Kevin Parker is putting on his lab coat and going on tour. The Tame Impala mastermind has rescheduled “Phase I Rushium® Trials” — aka, the band’s North American tour that is finally going down in 2021. The “trials,” as indicated by the press release, will begin this September at Bonnaroo. The news was teased by a clip Tame Impala shared yesterday, showing Parker touring a medical lab.
After releasing their last album, The Slow Rush, in February 2020, Parker and company were forced to cancel the tour behind it due to the coronavirus. They were supposed to hit North America this summer, but those dates got postponed, too. Now, a year and a half after The Slow Rush’s release, we’ll finally have the chance to hear it in person — er, we mean, participate in Phase I trials of Rushium®.
The announcement comes from, according to a press release, “a privately held Australian biopharma ceutical company focused on the development of recombinant stabilization and expansion of cellular space regrowth” called AionWell® L.T.d. Apparently, Paker has become a minority equity holder in AionWell®, and gains full control over the company following the Rushium® trials to treat “Acute Time Metagrobolization in Cells (ATMiC).” ATMiC “is a common cellular condition within the brain’s Suprachiasmatic nucleus,” and the only cure is Tame Impala concerts.
Tickets for the rescheduled dates will be honored, and refunds will be exchanged for canceled dates. See the updated schedule below, and get tickets through Ticketmaster or on the secondary market here.
Despite the pandemic, Parker managed to keep himself busy last year. Tame Impala performed the inaugural at-home Tiny Desk Concert last August, and rocked a set in an empty soccer stadium in October. Back in March, Tame Impala played a sold-out concert in Australia, marking one of the first “normal” live music performances since the pandemic began.
Tame Impala 2021 Tour Dates:
09/04 — Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
09/07 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
09/10 — George, WA @ The Gorge
09/12 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center
09/15 — San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
09/17 — Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful Festival
09/18 — Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
09/20 — Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
09/23 — Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
09/25 — Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
09/28 — Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
10/31 — San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
11/02 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
11/03 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
11/07 — Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
11/09 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
TBD — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena