CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has reunited with its onetime guitarist and vocalist Pepper Keenan in 2015 to record a new studio album and embark on a tour.
The band's first European trek with Keenan back in the fold since 2006 will take place in March and will include six U.K. shows:
March 07 - Manchester, UK – Academy 2
March 08 - Glasgow, UK – Garage
March 09 - Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
March 11 - Bristol, UK – Bierkeller
March 12 - Colchester, UK – Arts Centre
March 13 - London, UK – Electric Ballroom
The upcoming dates will mark the first time the "Deliverance" lineup of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has played together since 2001.
Bassist Mike Dean says: "This is all about going out and celebrating some of the classic material, and at the same time it's about tuning up the chemistry and the energy to possibly create a new album or two with this lineup."
Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 16 at 9 a.m. via Live Nation.
Keenan, who has been focusing on DOWN in recent years, is still considered to be a member of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY but was not involved in the reunion of C.O.C.'s "Animosity" lineup, which was resurrected in 2010 and has been recording and touring ever since.
A new posting on the DOWN Facebook page reads: "DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan will be returning to CORROSION OF CONFORMITY for a tour of the UK and most likely more. Pepper has not left DOWN by any stretch. Don't worry about that."
In a recent interview with INDY Week, drummer Reed Mullin said about the prospect of collaborating with Keenan again: "Pepper and I were talking the other day, and we've got some riffs left over from that era that I never used for C.O.C. stuff, and he didn't use for DOWN. They've just been sitting around from when we used to do demos at Jag Studios. He was, like, 'Man, I found a couple cassettes. Remember those cassettes we used to do with [John] Custer down at Jag?' So, yeah, he found a cache of some good riffage in his house down there in New Orleans that I guess he had packed away. And, for some reason, I can remember a lot of the riffs those guys write. Like, there's a song on the new C.O.C. album, the three-piece, and the music is music Pepper and I had jammed back in 1989, and I ended up just putting lyrics to it. Me, Woody [Weatherman] and Mike [Dean] recorded it. It's called 'Tarquinius Superbus', after the last Roman king. For some reason, I remember a lot of the stuff they do, so I'm kind of like an encyclopedia of a lot of their riffs."
He continued: "I think the first shows that we're going to do with the four-piece are going to be in March. Before then, I guess we're going be working on the new album. Woody's going to have a baby in April, I think, so we're going to take a little time off in there, and then I guess, get back to touring with Pepper. He's taking time off from DOWN and, you know, he makes so much damn money doing DOWN, we've got to get him while we can get him. He's really excited about it, and we're awful excited to do it. It's been a while. It's been I think 2000 since I played with him. I mean, we've done songs here and there, at festivals overseas and things, as a four-piece, but as a tour, it's been a long time since this entity, this four-piece has been out on the road. It's going to be a blast."
Regarding whether the four-piece version of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will play any new material on the upcoming tour, Mullin said: "I don't know how much new stuff we'll play on the road. Nostalgia seekers are going to want to hear as much of 'Deliverance' and 'Wiseblood' and 'Volume Dealer' and 'In The Arms Of God' as they can. So we'll have four albums, pretty much, to go off of. And maybe later in the year, we'll add a couple new songs. Hopefully by the end of the year, we'll have an album out."
He continued: "I think [releasing a new CD later in 2015] doable. If we start working in January… Like I said, we've got to use Pepper while we can get him!
"It's cool of him to do this, because, you know, he's got his set-up in New Orleans. He's got a bar, and he's got a little girl, so he doesn't go out for that much touring, anyway, so for him to do C.O.C. and more DOWN stuff next year is awful cool of him."
Keenan joined CORROSION OF CONFORMITY in 1990, but he did not become the band's lead singer until the recording of "Deliverance", which came out in 1994.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's most recent studio album with Keenan, "In The Arms Of God", came out in 2005 on Sanctuary Records.
C.O.C.'s reunited "Animosity" lineup released its new album, "IX", on July 1, 2014 via Candlelight Records.
Fan-filmed video footage of Pepper Keenan making a guest appearance with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY at the Metal Fest in Santiago, Chile in April 2013 can be seen below.