When J Mascis and Lou Barlow splintered apart in 1989, it was largely understood that Dinosaur Jr. would never roam again in its original lineup. The band, who is today recognized as one of music’s first great alt-rock acts, released three cult masterpieces (Dinosaur, You’re Living All Over Me and Bug) before J Mascis re-formed Dinosaur Jr. with Murph and a new bassist, and Lou went on to start Sebadoh & Folk Implosion.
Fortunately, 2005 brought us the seemingly impossible reunion of the still definitive alt-rock trio, and a tour that critics hailed “a glorious show…savage as ever” (The New York Times) and “…alive and thrilling” (Rolling Stone).
Now, Dinosaur Jr. documents their epic reunion tour, and the potent performances of those classic songs that first established them as a monumental musical force, in their first ever DVD release.
Titled Dinosaur Jr.: Live In the Middle East (Image Entertainment – May 29, 2007), this full length concert DVD was filmed largely at Boston’s Middle East, as well as at New York’s legendary Irving Plaza and at other shows along the band’s December 2005 tour.
With unfettered access to this famously elusive band, fans can expect one-on-one interviews, behind the scenes going-ons and a full set of performances of Dinosaur Jr. favorites, all recorded along the band’s recent reunion tour. The DVD features performance footage of 18 Dinosaur Jr. songs originally recorded on their classic first albums.
In addition, the DVD also offers the band’s 2005 interview at the WXPN’s renowned World Café studios, and interview appearances by Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Matt Dillon, and others. The DVD was directed by Gold In Berlin, which is run by Mascis' brother in-law, German filmmaker Phillip Virus.
Dinosaur Jr. is on tour now. The current list of confirmed dates is as follows:
May 15-16 Slim’s San Francisco CA
May 17 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
May 18 The Showbox Seattle WA
May 19 Capitol Theatre Olympia WA
May 20 The Nightlight Bellingham WA
May 22 Sugar Nightclub Victoria BC
May 23 Commodore Ballroom Victoria BC
May 25 Macewan Ballroom Calgary AB
May 26 Starlite Room Edmonton AB
May 27 Odeon Events Center Saskatoon SK
May 28 Garrick Centre at the Marlborough Winnipeg MB
May 29-30 Triple Rock Minneapolis MN
May 31-June 2The Abbey Chicago IL
June 03-04 Blind Pig Ann Arbor MI
June 06-07 Irving Plaza New York NY
June 08 Phoenix Concert Center Toronto ON
June 09 Club Soda Montreal PQ
June 10 Higher Ground Burlington VT
June 11 Harvard Square Cambridge MA
June 15 Aggie Theater Fort Collins CO
June 16 Westword Music Showcase Denver CO
June 17 Belly Up Aspen CO
June 26 Scala Lndon, England
June 27 Paradiso Amsterdam Netherlands
June 28 Fri-Son Friborg Switzerland
June 29 Olympic Stadium Munich Germany
June 30 Postbahnhof Berlin Germany
July 01 AOL Arena Hamberg Germany
July 20 Ibecassim Festival Valencia Spain
August 11 Summersonic festival Tokoyo & Osaka Japan
August 25 Reading Festival Reading JK
August 26 Leeds Festival Leeds UK
More dates to be announced.
Look for Dinosaur Jr.’s new studio album, Beyond (May 1, 2007 – Fat Possum Records)., in stores now.