Monthly Archives: February 2014

Alternative Press Premieres July’s In-Studio Performance Of “Second Best”

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Earlier today, Alternative Press premiered an in-studio shoot with July performing their single, “Second Best,” during the band’s downtime at King Sound Studio in Paducah, KY. As part of King Sound Studio’s Alternative Press Instagram takeover, the studio invited July to film several in-studio videos.

“We had such a fantastic time down at King Sound Studio. Rick has such amazing facilities and he and his created created a fun and professional working environment that allowed us to create this awesome in-studio shoot!” says singer Devin Moody.
July recently won a contest on RyanSeacrest.com for having the best group cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and also finished a tour supporting Canadian solo artist SayWeCanFly. The band will be announcing a new tour in the coming weeks along with plans for new music.
The band’s debut LP, What We Signed Up For, is now available on TDR Records – http://www.tdrrecords.com/july

 

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You Me At Six at Firestone in Orlando, FL on 5/7

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UK rockers You Me At Six will be heading back to the states for another US headlining tour this April! Pre-sale for the shows starts on Wednesday, February 26th. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, February 28th. The band’s fourth album, Cavalier Youthwhich was released January 28th via Prospect Park, landed at the  No. 1 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart. This international breakthrough followed just a few days after Cavalier Youth earned the No.1 spot on the U.K. charts, bumping Ellie Goulding‘s Halcyon Days to No. 2 and beating out Beyonce.
 
You can purchase Cavalier Youth on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/CYiTunes. For more information: http://www.youmeatsix.co.uk/

 

 

Upcoming Tour Dates

4/21 Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

4/23 The Glass House – Pomona, CA

4/25 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA

4/26 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

4/27 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

4/30 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

5/02 The Door – Dallas, TX

5/03 Red 7 – Austin, TX

5/04 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

5/06 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

5/07 Firestone – Orlando, FL

5/08 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

5/09 State Theatre – St Petersburg, FL

5/11 Rocketown – Nashville, TN

5/12 Fubar – St Louis, MO

5/13 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL (drs 4:30pm/shw 5:30pm)

5/15 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON

5/17 Rock on the Range – Columbus, OH

5/18 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

5/20 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

5/21 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA

5/22 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

 

A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet Packages will be available to purchase for each night of the tour. These VIP Meet & Greet packages include the following:

  • One General Admission Ticket
  • VIP early entry into the venue
  • Access to the bands pre-show soundcheck with exclusive acoustic set
  • Exclusive meet & greet with You Me At Six
  • Personal photograph with You Me At Six
  • Autographed CD copy of the new album Cavalier Youth
  • Exclusive tour merchandise item
  • Official meet & greet laminate
 
WHO: You Me At Six
WHERE: Firestone | 578 North Orange Ave | Orlando, FL
WHEN: Wednesday, May 7 | Doors: 6PM
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VIDEO: Throw The Fight – “When The World Stops Spinning”

Throw The Fight premiered their new music video for “When The World Stops Spinning” earlier today. The video was filmed while on the recent Monster Energy Outbreak Tour/HardDrive Live Tour with Bullet For My ValentineBlack Veil Brides, and Stars In Stereo.

You can watch the video below!

 

 
Throw The Fight released their latest album, the John Feldmann (Atreyu, The Used) produced, “What Doesn’t Kill Us” via Bullet Tooth last year. The album’s debut landed them a spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, continuing the tradition of former acts from Minneapolis by delivering an authentic display of metal-edged, hard rock. The first single off the record, “Not So Hollywood,” garnered plenty airplay and spins on Music Choice, SiriusXM Octane, and rock stations across the country. 
 
 
With no signs of slowing down, fans best keep an eye (and ear!) on the band. Stay tuned for new music, tour dates, music videos, singles, and much more from Throw The Fight!
 
 
 
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Vinyl Thief Premiere Music Video and Announce SXSW Shows

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Vinyl Thief, the electro-rock outfit from Nashville have just premiered a new music video for their single, “Smooth,” from their new EP, Stop Motion. You can watch the video below!

 

 

Vinyl Thief will also be returning to play South by Southwest, after a successful run during SXSW2013, where the band earned a reputation for their insanely energetic live show after playing theBeautiful Buzzz showcase.  For more details on the band’s upcoming SXSW performance, please visit: http://vinylthief.com/.

 

A four-song preview to the band’s upcoming full-length, Fathoms, was also released recently. The EP has fans and critics eager to hear more, with support pouring out from the likes of VICE’s NoiseyDiffuser.fm and The Deli Magazine, who coined the new release “so completely, flawlessly realized…”

 

Upcoming SXSW Shows:

Big Picture Media x Glamour Kills Showcase

WHEN: Friday, March 14th | Set Time: 2:55pm

WHERE: The Blind Pig Rooftop | 317 E. 6th St. | Austin, TX 78701

ENTRY: FREE

INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/363842043757786/

Official SXSW Showcase

WHEN: Saturday, March 15th | Set Time: 8:00pm

WHERE: B.D. Riley’s | 204 E. 6th St. | Austin, TX 78701

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TRACK: Weak Nerves – “Bedroom Rot”

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The Weak Nerves is a London-based band comprised of Sean Keane (guitar/vox), Oliver Jeffs (bass/vox), and Lee Munday (drums). Together, they have worked to produce a sound fueled by a 90’s infusion that has resulted in a 6-track EP that is due out at the end of March.

Last year, the band released a double A-side single Cheapskates/Bedroom Rot. The track ‘Bedroom Rot’ can be heard below. For those of you that consistently reminisce on the good old grunge days of the 90s, this is the song for you!

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Tegan and Sara Announce “Let’s Make Things Physical” Spring/Summer Headlining Tour

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Tegan and Sara are still on fire. The last year has been colossal for the sisters, with the release of their seventh studio album, Heartthrob, which marked their highest first week charting position of all time. The duo scored their first mainstream hit with “Closer” and circled the globe in support of  Heartthrob. Next up, the girls are taking off to sea with Paramore as part of the Parahoy!  cruise concert, then accompanying Katy Perry on the last leg of her international tour. In the meantime, they’ve just announced a run of 19 headlining dates including a stop at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and back-to-back nights in DC and Chicago in addition to some massive performances at slew of summer festivals.

“I Was A Fool” Official Video on YouTube

“Everything Is Awesome” Feat. The Lonely Island on YouTube

After a great first-run with “Closer,” Tegan and Sara are launching their second single from this album cycle this spring, “I Was A Fool,”  the follow up to their wildly successful first single. Today, Tegan and Sara released a “Closer” EP entitled Closer Remixed – Vol. 3 with 11 new versions of the song.
The Canadian-born duo teamed up with The Lonely Island to sing the theme-song, “Everything Is Awesome”, for The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, which opened up this month and has been blowing up the box office. There’s also a new song performed by Tegan and Sara, “Don’t Find Another Love,” in Universal Pictures’ movie Endless Love, a romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) and directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong).

 

On March 30th, Tegan and Sara will perform at the Canadian Juno Awards, of which they’re nominated for four! They’re also confirmed for Big Guava Music Festival in Tampa, FL, Hangout Music Fest, Suburbia Music Festival, and Firefly Festival in Dover, DE this summer.

Confirmed Tegan & Sara Tour Dates:

03/03          The Port Theatre – Nanaimo, Canada

03/04          Royal Theatre Victoria – Victoria, Canada

03/07          Parahoy – Berry Islands, Bahamas

03/08          Parahoy – Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/09          Parahoy – Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/10          Parahoy – Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/11          Parahoy – Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/12          Revolution Live – Fort Lauderdale, FL
03/14          Coliseo De Puerto Rico – San Juan, PR
04/05          Club Skirts Dinah Shore – Palm Springs, CA
04/07          El Plaza – Mexico City, Mexico

05/03          Big Guava Music Festival – Tampa, FL

05/03-04    Suburbia Music Festival – Plano, TX

05/06          The Blue Note – Columbia, MO ^~

05/07          Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY ^~

05/08          The Madison Theater – Covington, KY ^~

05/09          Canadian Music Week – Toronto, Canada
05/10          Egyptian Room at The Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN ^~

05/12          Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN ^~

05/13          Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN

05/14          Music Farm – Charleston, SC ^~

05/15          The Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA ^~

05/16          Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Jacksonville, FL ^~

05/16-18    Hangout Music Fest – Gulf Shores, AL

05/19          The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC ^~

05/20          The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC ^~

05/21          9:30 Club – Washington, DC ^~

05/22          9:30 Club – Washington, DC ^~
05/25          Boston Calling Music Festival – Boston, MA

06/16          First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN ^#

06/17          The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL ^#

06/18          The Vic Theatre – Chciago, IL ^#

06/19-21    Firefly Festival – Dover, DE

06/22          Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT ^#

06/24          Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY ^#

06/28          Meijer Gardens Amphitheater – Grand Rapids, MI ^#

07/06          Sasquatch – Quincy, WA

09/09          Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC*
09/10          Rogers Area – Vancouver, BC*
09/12          Moda Center – Portland, OR*
09/13          Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA*
09/16          Honda Center – Anaheim, CA*
09/17          Honda Center – Anaheim, CA*
09/19          STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA*
09/20          STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA*
09/22          SAP Center – San Jose, CA*
09/23          SAP Center – San Jose, CA*
09/25          Jobing.com Arena – Glendale, AZ*
09/26          MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV*
09/29          EnergySolutions Arena – Salt lake City, UT*
09/30          Pepsi Center – Denver, CO*
10/02          American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX*
10/03          American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX*
10/05          FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN*
10/06          BOK Center – Tulsa, OK*
10/08          New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA*

~Let’s Make Things Physical Headlining Tour w/ Lucius     
^Let’s Make Things Physical Headlining Tour w/ The Courtneys     
#Let’s Make Things Physical Headlining Tour w/ My Midnight Heart

*Prismatic Tour w/ Katy Perry

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Q&A: Ashley Allen – Refreshingly Real

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Ashley Allen is a vibrant artist that is hard to be ignored. With a catchy, optimistic style, she is generating buzz with her new EP, Body Say No, Heart Say Yes (check out the official video for the single below). The EP, which was released on December 10th, 2013. In a surprisingly crisp twist, Ashley does not come across the same as many other artists in her genre, with a sound that is all her own. She was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions for Planet Stereo!

PS: Thanks for doing the interview. How are you?

AA: I’m great! Thanks for having me!

PS: Your Body Say No, Heart Say Yes EP was just released. What is the best thing about having the material out for the world to hear?

AA: It’s just nice to be able to share my music with everyone. I’ve waited so long for this moment I am happy that it’s finally here!

PS: Do you have a favorite song from the EP?

AA: NO! They are all my babies and I love them all!

PS: Is there a song you notice fans really responding to?

AA: I would probably say “Body Say No, Heart Say Yes” since it is the song that is my first single.

PS: Is there a specific meaning behind Body Say No, Heart Say Yes?

AA: The message being Body Say No, Heart Say Yes is to get up and out and seize the day. No matter how bad or down you may feel you only have one life so you better make it count.

PS: You worked with Cash Cash on the EP. What was it like to collaborate with them?

AA: Well, I’ve known them for so long. We had a lot of fun writing and working together. They definitely made it really easy and I learned a lot from them.

PS: In general, which do you find the best–solo work or collaborations?

AA: I definitely find collaborations to be best. I am a firm believer then two brains are better then one.

PS: You get compared to a lot of other female artists. How do you respond to those comparisons?

AA: I feel honored to even be placed in the same category as other female artists. So I have learned to take them as compliments.

PS: After touring Australia, do you think the crowds are different from the ones you’re used to in America?

AA: For every show that you play the crowd is different. It’s hard to say crowds in America are different from crowds in Australia because it really differs from place to place.

 PS: What was it like being in Australia?

AA: It was really awesome. It was definitely top on the list of places I wanted to visit.

PS: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

AA: Still writing music and performing. Hopefully somewhere warm!

PS: If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be and why?

AA: I would tell myself that life is too short to dwell on the past and feel bad for yourself. I would tell myself this because when your in the middle of growing up life can seem so long. You don’t realize how short life is.

For more on Ashley Allen, click HERE.

You can buy Body Say No, Heart Say Yes by clicking HERE.

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The Sky’s The Limit: Megan Joy

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Megan Joy released her brand new album, Free To Fly, on January 14th of this year. The season eight American Idol finalist garnered quite the fan-following, funding her debut album in 2012. Now, the singer-songwriter is making a bigger name for herself, and finding the idea balance between being an artist and a family woman.

“Before American Idol, I wasn’t pursuing music in any way. I was a stay-at-home mom who worked full time generating fonts. I sang in the shower and wrote in my journals but that was about it,” Megan admits. “My experience on Idol basically blew my mind, opening and changing every aspect of my life entirely, especially how I work. I didn’t even realize I could pursue a career in music until I was on the AI tour.

“I spent the year after idol traveling and learning how to integrate my writing into songs and how to control my instrument in a vocal booth. I didn’t even know what working in music meant before Idol!”

In 2012, Megan put that knowledge to good use, jumping onto Kickstarter to raise funds for her debut album. “I had absolutely no knowledge of the industry,” she laughs. “The people who run American Idol continually tell the contestants that Idol is ‘Star School,’ and my 5 year crash course up to this point ain’t bad considering how clueless I was at first!

“My first album was fun because the money I raised with Kickstarter went to re-recording songs with my long-time friend and brilliant producer, Matt Winegar AND my husband. We took what I had done in Hollywood with co-writers and made it more my own. I wanted the first album to be a little more indie sounding and have a darker feeling.”

Like many artists before her, Megan is not the type to hide from her past. Instead, she embraced it, putting it to good use to create something wonderful. “[If I could go back in time,] I would tell myself to lay off the sauce. I wasn’t drinking enough for anyone to throw me in rehab, but I was definitely destroying my sensitive heart and adding layer after layer to my already muddled up clarity. I wish I would have had more awareness about how to cope with stress and pain, especially during my experience on American Idol,” Megan admits honestly.  “I instead wound up drinking any chance I could to numb to pain and pass the time until I could be with my son again. I would have found my peace and purpose much much sooner without drinking to darkness BUT I am completely grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the understanding I have gained regarding substance and personal power. I wouldn’t change a thing about the road I’ve walked. It’s been beautiful.”

It would appear that capturing the darkness in her debut album has led to Megan Joy’s desire to document the results of those lessons learned on Free To Fly. “I have my emotional indie album and my happy pop power album,” she says. “With Free To Fly, I didn’t want to re-record the songs because the original outcome was so beautiful I didn’t want to try to recapture the magic that was  already there. So I spent most of my time negotiating with co-writes, which was just as much work, if not more, than re-recording the songs all together but I’m so glad I never gave up.  It feels amazing to have so much to showcase.”

The album is the result of a collaboration with Goldfinger frontman & producer John Feldman (We Are The In Crowd, The Veronicas), Peter Zizzo (Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion), Bleu (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez), and Scott Simons (Drake Bell, Chris Rene). 

 

(Check out Megan performing her favorite song from the album, “Double Life”)

 

With songs that radiate optimism and lyrics that read like well-timed narrations, Free To Fly is a work of art that has been years in the making for Megan. “[After releasing the album,] I finally feel a HUGE weight off my shoulders. I can do whatever I want now, there’s so many dreams to chase!” she exclaims. “Free To Fly is upbeat, poppy, colorful, and optimistic in comparison to my first album, which was more sad. [This time,] I really wanted to focus on strength and overcoming hardship, while still having fun.” Fans have taken note of the difference in the approach Megan has taken to her sophomore release, and it’s garnering praise across the board. But the busy singer-songwriter has little time to bask in the glory of her success; alongside Free To Fly, Megan and her husband launched their own record label, Loud Meow Music.

“After Idol and writing twenty-three songs, I spent months at a time meeting with almost every major label out there. It was crazy overwhelming and I found myself struggling with how to present myself. Labels don’t want to hear that your career comes second to your family, because touring is where most of the money is made. So I either turned them off or I was turned off by the lack of control I would really have at a label,” Megan explains. “I also became very concerned with finding my own artistry; I didn’t want to be factory made and molded. I don’t care about being famous, but I do care about being an authentic; original. My husband is also a musician and has had many uncomfortable experiences with label. So we launched the label to maintain complete control of any project we’re working on. It just made sense and we are super excited about it!”

The best part about having your own label? Deciding what you do, when you do it. “Touring is tricky for me and has been an enormous factor in my career, because nothing matters more to me than being a present mother. When I went on the Idols Live tour, it was excruciating to be away from my son, so I will never tour in such big blocks of time while he is young. For now, I’m excited to play locally and I look forward to some fun opportunities to play here and there outside of Utah without compromising my motherhood.”
First and foremost a mother and wife, Megan seems to have found a balance that most artists, and parents in general, crave and search out for years. “It’s literally taken these entire past five years to figure out balance between my family and my career,” she admits. “I think the most important aspect is that I have to do both every single day. I have to take care of my family and home DAILY and I have to sing and write DAILY. The key is really self-fulfillment and my own personal definition of success.
“Luckily for me, my experience on Idol gave me a VERY negative perspective of fame. I hated how my pinch of it affected my friends and family, everyone constantly watching me and disregarding my privacy, and the extra judgment that people suddenly felt entitled to. All I want is to be an artist, making a little money doing what I love and to be a super mom. I feel like I finally am just that!”
Unlike many, Megan also has an ace in the hole that gives her the upper-hand in her situation: her husband is an artist too. “Oh man. Living with Quinn is my real dream come true. He is completely inspired and his beautiful mind and heart never cease to amaze me,” she gushes, sounding just like any other woman in love. “The thing that works best for us is that we both allow each other to do and be exactly what we want. We both want to love and create all day every day and we are so so fortunate that we both understand that and are stable enough to give each other that freedom. No expectations is what we thrive on, we are able to remain present and focused together because we grasp how unpredictable life really is. We’re also lucky that our interests in music and art are very complimentary. I could never fully express my admiration, gratitude and love for Quinn.”
Megan Joy is the kind of artist and person that would garner much envy, if it weren’t for the fact that she was so sweet. The soulful mother-of-one has brought style to everything that she does, from American Idol to Free To Fly. With so many different project under her belt and the endless possibilities they bring, exciting things are happening for Megan Joy, and we’re all excited to see how it unfolds.
For more on Megan Joy, please click HERE. You can also purchase Free to Fly on iTunes, by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1ji5j9a.
Also, be sure to check out her AMAZING covers on YouTube, like this one:
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REVIEW: Revisionist – Coasting

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Ah, the sound of an acoustic EP or album over a set of speakers is a wonderful sound. There is something magical in the moment when the music begins to play, and the same emotions you’ve heard or felt with crashing cymbals and electric guitars is brought to life with pure acoustics. It’s the show where you can shout requests to the artist, and the singer’s every word suddenly sounds like it carries more weight. There’s definitely something special about a good acoustic EP.

“Recalibrate” skips small-talk and gentle introductions, jumping straight into it, with the vocals crashing over the speakers before the listener can prepare themselves. It’s a pleasant surprise, as the track sounds like part of a legitimate acoustic set–raw, powerful, and gruff. To be entirely honest, this may be one of the first times hearing a computer term has made me want to sway.

The title track of the EP starts off with the wonderfully melodic strumming of a guitar. At first, it would be easy to say that the vocals seem to be a bit misplaced, but as the track continues, everything begins to flow quite nicely. This is the song that, if you close your eyes, will leave you stood in the middle of your favorite venue, watching a band dominate the stage with nothing but a guitar.

“Heavy Shoulders” carries that same melodic, smooth momentum with it, really reminding listeners how music should be. This song is a bit more emotional, with pure soul echoing through the lyrics. This may be my favorite from the EP, just for the almost whiney “I wish I knew how” group vocals. There’s a very believable desperation and helplessness in the vocals, as well as in the music in itself. The lyrics read like the lines of a poem or a very well strung together monologue in a play, only enhancing the enjoyment.

Easily competing (and holding its own) for title of “Favorite Track,” “Today, We Sleep!” is a beautiful finish to the already well-done EP. Closing it out with more style than could be expected, Revisionist shows versatility and creativity in the best way. This is the ideal acoustic song; emotional, almost folksy, full of great instrumentation, and just nice to listen to.

Entirely different from the typically polished (sometimes overly so) albums produced today, Revisionist’s Coasting may come as a shock to many listeners who aren’t used to a more intimate, live vibe, but no matter your opinion on how roughly tracked or how excellently done this EP is, there is no denying the talent and time put into it. With a raw, distinguished style, it is impossible to ignore Revisionist with material like this.

Coasting will be released on February 25th, 2014.

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Avenged Sevenfold Shepherd of Fire Tour Date Revisions

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Avenged Sevenfold’s Shepherd of Fire Tour, with supporting act Hellyeahon, kicks off on April 12th in British Columbia. Check out the revised tour dates below!

 Avenged Sevenfold’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

04/12  Dawson Creek, BC              EnCana Events Centre

04/13  Prince George, BC              CN Centre

04/16  Moose Jaw, SK                    Mosaic Place

04/17  Edmonton, AB                     Shaw Conference Centre

04/19  Winnipeg, MB                     MTS Center

04/21  Minneapolis, MN                Target Center

04/23  Huntsville, AL                      Von Braun Center

04/25  Tampa, FL                             St. Pete Times Forum

04/26  Jacksonville, FL                   Welcome to Rockville

04/28  Lafayette, LA                        Cajundome

04/30  Hollywood, FL                      Hard Rock Live

05/02  Virginia Beach, VA               Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

05/03  Charlotte, NC                        Carolina Rebellion

05/06  Knoxville, TN                       Knoxville Civic Coliseum

05/08  Hershey, PA                         Giant Center

05/10  Bangor, ME                           Rise Above Fest

05/12  Quebec City, QC                  Colisee Pepsi Arena

05/13  Montreal, QC                       Bell Centre

05/15  Syracuse, NY                       Oncenter Complex

05/17  Columbus, OH                     Rock on the Range

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