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Fu Manchu
Fu Manchu
Background information
Also known as Virulence (1985 - 1990)
Origin San Clemente, California, USA
Genres Stoner Rock
Years active 1985 - 1990 (As Virulence)
1990 - Present
Labels Bong Load Records, Mammoth Records, Man's Ruin Records, DRT Entertainment, Century Media, Liquor and Poker, At The Dojo, Slap A Ham, Elastic
Associated acts Nebula, Kyuss, Ché, Mondo Generator, Fatso Jetson, Ten East, The Desert Sessions, Vista Chino, The Freeks, Sun and Sail Club, Fireball Ministry, MOAB, Big Scenic Nowhere, Virulence, Riot Gun, Smile, The Miracle Mongers, Olivelawn, Bunny Racket, De-Con, Today, Dunsmuir
Website Fu Manchu Official
Current members Scott Hill
Brad Davis
Bob Balch
Scott Reeder
Past members Glenn Chivens
Ruben Romano
Mark Abshire
Scott Votaw
Eddie Glass
Brant Bjork

Fu Manchu are a rock band originating from San Clemente, California.

Initially forming in 1985 as a hardcore punk band known as Virulence, the band would adopt the Fu Manchu moniker beginning in 1990. The band's sound eventually drifted towards more of a rock sound inspired by the California lifestyle, UFOs, bigfoot, muscle cars, skateboarding, surfing and 70s movies among other subjects. Although the band has been commonly cited as "stoner rock" the band has been hesitant of that term[1] and often just cite their style of music as "straightforward, real fuzzy rock.".[2] While the band is also often cited as being from Orange County the band often tells fans they're from San Clemente.

Though their band lineup would change frequently early on the band would lock in their sound by the mid 1990's with the likes of No One Rides For Free and Daredevil. A major lineup change would happen by 1996 but ultimately lead to 1997's The Action Is Go, considered by many to be a seminal stoner rock album and establishing the band as a worldwide touring act. By the early 2000s the band would lock in the current lineup that still stands today, with their music also appearing in major publications such as compilations curated by Tony Hawk, television programs such as Monster Garage and ESPN's X Games and even video games such as The BIGS 2 and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.

Fu Manchu to date have released twelve studio albums among a host of other releases in a career spanning thirty years, touring all over the world with a wide range of music acts. Over the years the band would establish themselves as a seminal stoner rock act and a major player in the Palm Springs stoner and desert rock scenes.

HistoryEdit

Virulence (1985 - 1990)Edit

  • For more details feel free to view Riffipedia's page on Virulence.

Prior to Fu Manchu's formation some years later, Virulence would be founded circa 1985 with the initial lineup of Ken Pucci, Scott Hill, Ruben Romano and Mark Abshire. They were heavily influenced by the heaviness of the Melvins, as well as the intense aggression of Black Flag and Bl'ast!, initially starting as a hardcore punk band but evolving over time into longer songs and elements of math-rock and post-hardcore.[3] The band performed largely in the California area with the likes of BL'AST!, The Mentors and many others. In 1989 the band would release a debut record in If This Isn't A Dream... via Alchemy Records, a small label run by one Mark Deutrom.

Fu Manchu and First Three Albums (1990 - 1996)Edit

In 1990 Ken Pucci would leave Virulence with vocalist Glenn Chivens joining in his stead, leading to a change of name to Fu Manchu. The band's sound also shifted away from hardcore punk, beginning to draw influence from the likes of Melvins, Tad, Laughing Hyenas and early White Zombie.[4] The band would release their first 7" Kept Between Trees via Slap A Ham that same year, adopting a bit of a sludgy rock sound with this release. The band also notably performed their first live show opening for Saint Vitus and doing a slowed down cover of "Space Truckin'" by Deep Purple.[5][6]

Not long after the release of "Kept Between Trees", Glen McCaughey and Glenn Chivens would both leave the band. Mark Abshire would join as the bassist but as far as the vocal role went, Scott Hill opted to take over on vocal duties along with playing guitar. Scott Votaw would be added as a second, lead guitarist. In 1992 the band would release three singles in a year's span as the band built towards a fuzzier, hard rock sound. Senioritis (1992, Zuma) would be the first release, followed by Pick-Up Summer (1992, Elastic) and Don't Bother Knockin' (If This Vans Rockin') (1993, Elastic). The band largely performed in California around this time as well, performing with the likes of Unsound and Kyuss to scratch the surface. In 1993, Votaw would leave the group and would be replaced by Eddie Glass, who had previously played drums in the San Diego punk rock band Olivelawn.

Recording in late 1993 and produced by Kyuss drummer Brant Bjork, Fu Manchu would release their debut album No One Rides For Free in early 1994 via independent label Bong Load Records. Before recording the next album as songs were written for a follow-up, Mark Abshire would leave the band with Brad Davis taking his place as bassist as the band recorded that August. Daredevil saw release in early 1995 via Bong Load Records to more positive reception and a wider audience. Fu Manchu would begin touring extensively in support of Daredevil throughout the United States and Canada, specifically with Monster Magnet who were touring in support of Superjudge, their latest album at the time.

Recording would begin on a third studio album in September 1995, eventually leading to the release of the band's third album In Search Of... on 27 February 1996 via Mammoth Records. However not long after the release of "In Search Of..." both Eddie Glass and Ruben Romano would leave the band, citing personal and musical differences with Hill. Romano and Glass wanted to pursue a more psychedelic direction while Hill wanted to stick to a heavy rock sound. Both Romano and Glass would join up with former bassist Mark Abshire to form Nebula in 1997. Despite how the trio departed Fu Manchu the band expressed no animosity towards fans wearing Fu Manchu shirts at their early shows, often stating "we're all family".

Taking the place of Glass and Romano would be Bob Balch on guitar and Brant Bjork on drums, the latter after stints with Kyuss and De-Con. Fu Manchu would tour in support of "In Search Of..." with this lineup through 1996, performing with the likes of Core, Clutch, Orange 9MM, Deftones, Limp Bizkit and many others along with the band's earliest known tour of Europe. By the end of 1996 more new music would be written and new songs would be recorded that October.

The Action Is Go and Godzilla's Eatin' Dust (1997 - 1999)Edit

Fu Manchu would start off 1997 by releasing the Godzilla 10" EP via Man's Ruin Records circa 7 February. Produced by Josh Homme and the title track being a Blue Öyster Cult cover, Godzilla would serve as the first release to feature Bob Balch and Brant Bjork. The band would quickly follow up by working with Jay Yuenger of White Zombie notoriety, would begin recording at Grandmaster Studios in Hollywood and Sound City Studios in Van Nuys.

The Action Is Go would see release on 7 October 1997, the first full-length with the lineup of Hill, Davis, Balch and Bjork. Notably The Action Is Go would see critical praise at the time[7] and be retroactively regarded as one of their seminal releases,[8][9][10] along with being regarded as an important release in stoner rock's history.[11] "Evil Eye" also had a music video that attained a decent amount of airplay, along with the song itself appearing in the iconic skateboarding video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. The band would tour through the rest of 1997 in their first headlining tour of Europe along with an extensive North American tour supporting Corrosion of Conformity.

In an interview with Lollipop Magazine, bassist Brad Davis would speak positively of the current lineup at the time, recording with J. Yuenger:

“[On avoiding modern recording equipment] When we go in the studio we just try to do what sounds best. We wouldn’t rule anything out except for maybe Pro Tool-ing our album. That’s where they chop it up on the computer and make drum fills correct. Usually we end up using old equipment because it sounds better. You’d be surprised, even on big, new rock albums they’re still using compressors that cost five thousand dollars from the fifties.

[On Brant Bjork joining]Scott had known Brant for years because he was a big Fu Manchu fan. He’s gotten a lot of people into us. He got J (Yeunger, guitarist for White Zombie and producer of The Action is Go) into us. We’ve always wanted to play with him just cause he’s gnarly and we just gave him a call to jam. We did the 10″ (Godzilla) first and he’s a good friend of ours.

[On working with Jay Yuenger] It wasn’t like he was going to change anything. We knew he was going to produce the album and we all decided what kind of role each of us was going to play ahead of time. We did the pre-production which turned out to be really good. He advised us on arrangement, where to put this part, make this longer, this shorter, maybe another part here. He pointed out things we wouldn’t’ve seen. In the studio, he has a lot more experience with more complicated things. Usually, we just go in there and record live, which is cool. We wanted to make each song sound different and he added a lot to that, sitting down and really listening to everything closely.”

