Jules Annan / Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesThe “God of Hellfire” himself, Arthur Brown, will be bringing his band The Crazy World of Arthur Brown across the pond next month for its first U.S. tour in more than 45 years. The British psychedelic group’s first stateside trek since 1969 gets underway February 15 in Los Angeles and is plotted out through a February 24-25 stand in Austin, Texas.
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown came to fame in 1968, when its song “Fire” reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and its self-titled debut album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200. Brown was known for his theatrical performances, during which he wore a flaming metal helmet, face makeup and flamboyant outfits. Among the well-known rockers that have cited Brown as an influence are David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel and KISS.
Carl Palmer was a member of the band from 1968 and 1969, before playing in Atomic Rooster and, subsequently, Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown broke up in 1970, but Brown re-formed the group with a new lineup in 2000. The band will be promoting its latest album, 2013’s Zim Zam Zim, on the new tour.
Here are all of the group’s upcoming U.S. concerts:
2/15 — Los Angeles, CA, Regent Theater
2/16 — Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2/17 — San Francisco, CA, Slim’s
2/18 — Portland, OR, Star Theater
2/21 — Chicago, IL, Reggies
2/23 — New York, NY, Le Poisson Rouge
2/24 — Austin, TX, Barracuda
2/25 — Austin, TX, Barracuda
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