Members of the three-piece band fIREHOSE will reunite in April 2012 for the group's first tour dates together since 1994, a move that coincides with a new two-CD anthology.
"lowFLOWs: the columbia anthology ('91-'93) will be available starting April 3. The two-CD, 45-track release features the two original fIREHOSE albums on Columbia Records ("Flyin' The Flannel" and "Mr. Machinery Operator"), plus 15 tracks of out-of-print and previously unreleased recordings. Selections from "A Matter of Degrees: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" and "Live Totem Pole" (the band's EP), "GeNrECidE: A Compilation" and "Big Bottom Pow Wow" promo EP also are included.
Bassist mike watt, singer-guitarist Ed Crawford and drummer George Hurley's blend of funk, punk, free jazz and rock and roll captured the sounds of the 1990s. The group took its name from a Bob Dylan lyric on "Subterranean Homesick Blues" ("... better stay away from those that carry around a firehose ...").
Reunion tour dates, cities and venues are:
April 5: Sacramento, Calif., Harlow's Night Club
April 6: Portland, Ore., Doug Fir Lounge
April 7: Seattle, Neumos
April 9: Bellingham, Wash., Wild Buffalo House of Music
April 10: Eugene, Ore., WOW Hall
April 11: San Francisco, Slim's
April 12: Santa Cruz, Calif., Coconut Grove Ballroom
April 13: Fresno, Calif., Fulton 55
April 14: Indio, Calif., Coachella Music Festival
April 16: Solana Beach, Calif., Belly Up Tavern
April 17: Phoenix, Crescent Ballroom
April 18: Flagstaff, Ariz., Orpheum Theater
April 19: Tucson, Ariz., Plush
April 20: Indio, Calif., Coachella Music Festival