The Von Bondies return with first shows in a decade including Manchester’s Gorilla

Manchester gigs - The Von Bondies

With 2020 marking the twentieth anniversary of the bird of The Von Bondies, the Detroit band are performing their first dates in a decade opening with a UK tour including Gorilla, Manchester.

A key band in the American garage-rock movement which spread across the globe in the early 2000s, The Von Bondies were formed by singer/guitarist Jason Stollsteimer during an aborted period at university.  Stollsteimer rooted the band’s sound in the energy of punk and the rawness of blues.

Speaking in shock about the time which has passed since The Von Bondies initially formed, Donny Blum, longtime drummer of the band commented, “If somehow it had been possible for Jason and me to have had a baby instead of a band when we first started out, that baby would now legally be able to drink.”

Their UK tour marks the band’s first shows in a decade.  “We’re doing the UK first because England was the first country that really embraced us,” says Stollsteimer.  That run in the UK lead to dozens of festival slots including Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds.

This summer The Von Bondies return with an eight show tour with the penultimate night at Manchester’s Gorilla.  “I think it’s a great time to do this,” says Blum. “We’ve always known that at some point we were going to do more shows. Especially with the world on fire the way it is now, we want to do it before it all burns down”.

When do The Von Bondies headline at Gorilla?

The Von Bondies headline at Gorilla, Manchester, on 21 May 2020.  The Manchester gig is one of eight UK dates they are performing:
14 May   –   Birmingham, O2 Institute
15 May   –   Leeds, Wardrobe
16 May   –   Leicester, DSCVR Festival
17 May   –   Islington, O2 Academy
19 May   –   Bristol, The Fleece
20 May   –   Glasgow, King Tut’s
21 May   –   Manchester, Gorilla
22 May   –   Brighton, Concorde 2

When do tickets go on sale for The Von Bondies at Gorilla, Manchester?

Tickets for The Von Bondies UK tour go on sale on 31 January 2020.

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