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Helmet New Zealand Tour Announced

Helmet New Zealand Tour Announced

C.C. / Photo credit: Tom Bronowski / Thursday 28th November, 2019 8:08AM

New York City alt-metal innovators Helmet are returning to Aotearoa in May 2020, primed to pummel the eardrums of local punters with songs from throughout their career in celebration of their 30th anniversary. Founded in 1989 by singer / guitarist Page Hamilton, the hugely influential heavy music unit are practically a genre in themselves, having purveyed their singular crunchy riffage across eight studio albums, including hands-down classics Meantime (1992), Betty (1994) and Aftertaste (1997). Their previous visit to our shores in 2017 delivered the goods and more – don't dare miss Helmet, playing a very special 30 song set from across their extensive back catalogue, including rarities and possibly even some covers too.

Page Hamilton reflected on his 30 year journey with Helmet: “The day John, Peter and I auditioned Henry is the day I consider to be the beginning of Helmet. The year was 1989 and I think the month was May. I love playing this music more than ever with my current bandmates, Kyle, Dan and Dave. To celebrate 30 years of recording and touring we decided to play 30 songs a night… We hope to see you all there.”

UPDATE 3/4/20: Helmet's 30th Anniversary tour of Aotearoa has been rescheduled to November 2020...


Monday 16th November - The Studio, Auckland
Tuesday 17th November - Meow, Wellington
Thursday 19th November - Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Tickets available HERE via UTR, all tickets remain valid for the new dates

Experience the awesome riffage of 'Give It' from 1992's Meantime...

Here's their massive anthem 'Exactly What You Wanted' from 1997's Aftertaste...

Check out the classic clip for 'Milquetoast' from 1994's The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack...

Press release:

Seminal New York City rock band Helmet is celebrating their 30th anniversary with a headline tour, which will take them around the globe, including three shows in New Zealand next year.

Presented by Eccles Entertainment and Under The Radar, Helmet will perform at Studio: The Venue in Auckland on Friday, May 8; Meow in Wellington on Saturday, May 9 and Cassels Blue Smoke in Christchurch on Monday, May 11.

To mark 30 years in the game, Helmet will perform a 30-song set each night of the tour. The band will be playing songs from across their catalogue of eight critically-acclaimed studio albums, as well as rarities from older EPs and singles - with the possibility of a few covers mixed in for good measure. There will be no opening acts on any of the shows.

Helmet was formed in New York City in 1989 by founding members Page Hamilton, Henry Bogdan, Peter Mengede, and John Stanier. The group soon after signed to Ampthetamine Reptile Records and released their first full length STRAP IT ON in 1991. Interscope Records soon came calling and signed the band in 1992. Their label debut MEANTIME went on to sell over a million copies and earned a Grammy nomination.

The band has released eight albums over the last 30 years and has gone through different personnel before settling on the current lineup of Page Hamilton, Dan Beeman, Dave Case, and Kyle Stevenson – which has proven to be the most consistent and longest running iteration of the band.

The band has also contributed music to a number of films including Johnny Mnemonic, The Crow, Feeling Minnesota, The Jerky Boys, Gun Crazy and Judgement Night (a collaboration with hip hop group House of Pain). Their most recent album DEAD TO THE WORLD was released in 2016 by German-based label earMusic.


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Helmet 30th Anniversary Tour
Wed 16th Nov
The Studio, Auckland
Helmet 30th Anniversary Tour
Thu 17th Nov
Meow, Wellington
Helmet 30th Anniversary Tour
Sat 19th Nov
Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch