When my buddy Sam posted on his facebook the other day with a photo of Alexi Laiho and a status saying "Anticipating..." I called him out, and told him "you know they haven't announced any kind of tour right? What are you anticipating?" Well, turns out he was right and today they've announced a big North American tour taking place this summer.
Only problem? No Wisconsin dates. They are, however, playing at Station 4 in St. Paul, which is rapidly becoming a venue I've found myself traveling to frequently. I'll be there this Friday for Amon Amarth and I was there in February for Eluveitie. It's that, or go to Chicago for the show at the House of Blues, but I'd have to get a hotel room and all kinds of hassles would be had. Best to just return to the motherland for a weekend of rocking.
Anyway, they'll be touring with Devin Townsend (always wanted to see him live), Obscura and a band called Septic Flesh (lovely, right?). Heard good things about Obscura. The full list of dates is here:
June 24 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
June 25 San Francisco, CA Slim's
June 26 Portland, OR Roseland
June 27 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
June 28 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
June 30 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom
July 2 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Center
July 3 Saskatoon, SK Odeon
July 4 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Center
July 5 St. Paul, MN Station Four
July 6 Chicago, IL House of Blues
July 8 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
July 9 Orlando, FL BeachamTheater
July 10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
July 12 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
July 13 Norfolk, VA The Norva
July 14 Springfield, VA Jaxx
July 15 Springfield, VA Jaxx
July 16 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
July 17 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
July 19 Worcester, PA Palladium
July 21 Halifax, NS Multipurpose Centre (No Devin Townsend, this date only)
July 23 Toronto, ON Downsview Park (* as part of Heavy TO w/ Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Slayer, etc.)
July 24 Montreal, QC Parc Jean-Drapeau (* as part of Heavy MTL w/ KISS, Motörhead, etc.)
The show in St. Paul is over July 4th weekend, which is traditionally the same weekend as the Summerfest music festival in Milwaukee. Looks like the Summerfest lineup will be determining which show I go to. Or maybe I'll be living in Minnesota by then. Who knows, my life is a mess.
Keep rocking, hope this news was happy for you. I know at least a few people that will be very pleased with this announcement.