King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Le Risque” [Video]

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Relentlessly inventive, the ever restless King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard today announce their 26th album, Flight b741, out Friday, August 9th, and share its lead single “Le Risque.” As the band’s first release on their own newly minted (p)doom records imprint, the album showcases a remarkable change-of-pace, swapping the big picture ambition for the intimacy of six good friends enjoying each other’s company and collaborating on perhaps the warmest, most bonhomie-laden set the group have yet committed to wax.
 
And this joyful, loose approach is perfectly encapsulated on the first track to be lifted from the album, “Le Risque”, an infectious, rolling boogie which also notably features the vocal debut of drummer Michael Cavanagh.
 
Accompanied by a suitably aviation themed video, director Guy Tyzack said: “We were super lucky to have been granted access to this amazing air hanger. The song was chosen because most of the Gizz guys had a singing part and I was excited for the mic to be passed around at a fun, never stopping pace. The day was super packed tight for what we wanted to get and we didn’t want to cut corners. Our crew was tight and the Gizz guys know how to put on a show. We were so tight for time that I didn’t pee all day.”

With a recent run of expansive and conceptual albums behind them, which have spanned from a thrash-metal epic dealing with the current climate crisis to a Moroder-esque pre-digital synth album of proto-Kraftwerk bangers, Flight b741 sees King Gizzard ditch all the high-falutin’ scheming in favor of irresistible country-fried rock’n’roll and the kind of effortless songwriting that comes as second language when you’ve been playing music together 24/7 for almost a decade-and-a-half. The concept this time is ‘no concept’.
 
“We wanted to make something that was primal, instinctual, more ‘from the gut’,” says Gizzard king Stu Mackenzie, “just people in a room, doing what feels right. We wanted to make something fun.”

In addition to their upcoming U.S. tour, which includes 3 hour marathon sets in New York, Chicago, Austin, and Quincy, WA, 3 headlining sets at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and a performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, King Gizzard have also announced a European Residency Tour for early summer 2025. Tickets to all dates are available here.

 
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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD TOUR DATES
Thu. Aug. 15- Washington, DC @ The Anthem % [SOLD OUT]
Fri. Aug. 16- Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium * %
Sat. Aug. 17 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium * % [SOLD OUT]
Mon. Aug. 19 – Boston, MA @ The Stage at Suffolk Downs %
Tue. Aug. 20 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point % [SOLD OUT]
Wed. Aug. 21 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage &
Fri. Aug. 23 – Detroit, MI @ Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre ^ &
Sat. Aug. 24 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion & [SOLD OUT]
Sun. Aug. 25 – Newport, KY @ MegaCorp Pavilion Outdoor &
Tue. Aug. 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Dell Music Center & [SOLD OUT]
Wed. Aug. 28 – Richmond, VA @ Brown’s Island &
Fri. Aug. 30 – Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena & [SOLD OUT]
Sat. Aug. 31 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater &
Sun. Sept. 1 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island * & [SOLD OUT]
Tue. Sept. 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory &
Wed. Sept. 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre &
Thu. Sept. 5 – St. Louis, MO @ The Factory & [SOLD OUT]
Fri. Sept. 6 – Omaha, NE @ The Astro Amphitheater &
Sun. Sept. 8 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre & [SOLD OUT]
Mon. Sept. 9 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre [EARLY SHOW] &
Mon. Sept. 9 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre [LATE SHOW] &
Wed. Sept. 11 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Amphitheater & [SOLD OUT]
Thu. Sept. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum &
Sat. Sept. 14 – Quincy, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre * %
Fri. Nov. 1 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum @
Sat. Nov. 2 – San Diego, CA @ The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park ^ @
Sun. Nov. 3 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre @ [SOLD OUT]
Mon. Nov. 4 – Stanford, CA @ Frost Amphitheater at Stanford @
Fri. Nov. 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood @
Sat. Nov. 9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Financial Theatre #
Sun. Nov. 10 – Albuquerque, NM @ Revel Entertainment #
Tue. Nov. 12 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion #
Wed. Nov. 13 – Fayetteville, AR @ JJ’s Live # [SOLD OUT]
Fri. Nov. 15 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater *#
Sat. Nov. 16 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #
Sun. Nov. 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras World #
Tue. Nov. 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre Atlanta # [SOLD OUT]
Wed. Nov. 20 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre #
Thu. Nov. 21 – Miami, FL @ Factory Town #
Sun. May 18 – Tue. May 20, 2025 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseu do Recreios
Fri. May 23 – Sun. May 25, 2025 – Barcelona, ES @ Poble Espanyol
Thu. May 29 – Sat. May 31, 2025 – Vilnius, LT @ Lukiškės Prison 2.0
Wed. June 4 – Fri. June 6, 2025 – Athens, GR @ Lycabettus Theatre City of Athens
Sun. June 8 – Tue. June 10, 2025 – Plovdiv, BG @ Ancient Theatre
 
* 3-HOUR MARATHON SET
^ ACOUSTIC SET
% w/ GEESE, DJ Crenshaw
& w/ GEESE
@ w/ KING STINGRAY, DJ Crenshaw
# w/ KING STINGRAY

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