Legendary Massive Attack will tour North America for the first time since 2006 in support of their newly released 5th studio album Ã¢â‚¬ËœHeligoland.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ The North American trek will start May 7th at Sound Academy in Toronto, ON and wrap May 30th at the Sasquatch Festival in George, WA. They will play 2 shows in NYC, Los Angeles and San Francisco with general on sale beginning March 5th (full schedule below).
Massive AttackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest album Ã¢â‚¬ËœHeligolandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ was released on Feb 9th on EMIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Virgin Records and debuted at #46 on the Billboard 200, marking the highest U.S. chart position of the duoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 StarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hope Sandoval, Martina Topley-Bird, ElbowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Guy Garvey and TV on the RadioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tunde Adebimpe. USA Today praises the collaboratorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contributions on Ã¢â‚¬ËœHeligolandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ by saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“They give the gloomy grooves and chilled beats a heartbeat but also step into Massive AttackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s otherworldly sonics with enticingly haunted performances.Ã¢â‚¬Â Albarn also plays bass on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Flat Of The BladeÃ¢â‚¬Â and Keyboards on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Splitting The AtomÃ¢â‚¬Â while PortisheadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Adrian Utley plays guitar on Ã¢â‚¬ËœSaturday Come SlowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. The band also collaborated with DFAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬ËœTrouble In The WaterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, Ã¢â‚¬â„¢44 Inch ChestÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, Ã¢â‚¬ËœIn Prison My Whole LifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Ã¢â‚¬ËœGomorraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, 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 yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bestival ahead of their first full UK tour in three years.
Massive Attack North American Tour Dates:
Date City Venue On-sale
5/7 Toronto, ON Sound Academy 3/5
5/9 Toronto, ON Sound Academy 3/5
5/11 NYC, NY Terminal 5 3/5
5/12 NYC, NY Terminal 5 3/5
5/18 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theater 3/5
5/19 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theater 3/5
5/25 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater 3/7
5/27 San Francisco, CA Warfiled Theater 3/7
5/30 George, WA Sasquatch Festival on sale now