The ironically named Ska Is Dead III tour is set to travel across North America throughout September and October with Mustard Plug, The Toasters and Canada's own Planet Smashers bringing their skankin' sounds to the people as well.
The tour, which will feature four Canadian dates, was begun by Mustard Plug last year in response to the ever-fluctuating presence of ska music in the public consciousness.
"Basically, ska was dead," explained band trombonist Jim Hofer. "During the late '90s, [ska] became sort of this trend and a lot of bands came out. ÷ Then all of a sudden, people hated ska and it was hard to tour because almost all the bands broke up. Now÷it feels like there's a resurgence happening. We had been talking about doing a ska package for a few years now. Dave [Kirchgessner, vocalist] got it together, and that was it."
The tour will feature a revolving headliner and assorted opening acts throughout, with Montreal's Planet Smashers heading all Canadian bills, and will coincide with the release of Mustard Plug's greatest hits collection. Entitled Masterpieces 1991-2002, the set will hit stores the day before the tour begins in Buffalo on September 7th. Planet Smashers also have a newish album to promote, their Unstoppable long player having been released in July.
Ska Is Dead's Canadian tour dates stack up like this:
September 14, Toronto, ON - Opera House
September 15, London, ON - Call the Office
September 16, Ottawa, ON - Capital Music Hall
September 17, Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Writer: Neil McDonald