Dinosaur Jr. Tour Schedule
Eardrum exploding guitars, mind-blowing solos, and heartfelt lyrics coming through the
noise sung with a nasal twang all come to mind when one mentions Dinosaur Jr. The band first came together nearly thirty years
ago when J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph started churning out some of the best and most influential indie rock the world has
ever known. After years away from the band, Barlow returned in 2005 and the band has released three albums since with the
original lineup and tours constantly, bringing the same intensity and deafening sound that they did three decades ago.
fans in Massachusetts will be thrilled to know that Dinosaur Jr. is playing two dates at The Sinclair in Cambridge on December
14th and December 15th. This is your chance to see these indie rock icons performing at home right down the street from where
they first began making their one of a kind brand of noise rock. Get ready for a holiday sludgefeast and secure your tickets
for both nights of these unforgettable Dinosaur Jr. performances.
About the Band
Originally called Dinosaur,
the band was forced to add Jr. to the name after the release of their second album You're Living All Over Me when a group
called The Dinosaurs that featured members of Country Joe and the Fish and the Grateful Dead threatened to sue. That second
album would prove to be where Dinosaur Jr. really found their sound and style and when they began to gain attention from the
indei rock community. Playing shows across the country, including several trips south to play in New York, helped the band
gain exposure. One band which noticed them during the New York trips was Sonic Youth who became big fans and would later tour
with Dinosaur Jr. Following the release of the the band's third album, Bug, Lou Barlow left the band. There had been tension
among the trio for years with Lou and Murph complaining about the amount of control J tried to exert over the band and the
musical parts on the recordings. Dinosaur Jr. was far from over and they would go on to sign to a major label and release
major label albums with a new lineup for the next decade. Finally, in 2005 Lou Barlow and J Mascis had reconciled and the
original lineup reunited to both tour and record and it seemed as if the years apart only fueled a creative fire in the members
as their records and live shows were as good as ever.
Before the release of Bug, Dinosaur
Jr. released the single Freak Scene which became their first hit in the UK, reaching number 4 on the UK independent charts.
Bug, which featured the song reached number one on the UK independent records chart. Another single featuring a cover of Just
Like Heaven by the Cure was their first to hit the UK singles chart. Following Barlow's departure and their signing to a major
label, Dinosaur Jr. started gaining more and more traction in the United States. They were featured in the documentary 1991:
The Year Punk Broke which also featured Sonic Youth and Nirvana, and scored big hits with The Wagon, Start Choppin', and Feel
the Pain which was made into a music video directed by Spike Jonze and featured Mascis golfing.
before Dinosaur Jr. takes the stage you get an idea of just how loud the show will be when you take a look at the multiple
Marshall stacks that J has set up to run his guitar through. When the band walks on stage and begins playing their hits you
will feel the sound vibrating in your bones as dedicated fans bounce around, rocking out and singing along to all of their
favorite jams. Stage banter may be limited but the music more than speaks for itself as Dinosaur Jr. puts on one of the loudest
and most ferocious show in all of rock music. While the band continues to make new music you never need to fear about them
not playing all of your old school favorites. By the end of the night you will be sweaty and your ears will be ringing but
you won't be able to wait until the next time they come to town.
The well-known feud between Barlow
and Mascis reached a fever pitch on Barlow's Sebadoh III album which featured a song The Freed Pig which took several shots
at Mascis and expressed Lou's feelings upon leaving the band. J Mascis was also the subject of another well-known indie rock
classic, Sonic Youth's Teenage Riot. Dinosaur Jr. was on hiatus from 1997 to 2005, but J Mascis continued recording and performing
solo shows which often featured Dinosaur Jr. hits. The band's last performance before reuniting the original lineup in 2005
was in 1997 on the Jenny Jones Show.