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INCLUDING DATES SUPPORTING ALICE COOPER


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The Tubes, the San Francisco-based rock band, whose eponymous 1975 debut album included the rock anthem "White Punks on Dope", celebrate their return to the UK in November 2017 for six club dates, plus five arena concerts where they will  support Alice Cooper. Get ready for non-stop theatrical mayhem and outstanding rock music from The Tubes.


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The news of the UK tour dovetails with the August 11th release of The Tubes: "The A&M Years" Box Set which includes the band’s first five studio albums. The box set can be ordered from Amazon UK HERE.

"We’re thrilled to return to the country that started it all for us," says the Tubes frontman Fee Waybill. "I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world. The tour will be incredible fun."


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The tour kicks off at Southampton’s The Engine Rooms on Saturday 4th November, followed by Bristol Fleece (5 Nov), Reading Sub 89 (6 Nov), Newcastle Boiler Shop (9 Nov), Edinburgh Liquid Room (10 Nov), Leeds First Direct Arena (*supporting Alice Cooper, 11 Nov), Glasgow SSE Hydro (*supporting Alice Cooper, 12 Nov), Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (*supporting Alice Cooper, 14 Nov), Manchester Arena (*supporting Alice Cooper, 15 Nov), London, SSE Wembley Arena (*supporting Alice Cooper, 16 Nov), and Norwich Waterfront (17 Nov).

The band's over-the-top theatrical visual live performances are known to rock fans worldwide for their quasi-pornographic and satiric take on the media, consumerism, and politics, celebrated by lead singer Fee Waybill’s deranged on-stage characters, including the larger-than-life fictitious platform-booted, drugged out British glam rock star Quay Lewd.


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In 1977 The Tubes toured the UK, but many of their shows were banned due to British censorship. In February 1978 they released the ground-breaking live album What Do You Want From Live - recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November 1977, followed by their UK television debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

The Tubes are best remembered for their 1983 single She's a Beauty, a top 3 U.S. hit single bolstered by a frequently-played music video in the early days of MTV. 


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The current line-up of The Tubes features four original members - Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), plus David Medd (keyboards), the latter has played with the band since 2006.


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The Tubes will perform all their classic hits and fan favourites including - What Do You Want From Life?, Mondo Bondage, Amnesia, Sushi Girl, Don’t Wanna Wait Anymore, Talk To Ya Later, She’s A Beauty and White Punks On Dope.


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THE TUBES
NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

*SUPPORTING ALICE COOPER

Southampton, Engine Rooms
Saturday 4th November 2017

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online:
www.seetickets.com
Venue: 0800 688 9311

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West Quay Road Industrial Estate, Southampton, SO15 1GZ
http://engineroomssouthampton.com

Bristol, The Fleece
Sunday 5th November 2017

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
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Venue: 0117 945 0996
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12 St Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ
https://thefleece.co.uk

Reading, Sub 89
Monday 6th November 2017

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
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www.seetickets.com
Venue:
01189 595 395
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110-117 Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1EP
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Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Thursday 9th November 2017

Tickets: £28 (Inc. Booking Fee)
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https://agmp.ticketabc.com
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www.wegottickets.com/BoilerShop
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20 South Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne,  NE1 3PE
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Edinburgh, The Liquid Room
Friday 10th November 2017

Tickets: £28 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: https://agmp.ticketabc.com
Venue: 0131 225 2564
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9-C Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2HE

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Leeds, First Direct Arena
Saturday 11th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets from £46.30 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: www.axs.com / Eventim.co.uk
Box Office: 0844 248 1585
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Clay Pit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8BY
www.firstdirectarena.com

Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Sunday 12th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £45.40 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: www.thessehydro.com / www.axs.com
Box Office: 0800 952 0110
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THE SSE Hydro, SEC, Glasgow, G3 8YW
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Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Tuesday 14th November 2017
 
(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets from £45.80 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets:
www.barclaycardarena.co.uk / www.axs.com
Box Office: 0844 338 8222
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King Edwards Rd, Birmingham, B1 2AA
www.barclaycardarena.co.uk

Manchester, Arena
Wednesday 15th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £44.75 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets:
Eventim.co.uk / www.axs.com
Box Office: 0844 847 8000
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Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1AR
www.manchester-arena.com

London, SSE Wembley Arena
Thursday 16th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £46.75 and £55.75 (Inc. booking fee)
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Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0AA
www.ssearena.co.uk

Norwich, The Waterfront
Friday 17th November 2017

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
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https://thewaterfront.ticketabc.com
Box Office: 01603 508 050
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139-141 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QH
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THE TUBES
BIOGRAPHY

The Tubes were arch satirists of popular culture whose outrageous performance art concepts — which swung wildly from soft-core pornography to suit-and-tie conservatism — frequently eclipsed their elusive musical identity. The beginnings of the group originated in Phoenix, Arizona in the late ’60s, where guitarist Roger Steen, drummer Prairie Prince, and a bassist had a band called the Red White and Blues Band

After moving to San Francisco in 1969, in 1972 they united with another Phoenix band, the Beans, (alternately billing themselves as the Radar Men from Uranus) and eventually changed their name to The Tubes with the addition of Michael Cotten (keyboards) and former roadie Fee Waybill (lead vocals).

The Tubes attracted a cult following on the strength of their parodic songs and the group’s surreal live shows, which featured Waybill adopting a variety of stage personas including the crippled Nazi Dr Strangekiss, country singer Hugh Heifer, and Quay Lewd, a drug-addled British pop star. In the early 1970s they opened for Led Zeppelin and Iggy and the Stooges.

After signing to A&M Records in 1975, they released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album The Tubes, followed a year later by the album Young and Rich. While both albums failed to translate the manic energy and theatrical power of their live shows onto record, the single White Punks on Dope became a minor hit and a radio staple, and went on to be covered by Motley Crue and Nina Hagen.

After 1977's failed concept record The Tubes Now, the group toured England, where a series of banned performances made them a media sensation. However, during the recording of the concert LP What Do You Want From Live, Waybill broke his leg on-stage while acting out his punk character Johnny Bugger; the remainder of the tour was cancelled, and with it died the band’s chart momentum. After returning to America, they recruited producer Todd Rundgren and recorded 1979's Remote Control, a concept album exploring the influence of television; when it met a similar commercial fate as its predecessors, The Tubes were dropped by A&M.

After signing to Capitol, they recorded 1981's Completion Backwards Principle, with producer David Foster, an album based on an actual sales training instruction manual; both Talk To Ya Later and Don’t Want to Wait Anymore earned significant radio play, and the LP became band’s first Top 40 hit.

With its provocative video, the single She’s A Beauty reached the Top Ten, and pushed the 1983 album Outside/Inside, into the Top 20 Albums chart. After 1985′s Love Bomb stiffed, The Tubes split.

In 1993, The Tubes reunited; consisting of Waybill, Steen, Anderson, Prince, and new keyboardist David Medd. In 1996 they toured the US and Europe before releasing a new LP, Genius of America. In 2000, The Tubes embarked on another extensive tour, issuing the live greatest hits album Tubes World Tour event. The band appeared at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire in December 2004, and the show was documented on the CD Wild in London, released the following year.


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