Lotus Plots Spring Tour 2024 And Delivers Rarities & New Original In Pittsburgh

The group broke out a cover of the David Bowie classic “Life On Mars?” at Mr. Smalls Theatre on Saturday.

By Scott Bernstein Jan 17, 2024 10:51 am PST

While Lotus recently kicked off their winter tour, the band is also looking ahead with the announcement of spring tour dates. The livetronica quartet, who worked a pair of rarities and the premiere of a new original into setlists for their Pittsburgh shows last weekend, confirmed eight shows for a period spanning April 4 through May 4.

Lotus launches their 2024 Spring Tour in Washington D.C. with concerts at The Atlantis on April 4 and the 9:30 Club on April 5. Next comes the band’s return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on April 6. It’s then off to the Midwest for shows in Chicago on April 19 and Cleveland on April 20 and 21. Additionally, Lotus will play a two-night stand at Buffalo’s Town Ballroom on May 3 and 4.

Public on-sales begin this Friday, January 19 at 10 a.m. local time.


After opening their 2024 schedule in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Friday (January 12), Lotus hit Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh on Saturday (January 13) and Sunday (January 14). Both shows featured material from throughout the instrumental act’s +25-year career. A handful of surprises were thrown in for good measure.

Lotus offered the first performance of 2015 single “Tarot” since February 9, 2023 following the “Wax” opener on Saturday. Guitarist Tim Palmieri led the band through the David Bowie classic “Life On Mars?” later in the first set. “Life On Mars?” was last played way back on March 4, 2017 by Lotus — a span of 264 shows according to Phantasy Tour statistics.

Saturday’s second set began with the first performance of “The Surf” off the group’s 2011 self-titled album since February 10, 2023. Lotus then worked Simian Mobile Disco’s “Aspic” within oldie “Greet The Mind” and served up a seamless run of classics “Plant Your Root,” “Sid” and “Flower Sermon.”

More treats were in store on Sunday in Steel City. After kicking off the evening with “Lucid Awakening,” the four-piece tackled “Bug Love” for the first time in 64 shows. The biggest surprise came at the end of the first set, when Lotus performed “The Opus.” Tim Palmieri hadn’t yet joined the group at the time the number was last played on September 3, 2021. The second set included the debut of a new original entitled “In The Shadow Of The Mountain.”

Check out photos and setlists from both nights of Lotus in Pittsburgh below:


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