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FU MANCHU: California Groove Rock Icons FU MANCHU Release Go For It, Live!

Double-Live Album On July 22nd Through SPV

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Southern California's FU MANCHU has made massive waves for over ten years, blending fluid grooves with a leaden crunch, sending shockwaves rumbling across the entire hard rock community. On July 22nd, SPV commemorates the band's innovative talents with a 2-CD live release, entitled Go For It…Live!, which was recorded during the band's 2002 California Crossing world tour.

Originating as a band wanting to inject a charge of SoCal mirth into the rhythmic grooves their influences, like Black Sabbath & Kyuss, FU MANCHU quickly evolved, carving a niche of their own with excellent showmanship backed by infectious songwriting & thunderous sonic power. The band eventually landed tours with the likes of Motörhead, P.O.D., and Sevendust, assimilating fans along the way. In 2001, the band's sponsor, Vans Shoes, asked FU MANCHU to perform a party at the Sundance Film Festival to commemorate the Dogtown & Z Boys documentary (which was about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skateboarding team). During this span, the band released 7 studio albums and toured virtually everywhere, including New Zealand & Japan!

Go For It, Live! represents the cumulative effort of the band's experiences and evolution as a resonating dynamo. Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden and the band's home turf Los Angeles, CA, the album includes a bevy of FU MANCHU favorites, from "Ojo Rojo" to the now-famous cover version of Blue Öyster Cult's "Godzilla". Vocalist Scott Hill comments on the release, "We had a bunch of shows recorded to try to pick out the best ones, but we came out with so many songs, we felt it HAD to be 2 discs. It's probably the most accurate collection of our best work from our first album to the most recent. We also felt we've never really captured our true sound in the studio; we're very full, heavy sounding live. We've come close a few times, as far as rawness, but the live album represents how we really sound as a band."

Along with vocalist/guitarist Hill, FU MANCHU also consists of lead guitarist Bob Balch, bassist Brad Davis, and drummer Scott Reeder (who replaced previous drummer Brant Bjork on the California Crossing tour). Go For It…Live! is the band's first recorded work with Reeder. The tracklisting includes:

Disc 1Disk 2
Hell On WheelsEvil Eye
Laserblast!Hang On
Asphalt RisinWurkin
MongooseCalifornia Crossing
Downtown In DogtownOver The Edge
Boogie VanRegal Begal
Ojo RojoSuperbird
Strato-StreakWeird Beard
King Of The RoadSquash That Fly
AnodizerSaturn III

An mp3 of 'King Of The Road' is currently available for download here.

FU MANCHU plans to tour the US in August to support the release and is shortly heading to Europe for a month of headlining dates & festivals. Current routing includes:

Friday, June 6th Manchester, England Academy 2
Saturday, June 7th Dublin, Ireland The Village
Sunday, June 8th Belfast, Ireland Limelight
Monday, June 9th Glasgow, Scotland Cathouse
Tuesday, June 10th London, England Mean Fiddler
Thursday, June 12th Bad Bonn, Switzerland Bad Bonn Festival
Friday, June 13th Zewentendorf, Austria Nuke Festival
Saturday, June 14th Wiesbaden, Germany Schlachthop
Sunday, June 15th Dresden, Germany Star Club
Monday, June 16th Düsseldorf, Germany Zakk
Tuesday, June 17th Cologne, Germany Kantine
Wednesday, June 18th Berlin, Germany Columbia Fritz
Friday, June 20th Wiesen, Austria Open Air
Saturday, June 21st Scheeßel, Germany Hurricane Festival
Sunday, June 22nd Wochenende, Germany Southside Festival
Tuesday, June 24th Zurich, Switzerland Rote Fabrik
Wednesday, June 25th Gent, Belgium Centrale
Thursday, June 26th Haarlem, Netherlands Patronaat
Friday, June 27th Eindhoven, Netherlands Effenaar


For updates and a massive FU MANCHU merchandise catalogue, log on to
Fu Manchu Web Site
Label Web Site