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Sunny Day Real Estate Announce First Tour in 12 Years

Reunion dates begin Sept. 16, minus original bassist Nate Mendel

Sunny Day Real Estate has confirmed details for its first tour in 12 years, news of which was exclusively revealed by SPIN in January. Beyond previously announced appearances at Riot Fest in Chicago and Furnace Fest in Alabama, the group will hit the road on September 13 in Lawrence, Kansas, for a two-leg tour that will wrap December 18 in its Seattle hometown.

Sunny Day Real Estate core members Jeremy Enigk (vocals, guitar), Dan Hoerner (guitar) and William Goldsmith (drums) will be joined by an as-yet unnamed bassist filling the role of current Foo Fighter Nate Mendel, who is not involved in the reunion. All dates will feature support from The Appleseed Cast, whose music has been greatly influenced by Sunny Day’s emotionally resonant post-hardcore sound.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (May 20), with an artist pre-sale running from tomorrow at 10 am ET through Thursday at 10 pm ET.

Sunny Day Real Estate formed in Seattle in 1992 and released the hugely influential Sub Pop albums Diary (1994) and the colloquially named The Pink Album (1995), but disbanded amid internal tensions before the second LP was even in stores. After this initial split, Mendel and Goldsmith joined Dave Grohl in Foo Fighters in time for that band’s maiden tour in the spring of 1995, while Enigk recorded a well-regarded Sub Pop solo album, Return of the Frog Queen. Goldsmith left the Foos in 1997, but Mendel has remained in the band to this day and was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame with them in 2021.

In 1998, Sunny Day reunited for the first time (without Mendel) and released a final Sub Pop album, How It Feels To Be Something On, and then a one-off for now-defunct Time Bomb Records, The Rising Tide, in 2000. The group broke up again the following year but reassembled shortly thereafter with Mendel and without Hoerner in a new band, The Fire Theft, which was active until 2004.

Spurred by a Sub Pop reissue campaign around the first three albums, Enigk, Hoerner, Mendel and Goldsmith got back together for a tour in 2009-2010 when a break in Foo Fighters activity made it possible for Mendel to participate. Some new music was recorded after the trek ended, but tensions flared again and the project was abandoned. A lone new song, “Lipton Witch,” was released in 2014 on a split seven-inch single with Circa Survive for Record Store Day.

The upcoming shows are expected to feature a wider swatch of material from throughout Sunny Day’s catalog in comparison to the 2009-2010 dates, which focused heavily on the band’s first two albums.

Sunny Day Real Estate 2022 tour dates:

Sept. 13: Lawrence, Kan. (Liberty Hall)
Sept. 14: Omaha, Neb. (The Admiral)
Sept. 17: Chicago (Riot Fest)
Sept. 18: Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)
Sept. 20: Asheville, N.C. (The Orange Peel)
Sept. 22: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (House of Blues)
Sept. 23: Atlanta (Masquerade)
Sept. 24: Birmingham, Ala. (Furnace Fest)
Sept. 26: Silver Spring, Md. (The Fillmore)
Sept. 27: Cleveland (House of Blues)
Sept. 29-30: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Brooklyn Steel)
Oct. 1: Philadelphia (ThE Fillmore)
Oct. 2: Boston (House of Blues)
Dec. 3: Salt Lake City (The Depot)
Dec. 4: Denver (Ogden Theater)
Dec. 6: Austin (Emo’s)
Dec. 7: Houston (Warehouse)
Dec. 8: Dallas (Studio at The Factory)
Dec. 10: Phoenix (The Van Buren)
Dec. 11: San Diego (The Observatory)
Dec. 12: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theater)
Dec. 14: San Francisco (Regency Ballroom)
Dec. 16: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theater)
Dec. 18: Seattle (Moore Theatre)