT / LEUVEN, BELGIUM
MAY 24 DINGWALL’S / LONDON, ENGLAND
MAY 25 ROCKEFELLER’S / OSLO, NORWAY
MAY 26 STADTGARDEN / COLOGNE, GERMANY
MAY 28 BEACHES BREW FEST / RAVENNA, ITALY
MAY 29 BLOOM / MEZZAGO (MILAN), ITALY
MAY 30 MYLOS / THESSALONIKI, GREECE
MAY 31 STAGE / LARISSA, GREECE
JUNE 1 GAGARIN / ATHENS, GREECE
JUNE 22 SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL / NORTH ADAMS, MA