When Eels released their first (and biggest) hit, “Novocaine For The Soul,” back in 1996, it was hard to imagine that they would still be going strong two decades later. Here we are, though, and front man Mark Everett now has a remarkable eleven albums in that back catalog, the most recent of which bears the name The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett. That title hints at the kind of black humor and self-awareness that has made Everett an enduring favorite.


As part of the tour to promote that album, Eels will be making an appearance at the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre downtown on June 11th, with particularly strong support from Chelsea Wolfe, who has caught our attention before at the LAmb. The show should be worth catching whatever happens, but this tour in particular has captured headlines for the appearance during one show of Journey frontman Steve Perry, making his first appearance on stage anywhere in two decades. He has appeared again since, so if you want a chance to watch one of the more unexpected special guests of the year, you should get tickets now.

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