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Rockstar sh*ts on audience: King Buzzo goes solo

King Buzzo puts on his big boy pants and performs solo set
King Buzzo puts on his big boy pants and performs solo set
Gini Williams

King Buzzo performs live acoustic solo set


The Melvins' front man Buzz Osborne has shed his trademark Muumuu and the rest of his band in pursuit of world domination with a new acoustic solo project aptly named after his infamous moniker, "King Buzzo". After three decades in the music industry King Buzzo has decided to put the pants back on literally, and tour the world in support of his first solo album 'This Machine Kills Artists'. The album was released June 3, 2014 via Ipecac Recordings and was recorded without electric guitars, amplifiers or direct boxes. 'This Machine Kills Artists' was written to be performed live and King Buzzo has hit the ground running in that direction.

Currently in the midst of the US portion of the King Buzzo world tour, Osborne stopped at the A&R Music Bar in Columbus, Oh. and with gnashing of teeth and shredding of his acoustic guitar, proved that he is one fierce, raw entity on the stage. This is not a retirement tour. This is not a last ditch effort for your unsung hero to stand on a pedestal and play softly to an adoring crowd of aged fans. Buzz Osborne is more than alive and well friends, he is a mad muse to the audiophile's soul.

On this tour King Buzzo sheds not only the Muumuu, but his stoic, down to business on stage demeanor as well. The best part of the show, besides the mind blowing guitar and spirit-shaking vocals, is the light-hearted banter King Buzzo engages in with the crowd. He jokes, smiles, talks a bit about himself and regales the crowd in stories from his long run with industry legends such as Mike Patton, Iggy Pop, and more. Hence this article title. For Columbus fans Osborne reminisced about a time the Melvins were booed off stage preceding a performance by Mr. Bungle. The irony of which is that Mike Patton, and Mr. Bungle, had hand picked their direct support for the show and were none too happy that the crowd treated them with such disrespect. In a display of retaliation Patton is alleged by Osborne to have defecated into the audience. Osborne expected press to run with the shocking story; "Rockstar sh*ts on audience" but to his surprise it was never mentioned.

Come along and get an earful for yourself as King Buzzo makes his way across the planet in 2014 at one of the following dates:

July 22, 2014 Atlanta, GA The Basement
July 23, 2014 Birmingham, AL The Bottle Tree
July 25, 2014 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack's
July 26, 2014 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
July 27, 2014 Austin, TX Red 7
July 28, 2014 Sam Antonio, TX Limelight
July 30, 2014 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
July 31, 2014 Pioneertown, CA Pappy and Harriet's
Aug. 30, 2014 Brighton, England The Haunt
Aug. 31, 2014 Paris, France Nouveau Casino
Sep. 1, 2014 Cologne, Germany Gebäude9
Sep. 3, 2014 Dresden, Germany Beatpol
Sep. 4, 2014 Vienna, Austria Arena
Sep. 5, 2014 Judenburg, Austria Rock Is Hell Fest
Sep. 7, 2014 Ravenna, Italy Hana-bi
Sep. 8, 2014 Bologna, Italy Locomotiv
Sep. 9, 2014 Milan, Italy Carroponte
Sep. 10, 2014 Düdingen, Switzerland Bad Bonn
Sep. 11, 2014 Zürich, Switzerland Rote Fabrik more
Sep. 13, 2014 Schorndorf, Germany Manufaktur
Sep. 14, 2014 Munich, Germany Kranhalle
Sep. 15, 2014 Frankfurt, Germany Mousonturm
Sep. 18, 2014 Tilburg, The Netherlands Incubate Fest
Sep. 19, 2014 Kortrijk, Belgium De Kreun
Sep. 20, 2014 London, England Oslo
Sep. 21, 2014 Bristol, England Motion

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