Electro-industrial cousins Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly both released brand-new studio albums this year, and Bill Leeb — who launched FLA after leaving Skinny Puppy in 1985 — has a pretty great idea: a North American “Monsters of Industrial” tour featuring both acts.
And he’s even willing to let Skinny Puppy headline.
Leeb raises the idea in a new interview with Release Music Magazine, suggesting that the ball is in Skinny Puppy’s court: “I know Dave from Metropolis (SP’s lable) really liked the idea, but it’s obviously a little complicated. We’re all for it. It’s more up to the Puppy camp if they can, and promoters too.”
His full comments on the idea of a joint SP-FLA tour:
“A while back I started throwing that idea around. I thought it would be a good idea, because of our connection, the fans and the history. For North America it would be a great ‘Monsters of Industrial’ sort of thing. I wouldn’t mind going on first and doing a shorter set. It’s just being part of it, bringing back the whole thing… from before Wax Trax, before everything, right?
“I know Dave from Metropolis really liked the idea, but it’s obviously a little complicated. We’re all for it. It’s more up to the Puppy camp if they can, and promoters too. I just really like the idea of after 25 years just coming together, you know? A great way to close an era, and start a new one. I have my fingers crossed, I think it would be fun. It’s guys I used to be really great friends with, and hung out together with for a long time, so it would be like a ‘Familientreffen.’ I think the fans would like it too. Sometimes you have to dream big. If you dream small, you stay small.”
Neither Skinny Puppy nor Front Line Assembly have any U.S. concerts scheduled at the moment.
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