 
— Brad Davis, Lollipop Magazine [12]

Fu Manchu would tour all over the world extensively throughout 1998 in support of The Action Is Go, including two stints in Europe, a string of shows in the United States and the band's first ever tour of Australia.[13] On 27 October 1998 the band would work with Elastic Records to release Return To Earth '91-'93, a collection of 7" songs from the band's early era. The band would close out the year by recording at Monkey Studios in Palm Springs, CA circa 22 November 1998.

Combining the Godzilla sessions along with new songs, Fu Manchu would release (Godzilla's) Eatin' Dust on 19 February 1999 via Man's Ruin Records. Eatin' Dust would also be released as a stand-alone 10" on 5 March 1999. Fu Manchu would also start the year by recording the theme song to the X Games for ESPN before recording their next album at Monkey Studios in the first week of March and finishing by May, with a few songs revealed in the following months. Fu Manchu would return to touring that Summer and sharing the stage with the likes of Type O Negative, Speedealer and The Unband among others.[14]

King of The Road and California Crossing (2000 - 2003)Edit

Fu Manchu would start off in 2000 touring alongside Anthrax throughout the month for January, while promoting their sixth album. Originally titled as "California", King of The Road initially saw release in Europe on 14 September 1999 and later in the United States on 25 February 2000 to positive reception both at the time[15] and retroactively.[16][17][18] Notably the album also closes with a cover of "Freedom of Choice" by DEVO, which actually attained praise from bandleader Mark Mothersbaugh.[19]

Fu Manchu would begin touring in support of King of The Road in March supporting Sevendust, then following with tours of Australia, New Zealand and Japan before returning to North America as direct support for Motorhead and Nashville Pussy. Fu Manchu would then tour Europe that year on the festival circuit, with several dates having them sharing the stage with Slayer and Iron Maiden. Finally Fu Manchu would return to the United States for a tour alongside Speedealer and Monster Magnet.[20]

Fu Manchu would start off 2001 performing sporadic shows, including an after-party appearance at the Sundance Music Festival following a showing of Dogtown and The Z-Boys, presented by Rolling Stones and Vans Shoes. Following a couple canceled tours the band chose instead to concentrate on recording their next studio album, having written twenty songs in preparation for it. Fu Manchu would work with producer Matt Hyde for their seventh album, recording at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys. Originally the album was supposed to be released in September 2001 but due to the World Trade Center attacks on 11 September, the album's release would be pushed back to January. New singles would be revealed in "Separate Kingdom" and "Squash That Fly", the latter getting a music video and moderate airplay on MTV.

However on 16 November 2001 it would be announced that Brant Bjork would be leaving the band as he was no longer able to commit fully to the band while in the beginnings of a commitment to a solo career.[21] Bjork would state it was an amicable departure and in a 2015 interview, would speak positively of his experiences with Fu Manchu, stating that he "got to do everything he didn't get to do in Kyuss" and that Scott Hill had taught him how to be a bandleader.[22] On 2 December it would be announced Scott Reeder (Smile) would join the band as the new drummer, with his first performance with the band taking place on 16 December 2001 at Canes in San Diego.[23]

California Crossing would be released on 29 January 2002 to positive reviews from a wide range of publications.[24][25][26][27] Notably the song "Bultaco" would feature Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks, OFF!) on vocals, the album would peak at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers charts[28] and the title track would appear in the video game "Tony Hawk's Underground". Fu Manchu would tour the United States in support of California Crossing that January, followed by further touring in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The next year Fu Manchu would tour Europe with Firebird which would include an appearance at Roadburn Festival. On 22 July 2003 the band would also release their first live album titled Go For It... Live!, the band's first release with Reeder on drums. By the end of 2002 it would also be announced that Fu Manchu would be working with Brian Joseph Dobbs in the recording of the next album.[29] The band would also release a new EP in Something Beyond at the end of 2003.[30]

In an interview with Lollipop Magazine, Scott Hill would speak about the title of "California Crossing" and the general ethos of the band going into the 21st century:

“[On sounding like an American band] That’s why we called the record California Crossing. The cover art on the record is really what we are. My car, my beach, my girlfriend, my surf board. It’s my reality. I still surf when I’m at home. Our lyrics are what they are. There’s nothing to complain about our situation, so we write about what interests us. We grew up here and we get to tour the world. I get to go to Japan, I get to surf, I get to rock.”
 
— Scott Hill, Lollipop Magazine [31]

Start The Machine and We Must Obey (2004 - 2008)Edit

The end of 2003 and the start of 2004 would see Fu Manchu working with several movies and television shows such as recording the theme song for "West Coast Choppers",[32] the television movie "Motorcycle Mania 3"[33] and making an appearance on Discovery Channel's "Monster Garage".[34][35] In the meantime Fu Manchu had written several new songs for a follow-up album since Mammoth Records folded in 2002. After signing a distribution deal for Europe with SPV/Steamhammer to release "Go For It... Live!" Fu Manchu would officially announce that they had signed with DRT Entertainment on 10 May 2004.[36][37]

With further details being revealed over the summer[38][39] Start The Machine would see release via DRT Entertainment on 14 September 2004 and generating positive reviews.[40][41][42] Fu Manchu would tour the United States that November and December alongside the likes of Clutch and High on Fire. More touring in support of Start The Machine would take place the next year, with one North American leg as support to Corrosion of Conformity.

With a break from touring in 2006 Fu Manchu would begin work on a follow-up record, this time signing with Liquor & Poker Music for US distribution[43] and Century Media for European distribution.[44] The band would release a new EP in Hung Out To Dry on 28 November, the title track being the first song written after the band finished touring in support of Start The Machine and serving as a teaser for the next album.[45] Fu Manchu would perform in Costa Mesa on 16 November and then a release show for "Hung Out To Dry" at the infamous Viper Room on 1 December.[46] The band would record their next album through the summer and fall, citing is as one of their most aggressive and heaviest releases in a 2007 interview.[47]

We Must Obey would see release through Liquor & Poker Music on 19 February 2007, produced by Andrew Alekel and featuring a cover of "Moving In Stereo" by The Cars. We Must Obey would peak at #30 on the Billboard Heatseekers[48] and see general praise from the likes of Pop Matters,[49] Scene Point Blank,[50] Metal Temple,[51] Blabbermouth[52] and Brave Words[53] among others. The title track would also notably appear on Tony Hawk's Proving Ground.[54] Fu Manchu would tour the United States and Europe with Valient Thorr throughout 2007 and then close out with another European[55] and United States leg[56] in the fall of 2007 and winter of 2008, respectively. Fu Manchu would go largely quiet barring an occasional string of shows throughout the rest of 2008.[57]

Signs of Infinite Power and 20th Anniversary (2009 - 2013)Edit

Fu Manchu would announce in 2009 that the band had about ten songs written for their next album with intents to record in the Spring. The band also acknowledged their 20th anniversary was impending in 2010 with a host of special releases planned including reissues and a proposed DVD.[58][59] On 28 August 2009 details on a tenth album would surface, including an album title and release date[60] with further details surfacing in the next month.[61] Fu Manchu would record this tenth album with Sergio Chavez at Maple Sound Studios in Santa Ana circa June 2009.

Signs of Infinite Power saw release via Century Media on 20 October 2009, with a tour supporting the album taking place that fall alongside It's Casual and ASG. Signs of Infinite Power would attain generally positive reviews from the likes of Rock Sound,[62] Metal Rage,[63] and Exclaim![64] though a common observation was on the band's sheer consistency.[65]

2010 would see further touring and more importantly, a celebration of the band's 20th anniversary. Notably the band would now establish At The Dojo Records as their own personal label for Fu Manchu reissues (And later, new albums). Along with a couple 7" singles the band would reissue (Godzilla's) Eatin' Dust on vinyl and CD for the first time in years. Following touring Europe and North America in support of their twentieth anniversary it would be announced that the band would tour next year in support of the 15th anniversary of In Search Of..., performing the entire album live and reissuing the album on vinyl for the first time since the 1990s.[66] The 15th anniversary tour would begin on the West Coast before going to Europe, then back to the United States.[67] Fu Manchu would also return to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in years in early 2012 with Black Cobra as support.

