For me, Portishead’s Dummy was one of THOSE albums. It defined it’s genre. Chilled-out but still creepy, Geoff Barrow’s trunk-rattling production was topped off by Beth Gibbons’ voice. That VOICE. Completely awesome sauce. If I was to ever make a Top 100 albums of all time list, I’d safely say that Dummy would make it.

In the 16 years (17?) since Dummy‘s release, the British trip-hop giants (who also include Adrian Utley) have only released two proper studio albums, the very solid self-titled sophomore effort and the not-so great Third. Now comes the news that they are touring North America for the first time in thirteen years. Thirteen years! That’s Sade territory right there!!

Beth, Adrian and Geoff, with an array of supplemental musicians including Jim Barr (bass), Clive Deamer (drums), and John Baggott (keyboards), will be hitting the road this October, kicking off with a performance at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Music Festival in New Jersey and concluding in Denver towards the end of the month. Of course there’s no Boston show. Sigh.

Tickets go on sale beginning this Friday, July 15th.

Here are the tour dates:

October 1 & 2 | IBYM, Asbury Park, NJ
October 4 | Hammerstein Ballroom NY
October 5 | Hammerstein Ballroom, NY
October 7 | Jacques Cartier Pier, Montreal
October 9 | Sound Academy, Toronto
October 10 | Sound Academy, Toronto
October 12 | Aragon, Chicago
October 15 | Mexico, Corona Festival
October 18 | Shrine LA
October 21 | Greek, Berkeley, SF
October 23 | WaMu, Seattle
October 24 | PNE Forum, Vancouver
October 27 | 1st Bank Center, Denver

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