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Grandaddy Reuniting For A Limited Time Only

Last time I saw Grandaddy was probably around 2004 or 2005, not very long before they split, in 2006, leaving tons of fans with four studio albums and a taste for more. Frontman Jason Lytle blamed the lack of financial income, the breakdown in communication among the band members, or even the fact he was ‘burnt out on touring’, He then moved to Montana, began a solo career before eventually joining the band Admiral Radley with Aaron Burch and Earlimart members.


But Grandaddy fans rejoice, Jason Lytle, Jim Fairchild, Kevin Garcia, Aaron Burth, and Tim Dryde have just announced they will reunite for a limited number of shows in 2012, after their 6-year hiatus. So far the only confirmed date is their headlining appearance at the UK End of the Road Festival in September, but they have promised that more announcements are on the way, hopefully in the US!


My favorite albums of the Modesto indie band are ‘The Sophtware Slump’ and ‘Sumday’ that were respectively released in 2000 and 2003, and I first heard about them when they got handpicked by Elliott Smith to open his national tour in late 2000.


At the time, Grandaddy counted a famous rocker among their fans, just read the following from a 2001 CMJ New Music article:

‘Imagine these laconic lumberjacks only a few months ago, returning to the dressing room after a recent show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom to find glam god David Bowie ready to profess his admiration, reeling off all five member’s names as if they’d been old pals from down at the pub’.


How can you call it quits when Bowie is a big fan of your band? But seriously, I don’t think Bowie’s fandom was a motivation, and the band still has to release a statement why they decided to reform now.

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