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Motion City Soundtrack announces reunion tour with hometown Minneapolis gig TBA

Motion City Soundtrack circa 2010, from left: Jesse Johnson, Tony Thaxton, Justin Pierre, Josh Cain, Matt Taylor. / Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Motion City Soundtrack circa 2010, from left: Jesse Johnson, Tony Thaxton, Justin Pierre, Josh Cain, Matt Taylor. / Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

One of the Twin Cities’ most successful rock bands of the 2000s and early-2010s, Motion City Soundtrack, is gearing for a comeback in 2020.

The Minneapolis-reared quintet of Warped Tour and Epitaph Records fame has announced a string of reunion gigs starting with a New Year’s Eve show in Chicago and continuing through at least the end of January.

A Minneapolis show is mysteriously listed at the end of their January tour itinerary with the date and venue blurred out. Sources hint at the hometown gig being one of the opening shows for the Fillmore, Live Nation’s new 2,000-plus-capacity venue in downtown Minneapolis, due to open in the first quarter of 2020. Several of the other Fillmores around the country – ours is part of a growing chain of Live Nation-owned venues with that legendary name – are also hosting Motion City’s tour in other cities. The band frequently worked with Twin Cities area Live Nation reps at the Varsity Theater. Stay tuned for an announcement from Live Nation.

Although they never landed a major radio hit like their pals/mentors in Blink-182 -- despite enlisting Blink’s Mark Hoppus and the Cars’ Ric Ocasek to produce their records -- the fellas in MCS kept up an impressive tour regiment and maintained a faithful fan base from the release of their first album for Epitaph Records, 2013’s “I Am the Movie,” to their last, 2015’s “Panic Stations.”

They announced their farewell tour in 2016 and haven’t played since then, although co-founders/leaders Justin Courtney Pierre and Josh Cain stayed close and continued working together. Cain even produced Pierre’s 2018 solo album, “In the Drink,” which the MCS frontman continues to promote with his own band, including shows this weekend out east and two upcoming Minneapolis dates: a July 26 set opening for Jawbox at First Avenue and a free outdoor gig Aug. 16 at the Lake Harriet Bandshell opening for “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” in the Summer Music & Movies series.

There's no word yet on what Motion City's plans are after these initial dates. As fans well know, though, the band was always kind of skittish about the future.

Motion City's tour card shows the Minneapolis date blurred out.

Motion City's tour card shows the Minneapolis date blurred out.

A Buddy Holly/Roy Orbison hologram tour is headed to Mystic Lake in October

Roy Orbison in 1982 in the Twin Cities/ Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler

Roy Orbison in 1982 in the Twin Cities/ Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler

After heavy-metal screamer Ronnie James Dio’s concert last weekend at the Myth nightclub introduced the Twin Cities to hologram performances by late music stars, here comes a big-name hologram twin bill: Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly.

The two deceased early rock ‘n’ roll icons are teaming up for a 46-city North American hologram tour that lands at Mystic Lake Casino’s Mystic Showroom on Oct. 17.

Authorized by the individual estates of the two Rock Hall of Famers, the show will feature live musicians, backup singers and remastered audio of the stars’ hits.

There was a successful Orbison hologram tour in the United Kingdom and the United States in 2018.  A European Holly/Orbison tour also will take place this fall, concurrent with the North American run.

The shows will feature a depiction of Holly from 1957. You’ll recall he died, at age 22, in a plane crash in 1959, after a concert in Clear Lake, Iowa, en route to Moorhead, Minn.

Orbison, who died in 1988 at age 52, had a connection with Holly. They jammed together, and Holly recorded two Orbison tunes on his first album with the Crickets. In fact, Orbison suggested that Holly, a fellow Texan, record at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, N.M.

Holly is known for such hits as “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” while operatic-voiced Orbison is remembered for “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “Only the Lonely.”

Tickets, starting at $35, will go on sale at 1 p.m. Friday at Ticketmaster.com and the Mystic Lake box office. For presale information, go to mysticlake.com.

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