By Laura Ferreiro
British icons Primal Scream are gearing up for their first Stateside performances in more than four years. Although this leg of the psychedelic rockers' tour in support of their critically acclaimed recent album, More Light (which features guest appearances by Robert Plant and My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields), is very brief and includes just a handful of dates up and down the California coast, frontman Bobby Gillespie says Primal Scream are already raring to return to the U.S. next year and play some major festivals – they're just waiting for the right invitations.
In the meantime, Gillespie is gunning for the U.S. to get its act together and get the government back up and running, and provide healthcare services for those in need like they do across the pond. "Why wouldn’t the Republicans want to help poor people who need medical aid?" he asks incredulously. "It's absolutely ludicrous. It's because the health lobby is so powerful. There's so much money to be made from the privatization of health care. They don't want a National Health Service thing like we have here [in Britain]. It's a powerful lobby, pharmaceutical companies. A lot of money is at stake and people are putting money before other people's health. You're the wealthiest country in the world, you should be helping people and not f---ing hindering them!"
Primal Scream have achieved iconic status in their native U.K., headlining countless major festivals and gracing the covers of several renowned music magazine magazines. They even had their legendary 1991 album, Screamadelica, immortalized on British first-class stamps. As part of the Creation Records clan, which included Oasis and My Bloody Valentine, they won the illustrious Mercury Music Prize in 1992 – in fact, they were the first band to ever win the prize. But such widespread success has continuously eluded them in America.
It may be tricky for Primal Scream to catch the attention of notoriously fickle American audiences when they're a dozen albums into their career, but old fans and newcomers alike probably won't be disappointed with their live shows, as the band is notorious for putting on a wallop of a concert.
"I don't think we've played in the States enough over the course of our career," Gillespie admits. "We love American music and we'd love to come to major festivals." When asked if they'd play at the Coachella Festival again (the last time they performed at the renowned California desert fest was back in 2003), Gillespie laughs. "As far as I know, they've never asked us back! But they've had every other f---ing rubbish British band. We can blow any of them off the stage!
Following their California tour dates and a string of shows around the world, Gillespie says Primal Scream plan to return to the U.S. to play more dates around the country (and they hope some of the aforementioned festivals). Primal Scream are set to play four dates in California, kicking off October 11 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and wrapping up October 15 at Belly Up in San Diego.
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