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POSTPONED – Mike Birbiglia Live!

These shows are postoned. New dates TBA. All tickets honored to the rescheduled dates.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue May 26th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed May 27th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu May 28th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri May 29th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$34 - $61

POSTPONED – Watch What Crappens

This show is postponed. New date TBA soon.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 6th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $77

CANCELLED – Tapestry : The Carole King Songbook

This show is cancelled. All tickets will be refunded automatically at a later date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jun 7th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $45

POSTPONED – Kurtis Conner

This show is postponed. New date TBA.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Jun 10th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $77

CANCELLED – Hidden Brain Live with Shankar Vedantam

This show is cancelled. All tickets will be refunded automatically at a later date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Jun 22nd - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$42 - $57

RESCHEDULED: Doug Stanhope

Rescheduled from 3/13 to 7/10

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jul 10th - 7:30PM
PRICE:
$50

RESCHEDULED – Melvin Seals and JGB

Rescheduled from 3/21 to 7/17. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jul 17th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$30 - $45

RESCHEDULED – Dark Star Orchestra

Rescheduled to July 18. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 18th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $42.50

RESCHEDULED – Kathleen Madigan: 8 O’Clock Happy Hour Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 25th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 25th - 9:45 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $39

CANCELLED – The Hollies: The Road Is Long Tour

This show is cancelled. Ticket purchasers will be refunded automatically at a later date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jul 26th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $277

RESCHEDULED – Paula Poundstone

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jul 30th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37

RESCHEDULED – Colin Jost

Rescheduled to 8/1. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 1st - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 1st - 09:45 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$42

POSTPONED – Tanya Tucker w/ Special Guest Walker Country

This show is postponed. New date TBA.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 7th - 7:30Pm
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $75

RESCHEDULED – Music of Cream: Disraeli Gears and Clapton Classics Tour

Rescheduled to 8/14. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 14th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

RESCHEDULED – The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II

Rescheduled from 6/24 to 8/15. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 15th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $50

RESCHEDULED – Small Town Murder

Rescheduled to August 21st. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 21st - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $77

RESCHEDULED – Whose Live Anyway?

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Aug 23rd - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50

Daughtry

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Aug 25th - 8:00PM
PRICE:
$65 - $359

POSTPONED – Sibling Rivalry The Tour : Starring Bob & Monét

This show is postponed. New date TBA.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Aug 28th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$33 - $153

The Second City’s Imperfect Union

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Aug 30th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25

RESCHEDULED – An Evening with Matty in the Morning

4/30 rescheduled to 9/3. 5/14 rescheduled to 10/29. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 3rd - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Oct 29th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$52 - $102

RESCHEDULED – Nick Swardson

Rescheduled to September 4th. 5/23 tickets are valid to 7:30PM show. 5/24 tickets are valid to 10PM show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 4th - 07:30 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 4th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49

Dave Attell

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 5th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37

RESCHEDULED – The Kirk Minihane Show presented by Barstool Sports

Rescheduled to September 11th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 11th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 11th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $100

RESCHEDULED: My Dad Wrote A Porno World Tour 2020

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Sep 16th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $102

Ronny Chieng: The Hope You Get Rich Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 19th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 19th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30

RESCHEDULED – Jim Norton

Rescheduled to September 26th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 26th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 26th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $104

RESCHEDULED – Rick Riordan & Carlos Hernandez: THE TOWER OF NERO

This show is rescheduled to September 28th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Sep 28th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

RESCHEDULED – Countess & Friends: Marry, F**K, Kill

Rescheduled to October 3rd. All tickets are honored for the new date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 3rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $135

RESCHEDULED – Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond The Fluffy World Tour – Go Big or Go Home

Rescheduled to October 4th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 4th - 5:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 4th - 8:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$55 - $75

Robin Trower

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 14th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $69

Jess Hilarious

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 16th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

Andrew Santino

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 17th - 7:00PM
PRICE:
$26.50

RESCHEDULED – Whitney Cummings: How Dare You

Rescheduled to October 22nd. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Oct 22nd - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$46 - $169

Drew Lynch

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 23rd - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30

Taylor Tomlinson

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 24th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$20

CANCELLED – Einstürzende Neubauten -The Year Of The Rat Tour

This show is cancelled. Patrons who purchased tickets will be refunded automatically.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 28th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$30 - $40

RESCHEDULED – Bruce Cockburn

Rescheduled to October 30th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 30th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $65

RESCHEDULED – Amanda Seales Presents: Smart, Funny & Black

Rescheduled to October 31st. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 31st - 7:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$36 - $76

RESCHEDULED – And That’s Why We Drink: Here for the Boos Tour!

Rescheduled from 3/28 to 11/3. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Nov 3rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $65

RESCHEDULED – Welcome To Night Vale

Rescheduled to November 5th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Nov 5th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32

RESCHEDULED: Fortune Feimster

Both shows rescheduled to November 6th. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 6th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 6th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $37

Steve-O’s Bucket List Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 7th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $57

Jay Pharoah

LIMITED TIME ONLY - $20 TICKETS!

