The Residents announce the ‘Wonder Of Weird’ tour…

The Residents depite their previous four decades of anonymity recently come out as Randy, Chuck and Bob – the group now presents itself in concert as the ultimate offbeat power trio, pared down to guitar, keyboards/laptops and vocals. Snorting with glee and anticipation, the band will re-interpret and devour its classic material like a hungry horse inhaling hay, while still blowing minds at full speed!

With more than 60 albums to their credit – most comprised of new studio material – and having pioneered new forms ranging from independent recording to multimedia technology and performance art, The Residents have not only survived for 40 years, they’ve thrived. Over the course of a storied career, the group has built an audience too large and dedicated to be a cult following while steadfastly flying beneath the radar and staunchly defying classification. By constantly challenging and reinventing themselves, The Residents have never failed to keep their audience guessing.

To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, The Residents recently announced the release of Ultimate Box Set. On sale on Christmas Day for the princely sum of $100,000 (yes, you did read that right) the box set is packaged in a 28 cubic-foot refrigerator containing releases spanning the group’s entire career. The UBS holds well over 100 different products including 40 vinyl LPs, 50 CDs, and dozens of singles, EPs, DVDs, and CD-roms plus other releases. Thanks to the group’s diligence in archiving their releases over the years, there are no re-pressings in the UBS – each of the products is an original first pressing. In addition to this vast array of music products, each box set will also contain one of The Residents’ signature eyeball-with-top-hat masks. Only 10 box sets will be available.

For those of you unable to purchase a copy they have also announced a US tour and (so far) a single European date;

18 May – Barbican, London Tickets are on sale now

The Residents have produced a video detailing the release, and also hint at a one-off box for sale $5 million, though decline to say what the item actually is.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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