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Pedro the Lion announce reunion shows, also planning new music

David Bazan resurrects the acclaimed outfit after a decade

Pedro the Lion, photo by Jim Bennett
Pedro the Lion, photo by Jim Bennett
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    Photo by Jim Bennett

    Seattle indie rock band Pedro the Lion split up in 2006 after earning a cult following through four full-length LPs. Since then, the band’s driving force and only constant member, David Bazan, has been recording and performing music solo. Today, Bazan has announced he’s bringing the band back for a string of reunion shows this December.

    Pedro the Lion will play a pair of dates in Portland, Oregon before moving on to Seattle, Washington for two more shows. Bazan promises there’s also a full US tour to follow. Find the complete schedule below.

    Pedro the Lion 2017 Tour Dates:
    12/16 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    12/17 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    12/21 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
    12/22 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

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    To coincide with the tour’s announcement, Bazan spoke to Noisey about Pedro the Lion’s initial disbandment and why he’s decided to resurrect the moniker. “At the time, Pedro the Lion was the brand name of my dysfunction more than anything else,” he explained. “I needed to get some distance so I could understand what was going wrong and why I couldn’t keep a consistent band going.”

    He added, “Eleven years later, what happened was I just finally figured out what my fucking problem was. I started working in a new and better kind of way that only meant playing with a full band. It hit me that there is a band name that I’m allowed to use. I know what I’m doing now and I’m not going to chew people up and spit them out the same way.”

    Responding to fans on Twitter, Bazan revealed that he also intends to record new material as Pedro the Lion. In fact, he’ll be using the “Pedro brand” while recording and touring for the foreseeable future.

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    It’s worth noting this year is the 15th anniversary of Pedro the Lion’s 2002 concept album, Control, which Bazan took on the road as a solo act in 2012.

    Bazan is currently touring behind his 2016 album, Blanco. Find the full schedule below.

    David Bazan 2017 Tour Dates:
    10/12 – Champaign, IL @ Living Room Show
    10/13 – Springfield, IL @ Living Room Show
    10/14 – Bloomington, IL @ Living Room Show
    10/14 – Glen Ellyn, IL @ Living Room Show
    10/15 – Morton Grove, IL @ Living Room Show
    10/15 – Chicago, IL @ Living Room Show
    11/05 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room at The Crofoot
    11/06 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
    11/08 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
    11/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC
    11/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
    11/12 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
    11/13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Back Room
    11/15 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
    11/16 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    11/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
    11/19 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
    11/29 – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre
    11/30 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
    12/01 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge

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    Revisit “Magazine” from Pedro the Lion’s Control:

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