One of the most interesting things I’ve seen on the live stage since beginning this little media journey of mine would have to be the band Apocalyptica. I mean who ever would have imagined a Heavy Metal band made up of mostly cellists and a drummer? Not me that’s for sure and I am happy to say that I’ve been a fan since I first heard them covering Metallica so many years so. Now the band has announced a brand-new US tour and their bringing along Lacuna Coil so check out the scoop down below. I’ll be back at the close.
The Press Release:
Today, Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rock band Apocalyptica – classically-trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, and Paavo Lötjönen, and drummer Mikko Sirén – announces the Spring 2020 North American leg of the “Cell-0 World Tour.” This tour leg will launch on Sunday, May 3 in Orlando, FL, and see the band performing in 20 cities over a three-week period wrapping up on May 26 in Boston, MA. With a set list that will likely vary night to night, Apocalyptica’s performances will be comprised of new songs from Cell-0 as well as the band’s rich catalogue. Lacuna Coil will support on all dates. Ticket pre-sales and access to VIP packages begin tomorrow, November 20 at 10AM (local); public on-sale starts Friday, November 22 at 10AM (local). Go to https://www.apocalyptica.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages, and ticketing details.
In concert, Apocalyptica is known for its moving and bombastic live performances with sparse production but an abundance of head banging. Anyone who might think that there wouldn’t be a deluge of excitement with three cellists should think again…these are symphonic rock stars who know how to shred their bows.
These tour dates are in support of the band’s new album Cell-0, set for a January 10 release (Silver Lining Music). Produced by Apocalyptica, mixed by Andrew Sheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, the recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. Cell-0 is the quartet’s first instrumental album in 17 years and found the musicians challenging themselves to discover new flavors and colors in their respective instruments. For pre-order options, go to this location. View the band’s new music videos, “Ashes Of The Modern World” and Rise” here.
The confirmed North American Spring 2020 dates for the “Cell-0 World Tour” are as follows:
The Tour Dates:
5/3: The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
5/4: The Masquerade – Heaven, Atlanta, GA
5/6: Emo’s, Austin, TX
5/7: House of Blues, Houston, TX
5/9: Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
5/10: The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
5/11: The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
5/12: The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
5/13: Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
5/14: The Showbox, Seattle, WA
5/15: Imperial, Vancouver, BC Canada
5/17: Midway, Edmonton, AB Canada
5/18: The Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB Canada
5/20: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
5/21: House of Blues, Chicago, IL
5/22: The Opera House, Toronto, ON Canada
5/23: MTelus, Montreal, QC Canada
5/24: Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
5/25: Webster Hall, New York, NY
5/26: Big Night Live, Boston, MA
Cello-0 will be available in a variety of formats and pre-orders can be placed at the link below.
* CD Mediabook
* Heavy-weight double vinyl with etching artwork housed in a 6-panel gatefold with 12″ 20-page booklet
* Deluxe D2C bundles
* Digital Download and Streaming
PRODUCED BY: APOCALYPTICA
RECORDING, EDITING and ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION: JOONAS PARKKONEN at SONIC PUMP STUDIOS, HELSINKI (FI)
MIXED BY: ANDREW SCHEPS at PUNKERPAD, TITTON (UK)
Eicca Toppinen – Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso – Cello
Paavo Lötjönen – Cello
Mikko Sirén – Drums
APOCALYPTICA L-R: Perttu Kivilaakso, Mikko Sirén, Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen Photo Credit: Ville Juurikkala www.apocalyptica.com
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I love everything about the band Apocalyptica and cannot believe the levels of creativity that they bring to the table with their brand of unique Classical Metal. Sadly I missed the short tour with them celebrating the “Plays Metallica on Four Cellos” but I was not free for the closest gig which wasn’t close at all. I’m excited about this tour since it’s also been a while since I’ve caught Lacuna Coil despite their being in my immediate vicinity very recently. This city proves that you can’t work every single event…..but I digress. This is going to be a good one. Closing up what do you readers think about this tour? Chime in down below in the comments section with your own thoughts and know that all topical submissions will be immediately approved. See you next time.