Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Melvins are coming to Tampa's Orpheum

   If you were seriously into alt-rock in the '90s, chances are you were seriously into the Melvins. Their always-evolving mix of punk and metal made them one of the era's most influential and most popular non-mainstream bands. They've been compared to both Black Flag and Black Sabbath.
   They're still together after more than a quarter of a century, and they're coming to Tampa on Thursday, Nov. 6.
   The core of the band -- founding frontman Buzz Osborne and long-time drummer Dale Crover -- remains intact.
Buzz Osbonre, a.k.a King Buzzo

   There are varying reports about who will join them. The Melvins website says that bassist J.D. Pinkus will be part of the band on this tour. Some other sources says guitarist Paul Leary will be playing with them, too. (Both Pinkus and Leary are from another venerable alt band that has the word "Surfers" in its name.) The website for the Orpheum, the venue where the Melvins are playing, says that bassist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis, both from the band Big Business, will play at this show. (The Melvins have often played with two drummers.)
   But King Buzzo and Crover will definitely be there, and if you're a Melvins fan that's all you really need to know. 
   Mexican garage-punk band Le Butcherettes opens.
   Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door, and they'll go on at 9 a.m. sale Friday, Aug. 1. It's an all-ages show.
   The Orpheum is at 1915 E. Seventh Ave. in Ybor City. Go to for information.

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