As some sort of post Valentine’s Day gift for the post-grunge world, frontwoman Taylor Momsen took it to Instagram to announce the return of her band, The Pretty Reckless, and their two latest projects. In the spring of this 2020, the alternative rock quartet will embark on a tour as part of the marketing behind their newest album, Death By Rock And Roll.
Formerly known as Jenny Humphrey, Momsen clarified that the tour will be a combination of headlining shows and festival appearances. The comeback starts on May 5th with an emotional visit to their native New York City at The Bowery Ballroom. The last time they made it to The Big Apple was back in 2016 at Terminal 5 Venue, during their Who You Selling For Tour.
Work With Soundgarden
Not much is known about the album. The first clue known to fans made its appearance back in November 2019. Momsen revealed back then that the band was working on their current fourth album, Death By Rock And Roll, with drummer Matt Cameron. The second and final clue is Cameron himself. As the drummer for both Pearl Jam and the late Soundgarden, there is a high possibility that Cameron sneaked his talents, including his drumming, into TPR’s freshest masterpiece.
In addition, this wouldn’t be the first time The Pretty Reckless publicly display a relationship with Soundgarden. Three years ago, during their Who You Selling For Tour, the band was the opening act for Soundgarden’s last performance with their late vocalist, Chris Cornell, at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. The Pretty Reckless also paid tribute to Cornell with a cover version of Audioslave’s Like A Stone. Judging by the closeness of the bands, does that mean some sort of Soundgarden mini reunion? Perhaps.
Who They Sold For?
The anticipated tour and album has been warmly welcomed by the Rock community without a doubt. There is, however, still an elephant amongst them that questions their integrity regarding the new tour.
Part of The Pretty Reckless’s history is the controversy that followed the band ever since their formation in 2009. From Momsen’s barely legal lingerie dresses and pantless phase to publicly smoking at the age of 17, the band has established a bad reputation on their own. Their latest controversy has to do with touring.
During their 2016-2017 Who You Selling For Tour, after the passing of Chris Cornell, The Pretty Reckless postponed their May 19th (2017) show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, three hours before the concert started despite being able to perform the next day on Camden as they also stated that “the show must go on.” The band got in more trouble with their fans when they pointed out on social media that a month had passed and that there was still no word about the Starland show’s postponement. After a month of silence, and mourning for Cornell, the band announced that the Starland performance was to take place on November 10th, 2017. Nevertheless, as of today in 2020, there is no word about any cancelations or postponements by the band in this new tour.
Thanks to Momsen’s IG statement, you can get your tickets here. Now, without any further ado, the tour dates are:
5/5 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
5/8 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
5/9 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville
5/11 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
5/13 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
5/15 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
5/16 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavillion
5/17 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple
5/19 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
5/20 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Café
5/22 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
5/23 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
5/24 – Dallas, TX – BFD