The Hold Steady have long since sold out their two London shows in March, so they’re extending their visit.
The US band, who play Electric Ballroom on 9 and 10 March, are now also hosting a Sunday roast dinner at The Lexington on 11 March before playing the venue that night.
Tickets to the event, which will give you the chance to eat with the band before the show, go on sale on 14 February at 9am. Only a limited number will be available due to the venue’s capacity.
This run of shows nominally celebrates a decade since The Hold Steady played their first major UK tour, in support of their breakout album ‘Boys and Girls in America’. And it turns out The Lexington is a footnote in that story.
Frontman Craig Finn remembers: “In 2007, before we went to tour the UK extensively for the first time, we did a bunch of interviews to promote the tour. We kept getting one question over and over: ‘Is THS too American to connect outside of the States?’ After all, we were promoting a record called ‘Boys and Girls in America’. I usually answered by saying that I hoped we were writing songs that used specific details to explain something universal and I hoped people would get that and react to it.
“A few weeks later we were in the UK, and it most certainly felt like there was a reaction. It was a whirlwind in the best sense of the word – a very special time for the band that took us to a lot of cool places but none that have given us quite as much love as the UK has. Since then we’ve played a ton of shows over there, made amazing memories, and built friendships that have changed all of us for the better.
“Thus, we are so excited to be back to play these shows in London in March, and quite excited to add another intimate performance to the weekend at The Lexington. Funny enough, the Lexington is just down the street from what was often our London home base – the Jury’s Inn on Pentonville Road (now a Doubletree I think). The bar at that hotel has seen THS at our best and worst, but certainly is part of the story. Very happy that the story continues and we are able to spend time and play music for the amazing community of our friends in London. We hope you’ll be a part of it.”
Recent months have been busy for the band. On 1 December they released the new songs ‘Entitlement Crew’ and ‘A Snake In The Shower’, coinciding with a four-night run of shows at Brooklyn Bowl NY that featured fluid setlists and surprise openers like Frank Turner and Drive By Truckers’ Patterson Hood.