Mr. Bungle Brings The Musical Mayhem On The Road, Including First East Coast Dates In 23 Years

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Northern California’s Mr. Bungle return to concert stages in September for its first tour in the post-pandemic era, dubbed “Ipecac Recordings’ Geek Show,” including its first East Coast swing in 23 years.

Led by vocalist Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mondo Cane) and hailing from Eureka, California, Mr. Bungle will hit cities including New York, Boston and Toronto after kicking off May 10 at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California. On the West Coast leg, Mr. Bungle will be joined by Melvins and Spotlights. Battles offers support for the East Coast leg.

The tour features the band’s lineup of Patton, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), and original members Trevor Dunn and Trey Spruance, which coalesced around 2020 to record The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo – not to be confused with the original “The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny” demo released in 1986. 

Tickets for the newly announced performances go on sale Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. EDT. Joining Mr. Bungle for the September outings is Battles, reuniting Patton and Dunn with their Tomahawk bandmate, John Stanier.

Mr. Bungle, known for its iconoclastic style that melds metal, thrash, avant-garde jazz, ska, disco and funk and its indifference to the whims of the music industry, formed in Eureka, California, in 1985 and cycled through members until 1988 when it added drummer Danny Heifetz and saxophonist Bar McKinnon and inexplicably signed with Warner Bros. Records. 

“No one really knows how this happened and it remains a complete mystery that even the algorithms of the internet can’t decode,” Mr. Bungle’s tour announcement says of its record label history.

The band released three albums, Mr. Bungle in 1991, Disco Volante in 1995 and California in 1999, and popped up for one-offs sporadically after that. “Some argue that the band subsequently broke up but there is also no proof of this,” the announcement states. “What is true is that they took 20 years off from performing under said moniker while they pursued various other musics that, in contrast, paid the rent.”

Ipecac Geek Show featuring Mr. Bungle, Melvins and Spotlights:

May 10 Pomona, CA Fox Theater

May 11 Los Angeles, CA Palladium

May 13 Las Vegas, NV Sick New World Festival

May 14 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

May 16 Denver, CO Mission Ballroom

May 17 Salt Lake City, UT Union Event Center

May 19 Seattle, WA Showbox

May 20 Seattle, WA Showbox

May 21 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom

May 23 Oakland, CA Fox Theater

May 24 Oakland, CA Fox Theater

Mr. Bungle with special guests, Battles:

September 5 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live

September 6 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore

September 8 New York, NY Terminal 5

September 11 Boston, MA Roadrunner

September 12 Montreal, QC MTelus

September 13 Toronto, ON History

September 15 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit