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POWERMAN 5000 To Play Tonight The Stars Revolt! on 20th Anniversary Summer Tour

Posted by on May 3, 2019 at 11:42 am

Wow, it's been twenty years since Powerman 5000 collided worlds. Their breakthrough sophomore release, Tonight The Stars Revolt!,  was released July 20, 1999 and Powerman feel like celebrating.

The band will embark on a tour of the States (mostly in the midwest) playing the album in full. While I have not given the entire album a spin in years, I was definitely a fan of some of the singles on that album. It was fun. I would've even considered going to this if it hit up New York. Here are the dates:

Jun. 12 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
Jun. 14 – Hobart, IN – Hobart Art Theatre
Jun. 15 – Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory
Jun. 16 – Chesterfield Township, MI – Diesel Concerts Detroit
Jun. 17 – West Dundee, IL – RocHaus
Jun. 20 – Pekin, IL – Twisted Spoke Saloon
Jun. 21 – Prairie du Chien, WI – Music Fights Back Music Festival
Jun. 23 – Chippewa Falls, WI – Every Buddy’s Bar & Grill
Jun. 24 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Jun. 25 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
Jun. 28 – Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
Jun. 29 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Jun. 30 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
Jul. 02 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
Jul. 03 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Jul. 05 – Lubbock, TX – Jake's Sports Cafe & Backroom

Blabbermouth highlighted this interview excerpt from a 2014 chat that CrypticRock.com had with frontman Spider One on how the label reacted to the music:

 "I think its timing and there is also a bit of luck involved. That record may have never even seen the light of day. I remember when we made that album, it was our second album from DreamWorks and we sort of changed our image and changed our sound a bit. When the band started, the sound was much more stripped down and almost like funk or heavy funk with rapping. We were really early on that sort of sound and we started doing that way before anyone had heard of Rage Against the Machine and Limp Bizkit. In a way we were pioneers of that sound and then we changed it in 1999 to be a little more metal and more industrial. We finished that record with DreamWorks and they all kind of looked at us and said, 'We do not hear anything, not even a single, nothing. We do not know what to do with this.' We thought, 'Wow! Okay.' They were pleading with us to be like the Deftones and they said, 'You should be riding a fucking skateboard,' and I said, 'Well, I do not want to do that.' Then success with the record came, oddly enough, after a radio convention in Los Angeles. It was where all the program directors and the radio stations got together and they did this thing were all the labels get submitted songs and new artists' songs to the convention. The programmers got to pick the best song at the convention and they picked one that was called 'When Worlds Collide' out of all the songs at the convention. Then suddenly it was like we were geniuses, that there was a hit single here, and the verdict was that the collective of these program directors saying that they loved this song. That inspired the label and they got it on the radio. Then suddenly we went from being this completely unknown band to literally rolling into town and, wherever we were in America, having our song be in the Top 5. It was bizarre. Like I said, we were this weird band that no one cared about and then suddenly Top 5. We were No. 4, Nine Inch Nails No. 3, and all these bands that we thought were massive, we would be above them in top most requested songs. Something that takes years and years, and then when it happens, it just goes so fast; at least it did back then. I do not know if it happens like that anymore."

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