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Posted on April 21, 2010

Not one to let the forces of nature wholly scupper plans, MELISSA AUF DER MAUR has embarked on a mammoth journey befitting the viking-theme of her new album to ensure fans hoping to see her in London this week are not disappointed.

After being grounded in Finland, Auf der Maur organized a unique live show through her website and rescheduled a last-minute London Jazz Cafe show to follow her already-scheduled film screening at the ICA this Wednesday.

The former Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bass player and acclaimed solo star was stranded with her band in Helsinki last week by the Icelandic volcano eruption wreaking global havoc. Amidst a European tour in support of her new album/film/comic book opus, Out Of Our Minds (OOOM), grounded in Finland she was forced to cancel last weekend’s shows in Oslo and in London, where she had been due to play to a sold-out crowd at Cargo.

To give disappointed fans an opportunity to catch her live, online, a lo-fi show was set up overnight in a rehearsal studio in Helsinki, filmed by a group of fans and recorded by the tour sound engineer. The tracks and footage are being consolidated now between long bus and boat rides. The results will be streamed HERE.

Melissa’s travel tour diary also gives view into 48 hour trek to the UK: CLICK HERE.

“I was gutted to have missed the London and Oslo shows” says Melissa, “but the unknown future inspires me to make the shows happen while we are waiting for our Viking ship to set sail to the new world. Can’t fly for real? so play where you are, and share on the magic waves of the Internet.”

It was not until Saturday her journey continued. Instead of a two hour flight, an overnight boat to Stockholm was flagged, and Melissa and co. are currently venturing across land and sea to make the OOOM film screening and Q&A at the ICA on Wednesday 21st April. Following this screening, a late show has been booked at The Jazz Cafe, with Melissa Auf der Maur and band taking to the stage at 10.30pm following a set by Leeds group Sky Larkin, playing material from their debut album live for the first time.

ickets for Saturday’s cancelled Cargo show will be valid for entry to the Jazz Cafe show or fans can buy tickets for


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