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The initial tour dates for the 2006 Taste of Chaos tour, a near two-month jaunt featuring Adair, As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Deftones, Dredg, Greeley Estates, Millionaire, Pelican, Silverstein, Story of the Year, Street Drum Corps, The Confession, The Receiving End of Sirens, and Thrice, have been announced.
The tour — nicknamed "Winter Warped" during its inaugural run last year — kicks off in San Diego on February 16 and snakes its way throughout the U.S. and Canada before coming to an end April 15 in Montreal.
A special ticket pre-sale begins Friday; fans can visit TasteOfChaos.com for more information.
Last year's version of Taste featured headliners the Used and My Chemical Romance and was so popular that it spawned a European sequel of sorts, also headlined by the Used, plus a tour-spanning DVD and a charity holiday comp, Taste of Christmas.
Here are the Taste of Chaos 2006 tour dates, according to event organizers: More...
More bands have been confirmed for 2006's Taste of Chaos Tour. The trek, which will be headlined the DEFTONES, will include performances by the following acts on select dates (in alphabetical order):
AS I LAY DYING
STORY OF THE YEAR
STREET DRUM CORPS
THE RECEIVING END OF SIRENS
Taste of Chaos Tour is scheduled to kick off February 15. A launch party will be held on December 10 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, featuring performances by the STREET DRUM CORPS, GYM CLASS HEROES and BLEED THE DREAM, among others.
Pelican will be touring the UK in December. Here are the tour dates:
12/12 Bristol, UK @ Thekla
12/13 Exeter, UK @ Cavern
12/14 Reading, UK @ Face Bar
12/15 Leeds, UK @ Joseph's Well
12/16 Nottingham, UK @ Horn In Hand
12/17 Dublin, IRE @ Whelan's
12/18 Glasgow, UK @ ABC2
12/19 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
12/20 London, UK @ King's Cross Scala
12/21 Birmingham, UK @ Medicine Bar
The following are the correct Fireball Ministry U.S. tour dates starting in October going through November. Here they are:
w/ Opeth, Pelican
10/9 Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
10/10 House Of Blues - Hollywood, CA
10/11 Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
10/12 Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
10/14 Commodore - Vancouver, BC Canada
10/15 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
10/17 Lo-Fi Café - Salt Lake City, UT
10/18 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
10/20 Trees - Dallas, TX
10/21 Meridian - Houston, TX
10/22 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
10/24 Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
10/25 Pop's - St. Louis, MO
10/26 House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
10/27 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
10/28 Opera House - Toronto, ON, Canada
10/29 Medley - Montreal, QC, Canada
10/30 Palladium - Worcester, MA
w/ CKY, The Knives
11/1 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
11/2 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
11/4 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
11/5 Freebird Live - Jacksonville, FL
11/6 House Of Blues - Orlando, FL
11/7 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/9 Beta Bar - Tallahassee, FL
11/10 Juanita's - Little Rock, AR
11/12 La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
11/15 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
11/16 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
w/ H.I.M., Skindred, Finch
11/19 House of Blues - Atlantic City, NJ
11/21 Norva - Norfolk, VA
11/22 9:30 Club - Washington, D.C.
11/23 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
11/24 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
Jon Caramanica has written a surprisingly excellent article in the New York Times about the shift in metal and the rise of "art metal" and "post metal," the latter label I dislike more than the first. Here's an except to get you started:
You might not have known it from looking at the audience, but when the Chicago instrumental band Pelican performed at the Knitting Factory in late July, it was playing metal.
Instead of long hair and all-black outfits, the crowd was displaying the trappings of brainy, slightly nerdy indie rock. Young men wore artistically cropped hair and tight-legged jeans, and there was even a smattering of young women in librarian glasses and worn-out Chuck Taylor sneakers.
This is not your older brother's metal crowd. "I've been wearing my Def Leppard T-shirt on tour recently," said Laurent Lebec, a guitarist in Pelican and a fan of that archteypal 1980's metal band. "People come up to me and ask, 'Is that a joke?' I have to tell them that I don't wear T-shirts as a joke."
The particularly dark and aggressive strain of rock called heavy metal has been around for more than three decades. In that time, it has spawned a range of offshoots, but none have been as unlikely as the recent wave of bands using metal as a jumping-off point for a range of experimental styles, dabbling in free jazz, minimalist post-rock, noise and even modern classical music.
This is art-metal, a curious scene populated by a new generation of metal acolytes onstage and younger fans often unfamiliar with metal's headbanger heritage.
"Metal in general has long been unjustly maligned as solely the province of knuckle-dragging meatheads," said Aaron Turner, a founder of the influential Hydra Head Records, which has released three CD's by Pelican, including, recently, "The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw." "That said, there's never been a group of musicians like there is now, who are helping to advance the form."
Read the full article at New York Times.
Opeth have rolled out numerous dates for their upcoming European tour which will take place in December, here's the schedule:
December 04th Utrecht, NET - Tivoli De Helling
December 06th Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
December 07th Toulouse, FRA - Le Ramier
December 08th Bergara, SPA - Sala Jam
December 09th Madrid, SPA - Madrid Arena
December 10th Barcelona, SPA - Apollo
December 11th Villeurbanne, FRA - Transbordeur
December 13th Milan, ITA - Rolling Stone
December 14th Florence, ITA - Flog Poggetto
December 15th Zurich, SWI - Abart
December 16th Munich, GER - Backstage
December 17th Vienna, AUT - Arena
December 18th Budapest, HUN - Petofi Hall
In other news, the band have added more openers to their previously announced October/November North American headlining run. In addition to Pelican's October 09th to October 22nd stint and Nevermore's October 24th to November 11th slot, Fireball Ministry will now also join the bill from October 09th through to October 30th, while Into Eternity will then take over the slot, opening from October 31st through to November 11th.
FIREBALL MINISTRY and INTO ETERNITY will be opening different legs of OPETH's upcoming headlining tour. FIREBALL MINISTRY will open all dates before Halloween. INTO ETERNITY will replace FIREBALL MINISTRY for all dates on and after Halloween.
PELICAN will be in direct support to OPETH for all dates before the October 24 show in Lawrence, KS. NEVERMORE will then replace PELICAN as the direct-support band from the Kansas date on.
Dates and support acts for OPETH break down as follows:
with PELICAN, FIREBALL MINISTRY:
October 9 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 10 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
October 11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
October 12 - Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom
October 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
October 15 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe
October 18 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
October 20 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
October 21 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
October 22 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
with NEVERMORE, FIREBALL MINISTRY:
October 24 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
October 25 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's
October 26 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 27 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
October 28 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
October 29 - Montreal, QUE @ Medley
October 30 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
with NEVERMORE, INTO ETERNITY:
October 31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
November 2 - Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
November 3 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
November 4 - Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theatre
November 5 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 6 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
November 7 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
November 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre
November 9 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
November 11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Opeth have recruited Pelican and Nevermore to support them on separate legs of their upcoming North American headlining tour. Pelican will open up all dates ranging from October 09th through to October 22nd, while Nevermore will then replace them, opening on stops ranging from October 24th to November 11th. The complete revised schedule for the trek is as follows:
October 09th Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
October 10th West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
October 11th San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
October 12th Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
October 15th Seattle, WA - El Corazon
October 17th Salt Lake City, UT - Lo-Fi Cafe
October 18th Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
October 20th Dallas, TX - Trees
October 21st Houston, TX - Meridian
October 22nd San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
October 24th Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
October 25th St. Louis, MO - Pop's
October 26th Chicago, IL - House of Blues
October 27th Detroit, MI - Harpo's
October 30th Worcester, MA - The Palladium
October 31st Philadelphia, PA - TLA
November 02nd Latham, NY - Saratoga Winners
November 03rd New York City, NY - Webster Hall
November 04th Buffalo, NY - Showplace Theatre
November 05th Springfield, VA - Jaxx
November 06th Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
November 07th Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
November 08th Atlanta, GA - Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
November 09th Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
November 11th Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Chicago metal/doom band Lair of the Minotaur recently signed with Southern Lord Records. Formed in 2003, the group features Steven Rathbone (ex-7000 Dying Rats), Donald James Barraca (ex-7000 Dying Rats), and Larry Herweg (Pelican). The group will release an album, entitled "Carnage," on September 21st.