MASSIVE ATTACK WILL PERFORM ON U.S. TV FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER WITH FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT ON ABC’S “JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE” FRIDAY, MAY 21ST
First North American Tour Since 2006 Started In Toronto Last Week In Support Of New Album Heligoland
“…one of music’s more spectacular live shows – a cerebral 16-song, 106 minute performance that rivals Radiohead for rock dynamics, vexed nerves, implied drama, astounding sound and thrashing aftershock.” – Q Magazine
Legendary duo Massive Attack who just embarked on their first North American tour since 2006 has announced that they will make their debut U.S. television appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Friday, May 21st to air at 12:05 a.m./ET . Fans can attend the mini-outdoor concert for free, ticket information is available here. Massive Attack are currently touring North America in support of their new album Heligoland, which was released in February by Virgin Records. The tour started last week in Toronto and will wrap with a headline performance at this year’s Sasquatch Festival in George, WA on May 30th. Long-time collaborators Martina Topley-Bird and Horace Andy will join Massive Attack on stage during the tour. Martina Topley-Bird will also perform a solo opening set on all dates with Anti Pop Consortium, Neon Indian, MNDR and Nite Jewel supporting on select dates (full schedule below).
Heligoland was released on Feb 9th on EMI’s Virgin Records and debuted at #46 on the Billboard 200, marking the highest U.S. chart position of the duo’s career. An all star cast join founding members Robert Del Naja (3D) and Grand Marshall (Daddy G) on their first studio album in 7 years which includes Damon Albarn, Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, Martina Topley-Bird, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. USA Today praises the collaborator’s contributions on ‘Heligoland’ by saying, “They give the gloomy grooves and chilled beats a heartbeat but also step into Massive Attack’s otherworldly sonics with enticingly haunted performances.” Billboard praised the album by saying “Massive Attack’s arsenal has expanded and the resulting onslaught is nothing short of brilliant.” Albarn also plays bass on “Flat Of The Blade” and Keyboards on “Splitting The Atom” while Portishead’s Adrian Utley plays guitar on ‘Saturday Come Slow’. The band also collaborated with DFA’s Tim Goldsworthy on selected tracks. The cover artwork features an original image by Robert Del Naja.
Over the last three years Robert Del Naja has written and produced soundtracks for a number of films and documentaries, including ‘Trouble In The Water’, ’44 Inch Chest’, ‘In Prison My Whole Life’ and ‘Gomorra’, the latter for which he won the David Di Donatello Award for Best Song. Last year Massive Attack won the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at the Ivor Novello Awards. In September, Massive Attack headlined this year’s Bestival ahead of their first full UK tour in three years.
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Massive Attack North American Tour Dates:
Date City Venue Direct Support
5/13 Boston, MA House of Blues Neon Indian
5/18 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theater MNDR
5/19 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theater Anti Pop Consortium
5/20 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theater Nite Jewel
5/21 Los Angeles, CA Jimmy Kimmel Live
5/25 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater Anti Pop Consortium
5/26 San Francisco, CA Warfiled Theater MNDR
5/29 Vancouver, BC Malkin Bowl TBA
5/30 George, WA Sasquatch Festival