The Eels have announced more dates in the UK and Ireland on the back end of their European tour, which will come around to the UK again in mid-March 2008.
This announcement comes two weeks before the January 21st 2008 release of the Best of Eels rarities, 'Meet The Eels: Essential Eels Vol. 1, 1996-2006' and 'Eels Useless Trinkets: B-sides, Soundtracks, Rarities, and Unreleased 1996 – 2006' albums. The albums feature music recorded by the Eels over the course of their 10 year recording career, from their debut "Beautiful Freak" (released in 1996) to the more recent "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations", as well as some rare gems that have never seen the light of day.
The albums will follow the release of a book written by Eels creator and front man Mark Oliver Everett (or 'E' as he's more commonly referred to). The book, 'Things The Grandchildren Should Know', is out January 17th, 2008 and is a compelling, tragic, inspiring, original and very funny true story about a man who loses everyone he loves but somehow survives and learns to find joy in life again.
Pete Townsend describes 'Things The Grandchildren Should Know' as: "One of the best books ever written by a contemporary artist".
Also look out for the repeat of 'Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives', the fantastic documentary the BBC filmed about E on his journey of discovery across America to learn about the father he never knew, Hugh Everett III, the quantum mechanic.
'Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives' will be aired again on January 22nd, 2008 on BBC 4 at 8pm GMT.
Eels UK Live Dates:
1st leg - all dates SOLD OUT
February 25 2008 - London, Royal Festival Hall
February 26 2008 - Birmingham, Town Hall
February 27 2008 - Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
February 28 2008 - Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
March 1 2008 - Gateshead, Sage
March 2 2008 - Brighton, Dome
2nd leg - NEW DATES
Tour dates and information could change! Go to the Eels Official Website for the latest information.
March 17 2008 - Dublin, Vicar St
March 18 2008 - Dublin, Vicar St
March 19 2008 - Belfast, Mandela Hall
March 21 2008 - York, Opera House
March 22 2008 - Sheffield, City Hall
March 23 2008 - Oxford, New Theatre
March 24 2008 - Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Here are links to four of the 12 videos featured on the bonus DVD of 'MEET THE EELS: Essential EELS Vol. I, 1996-2006', out Jan 21 2008. "Hey Man" is especially good. It's got E's dog, Bobby Jr, in it!