Pop punk kids (and pop punk adults who still feel like kids), rejoice! The mental health hiatus that took Modern Baseball away from the music scene has ended, at least temporarily, so that the band can play for their most devoted fans once more.
Today, August 21, Modern Baseball announced plans for three headlining shows at Philadelphia’s famous Union Ballroom venue. The gigs are on October 13, 14, and 15 with support from guests whose names will be revealed in the weeks ahead. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now and moving fast. You can view a poster for the performances below.
Before you get too excited we must tell you that these shows do not signal a return for the band. As frontman Brendan Lukens posted on Twitter not long after the shows were announced, “These are the last mobo shows for the foreseeable future. Gonna finally take our much needed break after this Friday the 13th weekend.”
Modern Baseball announced their hiatus back in February following the unexpected cancellation of a highly-anticipated tour. At the time, the band wrote:
“The project we started as a source of joy and positive expression had become something that was slowly eating away at our mental health and our friendships. We have been championing the importance of mental health for a while now, and we recently realized that it would be wrong for us to ignore our own health any longer.”
With all the talk of mental health in music right now it’s good to see artists like Modern Baseball recognizing their limits. We could not be happier to see the band back, even if just for three shows, but we highly respect them for holding firm on their decision to remain on hiatus for the foreseeable future. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on this still developing story.