Dean Wareham on the Luna reunion

Dean has given an interview to Rolling Stone about next years Luna dates, the first the band will have played since they split in 2005:

At a certain point, it gets hard having to hold it together,” he says of the group’s breakup. “I feel that this can be fun [because] it’s not going to take over our lives completely again. After 10 years away, you can recharge your friendship. After years and years in a band, it puts a strain on your friendships, because you’re not just friends; you’re in business together. You remember why you all like each other.”

As for what the group will play at those gigs, Wareham says the group’s recent reunion jam found them playing a career-spanning selection of songs. Among them were “Anesthesia” from Lunapark (1992), “Friendly Advice” from Bewitched (1994), “23 Minutes to Brussels” from Penthouse (1995) and “Tracy I Love You” from Pup Tent (1997). The group will have its first practice sometime next year, when it will decide the final set list for the Spanish tour, though it will likely include songs from all of their albums.

He also drops a hint that the first five Luna albums may be getting a release on vinyl:

Although Wareham does not want to give specifics, he says he’s been in talks to license the first five Luna records for vinyl release, though the deal has so far proven complex. “I’ll believe it when the papers are signed,” he says. He also says compilations of songs from the band’s vaults could also be a possibility, but that, too, is a complicated situation since the group doesn’t own the records.

Read more on Rolling Stone’s website.

Luna reunion confirmed: Spanish tour in April with US dates to follow

Flyer for Luna's tour of Spain in 2015
Flyer for Luna’s tour of Spain in 2015

Luna have now confirmed that they are reunitiung for a tour of Spain in April 2015, and Dean confirmed on Twitter that there would be “a few US dates” later in the year.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

  • 17th April 2015 – Gijón Sound Festival, Gijón
  • 18th April 2015 – Escenario Santander, Santander
  • 20th April 2015 – Teatro Lara, Madrid
  • 21st April 2015 – Aulario la Bomba, Cádiz
  • 22nd April 2015 – La Rambleta, Valencia
  • 23rd April 2015 – Bikini, Barcelona
  • 24th April 2015 – Centro de Las Armas, Zaragoza
  • 25th April 2015 – Intxaurrondo, San Sebastián

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Luna reunion – unconfirmed but looking likely in the spring

It’s looking very likely that Luna will be reforming for some dates around the 10th anniversary of their break-up next year. Prompted on Twitter both Britta and Sean hinted that a Luna reunion was on the cards.

This was followed shortly after by suggestions on Spanish music website Muzikalia that they will be appearing at the Gijon Music Festival in northern Spain in April with the last line-up of the band – Dean, Sean, Britta and Lee.

Una década después de su adiós, tras dejarnos un excelente testamento musical en forma de siete maravillosos álbumes en doce años cuyo colofón fue Rendezvous (2004), Luna vuelven a los escenarios con la misma formación de entonces: Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips, Lee Wall y Sean Eden.

Sit tight for more news, and I expect, more dates in the coming weeks.

Happy birthday Justin Harwood

According to my 2000 Luna calendar…

Happy birthday to Luna’s first bassist Justin Harwood

Luna out on a chilly photoshoot

Justin watches Galaxie 500 in Amsterdam in Novermber 1989

Justin’s fab web series The High Road is just filming it’s second series so in preparation you should (re-)watch the first series

Luna – This Time Around

1996 – Pradejon, Spain
Photo: Rosa Faus