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20 Years of Make Yourself & Beyond

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To promote the band's upcoming tour, Incubus turntablist and keyboardist Chris Kilmore took some time off from getting ready for the tour to chat with Alternative Addiction.


This week, Incubus celebrates 20 years of Make Yourself, arguably the most important album of their career and undeniably their most popular. The album was a huge success for the band, generating the band’s two biggest singles; “Pardon Me” – which put them on the map in the alternative and rock genres – and the crossover hit “Drive.” Make Yourself is where Incubus made themselves. It followed up S.C.I.E.N.C.E. in a big way and started Incubus’ importance in the alternative and rock genres for the twenty years that proceeded its release.

To celebrate the twenty-year anniversary of Make Yourself, Incubus is hitting the road for a huge fall tour that starts this week in Denver, CO at the Fillmore Auditorium on Friday and makes a big stop in Detroit, coming up on Wednesday, October 16th at the Fox Theatre. The tour is called 20 Years of Make Yourself & Beyond and will run all the way into December and wrap up on December 7th with a show in Myrtle Beach, SC. To promote the anniversary of Make Yourself and the band’s upcoming tour, Incubus turntablist and keyboardist Chris Kilmore took some time off from getting ready for the tour to chat with Alternative Addiction.

“It was all special,” explained Kilmore remembering the Make Yourself era of the band when the album was first released. “We had been touring behind S.C.I.E.N.C.E. for 18 months before that album came out. We were in full gear back then. We got off the road, wrote a record, and then went back out on the road. Looking back on it, there was no break. That record came out when we were on the road. The most significant memory of that time was hearing “Pardon Me” on the radio for the first time. We were at this golf course in a parking lot. We met there because we knew it was going to be playing on the radio at a certain time. So, we were all hanging out in this parking lot. It was like a scene out of a movie. We all had our car doors open; we all had the radio tuned to KROQ. The song came on and it was awesome. We were all kids back then so that experience was special.”

Since the release of the album, Incubus put out six more albums, had several more hit songs alternative radio, released live albums and toured the world several times over. Incubus turned themselves into one of the most important bands in the world in the twenty years since the release of Make Yourself. That sparks the basic question to ask Kilmore, ‘does it feel like it’s been twenty years?’

“The easy answer is no because the time has flown by, but there are some instances where we’re like, ‘yeah, it’s been twenty years,’” laughed the Incubus utility man. “It just depends. We’re always grateful and humble for everything. We always like to put on a good show. Because of that, the time has flown by. It’s crazy to think about.”

Speaking of putting on a good show, the Make Yourself Anniversary Tour kicks off this Friday. Is the band ready to go?

“We’re getting there. We’re close. We have a warehouse here in Los Angeles that we moved all our stuff into and since then, we’ve been getting together and practicing daily. So, now when touring comes up, we’re prepared for it. More than we used to be. It used to take us a few shows to get up to full speed. Now that we’re out and we’ve got a headquarters aka Cobra Kai – we come into tour full speed. We’re almost ready. When it starts, we’ll be ready.”

As for what the band will be playing, that’s simple too. This tour celebrates Make Yourself so fans can expect to hear a lot of that during these shows.

“We’re going to play the whole album from front to back. We’ve only ever done that one other time before. You’ll get all Make Yourself on this tour. We’re still crafting a setlist, but we’ll play the album and then add some special treats at the end. We’ve got to make it long enough for a full concert. Make Yourself is only 45 minutes long, so we’d be cheap if we did that. [laughs] But we’ll play the whole record and then go from there.”

One more thing with Kilmore, we talked about playing the album and what his favorite song off the record is to play, he didn’t hesitate, his response was almost reactionary when asked his favorite.

