Indie rock legends Neutral Milk Hotel triggered a collective jaw-drop with the April 2013 announcement of a reunion tour in late 2013/early 2014. In the 15-year gap since their last shows, lore surrounding the band has reached near-mythic proportions, earning them an ever-growing cult following and making the possibility of a reunion tour an indie rock fantasy. Only a truly impressive return to the stage could have met the soaring expectations, and that's exactly what the band has delivered on tour, performing the entirety of their two seminal studio albums to throngs of awestruck fans around the globe.
Athens, Georgia-based Neutral Milk Hotel began in the early '90s as the solo project of singer-songwriter Jeff Magnum, previously of Olivia Tremor Control. Following a few singles and an EP, Magnum made his full-length debut with 1996's On Avery Island, putting together a band for a tour supporting the album. The lineup would stick, resulting in the now-legendary group of musicians on 1998's In The Aeroplane Over the Sea, a modern classic of indie rock. The success of the album and the stresses of life on the road ultimately took its toll on Magnum, leading to the band's indefinite hiatus at the end of that year. While Magnum has performed solo since then, the band's 2013/14 reunion tour marked their first live shows together in 15 years.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
"NMH lived up to the incredibly high expectations. They played all my favorite songs and encouraged the audience to participate. Jeff Mangum was both energetic and clearly humbled to play before a sold out house."
"I never thought I would see this group play together, so to hear the songs so expertly played was a really powerful experience. NMH are all about the MUSIC, not egos or fame or marketing, which makes a huge difference for music lovers like me. Their musicianship shines!"
"This concert was fantastic. After waiting many years to see this band, they live up to every expectation. The crowd was very enthusiastic and the band responded in kind."