Chameleons (UK), Not of This World, Doors in the Labyrinth
ADVANCE TICKET SALES ARE CLOSED. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
Wed Nov 16 8:00 pm 21+ $20 adv/$25 door Spirit Lodge 242 51st St Lawrenceville
Tickets at https://chameleonspittsburgh.brownpapertickets.com
or at Government Center (N Side), Jerry's Records (Sq Hill) and Caliban Books (Oakland)
Ethereal postpunk legends from Manchester (UK) since the 1980s
with special guests
Not of This World (Philadelphia)
and Doors in the Labyrinth
CHAMELEONS will embark on a 2022 North American tour that marks a reunion between the front man Mark Burgess and guitarist Reg Smithies, who haven't toured together under the Chameleons moniker in nearly two decades.
During the Chameleons' early career, the British music press often used terms such as "sonic architects" and "sonic cathedrals" when describing the band, due to their atmospheric sound.
Burgess's impassioned vocal deliver complemented his lyrics, which touched on the alienation created in many British communities by the decline of manufacturing and industry, and the consequent disruption of social order.
The Chameleons are an English rock band formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester in 1981. The band consisted of singer and bassist Mark Burgess, guitarists Reg Smithies and Dave Fielding, and drummer John Lever.
The band released their debut album, Script of the Bridge, in 1983. They followed it with What Does Anything Mean? Basically and Strange Times in 1985 and 1986, respectively, before abruptly disbanding in 1987 due to the sudden death of the band's manager. After the split, Burgess and Lever formed The Sun And The Moon, while Fielding and Smithies formed the Reegs.
The Chameleons reformed in 2000, releasing the albums Strip (2000), Why Call It Anything (2001), and This Never Ending Now (2002). Renewed tensions caused the group to separate again in 2003, and Burgess and Lever continued to play Chameleons songs live with their new project ChameleonsVox, although Lever later left that group and died in 2017. Burgess and Smithies reformed the Chameleons in 2021 with two members of Burgess' ChameleonsVox group.
Known for their atmospheric, guitar-based sound, the Chameleons are regarded as one of the most underrated Manchester bands of the 1980s.
Spirit Lodge (View)
242 51st Street, Downstairs
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|