News Archives: Tour Dates

Summer Gigs and Appearances

If you’re in or visiting the Chicago area this summer, make plans to see Chris at one of these upcoming events!

PS: Stay tuned for a special announcement on Tuesday, June 25th!

Saturday, June 22 – Chris and Sons of the Silent Age perform at SUMMERFEST MILWAUKEE. More information and tickets

Saturday, June 29 – Chris will be guiding a tour at the The Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music. Get tickets

Saturday, July 13 – Chris doing a solo set at Outta Space Arts, playing a cross section of all his material. Rachel Swain, the opener, sang with Chris on DECIBELS FROM HEART. Get tickets

Monday, July 29 – Chris and Sons of the Silent Age perform a new edition of The Cracked Actor Cabaret at City Winery. Get tickets

Friday, August 16 – Chris will join the Plastic Crimewave Syndicate to sing some proto-punk and biker psyche gems at the Million Tongues Festival at Empty Bottle. Get tickets

Promo image for the July 13 gig at Outta Space

Promo image for The Cracked Actor Cabaret gig on July 29

Promo poster for the Million Tongues Festival

‘Eulogy to Christa’ Album Release Gig Announced

If you follow Chris on social media, you’ll probably have noticed mention of an album release gig scheduled for November. Yes, it’s true! Chris has a new album coming out!

Entitled EULOGY TO CHRISTA: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC & MYSTIQUE OF NICO, the album will be released in both the US and the UK on double CD and available as a digital download. More details will be announced soon!

In the meanwhile, don’t wait to get your tickets to the album release gig, scheduled for Thursday, November 10th, 2022 at 7:30 PM at Gman Tavern. Tickets are $22 in advance, or $37.50 for a ticket and merch bundle (which includes the double CD set and a poster).

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RevCo continues to celebrate Big Sexy Land

Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the Wax Trax! Records classic “Big Sexy Land”, and to celebrate, Richard 23, Luc Van Acker, Chris, and Paul Barker embarked on a short tour, playing the album in its entirety, as well as many later barnyard oddities and fan favorites.

The band were just in the UK, where they wowed audiences with their energetic performances. And the mayhem continues in North America this November, as RevCo goes out on tour with Front Line Assembly! Tickets on sale now.

11.11 LA / The Regent (Cold Waves)

11.12 San Francisco / Mezzanine

11.14 Dallas / Gas Monkey Live

11.15 Austin / Elysium

11.16 Denver / Summit Music Hall

11.17 Chicago / Metro

11.18 New York / Gramercy Theater

11.19 Toronto / Danforth Music Hall

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Sons of the Silent Age Perform at the Bowie Birthday Bash in Chicago

Friday, January 9, 2015 at Metro in Chicago, IL.
$18 in advance, $21 day-of
Doors: 8:00PM Show: 8:30PM
Ages 18+

93XRT Welcomes A Bowie Birthday Bash:
SONS OF THE SILENT AGE: playing the music of David Bowie featuring CHRIS CONNELLY (Ministry, Cocksure) & MATT WALKER (Smashing Pumpkins, Morrissey) + More
MICHAEL SHANNON with ROBBIE FULKS and JASON NARDUCY (Bob Mould Band, Split Single) playing the music of Lou Reed

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Sons of the Silent Age to perform at Pablove Benefit Concert 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI. Doors at 6 PM, show at 7 PM.

Playing the music of David Bowie: Sons of the Silent Age, starring Shirley Manson (of Garbage), Chris Connelly, and Matt Walker. Also performing: Pleased to Meet Me: Replacements Tribute, GGOOLLDD, The Salford Lads Club: Morrissey and The Smiths Tribute, and Rebecca Hron.

Tickets are $20 (or $50 for VIP) and benefit the Pablove Foundation, which fights childhood cancer with love.

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Update: Ticket Information for Sons of the Silent Age

Connelly channelling Bowie

93XRT Welcomes…
A Benefit for Pablove Foundation/Rock For Kids
SONS OF THE SILENT AGE: playing the music of David Bowie, featuring SHIRLEY MANSON, MATT WALKER, CHRIS CONNELLY and more

Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 17 at 12 PM
$20 in advance or $25 day of
Show date: Friday, January 11, 2013
Doors: 6:30PM | Show: 7:30PM
This is an all ages show

Tickets and venue: Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago

Learn more about Sons of the Silent Age (PDF)

Sons of the Silent Age: A band honoring the music and aesthetic of David Bowie

Connelly channelling Bowie

“Why have we never put a band together to play Bowie songs?” a mystified Chris Connelly asked his friend and collaborator Matt Walker. “I don’t know… I’ve thought about it so many times”, came the equally mystified reply.

…And that is exactly what they did: a unique opportunity arose to organize a benefit show for the Pablove Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding pediatric cancer research and to the empowerment of the families of young cancer patients.

Messrs. Connelly & Walker are both 30+ year veterans of the music business. Amongst their many other projects, Chris was a member of both the Revolting Cocks and Ministry, while Matt was a member of Filter, Smashing Pumpkins and Morrissey’s band. After assembling an impressive band of musicians to join their cause, songs were selected with care and integrity from the amazingly eclectic and extensive canon of David Bowie. The band has worked them, making them their own, perhaps in the same way Bowie would have-embracing the icon’s lifelong thirst for experimentation, collaboration, and above all, change.

This performance is set to take place at Metro in Chicago on the 12th of January 2013, the week of Bowie’s 66th year on Earth. The band will be augmented by their close friend and peer, Garbage’s Shirley Manson, bringing her own breathtaking skills and aesthetic to some of the greatest songs ever written.


RICH PARENTI – vocals, percussion, sax
CLAIRE MASSEY – vocals, percussion
CAROLYN ENGELMANN – keyboards, vocals

Want more ‘Artificial Madness’?

If you haven’t bought “Artificial Madness” yet, what are you waiting for? Your fellow CC fans are giving the album five stars. Buy it at or iTunes. In the meanwhile, download “Compatibility” from Epitonic for free!

And if you’re in Chicago on Tuesday, February 21, get tickets to see Chris perform tracks from “Artificial Madness” live — he’s opening for Zola Jesus at Lincoln Hall!

The next giveaway kicks off on Valentine’s Day, so be sure to follow Chris on Facebook or Twitter!

“Artificial Madness” continues to impress reviewers and fans

Chris and his band put on a fabulous show at The Hideout last week. More footage will be coming, but check out this video of Classically Wounded or this photo gallery. If you have any footage of the show, post a link here or on Facebook!

In anticipation of the show, Time Out Chicago ran a concert preview and interview by Areif Sless-Kitain. The Chicago Tribune also ran a story, Chris Connelly keeps on searching for more blank canvases to explore.

Update: Time Out Chicago also named “Artificial Madness” as one of their top albums of 2011!

More blogs are reviewing “Artificial Madness” as well. Check out this review at Dawn of the Deaf and an interview at Chaos Control Digizine.

If you’re enjoying “Artificial Madness”, be sure to rate it on Amazon or iTunes!

RevCo at the Retrospectacle!

The Friday and Saturday night WaxTrax! Records Retrospectacle shows were a wonderful way to honor the memories of Dannie and Jim and the years of wonderful music they brought us. Chris performed a set of Revolting Cocks songs with Paul Barker and Luc Van Acker on Saturday night and did it up right, complete with horseshoe mustache and cowboy hat!

Chris performing with RevCo

Here’s the set list:

  • Beers Steers and Queers
  • Attack Ships on Fire
  • Stainless Steel Providers
  • (Let’s Get) Physical
  • Something Wonderful
  • No Devotion
  • Do Ya Think I’m Sexy

More pictures and videos are available on Flickr. Enjoy!