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 14th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

RESCHEDULED – Zero

Rescheduled to November 18th. All tickets will be honored for the new show date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Nov 18th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $39

RESCHEDULED – Sam and Colby: All In One Tour

Rescheduled to November 22nd. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Nov 22nd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $252

Chris Botti

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 27th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$59 - $89

RESCHEDULED – Brad Williams

Rescheduled to January 2nd, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 2nd - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $35

DC Young Fly

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jan 15th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $57

RESCHEDULED – Sinbad

Rescheduled to January 16th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 16th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39

RESCHEDULED – DEON COLE: COLEOLOGY TOUR

Rescheduled to January 28th, 2021. All tickets honored for the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jan 28th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $40

RESCHEDULED -Jacksfilms presents YIAY Live Live!

Rescheduled to February 1st, 2021. All tickets are honored to the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Feb 1st - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $97

RESCHEDULED – MeatEater: Off the Air

Rescheduled to February 10th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Feb 10th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $187

RESCHEDULED – One Night of Queen

Rescheduled to February 19th. All tickets are honored to the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 19th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

RESCHEDULED – BETH HART: War In My Mind

Rescheduled to March 10th, 2021. All tickets are honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Mar 10th - 08:00 PM
Openers: Quinn Sullivan
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $55

RESCHEDULED – Paul Virzi

Rescheduled to March 13th, 2021

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Mar 13th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$24

RESCHEDULED – MORBID: A TRUE CRIME PODCAST LIVE

Rescheduled to March 26th, 2021. All ticket honored to the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Mar 26th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $60

RESCHEDULED – Colin Hay

Rescheduled to April 10th, 2021. All tickets honored for the new date.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 10th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $59

RESCHEDULED – Tracy Morgan

Rescheduled to 4/16/21. All tickets honored to the new show.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Apr 16th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$65

RESCHEDULED – Chris Hardwick

Rescheduled from June 25th to April 17th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

RESCHEDULED – That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

Rescheduled to April 25th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Apr 25th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $50

RESCHEDULED – The Fab Faux performs Revolver and Abbey Road Selections

Rescheduled to June 5th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jun 5th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $95

RESCHEDULED – Hot Tuna: Acoustic & Electric

Rescheduled to July 13th, 2021. All tickets honored.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Jul 13th - 8:00PM
Openers: w/ Special Guest David Grisman Trio
PRICE:
$50 - $75

Bio

Big Head Todd and the Monsters New World Arisin’photo credit: Jason SiegelBig Head Todd and the Monsters are not that big on anniversaries,

Big Head Todd and the Monsters New World Arisin’photo credit: Jason SiegelBig Head Todd and the Monsters are not that big on anniversaries, so there won’t be any big hoopla over the fact that the band is officially crossing the three-decade mark this year. Thirty years would seem like something to commemorate, especially with the same core lineup, an achievement few other name-brand bands can boast of. Yet right now they’re less about celebrating stability than volatility, in the form of their eleventh studio album, New World Arisin’, which makes good on its forward-facing title with what might be the brashest rock and roll of their career. The old world can’t rest on any laurels, and neither will they.

“We’re in a real exciting part of our career right now,” says co-founder Todd Park Mohr.  “We’re a viable band with a great audience and we’re able to work at a very high level. It’s a career that’s getting more and more interesting, rather than less, which is remarkable,” he says, chuckling at the unlikelihood of anyone being this cheerfully all-in, this far in. “I mean, 30 years into it, I really feel like: Wow, this is getting fun. I’m learning more about music and about my instrument, and it’s just really engaging in every way. We also dovetail well with the times, I think; I feel like we have something to say

.”That desire to communicate and connect is very much reflected in a new album that explores a variety of subgenres, from the funky (“Trip”) to the unexpectedly punky (“Detonator”), with stops along the way for raging country-rock (“Damaged One”), expansive storytelling in the Van Morrison/early Springsteen mode (“Wipeout Turn”), a Jimi Hendrix cover (“Room Full of Mirrors”), and, in the title track, “New World Arisin’,”a Charley Patton-inspired tune that ended up having what Mohr describes as “a heavy metal/gospel feel.”

He doesn’t feel these musical zigzags will give fans musical whiplash. “The fact is, most people, like myself, listen to multiple genres of music, so I don’t think people have a problem with variety. I love it.”

But if there’s a dominant musical motif to New World Arisin’, it’s “straight-up rock-pop,” says Mohr. That contemporary approach might come as a slight surprise to hardcore fans that saw the Monsters take a seriously rootsy turn or two in the last 10 years. The band embarked on a side project, dubbed Big Head Blues Club, that saw them paying homage to Robert Johnson and bringing in venerable guest collaborators like Charlie Musselwhite and the late B.B. King. The heavy blues influence that dominated their alter-ego band carried over some into the last actual Big Head Todd and the Monsters album, 2014’s Black Beehive. That element isn’t altogether missing in New World Arisin’; you’ll certainly hear it recur in “Long Coal Train.” But this time the blues take a definite back seat to the unapologetically mainstream instincts that had Big Head Todd going platinum in the mid-’90s with the album Sister Sweetly, which spawned the rock radio hits “Broken Hearted Savior,”“Bittersweet,”and “Circle.”

