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Dog Stab! is a performance tour by The Residents, promoting the group's 2020 studio album Metal, Meat & Bone, as well as featuring selected tracks from the group's classic albums Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen and The Third Reich 'n Roll in celebration of their upcoming 50th Anniversary.

First announced in November 2019 and intended to begin in April 2020 with dates in America and Canada. Following the global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, these dates were postponed in March 2020, eventually being rescheduled to April and May 2021. As the pandemic continued to rage into 2021, these dates were again postponed.

The Dog Stab! tour was then expected to begin on August 19th 2021 with a show at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon; however, a week before the show it was announced that almost all dates on the North American leg of the tour would be cancelled.[1]

The tour ultimately began with its first show at the Regent in Los Angeles on September 15th 2021. Two additional September dates in California are still going ahead as planned (as of September 16th 2021); the tour is then expected to continue in Europe leg in January and February 2022.

History

The Residents' Dog Stab! tour was first announced in November 2019, with dates in America and Canada beginning in April 2020. Originally, the tour was designed to promote the release of the group's studio album Metal, Meat & Bone, a cover album devoted to the songs of the obscure Louisiana blues singer Alvin "Dyin' Dog" Snow. This early version of the show would have also featured a small number of selected songs from the group's 1978 album Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen.

Beginning in late 2019, the COVID-19 coronavirus began to spread across the world at an alarming rate, being officially declared a global pandemic in March 2020. For this reason, the planned Dog Stab! tour dates were postponed until further notice, around a month before the tour was expected to begin.

At the same time of the delays, a January / February 2021 European tour was alluded to,[2] however as the pandemic continued to spread across Europe by then, The Residents instead announced new American and Canadian dates across April and May 2021. As the pandemic continued to rage in America, these dates were again postponed to August and September 2021.

After the repeated postponements and delays, the start of the tour was eventually pushed so close to the group's 50th Anniversary in 2022 that it was decided the show would evolve in order to spotlight this as a theme. To this end, the show was split into halves dedicated to Metal, Meat & Bone and Duck Stab!, with an added encore featuring material from the 1976 album The Third Reich 'n Roll,[3] designed to further emphasize the "50th Anniversary" aspect of the show.[4]

With these changes to the set list, the show had changed so substantially from its original concept that, had it originally been conceived as such, it likely would not have been titled "Dog Stab!", but since a great deal of promotional material had already been created and released, it was decided to continue the tour using this title.[4]

The Residents premiered the Duck Stab! portion of the show in June 2021, with the airing of the live-in-the-studio TV special Duck Stab Alive! on the streaming platform Night Flight Plus. Homer Flynn of The Cryptic Corporation confirmed in September 2021 that the material featured in Duck Stab Alive! represented half of the Dog Stab! set list.[5]

On August 11th 2021, fans who had purchased tickets to a number of shows on the tour's American leg were notified that the tour would be cancelled. Ticketholders to the Lincoln Hall show received an email notifying them of the cancellation and forthcoming refund of their ticket costs, which included a short message from The Residents explaining the cancellation:

"We have almost gotten used to cancelling or postponing tours these days, which doesn't make this any easier. But as the subject line suggests it is with great regret to inform you that we have to cancel the Residents tour. There are a number of reasons, but what really put the nail in the coffin is that we were not able to get one of the band members (who lives in the Netherlands) into the country in time due to NIE and visa protocol."[1]

Shortly thereafter, a brief message was posted to the "Live and Preserved" section of the group's official website, confirming the cancellation of the North American tour:

"Yes, it's true. Upcoming North American shows are being cancelled. As cancellations are confirmed, they will be removed from this page. Many venues/ticket outlets are sending out email messages and automatically issuing refunds to ticket holders, but some may require you to initiate the refund process. Contact your local venue or your ticket seller if you have more questions.

As of now, the California dates at the end of the scheduled tour are still happening. Stay safe, everyone."[6]

The Dog Stab! tour finally officially commenced with its debut performance at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles on September 15th 2021, and is expected to continue with two further shows at the Castro in San Francisco on the 17th, and at the Rio in Santa Cruz on the 18th. The show is then expected to continue in Europe in January 2022.

Setlist

The Residents at curtain call on the first night of the tour, September 15th 2021 (Photo by Richard D. Eckart)

Dates

First leg (USA, September 2021)

  • September 15th 2021 - The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, California

Future Dates

Second leg (Europe, Winter 2022)

Cancelled dates

2020

  • April 16th 2020 - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, Oregon (rescheduled to April 29th 2021)
  • April 17th 2020 - The Triple Door, Seattle, Washington (rescheduled to April 30th 2021)
  • April 18th 2020 - The Imperial, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (rescheduled to May 1st 2021)
  • April 20th 2020 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, Utah (rescheduled to May 3rd 2021)
  • April 21st 2020 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, Colorado (rescheduled to May 4th 2021)
  • April 23rd 2020 - The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (rescheduled to May 6th 2021)
  • April 24th 2020 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago, Illinois (rescheduled to May 7th 2021)
  • April 25th 2020 - The Shelter, Detroit, Michigan (rescheduled to May 8th 2021)
  • April 27th 2020 - Higher Ground, Burlington, Vermont (rescheduled to May 10th 2021)
  • April 28th 2020 - The Sinclair, Cambridge, Massachusetts (rescheduled to May 11th 2021)
  • April 30th 2020 - (le) poisson rouge, New York City, New York (rescheduled to September 2nd 2021)
  • May 1st 2020 - The Foundry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (rescheduled to May 14th 2021)
  • May 2nd 2020 - Ottobar, Baltimore, Maryland (rescheduled to May 15th 2021)
  • May 8th 2020 - The Kessler, Dallas, Texas (rescheduled to May 21st 2021)
  • May 12th 2020 - The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, Arizona (rescheduled to May 25th 2021)
  • May 13th 2020 - The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, California (rescheduled to May 26th 2021)
  • May 14th 2020 - The Chapel, San Francisco, California (rescheduled to May 27th 2021)
  • May 15th 2020 - The Chapel, San Francisco, California (rescheduled to May 28th 2021)
  • May 16th 2020 - The Chapel, San Francisco, California (rescheduled to May 29th 2021)

2021

See also

External links and references


Duckbuster-sml-transparent.png Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen
(1978)

Side A: Duck Stab!
"Constantinople" · "Sinister Exaggerator" · "The Booker Tease" · "Blue Rosebuds" · "Laughing Song" · "Bach Is Dead" · "Elvis And His Boss"

Side B: Buster & Glen
"Lizard Lady" · "Semolina" · "Birthday Boy" · "Weight-Lifting Lulu" · "Krafty Cheese" · "Hello Skinny" · "The Electrocutioner"

Personnel
The Residents · Snakefinger · Ruby

Related works
Duck Stab! EP · "Soulful Sax" · "Ow Boutthat" · "When Johnny Comes Marching" · "Unlisted" · "Santa Dog '78" · "Guylum Bardot '78" · "Hello Skinny" video · D*ck S*ab - 35th Anniversary · Dog Stab! · Duck Stab! Alive!

Related articles
Ralph Records · The Cryptic Corporation · Grove St. studio · Pore No Graphics · Graeme Whifler · Eskimo · "Satisfaction" · Not Available · The Rick & Ruby Show
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