From: NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active
This space-rock band was formed in New Jersey, USA in 1989 by David Wyndorf (vocals/guitar, ex-Shrapnel), with John McBain (guitar), Joe Calandra (bass) and Jon Kleiman (drums). After a couple of self-released tapes and a rather self-indulgent debut album, Monster Magnet suddenly found broad press and public support with Spine Of God, despite the back cover disclaimer that "It"s a satanic drug thing . . . you wouldn't understand'. The sound and songs drew on Wyndorf's obsession with late 60s psychedelia, music and culture, producing a hypnotic set that blended Space Ritual -era Hawkwind -style with an MC5 / Black Sabbath guitar barrage and a liberal sprinkling of drug references, all played with a 90s venom.
The band were quick to capitalize, touring almost non-stop around Europe and the USA, and, following a US tour with Soundgarden, they lost McBain but gained a contract with A&M Records, who were happy to give the band creative freedom. The resultant Superjudge, with new guitarist Ed Mundell, was, if anything, more intense, and saw Monster Magnet pay tribute to Hawkwind with an affectionate blast through "Brainstorm".
Their live shows remained an experience in themselves, with lighting engineer Tim Cronin's astral projection backdrop proving to be an essential component as the band whipped up a frenzy on stage, touring Europe with Paw and the USA with Raging Slab in 1994. Dopes To Infinity and Powertrip honed their space rock sound to perfection and established them as arguably the leaders of the genre. Guitarist Phil Caivano was brought into the line-up in 1998 to augment the band's live sound and help record God Says No.
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Despite rumors to the contrary, MONSTER MAGNET have not called off the remainder of their U.S. tour following the cancellation of their scheduled performance at Jaxx in Springfield, VA Saturday night (August 28). A representative at the group's record label, SPV Records, has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the Springfield gig was "postponed due to a bus/trailer problem" and that the band are currently on their way to Chicago for Tuesday night's (Aug. 31) show at the Double Door venue. Support at the shows will come from Relapse Records recording artists BONGZILLA.
The video for Monster Magnet's new single 'Monolithic' can be viewed online on Launch.com.
More tour dates have been announced for the forthcoming Monster Magnet, Bongzilla tour in September. Dates so far are as follows:
August 27 - Seaside, NJ @ Green Room
August 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Nightclub
August 29 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 31 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
September 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music
September 4 – Portland, OR @ Dante's
September 5 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
September 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent
September 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Monster Garage TV
September 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
September 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mason Jar
September 12 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes
September 13 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
September 14 - St. Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights
September 16 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
September 17 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
September 18 - Little Falls, NJ @ Yogi Berra Stadium
September 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Northstar
September 21 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
September 22 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
September 24 - Manchester, NH @ Liquid
September 25 - Rochester, NY @ Steel Music Hall
September 26 - Boston, MA @ WAAF
September 27 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
September 29 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 30 - Lancaster, PA @ The Chamelon
October 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Rechter
October 2 - Huntington, WV @ Harris Riverfront Park
October 7 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
October 23 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park
(Note: not ALL dates are with Bongzilla)
Locobazooka 2004 is returning to the Fitchburg Municipal Airport this year for 2 full days of music lasting from September 25th through the 26th. Confirmed so far are the following artists:
...with more TBA.
SLAYER, SUM 41, CRADLE OF FILTH, MONSTER MAGNET, ILL NINO and GODSMACK have all been confirmed for the main stage of this year's Download Festival, and LOSTPROPHETS have just been added to the event in Glasgow. The current lineup is as follows: More...