Local H Resumes Tour After Brutal Attack in Moscow

By on April 2, 2013


Local H will resume their U.S. tour this week, two weeks after being forced to cancel all East Coast dates due to the vocal cord damage singer Scott Lucas suffered during a brutal attack in Russia in February. Dates begin April 4th, with a show at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE. The tour heads west and hits the Satellite in Los Angeles on April 10th. The band is working to reschedule the canceled dates as soon as possible.

Lucas has been keeping fans updated via the band’s Facebook page (facebook.com/localh). He described the assault and robbery last month:

“Here’s what happened: A month ago, after a date in Moscow, I was assaulted and robbed. The attacker came up from behind and put me in a chokehold until I passed out. When I came to, I was in a stairwell with all of my pockets empty. No phone, no wallet, no cash, and (worst of all) no passport. Nothing. Even my hat and glasses were gone. It wasn’t until I found someone to ask for help that I realized something else was gone – my voice. When I opened my mouth to ask that person to call me a taxi, nothing but a scratchy croak would come out. I touched my throat and could feel that more damage had been done than I initially thought. A purple bruise began to form. I was having trouble swallowing. Russia………..

When I got back to the states, I just figured that resting my voice and taking it easy would allow everything to return to normal. I’d lost my voice before and I knew the drill : shut the fuck up (basically). But it soon became apparent that this time my voice wasn’t going to just heal itself and I had to see someone. The folks at MusiCares hooked me up with a voice doctor who found that one of my vocal cords had been damaged.”

With the help of the Grammy’s MusiCares foundation, he saw three top voice specialists in Chicago and has begun to recover. Toward the end of last week, Lucas posted the news that the tour would resume:

“Had some good news today : I saw my third doctor and the possibility of surgery has finally been ruled out. My vocal cords are definitely not disjointed and the medication I’ve been taking seems to be doing the trick. When they forced the last camera I ever want down my nose today – I could see how much better (and how much stronger) everything looked than it did last week. It was gross, but it was a major relief. It’s been a very frustrating month, but last week was pretty fucking scary. I had a lot of help – and you all know who you are. Not to sound like a drama king, but I also really want to thank my doctors and MusiCares over at the Grammys – they’re the bee’s knees, goddammit (I think it’s safe to assume THAT will be the last time I make a Grammys acceptance speech).

And, once again – thanks to all of you. We asked for your patience and support – and what we got was so much more. Thanks for all the messages. Thanks for the concern. And thanks for the inspiration. I’ll never forget it.

So let’s go. I’m not suggesting that I’m completely out of the woods – and I’ll be continuing the medication and doing everything I can to make my voice stronger. All I’m suggesting is, “Let’s ROCK!”……..cautiously – but we WILL see you out there.”

Over the weekend, the two-man band tore through a blistering, 90-minute warm-up show at the Montrose Room in Rosemont, IL, nearby their hometown of Chicago. “It definitely felt like a lot was at stake,” Lucas said of getting back out there. “It was weird. But, the response to the show has definitely made me feel better about it.”

Local H are on the road in support of The Another Feburary EP, which came out earlier this year, and their seventh studio album, Hallelujah! I’m A Bum, released last fall.

Local H tour dates:
4/4     Omaha, NE            The Waiting Room
4/5    Denver, CO             The Bluebird Theater
4/6    Albuquerque, NM    Launchpad
4/8    Tuscon, AZ              Club Congress
4/9    San Diego, CA         Soda Bar
4/10    Los Angeles, CA    The Satellite
4/14    San Francisco, CA  Bottom of the Hill
4/16    Portland, OR           Hawthorne Theatre
4/17    Seattle, WA             Chop Suey
4/18    Missoula, MT           The Top Hat
4/19    Billings, MT              Railyard Ale House

Lucas will also be on the road with his solo band — Scott Lucas & the Married Men — opening for Empty Mansions, the band led by Interpol’s Sam Fogarino and featuring Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk) and Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines) starting April 24th.

Scott Lucas & the Married Men tour dates:
4/24    Washington, DC        DC9 *
4/25    Philadelphia, PA        The Barbary *
4/26    Brooklyn, NY             Knitting Factory *
4/27    New York, NY            Mercury Lounge *
4/28    Allston, MA                Great Scott *
4/29    Buffalo, NY                Tralf Studio Stage
5/1    Chicago, IL                  Empty Bottle *
5/2    Grand Rapids, MI        Founders Brewery, Co
5/3    Detroit, MI                   Garden Bowl *
5/4    Nashville, TN               The End *

* Scott Lucas & the Married Men dates with Empty Mansions

 Local H: left to right – Brian St. Clair, Scott Lucas. Photo credit: Wade Hawk

Local H Discography:
Ham Fisted (Island) 1995
As Good As Dead (Island) 1996
Pack Up the Cats (Island) 1998
Half-Life EP (Palm Pictures) 2001
Here Comes the Zoo (Palm Pictures) 2002
No Fun EP (Thick) 2003
Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles? (Studio E Records) 2004
Alive ’05 (Cleopatra) 2006
12 Angry Months (Shout Factory)
Local H’s Awesome Mix-Tape #1 (G&P) 2010
Local H: The Island Years (Universal) 2011
Hallelujah! I’m A Bum (Slimstyle) 2012
The Another February EP (Slimstyle) 2013


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.