Soul Coughing Reunite For 17-Date American Tour

They said it would never happen, but now it is – after 25 years, Soul Coughing is reuniting for a 17-date American tour beginning September 11 in San Diego, CA. The tour ends with a two-night celebration at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY on October 4 and 5.

Mike Doughty (vocals/guitar), Mark degli Antoni (keyboards/sampler), Sebastian Steinberg (bass), and Yuval Gabay (drums) formed Soul Coughing in 1992 after meeting at New York’s Knitting Factory, where Doughty worked the door. A truly eclectic collection of musicians, the guys merged drum & bass, trance, rock & roll, and hip-hop to create a totally unique strain of music. As Doughty says: “Our music didn’t fit into the landscape then and it doesn’t now. We were super incorrect. We were messy. We were all over the place. There were moments in our career where we tried to be less different, and we always failed.” And thank God for that.

“We’re really trying to kind of revel in each other as musicians and that’s what the setlist is going to be based on. One thing that’s always been true about this band is every song is somebody’s favorite song.”

“Really one of the best conversations I’ve had in this band ever was Mike and I sitting down by the L.A. river for almost two hours and just going through the songs,” Steinberg adds. “I think there’s nothing I wouldn’t try to tackle because it’s all so insane.” As for the clubs, they went back to venues that supported them back in the day. “Our agents did some archaeological work, finding people in the music business that would really care about this — and really, really be excited about it,” Doughty says.

As they head toward making history, all Soul Coughing knows for sure is that the band was something special — something never replicated. And this time around, it’s all about unity. “Music is a place of escapism, for people to go to a magical world,” Gabay says. “That’s what interests me. I want to bring people together. How can you bring a variety of people to the gig? Music brings people together — both the band and the audience.”

And as for how they promised to never (ever) get back together? “We just decided to let bygones be bygones. You know, everybody had issues,” Doughty says. “Our fans are going to be shocked, man. I can’t even believe how much they’re going to be shocked.”

Artist presale tickets go on sale this Monday, June 24 at 10 am (local). The general on-sale begins on Friday, June 28 at 10 am (local). The complete tour itinerary is below.



11 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up Tavern

13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Bellwether

14 & 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

17 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

18 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox

20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

21 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

22 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater

24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

25 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre

27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre

28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

29 – Boston, MA – Royale


3 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

4 & 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel