Earlier this year, influential 90s Swedish punk band Refused announced their reunion.

At first, the reunion announcement was overwhelmingly exciting.  Then, upon further thought, it seemed weird.  When the group disbanded they partially cited punk rock morality as their reasoning.  They released an awesome album, they were getting popular from it, and they didn’t want that success to wear thin.  They just wanted to let it be.  Bold, maybe a bit egotistical, but still cool and unusual for a band on the verge of so much success to do.  A reunion totally discredits all of that.

Now, it all makes sense again.  At the end of this year, the same year the reunion began, Refused will end their run (as they announced in a well-written Facebook post).  The whole thing wraps up with a show in the band’s hometown of Umea, Sweden.

Overall, the reunion wasn’t quite the money-hungry sell out fiasco that pessimistic Refused fans originally made it out to be.  The band accomplished what they set out to do and it pleased both themselves and their fans.  On their end, they got to bask in the glory and praise of their music, which has been appreciated by punk fans for years (yet not together in one room with the band on stage for too long).  For the fans, thousands of Refused listeners around the globe finally got a chance to see one of their favorite bands perform.

And Refused played the hell out of their reunion, stopping at places all over the world.  If you’re a Refused fan in Europe, Australia or North America, you probably could’ve made the trek to one of their shows (if you were dedicated enough).

Below are the remaining tour dates for the band.  I’d highly recommend attending a show if you’re at all a fan of the group and they’re stopping through your area.

NOV 03— Austin, TX (FUN FUN FUN FEST)

NOV 05— Hollywood, CA (The Fonda Theatre)

NOV 09— Perth, Australia (Metro Fremantle)

NOV 11— Brisbane, Australia (Eatons Hill)

NOV 13— Sydney, Australia (Enmore Theatre)

NOV 15— Melbourne, Australia (The Palace)

NOV 16— Melbourne, Australia (The Palace)

NOV 17— Adelaide, Australia (Thebarton Theatre)

DEC 06— Malmö, Sweden (KB)

DEC 07— Göteborg, Sweden (Pustervik)

DEC 08— Stockholm, Sweden (Annexet)

DEC 09— Oslo, Norway (Sentrum Scene)

DEC 15— Umea, Sweden (Exel/Gammlia Arena)

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