Now here is a little bit of touring news that I was hoping to see happen sooner than later. It seems that Epica will be returning to this neck of the woods in the beginning of 2016 to make up the dates that had to be dropped during their most recent Fall run. Check out the poster and the official statement and then we can discuss a little more.
The Press Release:
Coming January, Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICA will return to North America for their rescheduled Enigma tour. This trek will have Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL as special guest and STARKILL as the opener. EPICA front-woman Simone Simons says the following about the upcoming tour:
“We were really disappointed when we were forced to drop our tour with ELUVEITIE because of my father’s life threatening accident. Luckily, my father is doing much better at the moment and it is time to return to North America to finish what we started. Unfortunately due to recording commitments, we are only able to reschedule part of the tour. We’ll try to catch up on those missing shows as soon as possible and with a new album in our pocket! We can’t wait to be back in North America together with our friends from MOONSPELL. See you at one of the shows.”
The band will tour in support of their latest album The Quantum Enigma which charted worldwide.Watch EPICA’s video for “Victims of Contingency” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: https://goo.gl/geQugJ Tickets and VIP meet and greet bundles will go on sale Friday, October 23rd at 10 AM local time.
MOONSPELL frontman Fernando Ribeiro commented on the upcoming tour:
“We are thrilled to return the US, alongside our friends in Epica. This will be our first tour of the year so we will for sure celebrate with our American and Canadian fans. It is a real honor to share the stage with Epica. We will be sure to haunt this tour with our absolute Portuguese darkness. Under the spell!”
01/21/16 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
01/22/16 Opera House – Toronto, ON Canada
01/23/16 Imperial Theatre – Quebec City, QC Canada
01/25/16 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
01/26/16 Diamond Pub Music Hall – Louisville, KY
01/28/16 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
01/29/16 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
01/30/16 Ready Room – St Louis, MO
02/01/16 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
02/02/16 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
02/03/16 House Of Blues – Orlando, FL
02/4/16 – 02/8/16 70.000 tons of metal
02/9/16 Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré – San Juan, Puerto Rico (Epica only)
02/11/16 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas (Epica only)
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I was super bummed when Epica had to pull out of the remaining tour dates on their most recent visit to the USA since it had been a bit of a time that the band had come over here for a visit. Fortunately for all attending, Eluveitie picked up and ran with the ball for a Folk Metal touchdown but still the question remained “When will Epica come back to us”. I am so glad for the news about this return and so early in the year to help us start off 2016 in the best possible fashion. Wow can you believe that we are almost done with 2015???? Okay I digress. Let me add to my excitement that the mighty Moonspell is going to be a part of this return and find the whole package started off by the talented Starkill. There is no way that I am going to miss their opening night of the run when it hits NYC. What do you readers think? Will you be on board with this one when the tickets go on sale this coming Friday? Let me know in the comments section because that is what they are there for. Until next time.