Boredoms Cruise into South Pacific, Play Their Strangest Show Ever?

BY Jason SchreursPublished Jun 17, 2009

Some bands are stoked to be included on the soundtrack for whatever big blockbuster movie is coming out next. But Japan's avant-noise institution Boredoms tend to set their sights a little higher. How high? Try the sun.

Call it the weirdest cruise ever, but on July 22 Boredoms will board a ship, chug into the South Pacific and provide the soundtrack to a 6 ½-minute solar eclipse.

According to Wired, organizers of the Tokara the Sun & Moon Festival have booked Boredoms, fellow Japanese band Goma and New York's Gang Gang Dance to play the eclipse show aboard a Russian ferry. The show is also being billed as "The Lucy in the Sky with Diamond Ring Tour."

Of course, we all know this isn't the first time Boredoms have played a bizarre show in a bizarre setting. On July 7, 2007 (07/07/07), they gathered 77 drummers and set up shop in a park under the Brooklyn Bridge. A year later, on 08-08-08, while many of us were probably watching our loved ones get married (an immensely popular day for weddings, I'm told), Boredoms had an unfathomable 88 drummers playing alongside them at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

But chances are they'll be back to their regular three-drummer line-up aboard the cruise ship in July, since every paid ticket counts when promoters are paying for a Russian ferry to cruise out to the South Pacific. A hefty price of almost 170,000 yen (approximately $1,700) per person should help with the break-even on this one, though.

Tickets, which can be purchased at the festival site, if you can read Japanese (yeah, like we're all going to this show, right?), include the cruise, the Boredoms-accompanied solar eclipse, three DJ sets and food. Oh, and three days on a boat with this guy.

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