Published Oct 29, 2010When we first learned that Public Enemy were hoping to raise $250,000 worth of fan donations to pay for their new album, we were skeptical. These doubts seemed to be confirmed when the fundraising website SellaBand collapsed and the group lowered their goal to a comparatively modest $75,000. Now, a year later, the experiment is over, and Public Enemy have declared it a success.
The Daily Swarm points to a message from Public Enemy on the revamped SellaBand website that reads, "We just received word that our fundraising campaign has completed. This is truly a great moment for us and we owe it all to our fams on SellaBand – our true 'Believers.'"
The post continues, "It has been a long and winding road. We've had explosive starts, media attention, corporate troubles, media criticism, recalculations and finally resurgence. When its all said and done, the bottom line is that we never lost faith in ourselves, our fams and the future of fan funding as a model."
Now that they have the money in hand, hopefully they won't waste any time in hitting the studio and beginning work on their new album, which will be their first since 2007's How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul??? Public Enemy are currently in Europe, playing a string on dates that ends on November 14.
10/26 Moscow, Russia - B1 Arena
10/27 Sofia, Bulgaria - Hristo Botev Hall
10/29 Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
10/30 Dresden, Germany - Hellerau
10/31 Prague, Czech Republic - Sasazu
11/1 Munich, Germany - Backstage
11/2 Zurich, Switzerland - X-Tra
11/3 Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
11/4 Bologna, Italy - Estragon
11/5 Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
11/6 Essen, Germany - JZE
11/8 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11/9 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11/10 Darmstadt, Germany - Kulturbrauerei
11/11 Luxemburg, Luxemburg - Rockhal
11/12 Paris, France - Elysee Montmatre
11/13 Chemille, France - Les Z Eclectiques Festival
12/28-31 Lorne, Australia - The Falls Music and Arts Festival
12/29-1/1 Marion Bay, Australia - The Falls Music and Arts Festival
1/1 Sydney, Australia - Field Day
1/1-3 Busselton, Australia - Southbound Festival