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Fu Manchu

Formed: 1990
From: Southern California, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Fu Manchu News

Below is our complete Fu Manchu news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Fu Manchu Premiere New Song “Il Mostro Atomico”

Fu Manchu premiere their new 18+ minutes song “Il Mostro Atomico” below. The track is included upon the band’s new effort “Clone Of The Universe“, out today, February 09th. “Il Mostro Atomico” features guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush fame, who comments:

“In the summer of 2017, I was approached by the band to add some guitar to the tracks they’d already recorded for IL Mostro. I’d known of Fu Manchu for many years and thought that it would be a fun project to work on, as I typically come from another guitar direction and welcomed the challenge to do something a little different. The track was already quite dense with a riffy guitar presence and it forced me to think in terms of rhythm, ambience and edge. I really had a lot of fun and my only regret is I had a few other conflicting projects that didn’t allow me the time to spend on filling in more space.”

Adds Fu Manchu guitarist/vocalist Scott Hill: More...

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Fu Manchu Premiere “Clone Of The Universe"

A lyric video for the title track to Fu Manchu‘s new album “Clone Of The Universe” has been debuted online by the band. “Clone Of The Universe” will see a release via the band’s own At The Dojo Records on February 09th.

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Fu Manchu New Album Details Revealed

Fu Manchu‘s 12th studio album “Clone Of The Universe” is scheduled for a February 09th release date through their own label At The Dojo Records. The upcoming record will be their first in 4 years, following the 2014 release of Gigantoid. Recording for the effort took place at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA with the band and Jim Monroe handling the production duties. Additional sessions took place with Andrew Giacumakis at Susstudio in Simi Valley, CA. Notably guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush fame guests on the 18 minute plus track, “IL Mostro Atomico“.

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"Lo Sound Desert" Documentary Release Announced

"Lo Sound Desert," the video documentary about the Californian desert music scene (which gave birth to bands like Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Queens Of The Stone Age and more) will finally be released worldwide this summer on July 1st via Monoduo Films.

A decade in the making by filmmaker Jörg Steineck (Truckfighters), "Lo Sound Desert" is the definite music documentary about desert rock. The video trailer can be viewed below.

The movie provides a deep, intimate look into the Low Desert music scene’s history with never-ending jams in the middle of the desert that continues to live on with the same vitality, authenticity and resilience as two decades ago.

"Lo Sound Desert" is narrated by Josh Homme (Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures), Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu Manchu), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Orquestra del Desierto, Ten East, The Perfect Rat) and many other from bands like Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson, Mondo Generator, Dali’s Llama, Hornss, Slo Burn, Unida and Fu Manchu. More...

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Clutch, Ex-Black Sabbath Etc Members Form Dunsmuir

Clutch singer Neil Fallon, ex-Black Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinny Appice, Fu Manchu bass player Brad Davis and The Company Band guitarist Dave Bone form a new supergroup dubbed Dunsmuir.

There’s no music so far, but the band have launched their Facebook page and the project seems to have been in motion since at least July 2015. So there's probably more to come pretty soon. More...

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Desertfest Confirms New Bands

Belgium's Desertfest, set to take place in Antwerp this coming October, has checked in with the following update about confirming new names:

"How about some new names to start the weekend right? Joining us on October 10-12th will be Karma To Burn, Valley of the Sun, Lecherous Gaze and The Picturebooks! To find out what day each band is playing, take a look at our line up page!"

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Desertfest Announces More Band Confirmations

The Belgian Desertfest organizers have checked in with the following update about confirming new bands for the 2014 bill:

"We are so excited to announce the latest set of bands to grace the bill of Desertfest Belgium! Get ready for Fu Manchu, Jex Thoth, The Shrine, Dirty Fences, and David Celia! Check them out from October 10th - 12th at Trix, Antwerp!

"That being said, get ready to dig into your pockets, on July 15th day passes will be on sale. The day by day program will be announced on that day as well!

"Those traveling from abroad, there's still some tickets left with accommodation at Tulip Inn Antwerp!"

Further details can be found at the festival's official Facebook profile here. More...

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Fu Manchu Issues Album Update

Fu Manchu has checked in with the following update about finishing work on a new album:

"We are mixing the new Fu Manchu record now. It will be out May 1st. More info on the record and tour dates soon. We are half way done mailing out the 'No One Rides For Free' reissue LP's as well. Overseas order going out now and the rest of the USA orders should be out by Monday / Tuesday."

This will be the band's first new album release since 2009's "Signs of Infinite Power" and will be released on the band's own At The Dojo label, coinciding with a full month long U.S tour with Europe and the rest of the world to follow, all leading up to the group's 25th anniversary in 2015.

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Fu Manchu Recording New Album

Southern California heavy rockers Fu Manchu head into the studio this weekend to begin recording an 11th studio album.

This will be the first new album release since 2009's "Signs of Infinite Power" and will be released on the band's own At The Dojo label in May 2014, coinciding with a full month long U.S tour with Europe and the rest of the world to follow, all leading up to the group's 25th anniversary in 2015.

