Russell Brand announces Messiah Complex world tour, including London
Story by Jack Foley
COMEDIAN, actor and author, Russell Brand has announced his first ever world stand-up tour.
Keeping in line with Brand’s comedic style, the tour, officially named Messiah Complex, will be a dissection of various social and religious figures and the reality of their lives through comparisons of each other.
Messiah Complex is a mental disorder where you think you might be the messiah. Did Jesus have it? What about Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Hitler? All these men have shaped our lives and influenced the way we think. Their images are used to represent ideas that often do not relate to them at all. Would Gandhi be into apple? Would Che Guevara endorse Madonna? Would Jesus be into Christianity?
All great people are flawed, all of us, flawed people are capable of greatness and for every identifiable icon there is an anonymous mob of unrecognized bods doing all the admin and heavy lifting. This show looks at the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability. Plus there’s sex. Obviously.
Brand states: “I am going to tour The World (our one, Earth) with Messiah Complex, causing bother and excitement and offering opinions that have not been either solicited or thought through.
Of course I’ll be in English speaking countries (UK, Ireland, US, Canada) but also Scandinavia, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine; anywhere that will have me to be honest and that are relaxed about free speech.
“As well as theaters I will be appearing in prisons, drug rehabs, social network HQs, universities, nationalist organisations, Mosques, foreclosed houses, protest sites, Synagogues and in people’s private homes. I dedicate this Messiah Complex tour to the four men that are it’s subject, Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus – I know this is what they would have wanted. If this is the end of the world I’m going to go out laughing with an erection.”
The full list of dates is as follows (all 2013)…
15 & 16 – Abu Dhabi, UAE Du Forum
18 – Beirut, LB Biel
21 – Ottawa, ON National Arts Theatre
22 – Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
23 – Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
24 – Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
29 – San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts
30 – Seattle, WA Neptune
31 – Portland, OR Newmark Theatre
6 – San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
7 – Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre
12 – Washington, DC Warner Theatre
13 – Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel & Casino
14 – Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
20 – Tampa, FL Ferguson Hall
21 – Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
22 – Coral Springs, FL Coral Springs Center for the Arts
7 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
9 – Manchester, Apollo
11 – Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
14 – London Hammersmith Apollo
16 – Portsmouth, Guildhall
17 – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
18 – Brighton, Centre
19 – Cardiff, Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
21 – Ipswich, Regent
23 – Plymouth, Plymouth Pavilions
25 – Bournemouth, BIC
28- Bristol, Colston Hall
31 – Newcastle, City Hall
1 – Nottingham, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
5 – Berlin, Admiralspalast
6 – Dusseldorf, Mitzubishi Electric Halle
7 – Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle
9 – Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall
11 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
13 – Belfast, Belfast Waterfront
16 – Cape Town, International Convention Centre
17 – Johannesburg, Teatro
2 – Oslo, NO Folketeateret
3 – Copenhagen, DK Falconer Hall
8 – Stockholm, SE Cirkus
9 – Reykjkavic, IS Harpa Eldborg Hal
Tickets for all UK shows go on sale Saturday, June 8.