Local H like to tease. A day before an official announcement, the band posted two teaser videos on their Facebook page. One showing original drummer Joe Daniels (1991-1999) sitting behind a drum kit literally beating the crap out of it. The other, posted shortly after, of someone playing guitar while Joe played drums. With each video posting, the band clearly stated, the rumors were true. However, with no details, it left fans wondering what exactly was going on.
On March 29, Scott Lucas officially let the cat out of the bag when he made a huge announcement on 101WKQX confirming original drummer, Joe Daniels, would be part of the As Good As Dead 20th anniversary tour. Joe will join the current two-man line-up (Scott Lucas, Ryan Harding) celebrating the band’s breakthrough album starting April 15 and 16 through June. Listen to Part 1 and 2 of the interview with Walt here.
The band will first play a short set of songs culled from last year’s widely praised album, Hey, Killer, along with music from their other six studio albums and EPs. After a brief intermission, they will return to the stage and play As Good As Dead in its entirety. There will be no opening act. Dates begin with two hometown shows at Metro in Chicago on April 15th and 16th. They hit Bowery Ballroom in New York on May 3rd and The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on June 2nd. Find all dates below.
Official statement from Local H:
“The rumors are true. After 16 years, Joe Daniels will be re-joining us behind the kit for a run of shows celebrating the 20th anniversary of As Good As Dead.
Last fall, we were alerted that plans were underway to reissue our second record on vinyl. We wanted to be involved and contacted srcvinyl to see if they were interested in including some bonus tracks and demos. They were. They wondered if we were interested in doing some shows around the re-release. Maybe doing a tour where we play the record in its entirety.
Here’s the thing: We’re not too hot on the whole nostalgia thing and the idea of playing a 20-year-old record didn’t fill us with a burning artistic desire. Besides –we’d just put out a new record that we were still psyched about and we were more than happy to concentrate on that.
And then (of course) we started thinking. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. We’ve played the record live before. It’s a concept record. It’s meant to be played that way. It’s not The Wall, but so fucking what? In fact, we’d played the whole album during our last show with Joe.
Which led to the obvious question: Why not have Joe play? When would there ever be a better reason? If all parties were down with the situation, why not put together a mega-Local H show at the Metro Chicago with As Good As Dead as the centerpiece?
Long story short, not only is that happening, but we’ve decided to take the show out on the road. We’ve spent the last few months practicing, shaking the dust off and crafting a set that A.) We’re pretty sure you’ll love, and B.) We’re totally sure to be proud of. As of now, we’ve got shows booked into June. After that? Who knows? And if you’re worried about what all this means for Ryan –don’t be. We’re taking him along. Everybody wins. An evening with Local H. No opener –just Joe, Ryan and Scott. Two drummers and a guitar player. The Two Balls And A Dick Tour.
For some of you, it’s been a long time since you’ve seen Joe play with the band. But some of you? Some of you never had the chance to see him play at all. We don’t think that’s fair and this is a chance to remedy that. See you out there.”
Watch Local H rehearsing Back In The Day with Joe Daniels at The Cold Space 3/28/2016 below.
Get your tickets for Chicago Metro Friday show (18+) and Saturday show (all ages). Local H will also be performing the album in its entirety across the U.S. See dates below and find ticket links here.
As Good As Dead will be released on 180-gram colored vinyl on April 15th via srcvinyl. This re-issue marks the first time that the album will ever be available in this format. The high-quality, double LP will have a premium gatefold jacket and insert. Additionally, the record will come with a digital download code that will allow access to bonus material from that era. Different color options are available for pre-order here.
Local H As Good As Dead Tour Dates
4/15 Chicago, IL Metro
4/16 Chicago, IL Metro
4/29 Ferndale, MI Magic Bag
4/30 Buffalo, NY Studio @ Waiting Room
5/2 Washington, D.C. Rock & Roll Hotel
5/3 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
5/5 Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall
5/6 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
5/7 Akron, OH Musica
5/8 Champaign, IL The Accord
5/31 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
6/1 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
6/2 West Hollywood, CA Roxy Theatre
6/3 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
6/5 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
6/6 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
6/8 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
6/9 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
6/10 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
6/11 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
6/12 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe
6/16 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
6/17 Dallas, TX Trees
6/18 Austin, TX Empire Control Room and Garage