Are the guys from Man Overboard ready to return to the music world to defend their beloved pop-punk? Well, if their recent announcement is any kind of hint, then the answer to that question might be maybe. On Thursday (Aug. 2), the New Jersey-founded band confirmed plans to reunite at the end of the year for a couple of reunion shows. Taking to social media, the group posted a minute-long video which begins with the band performing in front of a small audience and concludes with them performing on stage in front of a “significantly” larger crowd at the Vans Warped Tour.
“When we started this band ten years ago, we never thought it would take us the places it did,” reads the band’s accompanying Facebook post. “We traveled the world and created a wealth of memories. We experienced great triumphs and our fair share of setbacks. It’s a journey that shaped who we all are as people today and something we are eternally grateful for.”
In the same post, they reveal that they will perform a total of three shows which will take place at the end of November and beginning of December. The first show will take place on Nov. 30 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York; the second show will take place on Dec. 1 at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia; and the third show will take place on Dec. 2 at The Sinclair in Cambridge.
Tickets for all three shows will go on sale beginning this Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. local time on the band’s website.
The reunion news comes a week after a Facebook event was created, unintentionally ruining the secret. Though the post was deleted, some fans were quick to take screenshots of the event as evidence that something big was coming from the band.
Man Overboard’s confirmed reunion shows come almost three years after the band formally announced plans for a hiatus. In January of 2016, the group posted a letter to fans where they reflected on their seven years as a group and all the good times they experienced. At the end, they warned fans that they had no plans for the band and that it would probably remain that way for a while.
“Our current plans are very few and will likely remain that way for a while,” the 2016 letter reads. “Don’t read into it. Don’t think it’s something it’s not. This spring we will be playing eight shows in the United States. Farewell for now.”
Man Overboard’s last studio album was 2015’s Heavy Love which was released through Rise Records. For now, the list of upcoming shows can be seen below.
MAN OVERBOARD 2018 REUNION GIGS:
Nov. 30 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Dec. 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
Dec. 02 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair