Beginning May 24 in Oxford’s O2 Academy, Ian’s trek will include personal stories and tales from his 30-plus years as a musician. In addition, Ian will participate in a Q&A with fans.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’ve always been trying to figure out how can I do this, how would I ever make this possible,” he told Decibel magazine. “I’ve seen [Henry] Rollins do it all these years; I saw Rollins, maybe on the first time he ever did a tour I went to see what it was going to be about. I mean, I am a huge fan of Rollins’ music and I had read all his books at the time, so I really knew that he had a point of view and something he needed to express and he did it really well. It’s something that I always wanted to do and I finally had the opportunity this year; doing this one-off show in London. I was approached by the band’s agent, who basically put it together, and asked, ‘Are you interested in doing this?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely. I’ve been kind of waiting for this to happen but I didn’t know how to kick-start it.’
“I did the one show in London and I enjoyed myself so much, I had such a good time with it that I was like, ‘Can I do more of this? How do we do more of this?’ They came back and said, ‘There’s a lot of interest in it, do you wanna do a tour?’ I was like, ‘Sign me up! Let’s find a window when it works and go and do it.’”
Watch a teaser video for the tour after the jump and click here for a full list of dates.