“It’s got to be Battlestar Scralatchtica for sure. I love that song because it’s spontaneous. Brandon missed the recording day because he had a dentist appointment or something. We all had met up at the studio and we were twiddling our thumbs and we decided to just make a song and that’s what came out. Luckily for us, Jurassic Five was in the studio next door and they had two great DJs too and we asked if they wanted to scratch on what we laid down. They did it from the hallway and we tracked it from there. The whole song was very spontaneous how it went down.” - aa

Incubus – 20 Years of Make Yourself & Beyond 2019 Fall Tour
Fri, September 13 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium*
Sun, September 15 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex*
Tues, September 17 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater*
Wed, September 18 Bonner, MT Kettlehouse Amphitheater*
Fri, September 20 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium*
Tues, September 24 San Francisco, CA The Masonic*
Thurs, September 26 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl*
Sat, September 28 Dana Point, CA Ohana Music and Arts Festival Doheny State Beach*
Thurs, October 3 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall+
Sat, October 5 Philadelphia, PA The Met Philadelphia+
Tues, October 8 Boston, MA Boch Center Wang Theatre +
Fri, October 11 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort+
Sat, October 12 Washington, DC Warner Theatre+
Tues, October 15 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts+
Wed, October 16 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre Detroit+
Fri, October 18 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom+
Mon, October 21 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater+
Thurs, October 24 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre+
Sat, October 26 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre+
Fri, November 8 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall^
Sat, November 9 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre^
Mon, November 11 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre^
Tues, November 12 Madison, WI The Sylvee^
Thurs, November 14 St. Louis, MO Stifel Theatre^
Fri, November 15 Louisville, KY The Louisville Palace^
Sat, November 16 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre at Old National Centre^
Mon, November 18 Oklahoma City, OK The Criterion^
Tues, November 19 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater^
Fri, November 22 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory^
Sun, November 24 Houston, TX Revention Music Center^
Tues, November 26 New Orleans, LA Fillmore New Orleans^
Wed, November 27 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium^
Fri, November 29 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts^
Sat, November 30 St. Petersburg, FL The Mahaffey Theater^
Sun, December 1 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center^
Tues, December 3 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy^
Thurs, December 5 Raleigh, NC The Ritz^
Fri, December 6 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte^
Sat, December 7 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues Myrtle Beach^
*with Dub Trio
+with Wild Belle
^with Le Butcherettes




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20 Years of Make Yourself & Beyond


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To promote the band's upcoming tour, Incubus turntablist and keyboardist Chris Kilmore took some time off from getting ready for the tour to chat with Alternative Addiction.

This week, Incubus celebrates 20 years of Make Yourself, arguably the most important album of their career and undeniably their most popular. The album was a huge success for the band, generating the band’s two biggest singles; “Pardon Me” – which put them on the map in the alternative and rock genres – and the crossover hit “Drive.” Make Yourself is where Incubus made themselves. It followed up S.C.I.E.N.C.E. in a big way and started Incubus’ importance in the alternative and rock genres for the twenty years that proceeded its release.

To celebrate the twenty-year anniversary of Make Yourself, Incubus is hitting the road for a huge fall tour that starts this week in Denver, CO at the Fillmore Auditorium on Friday and makes a big stop in Detroit, coming up on Wednesday, October 16th at the Fox Theatre. The tour is called 20 Years of Make Yourself & Beyond and will run all the way into December and wrap up on December 7th with a show in Myrtle Beach, SC. To promote the anniversary of Make Yourself and the band’s upcoming tour, Incubus turntablist and keyboardist Chris Kilmore took some time off from getting ready for the tour to chat with Alternative Addiction.

“It was all special,” explained Kilmore remembering the Make Yourself era of the band when the album was first released. “We had been touring behind S.C.I.E.N.C.E. for 18 months before that album came out. We were in full gear back then. We got off the road, wrote a record, and then went back out on the road. Looking back on it, there was no break. That record came out when we were on the road. The most significant memory of that time was hearing “Pardon Me” on the radio for the first time. We were at this golf course in a parking lot. We met there because we knew it was going to be playing on the radio at a certain time. So, we were all hanging out in this parking lot. It was like a scene out of a movie. We all had our car doors open; we all had the radio tuned to KROQ. The song came on and it was awesome. We were all kids back then so that experience was special.”

Since the release of the album, Incubus put out six more albums, had several more hit songs alternative radio, released live albums and toured the world several times over. Incubus turned themselves into one of the most important bands in the world in the twenty years since the release of Make Yourself. That sparks the basic question to ask Kilmore, ‘does it feel like it’s been twenty years?’

“The easy answer is no because the time has flown by, but there are some instances where we’re like, ‘yeah, it’s been twenty years,’” laughed the Incubus utility man. “It just depends. We’re always grateful and humble for everything. We always like to put on a good show. Because of that, the time has flown by. It’s crazy to think about.”

Speaking of putting on a good show, the Make Yourself Anniversary Tour kicks off this Friday. Is the band ready to go?

“We’re getting there. We’re close. We have a warehouse here in Los Angeles that we moved all our stuff into and since then, we’ve been getting together and practicing daily. So, now when touring comes up, we’re prepared for it. More than we used to be. It used to take us a few shows to get up to full speed. Now that we’re out and we’ve got a headquarters aka Cobra Kai – we come into tour full speed. We’re almost ready. When it starts, we’ll be ready.”

As for what the band will be playing, that’s simple too. This tour celebrates Make Yourself so fans can expect to hear a lot of that during these shows.

“We’re going to play the whole album from front to back. We’ve only ever done that one other time before. You’ll get all Make Yourself on this tour. We’re still crafting a setlist, but we’ll play the album and then add some special treats at the end. We’ve got to make it long enough for a full concert. Make Yourself is only 45 minutes long, so we’d be cheap if we did that. [laughs] But we’ll play the whole record and then go from there.”

One more thing with Kilmore, we talked about playing the album and what his favorite song off the record is to play, he didn’t hesitate, his response was almost reactionary when asked his favorite.

“It’s got to be Battlestar Scralatchtica for sure. I love that song because it’s spontaneous. Brandon missed the recording day because he had a dentist appointment or something. We all had met up at the studio and we were twiddling our thumbs and we decided to just make a song and that’s what came out. Luckily for us, Jurassic Five was in the studio next door and they had two great DJs too and we asked if they wanted to scratch on what we laid down. They did it from the hallway and we tracked it from there. The whole song was very spontaneous how it went down.” - aa

Incubus – 20 Years of Make Yourself & Beyond 2019 Fall Tour
Fri, September 13 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium*
Sun, September 15 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex*
Tues, September 17 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater*
Wed, September 18 Bonner, MT Kettlehouse Amphitheater*
Fri, September 20 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium*
Tues, September 24 San Francisco, CA The Masonic*
Thurs, September 26 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl*
Sat, September 28 Dana Point, CA Ohana Music and Arts Festival Doheny State Beach*
Thurs, October 3 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall+
Sat, October 5 Philadelphia, PA The Met Philadelphia+
Tues, October 8 Boston, MA Boch Center Wang Theatre +
Fri, October 11 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort+
Sat, October 12 Washington, DC Warner Theatre+
Tues, October 15 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts+
Wed, October 16 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre Detroit+
Fri, October 18 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom+
Mon, October 21 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater+
Thurs, October 24 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre+
Sat, October 26 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre+
Fri, November 8 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall^
Sat, November 9 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre^
Mon, November 11 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre^
Tues, November 12 Madison, WI The Sylvee^
Thurs, November 14 St. Louis, MO Stifel Theatre^
Fri, November 15 Louisville, KY The Louisville Palace^
Sat, November 16 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre at Old National Centre^
Mon, November 18 Oklahoma City, OK The Criterion^
Tues, November 19 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater^
Fri, November 22 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory^
Sun, November 24 Houston, TX Revention Music Center^
Tues, November 26 New Orleans, LA Fillmore New Orleans^
Wed, November 27 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium^
Fri, November 29 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts^
Sat, November 30 St. Petersburg, FL The Mahaffey Theater^
Sun, December 1 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center^
Tues, December 3 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy^
Thurs, December 5 Raleigh, NC The Ritz^
Fri, December 6 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte^
Sat, December 7 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues Myrtle Beach^
*with Dub Trio
+with Wild Belle
^with Le Butcherettes

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