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High on Fire

Formed: 1998
From: Oakland, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete High on Fire news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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High On Fire Streaming Concert Online

Woozyfly.com report:

Oakland, California-based band HIGH ON FIRE (Relapse Records) invited the film crew of the new music social networking site Woozyfly.com to film their Europa Night Club show in Brooklyn, NY.

Watching their show you will see why High On Fire puts the "power" in power trio with the distinctive guitar playing and throaty war cry of Matt Pike, Des Kensel's massive drumming and George Rice's thundering bass lines. This is a must see concert.

You can enjoy the concert on Woozyfly.com by clicking here.

High On Fire's 'Rumors Of War' video, the first from the band's Death Is This Communion album, made its Headbanger's Ball debut in December on MTV2. The clip was lensed in Los Angeles by director/producer Soren (UNEARTH, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, GREELEY ESTATES).

High On Fire are also be part of this year's Gigantour, which is scheduled to kick off in North America mid-April and run through the end of May. Headlining the trek will be MEGADETH, with additional support from CHILDREN OF BODOM and JOB FOR A COWBOY.

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Municipal Waste Release More March Tour Dates

MUNICIPAL WASTE have lined up the following tour dates for next month:

March 7 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 w/ Soilent Green, Iron Lung
March 8 - Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway w/ Iron Lung
March 10 - Houston, TX @ Meridian Red Room w/ Iron Lung, Pretty Little Flower
March 11 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Naked Ray Gun, Cancerbats
March 12 - Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club w/ The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Iron Lung
March 13 - Austin, TX @ SXSW Relapse Showcase w/ High On Fire, Genghis Tron, Coliseum
March 14 - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ Annihilation Time, Clockcleaner, Iron Lung, Paint It Black
March 15 - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ The Breeders, Fucked Up, Annihilation Time, Pissed Jeans, Matt and Kim, Brian Posehn, Jeanane Garolfalo
March 16 - San Antonio, TX @ The Crossing
March 18 - Pensacola, FL @ Sluggos w/ Iron Lung
March 19 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre w/ Torche, Iron Lung
March 20 - Gainesville FL Common Grounds w/ Iron Lung
March 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Iron Lung
March 22 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club w/ Iron Lung, Coliseum, Battlemaster

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Relapse Records Announces SXSW Showcase

Relapse Records has announced the details for its 2008 South by Southwest (SXSW) label showcase. This showcase, the label's tenth consecutive at SXSW, will be held at Emo's Annex (600 Red River Street) on Thursday, March 13th and will be open to the public as well as SXSW badge-holders.

This year's line-up includes High On Fire (Oakland, CA), Genghis Tron (Philadelphia, PA), Coliseum (Louisville, KY), Vverevvolf Grehv (Omaha, NE), special guests Municipal Waste (Richmond, VA), and Austin's own Mala Suerte. Running order and show times are forthcoming.

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10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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Gigantour Meet And Greets Announced

MegaFanClub members will have first crack at some very limited deluxe meet & greet packages for the North American leg of Gigantour 2008. They will be available as of Tuesday, January 15th. Stay tuned for details and official confirmation of tour dates.

As previously reported, a string of tentative dates for Gigantour 2008 North America, the festival trek through Canada and the US featuring MEGADETH, IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, JOB FOR A COWBOY and HIGH ON FIRE - have been revealed.

Suggested tour dates currently include:

April
7 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
8 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
11 - Phoenix, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
12 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
13 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
15 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre
16 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
17 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
19 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
20 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Gardens
22 - New York City, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
23 - New York City, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
24 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
26 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion
28 - Quebec City - Pavillon de la Jeunesse
29 - Montréal, QC - Bell Centre
30 - Toronto, ON - Arrow Hall

May
1 - London ON - John Labatt Centre
3 - Detroit, MI - DTE Music Center
4 - Cleveland, OH - Tower City Center
6 - Chicago, IL - [to be announced]
7 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
9 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
10 - Winnipeg, MB - Convention Centre
11 - Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland Exhibition Hall
12 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
14 - Calgary, AB - The Stampede Corral
16 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum

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More North American Gigantour Dates Announced

A string of tentative dates for Gigantour 2008 North America, the festival trek through Canada and the US featuring MEGADETH, IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, JOB FOR A COWBOY and HIGH ON FIRE - have been revealed.

Suggested tour dates currently include:

April
7 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
8 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
11 - Phoenix, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
12 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
13 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
15 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre
16 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
17 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
19 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
20 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Gardens
22 - New York City, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
23 - New York City, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
24 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
26 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion
28 - Quebec City - Pavillon de la Jeunesse
29 - Montréal, QC - Bell Centre
30 - Toronto, ON - Arrow Hall

May
1 - London ON - John Labatt Centre
3 - Detroit, MI - DTE Music Center
4 - Cleveland, OH - Tower City Center
6 - Chicago, IL - [to be announced]
7 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
9 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
10 - Winnipeg, MB - Convention Centre
11 - Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland Exhibition Hall
12 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
14 - Calgary, AB - The Stampede Corral
16 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum

Stay tuned for further details and official confirmation of dates.

