Why Bands Are Playing Their Classic Albums Live
Recent album-oriented tours include The Cult playing Love, Steely Dan alternating between The Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho, The Melvins playing Houdini, Testament playing The Legacy, and Judas Priest playing British Steel. Nine Inch Nails played The Downward Spiral at one of their final gigs, and Roger Waters has hit the road to play two Pink Floyd albums in recent years – The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall – both to great acclaim.
And Queens of the Stone Age are about to play a series of concerts in Australia where they will perform their self-titled debut album of 1998 during sideshows for their appearance on the Soundwave festival. The album itself is being re-released in March 2011 with previously unreleased tracks via founder Josh Homme's own Rekords Rekords label.
....An interesting sideline for the "play your own album in full" concept is the "play someone else's album in full" strategy used by Phish and Dream Theater. A lot more here
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