BACK ‘DOWN TO BUSINESS
Despite the mixed reviews that followed this summer’s Download festival set, the hit-laden Floridians have become a permanent fixture on British airwaves in 2012.
And with latest album Amaryllis set to spawn as many instantly recognisable singles as predecessor The Sound Of Madness it seems even greater recognition is guaranteed.
Lead tune Bully kicked things off in fine style while Enemies is released to radio stations this week. Adrenaline has been A-listed on Planet Rock for several weeks and there are plans to push I’ll Follow You in the future.
Frontman Brent Smith and his bandmates, Zach Myers (guitar), Barry Kerch (drums) and Eric Bass (bass) are set to spend the back end of the summer headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar touring festival in the US (www.rockstaruproar.com). The annual event kicks off in Kansas City on August 17.
The full batch of UK dates line up as follows:
Wed 24th Oct – SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall
Thu 25th Oct – EXETER Great Hall
Sat 27th Oct – LONDON O2 Brixton Academy
Sun 28th Oct – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Mon 29th Oct – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Wed 31st Oct – EDINBURGH Picture House
Thu 1st Nov – SHEFFIELD O2 Academy
Fri 2nd Nov – CARDIFF University
Sun 4th Nov – NORWICH UEA
Tickets go on general sale at 9am this Friday July 13, priced £16 regionally and £18.50 in London (subject to booking fee). Tickets for Birmingham and Sheffield are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Tickets for all other shows are available from www.gigsandtours.com.
There will also be a limited amount of special fan packages available through Artist Arena. These include a show ticket, plus a meet and greet with the band on the day, a special commemorative poster, flag and laminate, that you can get signed by the guys at the ‘meet’. These go on presale this Wednesday 11th July.
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