Unknown Mortal Orchestra Announces 2023 Tour Dates, Shares “I Killed Captain Cook”: Stream
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra returns today with new single “I Killed Captain Cook” and its accompanying music video. Additionally, the Ruban Nielson-led psych-rock project has unveiled North American and UK tour dates for 2023, their first outing in four years.
When he was a child, Nielson’s mother would tell him the story of Captain James Cook, the English explorer known for colonizing Polynesia and attempting to kidnap Hawaiian leader Kalaniʻōpuʻu before finally meeting his demise in Hawaii.
The aptly titled ‘I Killed Captain Cook’ is told from the perspective of the Hawaiian who rightfully killed Cook in defense of his homeland: ‘One of the many lies they told/ Was that ‘They were divine and righteous / With Cook’s blood on my hand / The spell was broken there,’ the final verse of the gentile acoustic track continues.
Nielson’s mother appears in the “I Killed Captain Cook” music video, which also features a Kanaka Maoli (native Polynesian people of Hawaii), as well as Miss Aloha Hula 1973, which you can see on the unique art.
According to a press release, “I Killed Captain Cook” is the first preview of an upcoming double album that will be released in 2023.
As for their tour, Unknown Mortal Orchestra will hit the road starting March 20 in Spokane, Washington. The race includes stops in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Detroit and New York before heading to the UK and finishing in Glasgow on June 17. Tickets go on sale October 28 at 10:00 a.m. local time, and you can get yours at ticket master.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra 2023 Tour Dates:
03/20 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Knitting Factory
03/22 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
3/25 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theater
3/27 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
03/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/31 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
01/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
02/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Le Van Buren
04/04 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
04/05 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
04/06 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
04/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04/08 – Chicago, IL @ Radius
10/04 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
11/04 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theater
04/13 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
04/14 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
04/18 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
04/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
04/22 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
05/30 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion
05/31 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
06/15 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
06/16 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus
06/17 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Galvanizers