Swans' Thor Harris Sitting Out Tour


Swans have announced that Thor Harris will be sitting out their world tour in support of their latest album "The Glowing Man". Harris will be replaced by Paul Wallfisch.

Michael Gira had the following to say, "Our beloved brother Thor Harris has taken a sabbatical from Swans for this tour. In an admirable personal decision he's decided he can't undertake the relentless touring schedule of Swans this time and needs to be in Texas as much as possible to be near his quite elderly mother.

"Anybody who knows Thor knows he's an absolute sweetheart. He is also pursuing his own music as Thor and Friends. Thor will of course be working with me on future projects...

"The keyboardist Paul Wallfisch will be taking Thor's place for this tour cycle. Paul's recent projects include Ministry of Wolves (with Alexander Hacke of Einsturdzende Neubauten, Mick Harvey of Bad Seeds and Danielle DePicciotto). Paul also plays piano with the tortured cabaret singer Little Annie, a personal favorite of mine. I've known Paul for years, and it's good to be working with him. He will be playing piano, organ, and Mellotron on this tour."

After the tour, Gira says, "I'll continue to make music under the name Swans, with a revolving cast of collaborators... touring will definitely be less extensive."

The tour will be kicking off in Philadelphia PA at Union Transfer on July 6th and the touring lineup of the group will include Michael Gira - guitar, voice (original Swans); Norman Westberg - guitar (original Swans); Christoph Hahn - guitar (mid period Swans and most Angels Of Light); Phil Puleo - drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc (final Swans tour and most Angels); Chris Pravdica - bass and gadgets (Flux Information Sciences / Services/ Gunga Din); Paul Wallfisch - piano, organ, and Mellotron ( Botannica / Ministry of Wolves / Little Annie) - replacing Thor Harris.

Swans Tour Dates:
6 July - Philadelphia PA, Union Transfer
7 July - Boston MA, Royale Nightclub
8 July - Providence RI, Fete
9 July - Quebec QC, Le Cercle
10 July - Toronto ON, Danforth Music Hall
12 July - Detroit MI, St Andrews Hall
13 July - Milwaukee WI, Shank Hall
14 July - Minneapolis MN, Fine Line Music Cafe
15 July - Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall
16 July - Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall
18 July - Cleveland OH, Beachland Ballroom
19 July - Cincinnati OH, Woodward Theater
21 July - Louisville KY, Headliner's Music Hall
22 July - Atlanta GA, Terminal West
23 July - Asheville NC, Orange Peel
24 July - Nashville TN, Exit / In
26 July - Carrboro NC, Cats Cradle
27 July - Richmond VA The Broadberry
28 July - Washington DC, 9:30 CLUB
29 July - New York NY, Bowery Ballroom
30 July - Brooklyn NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
1 Sept - Tucson AZ, Rialto Theater
2 Sept - Los Angeles CA, Fonda Theater
3 Sept - San Francisco CA, The Regency Grand Ballroom
4 Sept - Portland OR, Wonder Ballroom
6 Sept - Vancouver BC, Venue
7 Sept - Seattle WA, The Showbox
9 Sept - Salt Lake City UT, Urban Lounge
10 Sept - Denver CO, Gothic Theater
12 Sept - Dallas TX, Trees
13 Sept - Austin TX, Mohawk Austin
14 Sept - San Antonio TX, Paper Tiger
15 Sept - Albuquerque NM, Sunshine Theater
16 Sept - Phoenix AZ, Crescent Ballroom

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