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13 June 2022

LCD Soundsystem To Play San Francisco And Oakland Residencies

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LCD Soundsystem have announced two four-show residencies – in San Francisco and Oakland – for August 2022.

The much-loved electronica band will kick off the Bay Area run at Oakland’s Fox Theater on 16 August, playing three more shows at the venue across consecutive evenings. From 21-24 August, they will move on to perform at The Warfield in San Francisco. Later that month, the band will perform as part of This Ain’t No Picnic festival in Pasadena.

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The shows follow a series of residencies over the past year in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. Back in March, frontman James Murphy explained the thinking behind LCD playing such shows in an open letter to fans, posted on social media, ““We played 17 shows in Brooklyn at the end of last year, and now we’re doing mini residencies in a few places, like Philly and Boston. And then London. You see, we tend, historically, to take big chunks of time off between tours and LPs. And then, after the break, I begin to feel like I want to make a record, or we want to play some shows. But then I start to think ‘Oh man, if I make an album, then we need to rehearse for months to get ready to tour, and you need to book a tour so far in advance, and who knows when the record will be ready?’ This happened with American Dream.”

“We booked the shows, thinking I’d be done or nearly done with the record, and then I wasn’t, and there we are on this full tour with me trying to work on the record in the gaps, which weren’t that many… there’s a thing with tour, also, where you invest so much time, energy, and cost into ‘getting ready’ that you wind up touring for ages just to make it worthwhile… then you need a big break again. Then you are reluctant to start all over again. It’s a cycle.”

“We really wanted to stop living like that, so we talked about just playing some shows in New York, since most of us live here, and not making it too big of a deal. Like, just playing because we like it, and because we like one another. Just be a New York band for a bit. And maybe we’ll do something like that every year. Just stay in shape, if that makes sense. And just make records along the way. Maybe just singles for a while, so there isn’t some ‘album panic’ etc. We don’t know. We DO know that it was great to play those shows, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the shows we’re playing this year.”

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