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After a hiatus of almost 15 years, Neutral Milk Hotel has reunited for a long awaited comeback tour. One of the most critically acclaimed and beloved bands of indie rock history, Neutral Milk Hotel disbanded in 1999 for personal issues. The band only released two albums in the duration of their existence, which includes On Avery Island (1996) and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998). It wasn’t until the release of their sophomore album, however, did Neutral Milk Hotel’s popularity begin to grow. After the disbandment of the group, members of the band went on to pursue their own solo careers.
The leader of the group, Jeff Mangum, hid from public view after the band’s breakup. Mangum returned to live performances late 2008, and continued to play small shows here and there. It wasn’t until 2011 that Mangum began to tour once again across the United States, which included a performance at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Finally, early last week, Neutral Milk Hotel sent mysterious e-mails to the subscribed members of their site. It turns out that the band had finally announced their reunion tour. While the group has only listed a few shows in the United States and several more abroad, according to Pollstar’s interview with Neutral Milk Hotel’s booking agent Jim Romeo, the band will expand their trip to a world wide tour in 2014.
So, while the group may not be performing in Boston or the surrounding area until next year, the reunification of the legendary band is certainly something to celebrate and look forward to.