Keeping in line with Brand’s comedic style, the tour, officially named “Messiah Complex,” will be a dissection of various social and religious figures and the reality of their lives through comparisons of each other. Messiah Complex is a mental disorder where you think you might be the messiah. Did Jesus have it? What about Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Hitler? All these men have shaped our lives and influenced the way we think. Their images are used to represent ideas that often do not relate to them at all. Would Gandhi be into apple? Would Che Guevara endorse Madonna? Would Jesus be into Christianity? All great people are flawed, all of us, flawed people are capable of greatness and for every identifiable icon there is an anonymous mob of unrecognized bods doing all the admin and heavy lifting. This show looks at the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability. Plus there’s sex. Obviously.
Brand states, “I am going to tour The World (our one, Earth) with Messiah Complex, causing bother and excitement and offering opinions that have not been either solicited or thought through.
Of course I’ll be in English speaking countries (UK, Ireland, US, Canada) but also Scandinavia, Russia, Israel, Lebanon,Palestine; anywhere that will have me to be honest and that are relaxed about free speech. As well as theaters I will be appearing in prisons, drug rehabs, social network HQs, universities, nationalist organisations, Mosques, foreclosed houses, protest sites, Synagogues and in people’s private homes. I dedicate this Messiah Complex tour to the four men that are it’s subject, Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus- I know this is what they would have wanted. If this is the end of the world I’m going to go out laughing with an erection.”
A full list of tour dates is below.
7 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall
9 Manchester, UK Apollo
11 Glasgow, UK Clyde Auditorium
14 Hammersmith, UK London Hammersmith Apollo
16 Portsmouth, UK Guildhall
17 Southend, UK Cliffs Pavilion
18 Brighton, UK Centre
19 Cardiff, UK Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
21 Ipswich, UK Regent
23 Plymouth, UK Plymouth Pavilions
25 Bournemouth, UK BIC
28 Bristol, UK Colston Hall
31 Newcastle, UK City Hall
1 Nottingham, UK Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Tickets for The Brighton Centre performance are on sale now and are available from www.brightoncentre.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0844 8471515
Fans should visit www.russellbrand.tv for all tour and ticketing information.