The Jesus And Mary Chain Hitting Houston On March 13 During SXSW Swing

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Known best for their 1985 album, Psychocandy, the Jesus And Mary Chain have been called one of the most influential British bands of the '80s. With the wall of crushing reverb, drenched in pop hookiness, their sound foretold bands like the beloved My Bloody Valentine, the cultish Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. and current darling Sleigh Bells.

On March 13, the band hits the House Of Blues during a Texas swing that will also take them to SXSW, Denton's 35 Denton Festival, and a date in New Orleans. The band's catalog was reissued just last year, bringing them back into the rock conversation.

Psychocandy's "Just Like Honey" made an appearance on the Lost In Translation soundtrack in 2003, further propelling the legend of the band, which broke up in 1999, after years of fighting. They reunited in 2007 and played Coachella Festival. For further J&MC delight, we also suggest spinning 1987's Darklands.

Looking back through their tour history in Houston, one show in particular, with then-unknowns Nine Inch Nails as support, stands out as one that I wished I could have seen. Sadly, on February 11, 1990 I was only six years old.

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Honcho
Honcho

I was also at that 1990 show, as well as two others in town. NIN was terrible. Also saw NIN open for Peter Murphy once, equally as lame. No surprise there.

What I think was JAMC's last appearance in town, can't remember where, was a stripped-down, fogless, virtually feedback-less almost "unplugged" show. And you could actually SEE the boys.

One of the BEST shows I've ever witnessed.

Ah kids these days...just don't know what they've missed.

Craigley
Craigley

I was at the 1990 show!

Related note:  Nine Inch Nails was the opening act that night.  They were so terrible to this day I refuse to listen to them. Drunken fools lip syncing on stage.  HATE THEM.

LUV J&TMC

Slogan Jones
Slogan Jones

Any confirmation on this? I'm on hold with HOB now. 

Arturtle
Arturtle

Actually take it from an old timer, the show in 87 was pretty epic.  They played maybe 20-30 minutes and were quite drunk but I still recall loving the show.  If I am not mistaken Opal were the openers.

Skeptic
Skeptic

Not listed on the calendar for the HOB Houston website.

CV73
CV73

holy shitballs that is good news!!

Jeff Key
Jeff Key

I saw the #s show in '90!  I was 19 and I'm *almost* sure it was NIN's first Htown gig.

Honcho
Honcho

another terrible opening act was Guns & Roses opening for The Cult on the Electric tour, I think at the old Music Hall

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

 I saw it on the Numbers site but couldn't nail down the opener. Sounds like a cool show.

Craigley
Craigley

It sure was my friend.  I was there, too.  To this day I tell everybody how terrible NIN was.

All I remember is NIN being drunk and lip syncing.  

Slogan Jones
Slogan Jones

Nothing. Not even an answer. Will try again in the AM. If anyone here's anything, post it here. 

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

 I received an email directly from the JAMC folks, plus Brooklyn Vegan has posted the dates. This is a LiveNation house, so there will not be an immediate announcement on their side until they are ready to have an on-sale date.

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