Following the momentum of the well-received anniversary tour the year prior, Fu Manchu would embark on a world tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Action Is Go, performing the entire album and reissuing that album on vinyl as well.[68] The band would also begin writing a new album in the summer of 2012.[69]

Gigantoid and Clone of The Universe (2014 - 2019)Edit

Fu Manchu would begin work on their eleventh studio album in February 2014 after the writing process began in late 2013,[70], working with Andrew Giacumakis (MOAB) and Jim Monroe (The Adolescents, X). With the recording process finished by March[71] and working entirely with their own label at this point, Gigantoid would see release on 29 April 2014.[72] Gigantoid would see high praise from the likes of The Obelisk,[73] Sputnik Music,[74] The Sludgelord[75] and Echoes and Dust[76] among others. In an interview with The Obelisk, Scott Hill would speak about meeting Giacumakis and working with him on Gigantoid:

“Last year, I think we were going to do our The Action is Go tour, his band Moab was gonna open for us. I’d never heard them before and I finally checked out their record and I was like, “Man, this thing sounds great.” They for whatever reason couldn’t do the tour, but I remember talking to Andrew, who’s the singer/guitar player who recorded their record, and I said, “Hey, your record sounds great, where’d you do it at?” and he said, “I did it myself at my studio here,” and I was like, “Oh, boy, it sounds awesome, man. What do you think about us maybe getting in the studio when we get done with this? Maybe do a couple songs, see how it sounds?” and he was like, “Yeah, sounds cool,” and we went up there to do the Scion split 7” thing, set up, did it in a day, and he recorded and mixed and we were like, “Man, that sounds awesome.” So we were like, “We’re getting ready to record a new record, would you do it here?” and he was like, “Yeah.” That’s it.

I think he captured the rawness of what we were looking for with this record. Every time before we do a record, we record everything on a cassette four-track. I think we did the “Robotic Invasion” with him and it sounded the closest that we did to those recordings. Those are pretty lo-fi and raw. When we did the “Robotic Invasion” song with him, it was just, “Man, that sounds exactly like it does when we’re all together in the practice room,” and that’s exactly what we were looking for. Maybe being a guitar player and singer himself and being in a heavy band, he knows how to get these sounds. He’s known of us for a while and our records and stuff. I don’t know. It was just like, “Whoa, that sounds awesome,” whatever he got. Even when we did “Robotic Invasion” we were like, “Whoa, that sounds awesome.” I don’t know what it was. His studio’s like a little garage. We just all four set up in there, played. Whatever he did, we just liked the sound of it, and we were like, “Yeah, we’re gonna do the record here.””

 
— Scott Hill, The Obelisk [77]

The band would follow with a tour of North America and Europe in support of the album, followed by a 25th anniversary tour the next year. Reissues of Kept Between Trees, Daredevil and King of The Road would all come out that year via At The Dojo Records, with the band doing an anniversary tour in support of the latter and performing King of The Road in it's entirety. A 7" single entitled Slow Ride/Future Transmitter would also see release on 19 August 2016. The next year would see more sporadic touring and a vinyl reissue of California Crossing as work began on the next studio album. Like the previous album it would be recorded and produced by Fu Manchu and Jim Monroe at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, California, with additional recording by Andrew Giacumakis at Susstudio in Simi Valley, California. Further details on this album would be revealed in December 2017, including the title and release date along with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson making a guest appearance on "Il Mostro Atomico" which is the band's longest song at just over eighteen minutes.[78] Scott Hill would speak about this lengthy song and getting Lifeson on the record in an interview with Pure Grain Audio:[79]

“I don't think we ever went, 'Hey, let's do an 18-minute song. Everyone will love it!' Yeah, we kind of like, we wrote about 14 or 15 new songs for the new record. We usually do about a 10-song record, that's kind of our limit. We whittle down the songs that we really like and we kept coming up with all these riffs and riffs and instead of writing full songs to every riff we had, I had this little slow riff which was the intro riff for the song. I was, like, 'Look, why don't we do this? Let's record all the riffs we have, put them together, keep the best ones, see which ones flow together and let's just do that as side two of the record?' And everyone was, like, 'Yep. That's what we're doing.' We had a lot to choose from. We thought that was the best arrangement for the song with all the stuff we had. Yeah, it was definitely cool having all these riffs. We can't keep making songs. We already got ten we really like and we already had to whittle that down to six for side one. It just came out of a bunch of riffs and we put stuff together that we thought flowed well."

[On getting Alex Lifeson as a guest] "First off, I would never of thought Alex Lifeson would have been on our record, ever, ever. Our manager is friends with his manager and they were talking: 'Hey, what's Alex up to?' 'He's in the studio playing guitar.' Their manager went 'What's FU MANCHU up to?' Our manager is like 'They're getting ready to go in and do a record.' And I think our manager, at some point, was like, 'Would Alex like to play guitar on FU MANCHU's record?' 'Let me check.' He got back and said, 'Yes, send him a demo of the song.' So, we thought it's got to be the 18-minute song on the record, it just has to. We had a rough version of it and sent it to him. He listened to it and said 'Yeah, I like it. Let me know what you want me to do.' We were like 'What?!?' Is this a joke? We couldn't believe it. We're just, like, 'Alex Lifeson is asking us. What the hell?' So, we went into the studio and recorded it in the studio and sent it up to him and he just played guitar all over the place and said, 'Use whatever you want, however much you want, do whatever you want with all that guitar.' It fit perfect in this section where we all kind of drop out. He just made this rhythm guitar, he made it up himself and kept going with it. He did all this cool sci-fi type feedback, even a couple of pick-slides in there. It fits perfect. We were very excited."”

 
— Scott Hill, Pure Grain Audio (Transcribed by Blabbermouth [80]

Clone of The Universe would be released via At The Dojo Records on 9 February 2018, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers[81] and attaining a Metacritic score of 78, with "generally favorable reviews".[82] Notably Clone of The Universe was also heavily praised by underground critics such as Blabbermouth,[83] The Obelisk,[84] Sputnik Music[85] and lastly Metal Assault whom awarded the album a perfect 10/10 score.[86]

Fu Manchu would tour North America and Europe in support of Clone of The Universe, making notable marquee appearances at Duna Jam and Muddy Roots Music Festival. The band closed out 2018 touring with Mos Generator and performed through 2019 at several festivals including Desertfest London, Desertfest Berlin, Hellfest, Heavy Montréal, Psycho Las Vegas, Aftershock Festival and Hipnosis. The band also reissued Start The Machine on vinyl,[87] released a vinyl edition of their performance at the 2003 Roadburn Festival[88] and composed an expanded reissue of their classic 1999 album, not titled (Godzilla's) Eatin' Dust +4.[89]

30th Anniversary (2020 - Present)Edit

On 1 January Fu Manchu would announce a celebration of their thirtieth anniversary which would include extensive touring, reissues and a new album set for the Spring.[90] Tour dates would be listed for the United States and Europe, including appearances at Freak Valley Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting and Azkena Rock Festival. At the end of January recording would begin on the band's thirteenth album.[91][92] On 6 March Fu Manchu would announce that the band would be releasing three 10" extended plays over the year entitled FU30, the first part of the series available during the band's North American tour with the second and third volumes to follow later in the year. The first EP would feature two brand new songs along with a cover of "Takin' It To The Streets" by The Doobie Brothers.[93]

DiscographyEdit

Studio AlbumsEdit

Singles and EPsEdit

Other ReleasesEdit

PersonnelEdit

Current MembersEdit

Former MembersEdit

List of Known ToursEdit

  • Daredevil North American Tour (With Monster Magnet) (1995)[94]
  • Spring 1996 North American Tour (With Deftones, Limp Bizkit) (1996)
  • In Search Of... European Tour (1996)
  • The Big Phat Tour (With Clutch, Core, Orange 9MM) (1996)
  • The Action Is Go European Tour (1997)
  • Tore Up From The Floor Up Tour '97 (With Corrosion of Conformity, Machine Head, Drain) (1997)
  • The Action Is Go West Coast Tour (1998)
  • Spring 1998 European Tour (With Spiritual Beggars) (1998)[95]
  • 1998 Australian Tour (1998)
  • Vans Warped Tour 1998 (Fu Manchu dropped off) (1998)
  • Fall 1998 European Tour (With Queens of the Stone Age) (1998)[96]
  • December 1998 North American Tour (With The Hellacopters; Acid King on select dates) (1998)[97][98]
  • March 1999 Mini-Tour (1999)[99]
  • Fall 1999 Mini-Tour (With Type O Negative) (1999)[100]
  • 1999 European Tour (With The Unband) (1999)[101][102][103]
  • December 1999 West Coast Tour (With Speedealer) (1999)[104]
  • January 2000 North American Tour (With Anthrax) (2000)[105]
  • March 2000 North American Tour (With Sevendust, P.O.D.) (2000)[106][107]
  • King of The Road Australasia Tour (2000)[108][109]
  • May 2000 North American Tour (With Motorhead, Nashville Pussy, Speedealer) (2000)[110]
  • King of The Road European Tour (Select dates with Slayer, Iron Maiden) (2000)[111][112]
  • Summer 2000 North American Tour (With Monster Magnet, Speedealer) (2000)[113][114][115]
  • Fall 2000 Tour (With Black Crowes, Jimmy Page; Canceled) (2000)
  • 2001 Canadian Tour (With Clutch, Finger 11; Fu Manchu dropped off) (2001)
  • California Crossing North American Tour (2002)[116]
  • California Crossing European Tour (With Misdemeanor on select dates) (2002)[117][118]
  • California Crossing Australia / New Zealand Tour (2002)[119]
  • California Crossing Summer North American Tour (With Speedealer, Brand New Sin) (2002)[120][121]
  • California Crossing Fall European Tour (Canceled) (2002)[122]
  • 2003 European Tour (With Firebird) (2003)[123]
  • Start The Machine North American Tour (With Clutch, High on Fire) (2004)[124][125][126]
  • Summer 2005 North American Tour (With Corrosion of Conformity) (2005)[127]
  • Fall 2005 North American Tour (2005)[128]
  • We Must Obey North American Tour (With Valient Thorr) (2007)[129]
  • We Must Obey European Tour (Spring) (With Valient Thorr) (2007)[130]
  • We Must Obey European Tour (Fall) (Select dates with Truckfighters) (2007)[131][132]
  • We Must Obey North American Tour (2008)[133][134]
  • Signs of Infinite Power North American Tour (With ASG, It's Casual) (2009)[135][136]
  • 2010 European Tour (2010)[137]
  • 2010 North American Tour (With Black Tusk, It's Casual) (2010)[138][139]
  • In Search Of... 15th Anniversary West Coast Tour (2011)[140]
  • In Search Of... 15th Anniversary European Tour (With The Xcerts) (2011)[141]
  • In Search Of... 15th Anniversary Fall Tour (With Honky, The Shrine) (2011)[142]
  • 2012 New Zealand / Australia Tour (With Black Cobra) (2012)[143]
  • The Action Is Go 15th Anniversary European Tour (With The Shrine) (2012)[144][145]
  • The Action Is Go 15th Anniversary North American Tour (With Bloodnstuff) (2013)[146]
  • Gigantoid North American Tour (With Electric Citizen) (2014)[147][148]
  • Gigantoid European Tour (With Bloodnstuff) (2014)[149]
  • 25h Anniversary North American Tour (2015)[150]
  • 25th Anniversary European Tour (2015)[151]
  • King of The Road European Tour (2016)[152]
  • November 2017 Mini-Tour (With Mos Generator) (2017)[153]
  • Clone of The Universe European Tour (2018)[154]
  • Clone of The Universe North American Tour (2018)[155]
  • 2018 Summer / Fall Festival Shows (2018)
  • 2018 West Coast Tour (With Mos Generator) (2018)[156]
  • 2019 Festival and Marquee Shows (2019)[157]
  • 30th Anniversary North American Tour (2021)
  • 30th Anniversary European Tour (2021)[158]

External LinksEdit

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ReferencesEdit

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V·T·E Fu Manchu
Current Members Scott HillBrad DavisBob BalchScott Reeder
Past Members Ruben Romano • Mark Abshire • Greg McCaughey • Glenn Chivens • Scott Votaw • Eddie Glass • Brant Bjork
Studio Albums No One Rides For FreeDaredevilIn Search Of...The Action Is GoGodzilla's (Eatin' Dust)King Of The RoadCalifornia CrossingStart The MachineWe Must ObeySigns of Infinite PowerGigantoidClone of the Universe
Extended Plays Kept Between TreesSenioritisPick-Up SummerDon't Bother Knockin' (If This Van's Rockin)Missing LinkAsphalt Risin'GodzillaJailbreakEatin' DustPlanet Of The Ape Hangers / Breathing FireSomething BeyondHung Out To DryKnew It All AlongBeach Blanket BongoutSlow Ride / Future TransmitterFU30, Pt. 1FU30, Pt. 2FU30, Pt. 3
Live Albums and Compilations Return To Earth 91-93Go For It... Live!Live at Roadburn 2003
Associated Bands, Artists, Etc. NebulaVirulenceKyussVista ChinoMondo GeneratorBig Scenic Nowhere
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