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Limited Edition CD

LIMITED EDITION CD NOW AVAILABLE! The CD has six brand new, excellent studio recordings of songs from WZRD Chicago and seven live, gorgeously lo-fi tracks from Chris & William in 1994. Packaged with hand drawn covers, all signed by Chris, 55 minutes long. Send check or money order for $12.00 (includes postage, etc. no matter your location), made payable to Chris Connelly, P.O. Box 364, 1658 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647.

Quick update

Catch Chris live on tour in September with Meg Lee Chin. Complete details coming soon!

Limited edition CD, featuring a recent six song studio recording for WZRD college radio and six songs from the first night of the 1994 Swinging Junkies tour, also coming soon!

Chris Connelly & The Bells – Summer Tour!

Yes, folks, it’s official! Chris and Co. will be in the following cities… hopefully near you!

* Wednesday June 13th – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
* Thursday June 14th – Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar
* Friday June 15th – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
* Saturday June 16th – Providence, RI – White Electric
* Sunday June 17th – New York, NY – The Knitting Factory
* Tuesday June 19th – Pittsburgh, PA – Millvale Industrial Theatre
* Wednesday June 20th – Columbus, OH – Bernie’s
* Thursday June 21st – Newport, KY – Southgate House
* Friday June 22nd – Nashville, TN – The End
* Saturday June 23rd – St. Charles, MO – Sally T’s

And, on June 4 at the Hideout in Chicago, Reckless Records is hosting a Radiohead cover show… you never know, Chris might just get up and do a tune!

Happy 2001

Happy New Year! Here’s some great news to start it off…

Upcoming Live Shows!

Tuesday, Jan. 16
Schubas (Belmont and Southport), Chicago

Static Multimedia presents…
Today’s My Super Spaceout Day
Chris Connelly
The Pillowmints
Monday, Jan. 22 at The Empty Bottle, Chicago

Thursday, Feb. 8 with Central Falls
The Hideout, Chicago

Be at your local record shops on the following dates for these goodies too!
· Feb. 6 – Chris Connelly & the Bells – “Blonde Exodus” on Invisible
· Feb. 13 – Rieflin/Connelly – “Largo” on First World

Stay tuned for details on a Rieflin/Connelly tour!

Just a few things…

Greetings all… just a few things to mention…

The Damage Manual album and a new “Seaside Companion” are due out on September 5.

Also up is a great radio interview transcript from March 25 at GWU Radio in DC.

Finally, this from Chris:

Good Afternoon everyone,thought I would drop a line and let you know what has been going on since I got back from the UK.

We are trying to put together a tour to promote the Damage Manual album (which is simply called “Damage Manual” and NOT “Music to be murdered by” which I did not like) well-it is out September 5th,and I am pretty happy with it,it was a hard record to make,and many compromises had to be made,however-6 tracks were mixed by BILL LASWELL,who if you are not familiar with his work,you should really listen to him (check out “Panthalassa” Miles Davis Remixed)-apart from all that,I recorded the spoken word companion to “Confessions of the Highest Bidder” which I am hoping to release with 3 or 4 new songs that I recently wrote,just me and a guitar,I want to put it out for the price of an E.P.-a sort of stopgap until we resolve the “Blonde Exodus” problems.”Seaside Companion” is out on September 5th ,under the name Chris Connelly and the Bells,complete with two studio outtakes,and two live tracks,I would have put more live cuts on,but as it stands,the CD clocks in at about 70 minutes,I didn’t want to bore the pants off everyone.It also has a new cover,another photo of my dear friend Stephanie,from the same sessions,different pose-all the lyrics are included too!

For the past week I have been in Seattle with Bill Rieflin recording an album that has almost been 10 years in the writing! some of the songs we wrote together have manifested themselves elsewhere-but we have been saving the best until last,or at least-the wierdest til last! I am actually just taking a break having recorded guitars all morning, much of the music is Piano and guitar based,a few instrumentals,some just vocal and piano-plus a brand new re-written and rearranged version of “The last of joy” (from “Whiplash”) the album should be out in November,if not,early next year on Bills’ Firstworld label.Expect the spoken word out on Invisible at some point.

You are all patient and I loooove you…….(baby)

News update

Sorry about the lack of news being posted here… thanks to the Converse with Chris message boards, I suppose there hasn’t been much need to post news here! But to give a brief update…

“Confessions of the Highest Bidder” is available now! Order information is available. Get your copy!

Some news from Chris: “I will be going into the studio this month to begin work on an album with Jah Wobble, Geordie Walker, Martin Atkins: the band does not have a name yet, and it will be out early next year, with a tour.”

Still waiting on the Bells’ new album at present.

RIP William Tucker

William Tucker, an incredible musician and a long-time friend of Chris’s, took his own life on this date. Chris was deeply affected by William’s passing, later dedicating the album “Blonde Exodus” to his memory. Details regarding William’s death can be found elsewhere on the Internet; we will not post the details here. Chris does not have any aversion to talking about William, so feel free to express your thoughts and memories of him on the message board.

News from Chris

Dear Everyone,

I am going to try and keep you updated on my goings on on a weekly basis.

First of all the “Confessions” reading is going to be APRIL 11TH 1999! not march as advertised, I sincerely apologise. It will still be at the MYOPIC BOOKSTORE, 1726 west Division that evening.

Other News, The bells will be playing at the EMPTY BOTTLE in Chicago on FRIDAY APRIL 23rd.

I have also been playing guitar for a performance artist friend of mine KATHERINE KRONOS, a sort of ambient soundtrack composed spontaneouly to her actions and words, along with sculptor ALLAN BOLLA.

CHRIS BRUCE (my long time collaborator) will be on the season Finale of MELROSE PLACE, YEAH, YOU HEARD!!

Does anyone out there have a lead on any European Labels that might want to put out the new album??

love, Chris

“Confessions” order form available

Order forms for “Confessions of the Highest Bidder” have gone out in the mail. Anyone who joined the mailing list should receive an order form. If you didn’t sign up or haven’t received yours, visit the book page and download an Adobe PDF order form. Pre-order a copy by March 20th and be entered in a drawing for a Bells t-shirt!

From the Comeback Kid

Dear Everyone…

I will be doing a reading from “Confessions..” the evening of March 11th 1999 at Myopic Bookstore,1726 West Division (773 862 4882)… I will have more specifics soon.

Hope all is well, THE BELLS played a triumphant return show as a 3 piece last Thursday, 18th at the LOUNGE AX in Chicago.The short set featured all new titles

  1. Closing Titles
  2. London Fields
  3. Blue Hooray
  4. Diamonds eat Diamonds
  5. Blonde Exodus
  6. Julie Delpy
  7. Twilight Shiner

Mr.Connelly, Miss Ambriz & Mr.Polk all wore black and got sauced after the show, as is customary.

love and kisses
The Comeback Kid