HELMET will celebrate its 30th anniversary by embarking on a tour of Europe and the U.S. this fall. That 30-city trek will see the band perform a 30-song set each night with no openers.
Band leader Page Hamilton said: "The day John, Peter and I auditioned Henry is the day I consider to be the beginning of HELMET. The year was 1989 and I think the month was May. I love playing this music more than ever with my current bandmates Kyle, Dan and Dave. To celebrate 30 years of recording and touring, we decided to play 30 songs a night in 30 cities in Europe and 30 more cities in the USA. We hope to see you all there."
U.S. tour dates:
Oct. 23 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Oct. 25 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
Oct. 26 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Oct. 27 - Washington, DC - Union Stage
Oct. 29 - Columbia, SC - The Senate
Oct. 30 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Oct. 31 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Nov. 01 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Nov. 02 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
Nov. 03 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Nov. 05 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
Nov. 07 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
Nov. 09 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel
Nov. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - 1720
Nov. 10 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
Nov. 12 - Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
Nov. 13 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
Nov. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Nov. 15 - Medford, OR - Howiee’s On Front
Nov. 16 - Portland, OR - Dante’s
Nov. 17 - Seattle, WA - Substation
Nov. 19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Soundwell
Nov. 20 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
Nov. 22 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Nov. 23 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
Nov. 24 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
Nov. 26 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
Nov. 27 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Nov. 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
Nov. 30 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
HELMET's European tour will kick off on September 3 in Prague, Czech Republic and end on October 10 in London, England.
Having cut his teeth playing with avant-garde guitar icon Glenn Branca and indie stalwarts BAND OF SUSANS, Page Hamilton launched HELMET in 1989, and the band released its debut album, "Strap It On", on the independent Amphetamine Reptile label the following year. HELMET soon became the subject of an unprecedented major-label bidding war, ultimately signing with Interscope and releasing "Meantime" in June 1992.
Although HELMET disbanded in 1997, Hamilton revived the band in 2004, and the group has continued to tour and record.
Even while he band was absent from the spotlight, HELMET continued to exercise considerable influence on multiple generations of bands. Their songs have been covered by the likes of CHEVELLE, DEFTONES, FAITH NO MORE, PIG DESTROYER and SOULFLY, and the band inspired a 2016 HELMET tribute album titled "Meantime Redux". HELMET has also been cited as a key influence on such bands as GODSMACK, KORN, MARILYN MANSON, MASTODON, PANTERA, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SEPULTURA, SLIPKNOT, STAIND, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and TOOL.
HELMET's latest album, "Dead To The World", was released in October 2016 via earMUSIC.