Hold Steady: Live Album/DVD

DVD Documentary and First Live Album Due Out April 7, 2009

The Hold Steady
Vagrant Records and The Hold Steady announce an April 7 release date for A Positive Rage, a double disc package featuring a documentary on DVD and their first-ever live album. The set will be released on April 6 on Rough Trade Records in the U.K. and Europe.

A Positive Rage captures the excitement and high spirits of both the band and their fans in the days surrounding the release of their third full-length, Boys and Girls in America, (Vagrant) and ensuing world tour in 2006.

The 53-minute documentary begins with The Hold Steady's first ever London performances with never-before-seen live footage, back stage interviews with the band members, fan commentary and the original, raw audio. Cameras follow the band as they return to the U.S. for a 24-date tour that culminates on screen with an especially poignant performance at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

The live album was recorded on October 31, 2007 and includes seventeen songs that Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Galen Polivka, Franz Nicolay, and Bobby Drake performed on the second of their two-night sold-out stand at the Metro in Chicago. The enhanced album will also feature five bonus studio tracks: "Ask Her For Adderall," "Cheyenne Sunrise," "Two Handed Handshake," and the previously unreleased tracks "Spectres" and "40 Bucks."

The booklet features personal photos and the band's memories of the tour, including this excerpt from Craig Finn... "It ended up being a fantastic suburban blow out with band and audience on the floor, Frisbee and tailgating in the adjoining parking lot, and everyone singing along to every song.... It reminded me of the hardcore shows I loved as a kid, everyone sweating and screaming together in a rented hall. And drinking in the parking lot, of course. The next night worlds converged..."

A Positive Rage track listing:
1. Intro
2. Stuck Between Stations
3. The Swish
4. Chips Ahoy!
5. Massive Nights
6. Ask Her For Adderall
7. Barfruit Blues
8. Same Kooks
9. You Gotta Dance (With Who You Came With)
10. Lord, I'm Discouraged
11. You Can Make Him Like You
12. Your Little Hoodrat Friend
13. Southtown Girls
14. Citrus
15. First Night
16. Girls Like Status
17. Killer Parities

The Hold Steady Tour Dates

02/04/09 Wed Metro Theatre Sydney, AU
02/06/09 Fri Laneway Festival Perth, AU
02/07/09 Sat Laneway Festival Adelaide, AU
02/08/09 Sun Laneway Festival Sydney, AU
03/31/09 Tue Valentine's Albany, NY
04/01/09 Wed Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
04/02/09 Thu Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI
04/03/09 Fri The Courtyard Champaign-Urbana, IL
04/04/09 Sat Jake's Bloomington, IN
04/06/09 Mon Gargoyle St. Louis, MO
04/07/09 Tue The Picador Iowa City, IA
04/08/09 Wed Slowdown Omaha, NE
04/10/09 Fri Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
04/11/09 Sat Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
04/14/09 Tue Harrah's Casino Stateline, NV
04/15/09 Wed Harlow's Sacramento, CA
04/17/09 Fri Coachella Music Festival (Empire Polo Field) Indio, CA
05/10/09 Sun SECC Glasgow, GB
05/11/09 Mon Manchester Evening News Arena (MEN) Manchester, GB
05/13/09 Wed National Indoor Arena (NIA) Birmingham, GB
05/14/09 Thu Wembley Arena London, GB
05/16/09 Sat Cardiff International Arena Cardiff, GB
05/18/09 Mon Bournemouth International Centre Bournmouth, GB
05/19/09 Tue Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, GB
05/21/09 Thu Brixton Academy London, GB
05/24/09 Sun Brighton Centre Brighton, GB
05/30/09 Sat Hunter Mountain Hunter, NY

For details on support acts go here.

And be sure to check our recent review of The Hold Steady here.


[Published on: 2/3/09]

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King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 12:42PM
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Fuck YEAH!!!!

SOAM84 starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/3/2009 12:56PM
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Hold Steady!

jalew Tue 2/3/2009 12:58PM
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this is great. as a recent covert, I can't get enough of these guys. stay positive!

music_man86 Wed 2/4/2009 12:31AM
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I've got the chance to see them recently, at the start of their tour with drive by truckers, and they rock so damn hard. i can't wait to hear this, i couldn't ask for a better setlist

gregboyer starstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 09:14AM
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I just listened to "Killer Parties", pretty cool tune. But on the track listing above they call it "Killer Parities". That could be a good idea for a song too but I think it's a typo. I'll have to check these guys out at Mountain Jam.

LisforLATHAM starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 09:43AM
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can't wait for mtn jam...me and my friends are like, double wiskey, coke no ice.