“Commercial success is still a goal for me and for our band,” Mohr says, “as far as the sense of communicating to, or striking a chord with a large number of people. We feel like we have something to say and something to offer the culture.” Plus, a true confession: “I’m interested in the pop song! And I think ‘Damaged One,’ for one, is a classic pop song. Our label would have killed for that song, back then,”in the wake of those mainstream radio hits that established the band. “They begged me to write it! So there’s a lot of irony in our coming back to that.

”The history of the group actually stretches farther back from the 1987 point at which they took their name. The core members came together at such an early age that it’s hard to know exactly how many candles to put on their collective cake. “It’s murky,” Mohr says, “because I’ve been playing with Brian (Nevin, their drummer) since junior high school, so the two of us go back to 1982. Brian and I played a talent show with Rob (Squires, the bass player) in 1983, and then we continued to plug at it, at a kids’ pace,”he laughs. They began playing original music in earnest in a nascent Colorado music scene that then consisted almost entirely of cover bands. A debut album,Another Mayberry, arrived in 1989, though it would be another four years before Sister Sweetly made them a national phenomenon. The only personnel change in these three decades has been the addition of a fourth member, putative “new guy”Jeremy Lawton, in 2004.

 

While they enjoy a robust fan base around the country, their success is outsized in Colorado, where they’re practically the unofficial state band. That’s evident in their ability to sell out Red Rocks, the most revered amphitheater in the nation, where they’ve headlined 19 times. It also comes into play when the band gets asked to be a part of commemorative moments: Mohr recently sang the national anthem at a Rockies game, and the entire band took part in the parade through Denver after the Broncos took the Super Bowl.

Their honors extend beyond their home state and even home country… into space. In 2005, they released the single “Blue Sky,” a tribute to the space program, written at the behest of crew members taking to the heavens aboard the space shuttle Discovery; it was performed years later as a live wake-up call to the astronauts on the shuttle. The song had enough appeal back on earth, too, that it was picked up by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 and used to introduce her keynote speech to the Democratic convention.

That campaign usage didn’t come about as a result of any desire on Mohr’s part to take the band in a political direction. He’s not so interested in getting Big Head Todd and the Monsters caught up in that particular fray as looking at the smaller and bigger pictures, wanting to keep the material topical in some far deeper fashion. “Our audience is America, and I’m guessing it breaks down to the same percentages the country itself has,” he says. “We’ve never gotten in the business of polarizing people politically. But at the same time, as artists, it’s our job to observe and to hopefully find some insight. I’ve always been interested in the human condition more than politics. Politics are a part of it, but I always look at conflict as personal before it’s political. And I would consider conflict my dominant lyrical theme now— how people are trapped in it,

and how conflict relates to intimacy and pleasure.” A Big Head Todd show, in any case, is a place where those conflicts might resolve, or dissolve. “In talking about our apolitical-ness, I think unity is an important thing,” Mohr says. “Being a human being, you have a lot in common with other human beings, and why not maximize those things? Music has an incredible capacity to convey other cultures and times, and to create a lot of empathy and togetherness. There’s harmony in it, and it implies oneness — the root.

”There’s an economy to the songs on the new album, most of which clock in around four minutes, and sometimes even closer to three. You’d think this would make Big Head Todd and the Monsters the farthest thing from a jam band. Yet they have a fervent following among that subset of rock fans, lack of noodling notwithstanding. Maybe it’s because of the changing nature of their set lists, since the Monsters are known to take requests, both in person and online. 

“Our focus has always been on serving the song,” Mohr says. “We haven’t historically been that jammy. Which isn’t to say that we don’t have an occasional six-minute number — we do. But having said that, I have a great respect for that audience, which I think is just a music-loving audience. You know, one year I got invited to the Jammies at Carnegie Hall, and I got in a discussion with somebody: ‘Well, how do you define a jam band?’ And he told me, ‘A jam band doesn’t repeat a song for three shows in a row.’ That was the only way that he would define it. I could almost follow that rule, except there are probably four songs I have to play every night. So I guess those four songs are what’s keeping us from ever being a jam band,” he laughs.

What’s clear is that Big Head Todd is one multi-headed rock monster, easily traversing the most accessible hooks and the heaviest grooves. It’s not surprising that they would appeal to any audience or sub-audience that values durability over flavors of the moment. But Mohr has to laugh when he thinks about how little the possibility of long-term perseverance was on the members’ minds 30 years ago. 

“When you form, I think your goal is to make it through the party on Saturday night,” he points out. “In art, longevity isn’t the goal. It’s a happy accident if it happens, and I think ours was one of those convenient accidents that led to a happy marriage. But we happen to get along really well and love being with each other and playing music for a living.” Simple as it may sound, that’s a profound recipe for endurance in both the old world and the new

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