Starset Announces 2017 Headlining Tour In Support Of “Vessels” Album

The 2017 Tour Announcements seem to be picking up a steady pace as we head towards the winter holidays and that is fine by me since it lets me start my musical year of 2017 off in a proper fashion. This tour will find you welcoming visitors from a strange planet and interestingly enough their name begins with an “S” – Read on.

The Press Release:
Coinciding with the release of their sophomore album VESSELS, cinematic rock band STARSET will launch a U.S. headl Flint, Michigan, with a hometown record release show in Columbus, Ohio set for January 20. Direct support on the tour is Gemini Syndrome. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, December 9.

The four-week outing will take front man Dustin Bates and his helmeted-and-pressure-suited crew, bassist Ron DeChant, guitarist Brock Richards and drummer Adam Gilbert, across the country, stopping in such cities as Chicago, Denver, Spokane, Reno, Scottsdale, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, Baltimore and Pittsburgh with a Los Angeles show at The Roxy confirmed for January 31. See below for full tour routing.

“We look forward to the freedom that headlining will bring – allowing us to further realize our sonic and visual objectives. This will be the most immersive series of ‘demonstrations’ to date,” says Bates.

VESSELS–set for release January 20, 2017 via Razor & Tie–is a data-stream rendered in sound where Bates becomes the deus-ex-machina in an age of information overload that is increasingly complex yet ultimately human. From atmospheric opener, “Back To The Earth” to the driving hooks of the album’s first single, “Monster” to the catchy, nearly progressive moments of “Frequency,” Bates has succeeded in escaping the gravity of formula radio rock. Instead, he has re-imagined his genre-defying vision as an arena where Hans Zimmer interfaces with Radiohead and Trent Reznor. VESSELS was produced by Rob Graves (Halestorm, Red) and mixed by Ben Grosse (Breaking Benjamin, Filter), who also helmed their 2014 Razor & Tie debut, Transmissions, a landmark album selling in excess of a quarter million combined albums, streams and downloads, and propelled by singles including the unforgettable “My Demons” (which spent an unprecedented 43 weeks scaling rock charts).

With over 300 shows logged to date, STARSET has distinguished themselves touring with the likes of Breaking Benjamin and In This Moment, playing major U.S. rock festivals and four sold out performances in planetariums, becoming the first rock band to play live in the full dome entertainment environment. This spring, the band will return to Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion and Rock On the Range, the famed rock festival in the band’s hometown of Columbus, OH, following their 2015 debut at all four events.

The Tour Dates:
1/14: Flint, MI @ Machine Shop*
1/20: Columbus, OH @ Newport*
1/21: Chicago, IL @ Metro
1/23: Denver, CO @ Marquis
1/25: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
1/26: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
1/28: Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlour
1/29: Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
1/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
2/2: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
2/3: Tucson, AZ @ Club XS
2/6: Dallas, TX @ Trees
2/8: Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewters Street Ice House
2/9: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
2/10: Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex
2/11: Madison, AL @ 11th Frame
2/12: Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
2/14: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
2/15: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
2/17: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre

*without Gemini Syndrome

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I’ve wanted to catch them on numerous occasions, I have always somehow managed to miss the Intersteller Explorers in the band known as Starset. Based on the provided tour dates it seems like these musical Guardians of The Galaxy are going to elude my scanners for the time being but trust me I sensors watching out for a return appearance to our quadrant. Don’t let that stop you readers in the sectors that were lined out above because I’ve heard they are quite the interesting experience. Also don’t miss Gemini Syndrome who I heard are pretty damned good in concert as well. Let me know what you think of this new tour as well down in those comments below.

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