The Julie Ruin Cancel Tour Due to Kathleen Hanna’s Lyme Disease Relapse

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 05.13.14 in News

The Julie Ruin have been forced to cancel several months of international tour dates as singer Kathleen Hanna seeks treatment for a recent Lyme disease relapse. According to a press release, the indie/punk rock icon “has been advised by her doctor to start a difficult 3-month course of treatment immediately. The treatment plan will make it impossible for her to travel. The Julie Ruin are disappointed to postpone these appearances, however they are confident that taking this time off will allow Hanna to heal so that they can continue touring in the future.”

In a recent Wondering Sound interview about her back catalog, Hanna discussed everything from the feminist anthem status of Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl” single to the Le Tigre song she wrote while living in the same Lower East Side complex as Moby. As for the “Oh Come On” track that signaled the full band return of the Julie Ruin, she said, “There’s a pressure for female performers to be angry and sexy at the same time; you’re also supposed to be some sort of representative of your gender. There’s a feeling that if you make a mistake it’s the wallpaper for the rest of your life and career. I’m just saying, ‘Oh, come on,’ do we really have to keep living like this? Can’t you just represent yourself?”

For another take on the scene-defining early days of Bikini Kill, take a look at drummer Tobi Vail’s personal essay on their Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah EP here. A full list of the Julie Ruin’s scrapped itinerary is down below…

The Julie Ruin’s cancelled tour dates:
5/17 Hamburg, Germany – Kampnagel – KMH
5/18 Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
5/20 Brussels, Belgium – Les Nuits de Botanique
5/22 London, England – Tufnell Park Dome
5/24 Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
5/26 Brighton, England – Coalition
5/27 Paris, France – La Flèche D’Or
5/28 Lyon, France – Nuits Sonores
5/30 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival 2014
6/18-22 Calgary, AB – Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
7/11 New York, NY – 4 Knots Festival
7/19 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
7/20 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
7/23 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore
7/25 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
7/26 Seattle, WA – The Capitol Hill Block Party
8/1 Vienna, Austrria – WUK
8/3 Katowice, Poland – OFF Festival
8/4 Berlin, Germany – Privateclub
8/5 Helsinki, Finland – Kuudes Linja
8/7 Oslo, Norway – Oya festivalen
8/8 Göteborg, Sweden – Way out West
8/9 Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
8/11 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
8/13 Glasgow, Scotland – CCA
8/14 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
8/16 St Malo, France – Route du Rock