Neutral Milk Hotel are set to play a ‘globe spanning’ tour next year, most likely including UK shows.
The cult band recently announced plans to play their first live shows since 1999 in the US and Asia.
A new interview with the band’s agent Jim Romeo from Ground Control Touring posted at Pollstar says that they will be embarking on a full world tour in 2014. Romeo explained:
Everyone is very excited which is great. People should know that they shouldn’t get discouraged if they don’t get tickets to these few shows, there will be some more fall shows announced soon and a much longer and fuller tour planned for 2014 that will span the globe.
The only dates announced so far are gigs in Athens, Georgia (October 22-23), Asheville, North Carolina (October 25), the Hostess Club Festival in Taipei, Taiwan (November 28) and in Tokyo, Japan (December 1).
Neutral Milk Hotel have been on hiatus since their last studio album – 1998’s ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’ and its subsequent tour.
Aside from a 2001 live album and a 2002 album of Bulgarian music, the band have been keeping a low profile – although singer Jeff Mangum played a string of solo dates in 2010 and curated ATP at Butlins in Minehead in March last year.
In a bizarre statement on their website, the band announced their five upcoming shows.
The touring line-up will consist of Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes.