It is with immense disappointment that I have been put in the position to announce the postponement of the remaining dates on my Empath Vol. 1 North American Tour due to Corona Virus.
With the travel ban In effect from Europe and the consequent chaos that has brought to travel plans, as well as the increasing social unrest, combined with the fact that half of this crew is either European or from the UK, it put us in a tenuous position. Several of the dates have been cancelled by the state, and I suspect many more to come.
Devin Townsend invades Greenpoint, Brooklyn and will bring the Progressive Metal might of Haken and The Contortionist along for the ride. You don’t want to miss this show or the chance to enjoy some authentic Polish snacks from their dining area.
The Press Release:
Following a run of dates in Europe and the UK, Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend will bring his ‘Empath’ tour to North America in Feb 2020. Joining the tour are InsideOutMusic label mates Haken, who will be reprising their run as support on the European leg, along with American progressive metal band The Contortionist. The tour kicks off Feb 27th in Toronto and concludes March 25th in San Francisco. Haken and Contortionist will alternate as main support. Devin Townsend released his critically acclaimed album ‘EMPATH’ in March of this year.
The Tour Dates:
Feb 27 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
Feb 28 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
Feb 29 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
Mar 01 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Mar 02 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Mar 05 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC
Mar 06 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Mar 07 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
Mar 09 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Mar 10 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
Mar 12 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
Mar 13 – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
Mar 14 – Metro – Chicago, IL
Mar 15 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Mar 16 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Mar 19 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
Mar 20 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
Mar 21 – The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
Mar 23 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 24 – The Mayan – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 25 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Tickets on sale Friday October 25 at 10am local time via: https://www.hevydevy.com/tourdates/
‘EMPATH’ is out now on Limited 2 CD Digipak in O-Card (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. Order now here: https://devin-townsend.lnk.to/Empath
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve happily witnessed the musical mayhem that is a Devin Townsend tour, whether it be with his Strapping Young Lad era, the Devin Townsend Project era and now his solo stuff and its always a good time. Though it’s been a few years since my last go round I am excited about this news since I’ve not managed to catch either or these two opening acts yet. Despite our still having a few months left in 2019, it seems safe to say that 2020 is going to start off with a solid run of groups. What do you think about this tour news? Chime in down below in the comments. See you next time.
As you readers know, in addition to all of the TOURS AND FESTIVALS that we post about in that Category on PiercingMetal, there are also a whole lot of awesome Music Cruises to choose from and I’m going to continue to post the alerts and updates about the ones we find most interesting. One of the most famous of them all is the “70000Tons Of Metal” excursion and the bands have begun to be announced. As a rule of thumb I will continually edit this post to reflect the new alerts and share it repeatadley across the socials so lets go.
The Confirmed Bands Are As Follows:Emperor, Epica, Haggard, Origin, Einherjer, Leaves’ Eyes, Candlemass, Moonsorrow, Venom, Wintersun, Sortilege, Kampfar, Flotsam and Jetsam, Devin Townsend, Cruachan, At The Gates, Aborted, Archon Angel, Aether Realm, Grave Digger, Kissin’ Dynamite, Trollfest, Soen, Michael Schenker, The Agonist, Ihsahn, Axxis, Omnium Gatherum, Stamina, Finntroll, Bloodbound, Suffocation, Orphaned Land, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Atheist, Edenbridge, Suffocation, November’s Doom, Havok, Whiplash, The Faceless, Ghost Ship Octavius, Exodus, Seven Witches, Ross The Boss, Vio-Lence, Aeternam, Toxik, Brujeria, Once Human, Possessed, Striker, Without Waves, Wilderun and Soilwork.
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About 70000TONS OF METAL: 70000TONS OF METAL is The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, which features 60 Heavy Metal bands on board a luxury cruise ship performing across four stages, including The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to Sail the Seas.
The Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, one of the biggest cruise ships in the World, offers guests complimentary fine dining, 22 bars and lounges, 24 hour room service, and a host of activities and on board amenities. With seven consecutive sellouts since the first voyage in 2011, this five-day, four-night Heavy Metal Music Festival and Caribbean vacation offers 3,000 Metalheads a once in a lifetime opportunity to mingle side-by-side with 60 world class Heavy Metal bands.
Every band plays twice and you get unrestricted festival access to 120+ live performances, including the Jamming with Waters in International Waters All-Star Jam, Meet & Greets with every band, intimate Artist Clinics & Workshops, exclusive Album Premiere Listening Sessions and much more. All of this with no VIP areas on board makes it feel like everyone has a Backstage Pass. If that’s not enough, festival goers even get a chance to explore their Caribbean dream destination with Artist escorted shore excursions.
For more information on 70000TONS OF METAL 2020, including photos, FAQs (for booking, travel documents, payment, etc.), vessel amenities, events details and more, please visit the websitelinked at the close of this announcement. Guests and fans are also invited to join the 70000TONS OF METAL community on Facebook and Twitter (also linked at the close).
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As this will be a continuous list I will refrain from commenting just yet.
Fans of “Hevy Devi” might have to change that nickname to “Mello Devi” as the musician has recently announced his Solo Acoustic Tour. The only downside for the fans in the US and A as Borat would say, is that its happening in Europe. I’m sharing the details with you below in my constant effort to expand our readership. Dig in.
The Press Release:
Devin Townsend is pleased to announce a very special European ‘An Evening With’ solo acoustic tour, beginning at the end of March 2019 and running through April. The intimate evenings will feature Devin performing tracks from across his catalogue, as well as taking part in a Q&A where fans will get to know more about what Devin is up to at this stage in his career and the forthcoming new album ‘Empath’. This will prove to be a unique & special experience for all in attendance.
Hello everyone, Devin here. I have been busy making my newest recording, EMPATH over the past year. It has been a complicated and enlightening experience in that I have gone back to my roots in terms of what my motivations are for making music, in hopes that I am able to move forward as a musician being as true as I possibly can to my motivations. The result is an album that I am exceptionally proud of, one that is uncompromised and diverse in ways that accurately represent where I’m at now at the age of 46. The past decade of relentless touring with DTP had been something that caught up with me in a big way, and as a result I felt I needed to step back from that world and analyse myself and make this music before stepping onto a stage again. The time has come however for me to take the next step in my career, and when asked about how I would like to do so, I decided the first thing I would do was a very intimate run of shows that allows me to play my music stripped back to just me and a guitar. The shows are at nice venues, and includes a spoken word element with questions from the audience as well as aspects of my entire career represented in this one show. Continue reading Devin Townsend Announces Solo Acoustic Tour For 2019→