Future Shock: Tori Amos, Peelander-Z, Melvins, and more

By Benjamin Leatherman

Weirdness abounds is this week’s rendition of Future Shock, as we’re pimping the “just announced” concerts of numerous acts coming to the PHX in the near future that are kinda “out there” in many different respects, whether its outlandish stage performances, strange album titles, or bizarre music videos.

Tori Amos

Tuesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.

Dodge Theatre in Phoenix

Tickets are $35 to $45 (on sale Saturday, see www.ticketmaster.com)

Tori Amos is kind of a weird chick, to put it mildly. Don’t get us wrong, we’ve dug on the peculiar piano-playing songstress since she stole our hearts with 1994’s Under the Pink, but the one-time member of 80s synthpop band Y Kant Tori Read is a tad eccentric in her music, performance style, and personal life. On her latest disc, American Doll Posse, Amos performs as five different “alter egos” (such as “Pip,” “Isabel,” and “Clyde”) that are based on Greek goddesses. Nutty. It kind of reminds us of the wisdom imparted by juvie-delinquent cartoon duo Beavis and Butthead while watching Amos’ video for “God” a decade or so ago:

Butt-head: “This chick is psycho!”

Beavis: “Yeah, it’s like, you know, like she’s pretty hot, but it’s like, I don’t know, man. I might stay away from her.”

Butt-head: “Yeah. It’s like, she’s got a nice body and everything, but if you went out with her, she’d probably, like, put a rat’s head on your bed or something.”

Beavis: “That wouldn’t be so bad, it’s just she’d probably chop off your wiener, too.”

Random fact: Amos is married to British sound engineer Mark Hawley.



Monday, October 15, 7 p.m.

The Paper Heart in Phoenix

Tickets are $7 (on sale now, visit www.trashcityentertainment.com)

With supporting acts Chase Archer, Motley Sue, and the Strange Family Circus

Things don’t any kookier than the “Japanese Action Comic Punk Band” Peelander-Z. Dressed like a trio of Power Rangers rejects, the members of this NYC outfit (with names like Red, Yellow, and Blue) spit out frenetic three-chord fury in songs about steak and mad tigers while assaulting audiences with odd antics during their shows (including games of “Human Bowling,” where the bandmates hurl themselves at gigantic bowling pins). They also got into something of a “spat” with pro wrestler Nick Mayberry during a show in June where the grapple interrupted the band’s performance and attempted to “attack” them. Peelanders Red and Blue managed to subdue the wrestler and pinned him to become the new Hardcore co-Champions of Florida indie promotion HCW (a.k.a. Hardkore Championship Wrestling).

Random fact: The last time Peelander-Z came to the Valley, they performed at the Trunk Space in Phoenix.


Alter Bridge

With supporting act Another Animal

Friday, November 2, 6:30 p.m.

Marquee Theatre in Tempe

Tickets are $23 pre-sale, $25.00 day-of-show (on sale info TBA, visit www.luckyman.com)

Speaking of professional wrestling, the whacked-out factor at work with this alt-metal act (made up of every former member of Creed except Scott Stapp) is its connection to Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment. In the past few years, a number of Alter Bridge songs have wound up becoming the themes for grapplers such as Edge (a.k.a. “The Rated-R Superstar”) and for pay-per-views like the Royal Rumble and Unforgiven. We’ve even heard rumors that a couple band members are on the juice, much like many of the roided-out beefcakes cluttering the WWE’s roster. Okay, we’re kidding about the former tidbit, but definitely not the latter.

Random fact: Alter Bridge has performed on both the Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.



With supporting act Big Business

Monday, October 22, 8 p.m.

The Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe

Tickets are $15 pre-sale, $17 day-of-show (on sale now, visit www.luckymanonline.com)

The Melvins have had all kinds of strangeness going on since the legendary sludge metal group formed way back in the early 1980s. Videos for songs like “Honey Bucket” (where the band plays in a barn filled with sheep) or “The Talking Horse” (which is filled with unearthly special effects like stop-motion creatures or people transforming into cakes) are awesome examples of their peculiarities, as is some of curious collectibles they’ve created for their fans, including a plastic fetus in a jar and cans of processed meat.

Random fact: One-time Melvins bassist Lori Black is the daughter of Shirley Temple.



With supporting acts Goatwhore, Arsis, Warbringer, and Landmine Marathon

Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m.

The Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe

Tickets are $13, pre-sale, $15 day-of-show (on sale now, visit www.luckymanonline.com)

Although there’s nothing particularly bizarre about this thrash metal outfit (originally formed by Kirk Hammett in 1980 before he joined Metallica), a couple of the album titles for their large discography are a little freakish, such as 1985’s Bonded by Blood, 1989’s Fabulous Disaster, and 2005’s Shovel Headed Kill Machine.

Random fact: Exodus is currently signed to German label Nuclear Blast Records.


Rumor has it: According to the folks at Pollstar (and a few other sites on the Internet), 80s alt-rock faves The Cure will be visiting Dodge Theatre this coming June. Stay tuned to Future Shock for more details.

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