The Jesus Lizard to perform for first time in 8 years at Houston’s Day For Night Festival

Iconic noise-rock act The Jesus Lizard will come together this December to play its first concert since its 2009 reunion tour, joining Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Solange, St. Vincent, Laurie Anderson and more on the bill of the Day For Night Festival in Houston, Texas.

The band — formed by Duane Denison, David Yow and David Wm. Sims in Austin, Texas, in 1987 — reunited to play All Tomorrow’s Parties and a subsequent tour in 2009, nearly a decade after the group’s initial break-up. The last concert by the group, which also features drummer Mac McNeilly, was a Dec. 31, 2009, show in Chicago, the city it relocated to shortly after forming in the late ’80s.

In a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Denison offered his explanation as to why the reunion stopped in 2009. He said he’d implored his bandmates to record new music, but didn’t find enthusiasm for that, and had hoped to tour Australia and Japan, but those opportunities didn’t pan out.

Denison told the magazine The Jesus Lizard nearly reunited again for a 2011 festival in Los Angeles, but he refused to do it unless his bandmates agreed to write and play new songs live.

“In a way I thought, ‘Well, why spoil it?’ The reunion went so well, but personally I am tired of playing those songs and I don’t wanna play them anymore … I’d be perfectly fine with, ‘Let’s leave it at that, leave it on a good note, we’re all still friends.'”

It’s not clear what, if any, plans The Jesus Lizard has beyond performing at the Houston festival, which takes place Dec. 15-17. See full lineup and get ticket information at

Below, check out a full Jesus Lizard show from 1994.






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