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Babes in Toyland announce first show in 18 years

Babes in Toyland’s Kat Bjelland, Lori Barbero, and Maureen Herman have announced their first live show together in 18 years. The influential punk trio will play the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on February 12.

In what’s being described as the Fontanelle-era lineup—Herman joined the band on bass after founding member Michelle Leon left the group in 1992—Babes in Toyland have been busy rehearsing out in L.A. this year, which may explain why they chose to play their first reunion show on the West Coast rather than in their hometown of Minneapolis.

There’s no word yet on other potential dates or plans—but according to a press release, an in-depth interview with the band will appear in Rolling Stone tomorrow.

“The first time we played together again, we weren’t sure what it would be like,” says Herman. “After knocking the hell out of ‘He’s My Thing’ on the first try, we knew this was going to be fun—and it was going to rock like a motherf***er.”

And Kat Bjelland had this to say about their decision to reunite: “It was brought to my attention that not only do we have a lot of diehard fans from back in the day, but also a whole new generation of kids–my son Henry included– that were eager to see us live,” explained singer/guitar player Kat Bjelland. “I felt some kind of obligation for them to see us, too. But mainly, I just missed my girls and the feeling that comes from playing with them—visceral live therapy.”

Tickets for the Roxy Theatre show go on-sale this Friday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. PST.



  • Deanna Johnson

    It’s good to read this and look forward to hearing the music for the visceral girl therapy, the kids and myself. Happy Reunion show!

  • Brandon Vasquez

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although, I hope it’s not like the Replacements & they play everywhere before Minneapolis.