The San Francisco band which pioneered theatrics in rock ‘n’ roll long before MTV and music video made it fashionable, will embark on a national tour in which, for the first time, they will perform their hit 1981 album, The Completion Backward Principle – their first for Capitol Records, produced by Grammy-winner David Foster – in its entirety. Led by lead singer Fee Waybill – known for an array of characters which include iconic, glam-rocking, stacked-heel vocalist Quay Lewd and punk parody Johnny Bugger – The Tubes’ current line-up also includes original members; drummer Prairie Prince, guitarist Roger Steen and bassist Rick Anderson along with longtime keyboardist David Medd.
September 17 - Omaha, Nebraska
"AS WE PASS 40 YEARS BEING TOGETHER AS THE TUBES I CAN’T HELP BUT REFLECT ON THE FACT THAT I HAVE BEEN SO LUCKY TO ATTEMPT TO FULFILL MY PURPOSE ON THIS PLANET. TO BE GIVEN THE TALENT TO PASS JOY ACROSS THE FOOTLIGHTS IS A GIFT FOR WHICH I WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL."
November 13 - Pipestone, Minnesota
"This thing that drives me to believe I have something to offer has never gone away. Somehow I keep telling myself that yes, one day, it will happen. My purpose remains to follow a quest, in hopes of becoming Master of all Time and Space.
"The Tubes are the vehicle of choice in this regard. Stripped down and fully gassed, this Mother's got Brothers under the Hood."
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May 7 - Charlotte, North Carolina
August 1 - St. Paul, Minnesota
September 17 - Alameda, California
"From day one, music was an integral part of my life. My grandparents were an opera singer and a concert pianist, while my father and uncles were accomplished musicians. Sundays saw the family singing and performing in church, and every Thursday there was a jam session at the house.
"When I was 12 years old, and got my first paying gig at the wedding of a family friend. I started working on a regular basis in local clubs with friends of mine from high school. It was also during that time I met Gary Cambra and we became friends. In 1996, I was asked to sing on the Tubes CD, Genius of America. A fan of The Tubes since 1975, I jumped at the opportunity.
"Through music, I believe we can contribute to the health and well-being of our planet. Here's hopes of making a contribution towards a better quality of life, love, and all forms of art."