Part 9 of 10
Simply For The Love Of Music - The History of Incubus
"Light Grenades" to "Greatest Hits"
Light Grenades debuted #1 on the Billboard charts, the first time Incubus has ever sat atop the album charts, despite only selling 165,000 copies in the first week.
In November 2006, Incubus played two exclusive European shows in Berlin and London. The band used these shows to showcase new material from Light Grenades. The first single released from LG was "Anna Molly". A video soon followed.
On December 27, 2006, Incubus launched the "I Dig Incubus" contest, in which participants cut together clips of the band performing their single "Dig," to form a complete music video. On February 1, 2007, five finalists were announced for the "I Dig Incubus" contest. The winner, Carlos, was announced on February 13th at Incubus' concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. In a video interview on Blender, bassist and vocalist Ben Kenney said, "It's almost something that will happen whether or not we want to do it. People will make their own videos for songs. It's kind of a cool way for us to get together with fans out there who are artistic."
Incubus promoted "Light Grenades" with a small venue US Tour in January and February 2007. They then continued touring in the Middle East and Europe in larger arenas. During this portion of the tour, Mike Einziger continued to suffer from Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome. Despite his best efforts, the tour had to be postponed as Mike returned to Los Angeles for surgery. Following his surgery, he needed several months to recuperate. During his time off, Mike worked on his symphony, "End.>Vacuum". His symphony was performed in September 2008 at UCLA. Brandon Boyd also released his new book, From the Mists of the Sultry Abyss and followed with several book signings in Hollywood and New York.
All European and South American tour dates were postponed until the Fall of 2007. Incubus finally arrived in South America in October 2007 to many anxious fans.
Steve Rennie, Incubus' Manager, said,
"I'd like to say thanks to all the wonderful fans who made Incubus' first trip to Chile one of the most memorable moments in the band's career. I was not at the first show so I can't comment on what that might have been like. But, I was there for show #2 and I can say that the level of energy in the Santiago Arena literally sent chills down my spine. I must also say that the Chilean fans are some of the most passionate and warmhearted people one could ever hope to meet. Personally, I got a chance to meet in person many of the folks I've met and chatted with on this board and that was rewarding in ways that are impossible to put into words. I might not remember all your names but your faces are permanently embedded in my memories. Thank you all so much for your support and we hope to see you again very soon.
In 2008, Incubus traveled east starting in New Zealand and headlining the Soundwave Festival in Australia, and toured Asia performing to sell-out crowds. Ben Kenney missed two concerts in China due to illness. In April 2008, Incubus performed at the Festival Imperial in Costa Rica, along with the bands The Smashing Pumpkins and Duran Duran, and later in Venezuela at the Poliedro de Caracas. Incubus performed throughout Europe the Summer of 2008 including many festivals such as: the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park Festivals in Germany, the Nova Rock Festival in Austria, Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands and the Download Festival in England. In July 2008, the band played at UCLA in Los Angeles for a VH1 tribute to The Who featuring the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and The Flaming Lips.
Monuments and Melodies and Pending Seventh Studio Album (2008–present)
In June 2008, frontman Brandon Boyd told Billboard.com that Incubus may take a break from touring and recording while its members concentrate on school, family and other activities. Boyd plans to enroll in a university art program (Otis University). Guitarist Mike Einziger is attending Harvard music school studying music composition. In July, José Pasillas celebrated the addition of daughter, Frankie Rose, to his family. "There's a lot of normal life stuff going on right now—school, babies, mortgages," Boyd said. "I'm of the mind to say it wouldn't be a bad thing to disappear for a year or two years," he said. "A lot of people would say culture moves too fast and you need to remind people, but I would argue there's not any rush." Ben Kenney produced a new cd, "Distant and Comfort" and toured with his band, Ashley Mendel and ****. Chris Kilmore has spent his time off enjoying his sound studio and other interests.
Einziger stated that the band is likely to get together in late 2009 to record an album for release in 2010.
In December 2008, Incubus posted a video to their official site, describing what each band member was currently occupied with (eg. Mike Einziger's experiences studying music at Harvard University) in the form of letters to each other.
On March 11, 2009, Incubus previewed the new "Greatest Hits" album, Monuments and Melodies, due to be released June 16, 2009. The band also announced dates for a Summer Amphitheater Tour of the US.