Minus The Bear Announce Breakup, Final EP, and Farewell Tour

After nearly two decades as a band, alternative rockers Minus The Bear are calling it quits. The band announced today that they will be going on one final tour this winter and be releasing one more EP to celebrate their fans and the time they've had as a band.

Minus The Bear formed in Seattle in 2001, releasing 6 albums in their career, including last year's electrifying VOIDS. In a statement posted to their Facebook page, the band stated "After almost two decades of writing and touring the world together, we have decided to close this chapter of our lives as Minus the Bear. What started as a silly inside joke inside the dingy confines of Seattle’s original Cha Cha Lounge back in 2001 quickly snowballed into years of adventures, creativity, and friendship. We could have never predicted the wild journey about to begin. We’ve accomplished so much over the past 17 years, and we are grateful for the experience."

Before they call it quits, they'll be releasing one four-track EP, entitled Fair Enough, out on October 19. The band will be doing an extensive North American Tour as a farewell, beginning on October 9 in Nashville, Tennessee and ending on December 14 in their hometown of Seattle, Washington. Caspian and Tera Melos will trade off as opening acts for the tour. In their statement, Minus The Bear says they'll be digging deep into their catalogue to pick the setlist: "These final shows are a celebration for the community of fans who gave us so much through years of dedication. We’ll be digging deep in the MTB catalogue and we are honored for the opportunity to play our hearts out for you one last time." Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 20 at 10am local time, and VIP packages will be available. Tour dates can be found below:

Minus The Bear Farewell Tour

October 9 - Nashville, Tennessee (3rd & Lindsley) *
October 10 - Carrboro, North Carolina (Cat's Cradle) *
October 11 - Atlanta, Georgia (Masquerade) *
October 12 - St. Louis, Missouri (Ready Room) *
October 13 - Kansas City, Missouri (The Truman) *
October 14 - Omaha, Nebraska (The Waiting Room) *
October 15 - Minneapolis, Minnesota (Varsity Theatre) *
October 17 - Chicago, Illinois (House Of Blues) *
October 18 - Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall) *
October 19 - Cleveland, Ohio (Agora Theater) *
October 20 - Detroit, Michigan (St. Andrews Hall) *
October 21 - Toronto, Ontario (Phoenix Concert Theatre) *
October 23 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Mr. Smalls Theatre) *
October 24 - Silver Spring, Maryland (The Fillmore) *
October 25 - Boston, Massachusetts (Paradise Rock Club) *
October 26 - Asbury Park, New Jersey (The Stone Pony) *
October 27 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Electric Factory) *
October 28 - New York City, New York (Irving Plaza) *
November 27 - Tampa, Florida (The Ritz Ybor) ^
November 29 - New Orleans, Louisiana (House Of Blues) ^
November 30 - Dallas, Texas (Granada Theater) ^
December 1 - Austin, Texas (Emo's) ^
December 3 - Albuquerque, New Mexico (El Rey Theatre) ^
December 4 - Denver, Colorado (Ogden Theater) ^
December 5 - Salt Lake City, Utah (The Complex - Grand) ^
December 7 - Tempe, Arizona (The Marquee) ^
December 8 - Pomona, California (The Glass House) ^
December 9 - Los Angeles, California (The Fonda Theatre) ^
December 11 - San Francisco, California (Regency Ballroom) ^
December 12 - Sacramento, California (Ace Of Spades) ^
December 13 - Portland, Oregon (Hawthorne Theatre) ^
December 14 - Seattle, Washington (The Showbox) ^

* - Caspian, ^ - Tera Melos

Anyone planning on attending Minus The Bear's farewell tour? The band has quite a catalogue and legacy behind them. It's a great way to go out, and the atmosphere will definitely be intimate. We will review the band's final EP upon it's release, so stay tuned for that.