Reunited California punk legends BL’AST! have announced that they will be joined by former Queens of the Stone Age members Nick Oliveri and Joey Castillo on bass and drums respectively for their upcoming reunion tour, which begins next weekend.
On the reunion tour and addition of Oliveri and Castillo, Mike Neider comments, “We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect fit. Joey and Nick have shown tons of respect to the music and have added their blood to make even more manic and heavy! BL’AST! Is in full sound assault mode! We are looking forward to the upcoming dates, honestly, it feels never better! And to come over for the first time at this point in time will be a great display of heavy!” Vocalist Cliff Dinsmore adds, “We have such an amazing band chemistry going on right now…it’s beyond anything I’ve experienced in all my years of playing with BL’AST! Nick and Joey’s contribution to the band has brought it to a level of tightness and intensity that is totally insane!”
Castillo also commented on the tour and reuniting with Oliveri, who he last performed with in Queens of the Stone Age over ten years ago, “Very Stoked to be playing with BL’AST! for a couple reasons: I go way back with the guys, be it when I was a kid playing in Wasted Youth, we did shows together, and I was always a fan. And obviously playing again with Nick Oliveri, my other old friend from our days in QOTSA together, makes it even that much greater and fun! Can’t wait to get overseas to show what BL’AST! is all about, see ya soon!” Oliveri adds, “BL’AST! is like getting your ass kicked and liking it. I saw them play when I was younger with Exploited. Bands like these change lives. It is an honor to play with Mike, Clifford, and I’m really stoked to be playing with Joey C again. We are gonna kill it.”
BL’AST! released Blood! ― a previously-unreleased album recorded in the 1980’s and remixed by Dave Grohl ― last September Southern Lord Records. The band is currently working on a new album, which will be their first to contain original material since 1989’s Take the Manic Ride.
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