Three years after disbanding, Jack’s Mannequin is reforming to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their debut album, Everything in Transit.
“I will be the first to admit, I prefer keeping my focus in the present, but I cannot deny Transit’s place in my life and the lives of my fans,” Andrew McMahon, previously the frontman of Something Corporate, writes on his website. Scarcely hidden between the lines is the fact that McMahon was diagnosed with leukemia at age 22, on the day the album was completed. Shortly after, a stem-cell transplant from his sister helped him toward a full recovery.
Everything in Transit featured the singles “The Mixed Tape” and “Dark Blue.” Those tunes, along with “Bruised,” “La La Lie,” “Holiday from Real” and “I’m Ready” became live staples for the band.
"As I said so many years ago," McMahon writes in his announcement, "this is a story, and it will be performed as such, in its original running order from start to finish." The band's third and final album—unless this reunion sparks something—was 2011's People and Things.
Here’s the full list of dates for the 10 Years in Transit tour, which will feature the band’s original lineup:
12/31 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues*
1/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
1/22 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
1/23 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater
1/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
1/26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
1/27 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
1/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
2/2 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/4 – Boston, MA @ Royale
On the small pack of dates, McMahon—who released his first solo album in 2014 and an EP in November—writes:
"Even as I announce these shows I know there will be disappointment over the fact this will not be a full tour. To those of you in markets we are not playing, please know we picked the routing that allowed us to play the most shows in the short time that was available. ... The band and I are truly excited by the opportunity to revisit this album and we hope to see you there.”
So no hard feelings, okay?