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Stream Mike Watt’s “ring spiel” tour ’95 Live Album

In 1994, after the dissolutions of his band fIREHOSE and his marriage to Black Flag bassist Kira Roessler, Mike Watt was at a crossroads. The former Minutemen bassist assembled an impressive array of musicians including Henry Rollins, Flea, Thurston Moore, J Mascis, Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond, Frank Black, Dave Pirner, Evan Dando, and Nels Cline to help him record Ball-Hog or Tugboat?, his first solo album, and he launched his solo career in earnest the next year with the “ring spiel” tour. Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, and William Goldsmith of opening bands Hovercraft and Foo Fighters got into the ring with him as his backing band, and on 5/6/1995, that all-star lineup played Chicago’s legendary Metro club. Decades later, audio from that fateful show is finally being released as a live album, “ring spiel” tour ’95, and now you can stream the whole thing below ahead of its official release on Friday.

“ring spiel” tour ’95 is out 11/11 via Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings. You can pre-order it here (CD) or here (LP).

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