Performing, traveling, and creating music for 20 years is an absolutely astounding feat in the world of music, and Murder By Death has turned this into an art form. Beginning in 2000, Murder by Death has played 1766 shows to date, and this current tour will bring them to the cusp of an astounding 1800 shows total (1796 to be exact). For their 20 Years tour, the band has relearned 70 of their songs from across their massive discography, making each show’s set a slightly different, and raucous carouse, down memory lanes for fans and band members alike.
Their Phx, Az stop at The Pressroom was no different. They’ve played all over Arizona, from Flagstaff to Tucson to Phoenix, from venues barely big enough to hold 100 people (Modified Arts and The Clubhouse) to those with historical storied stages (The Orpheum and The Rialto) to those large enough to hold thousands (The Pressroom and The Crescent Ballroom). Their set they played crossed albums and decades, from “Three men hanging” off of 2003’s Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them?, to “Brother” off of 2006s In Bocca al Lupo to “Alas” off of 2018’s The Other Shore. Adam, Sarah, Dagan, David, and Tyler took their fans on a journey through all of their albums, with deep cuts, instrumentals, and unexpected surprises which rarely get played live. This show, like every stop on their 20th Years tour, is one that was not to be missed.
Murder by Death is still in the midst of their 20 years tour, with stops across the country until the end of march, including some dates in Europe this coming May.
Photography by J. Abbruscato & L. Lipsy