The album is being self produced by Fu Manchu and recorded by Andrew Giacumakis (MOAB) and Jim Monroe (The Adolescents, X). Writing began in summer of 2012 and the band members soon found themselves with enough material for two albums. A hint of what the new songs will sound like was released in October in a collaboration with Scion Motors called "Robotic Invasion."

Further details on the coming release will be forthcoming.

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Every Time I Die Instructional Clip Available

Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring a second round of guitar lesson videos with guitarist Andy Willliams from Every Time I Die. PlayThisRiff.com is owned and operated by Bob Balch from Fu Manchu.

The video for the opening riff of "Revival Mode" can now be viewed in Flash and Quicktime HD format at this location. These lessons are also now available:

* "I SUCK (BLOOD)" Part 1 (Main Riff and Bookends)
* "I SUCK (BLOOD)" Part 2 (Second Riff)
* "I SUCK (BLOOD)" Part 3 (Build Up Riff and Song Influences)
* "I SUCK (BLOOD)" Part 4 (Breakdown Riff)
* "I SUCK (BLOOD)" Part 5 (Song Structure)

* "REVIVAL MODE" Part 1 (Opening Riff)
* "REVIVAL MODE" Part 2 (Verse Riff and Song Influence)
* "REVIVAL MODE" Part 3 (Rhythm Under the Solo and Recording with JOHN CHRIST) More...

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Fu Manchu Writing New Album

California's Fu Manchu has issued the following announcement about writing new material for an upcoming album:

"Fu Manchu - starting to write for a new record. We have recorded every Fu Manchu record on this 4-track machine starting with the 1995 'Daredevil' release.

"We didn't use this for the final recordings that were released, but the entire record for each release was done on this first, then we would go into a real studio."

Further details on the upcoming release will be announced as they are made available from the band. More...

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Black Cobra Announces Shows With Fu Manchu

Following devastating shows at SXSW last week -- both as part of the massive ToneDeaf Touring showcase as well as the Southern Lord/TPOTR/Brooklyn Vegan rager -- Black Cobra has just confirmed a Spring tour of New Zealand and Australia with stoner rock icons Fu Manchu. The trek hits three cities in New Zealand then skips over to Australia for another eight shows, with several of the appearances confirmed as Black Cobra headlining shows without Fu Manchu.

This all comes in addition to the previously announced forthcoming Black Cobra tour actions including supporting Corrosion of Conformity through Europe alongside Zoroaster in April on the way to the annual Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland directly before the new tour, as well as massive North American tour supporting COC once again, along with Torche and Gaza later in the Summer.

BLACK COBRA European Tour w/ Corrosion of Conformity, Zoroaster:

4/04/2012 Schurr - Luzern, Switzerland
4/05/2012 Keller Club - Stuttgart, Germany
4/06/2012 Kulturfabrik - Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg
4/07/2012 Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
4/08/2012 Desertfest - London, UK
4/09/2012 Matrix - Bochum, Germany
4/10/2012 Amadeus - Oldenburg, Germany
4/11/2012 Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
4/12/2012 Arena - Wien, Austria
4/13/2012 Rock and Roll Club - Romagnano Sesia, Italy
4/14/2012 Feierwerk - Muchen, Germany
4/15/2012 Roadburn Festival - Tilburg, Holland More...

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Fu Manchu Announces New Tour Dates

Fu Manchu have announced the dates for its upcoming headline tour of North America. The tour will feature the band performing its 1996 album "In Search Of" in its entirety to celebrate the group's 15 year anniversary. You check out the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

11/01 Oakland, CA – The New Parish
11/04 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/07 Chicago, IL – Double Door
11/09 Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
11/10 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
11/11 Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
11/12 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
11/14 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
11/15 New York, NY – Santo’s Party House
11/16 West Chester, PA – The Note
11/17 Washington, DC – Black Cat
11/20 Austin, TX – Red 7

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Dusted Angel To Support Fu Manchu

Santa Cruz doomsters Dusted Angel have been confirmed as direct support for fellow Californians Fu Manchu on their upcoming home state tour. The tour kicks off on January 13th and will see the Dusted Angel opening for Fu in Silverlake, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and San Diego throughout the state, with more dates with DA-only to be scheduled around these appearances. The details are as follows:

1/13/2011 The Satellite (formerly Spaceland) - Silverlake, CA
1/21/2011 Blue Lagoon - Santa Cruz, CA
1/22/2011 Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
1/27/2011 Casbah - San Diego, CA

Additional details on new Dusted Angels tour dates are expected to be announced soon.

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Fu Manchu Guitarist Offering Online Guitar Lessons

Fu Manchu guitarist Bob Balch has announced he is offering online guitar lessons via the Internet video/phone service Skype.

Describing this service, Balch writes, "Bob from Fu Manchu here. I wanted to let you know that I've started giving Skype Guitar Lessons. Skype is like an Internet video telephone. If you already knew that, then I now sound like a jackass. I can teach you any style you want to learn or we could jam out a few FU MANCHU tunes. For each lesson I will e-mail a TAB Jpeg, a Guitar Pro file to play along with, and an audio recording going over what we talked about during our Skype lesson. Interested parties can send an e-mail to PlayThisRiff@gmail.com for more information." More...

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Black Tusk To Tour With Fu Manchu

Black Tusk will join Fu Manchu for a late summer U.S. tour. This tour, which also includes It’s Casual, will kick-off on August 26th in Austin, TX. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more dates to be announced soon.

7/31 Raleigh, NC The Pourhouse Music Hall
***All dates from 8/26 thru 9/17 w/ Fu Manchu, It's Casual***
8/26 Austin, TX Emo’s
8/27 Houston, TX Scout Bar
8/28 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
8/30 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
8/31 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
9/2 Washington, DC Black Cat
9/3 Cambridge, MA Middle East
9/4 New York, NY Santo’s
9/6 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
9/8 Hamtramck, MI Small’s
9/9 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
9/10 Chicago, IL Double Door
9/12 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
9/14 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
9/17 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon

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Fu Manchu To Tour Europe, Posts New Music Online

Southern California's heavy fuzz rock legends Fu Manchu will return to Europe with their new studio album "Signs Of Infinite Power." You can catch them live on the following tour dates:

28 Jan 2010 Islington Academy London (UK)
29 Jan 2010 Trabendo Paris (F)
30 Jan 2010 Burgerweeshuis Deventer (NL)
31 Jan 2010 Substage Karlsruhe (D)
1 Feb 2010 Bad Bonn Dudingen (CH)
3 Feb 2010 LA2 Barcelona (ES)
4 Feb 2010 Dick Madrid (ES)
5 Feb 2010 Santiago Alquimista Lisbonv (PT)
7 Feb 2010 Café Rex Toulouse (F)
8 Feb 2010 Les docks Lausanne (CH)
9 Feb 2010 Mascotte Zurich (CH)
10 Feb 2010 Latte Brescia (I)
12 Feb 2010 Bronson Ravena (I)
13 Feb 2010 Zion Conegliano (I)
14 Feb 2010 TBA (CH)
16 Feb 2010 Columbiaclub Berlin (D)
17 Feb 2010 Kleine Freiheit Osnabruck (D)
18 Feb 2010 W2 Den Bosch (NL)
19 Feb 2010 Patronaat Haarlem (NL)
21 Feb 2010 KB Malmo (Swe)
22 Feb 2010 Debaser Stockholm (DK)
23 Feb 2010 Rockfeller Oslo (NO)
24 Feb 2010 Vega Copenhagen (DK)

A sneak peak at what "Signs of Infinite Power" holds in store can be found at the band’s MySpace page where you can check out three new songs.

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Fu Manchu Announces European Tour

California based hard rock outfit Fu Manchu has announced that they will be heading to Europe at the end of January for a series of headlining shows. The trek will kick off in London and finish in Copenhagen.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Fu Manchu Working On New Material

California rock band Fu Manchu is currently writing new material for an upcoming album and planning a 20th anniversary DVD. The band issued the following statement:

"First off, we are playing a show at the detroit bar in costa mesa, ca on sat feb 21.

"We are writing the new record now. we have about 10 new songs. we hope to write another 5 or 6 before we hit the studio in april / may. the new record should be out sept / oct 2009 through century media records. so far its turning out very fuzzy and heavy!!! a few faster, tweaked songs will be in there as well. we will also be doing a few cover songs if we have the extra time in the studio. we will release a 2 song 7" on our own at the dojo records sometime before or after the full length comes out. the 7" will be a limited pressing of 900 like the last one we released with the VOID cover song.

"2010 will be fu manchu's 20th year of being a band. we have some very limited re-issues planned and selected shows where we will be playing certain records straight through. a dvd is also planned wih stuff from waaaaay back up until now. live shows and videos. we are hoping to put all the videos that weve done on there as well. some never before seen."

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Century Media Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2008 has become an extremely exciting year in the history of Century Media Records, one of the world's most respected independent homes for heavy music, as the label is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

The company's Anniversary year started off with an extremely successful, first-ever yard sale/party at the Century Media office in Dortmund (Germany) in June, where several hundred guests partied out on exclusive live shows by Angel Dust and Turisas. A video with impressions from the event can be seen at this location. A photo gallery for this event can be viewed here.

To further celebrate this anniversary Century Media Records will release the very special 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" on September 15th in Europe and on October 14th in North America. The various artists covers-release includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD. Sticking to the "keep it in the family" slogan, CM approached their artists about covering songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the response from the musicians was overwhelming.

Some choices were obvious and homages to the bands that influenced them, others were inspired picks. This combination ended up leading to a heavily entertaining and truly special final result across all sub-genres of heavy music.

Here is the tracklisting: More...

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