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First Gigantour 2008 Dates Revealed

The first dates for Gigantour 2008 - featuring MEGADETH, IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, JOB FOR A COWBOY and HIGH ON FIRE - have been revealed and are as follows:

April
28 - Quebec City - Pavillon de la Jeunesse
29 - Montréal, QC - Bell Centre
30 - Toronto, ON - Arrow Hall

The tour is scheduled to kick off mid-April and run through the end of May.

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Gigantour 2008 Lineup Revealed

The complete lineup for Gigantour 2008 has been revealed. The tour is scheduled to kick off mid-April and run through the end of May and will feature the following acts:

MEGADETH
IN FLAMES
CHILDREN OF BODOM
JOB FOR A COWBOY
HIGH ON FIRE

In the meantime, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message at the Gigantour forum:

"As some of you may have heard on last week's Rockline with Bob Coburn, I kind of alluded to a great Japanese magazine that I love talking to called Burrrn! (not a typo) and I gave them a little taste of something about Gigantour 2008's line-up. Well, Bob asked me again about the line-up and I playfully mentioned some more 'stuff.' And although I did not actually confirm or deny it, as of yesterday, we are officially on our way! I am happy to say that yesterday I did a cover story photo-shoot with the front-men of the other bands of this year's 'helluva line-up!' at my upcoming heavy metal festival and I think we had a pretty kewl afternoon.

And as Gigantour grows, it is continuing to develop the 'roll' part of 'rock and roll.' The breaking news is we are going to have five bands this year, instead of eight. The decision to drop it down from eight bands to five was based on timing, set lengths, stage sizes, unions, and most importantly allowing 'us' — the musicians — to deliver to 'you' — the fans — the best shows we can. Besides it is easier to remember five bands' and crews' worth of names than eight.

"It is pretty much not a secret anymore who the bands are, but we are still going to 'officially' announce the line-up as soon as our business partners return from the holidays, and their celebrating putting together such a great line-up this year!

"We will be announcing shortly after that when and where our Gigantour baseball game is going to happen. You may remember that for the last two years of successfully Gigantouring North America, that we had played a softball game each year and gathered food for the homeless and provided meals for the shelters for delivery to homes, as well as providing our gloves and other baseball artifacts, uniforms and equipment to charity for auction. In 2005 and 2006 the charity of choice was Mr. Holland's Opus. This charity provides musical instruments for underprivileged children. We will be providing info for our choice for the baseball games charity to support this year.

So, to the guys I met yesterday (and in some cases before) _____, _____, ___, and ______ and their management and crew from yesterdays photo shoot for Revolver, I will see you guys soon and be sure and check out what these great guitarist and bands have to say here in their chats, posts, blogs, podcasts, and video footage (if any).

I am still hopeful that we will be able to video tape this year's Gigantour, but after the last one and the way it finished, I think that my people are not as open-minded to going through that whole ordeal again. Cross your fingers though. I always keep trying, that is why it seems like I win a lot. I do win a lot, it's just I have a lot of defeats too; and I don't dwell on them or try to let you know of them.

We will be launching the new face of the site soon too, so stay tuned for that. And we will be announcing something that happened at the end of this year too, that will no doubt provide many new and exciting possibilities for us. I will be referring back to this post and the day 12.18 when we do make our announcement.

Until then, I love you guys, and have a great Christmas, and Kwanzaa, and I hope that you had a great Hanukkah!"

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High On Fire Announce Winter Tour Dates

HIGH ON FIRE has announced the second US leg of their Death Is This Communion World Tour.

This five-week winter tour will begin in mid-January and include support from A LIFE ONCE LOST and SAVIOURS. Also joining the tour on various dates will be guests RWAKE, INTRONAUT, ARCHONS, and more. A listing of these dates follows with more details being announced shortly.

High On Fire are currently out on their first North American run in support of Death Is This Communion. Immediately following, the band will team up with PELICAN for a co-headlining European tour beginning November 14th. A complete listing of High On Fire tour dates can be found below.

Tour dates:

All Dates From October 18th thru October 29th with MONO, PANTHERS, COLISEUM
October
18 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
19 Chicago, IL Double Door
20 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
21 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
24 Vancouver, BC Richards on Richards
25 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
26 Portland, OR Dante’s
28 San Francisco, CA Independent
29 San Francisco, CA Independent

All Dates From November 14th thru December 18th with PELICAN
November
14 Groningen, NL Vera
15 Hamburg, DE Hafenklang
16 Copenhagen, DK Loppen
17 Gothenburg, SE Sticky Fingers
18 Oslo, NO Garage
19 Stockholm, SE Debaser
21 Berlin, DE Maria Am Ufer
22 Leipzig, DE UT Connewitz
23 Wroclaw, PL Firlej
24 Prague, CZ Rock Café
25 Vienna, AT Arena
26 Innsbruck, AT Pmk
27 Milan, IT Music Drome
28 Geneva, CH L’Usine
29 Toulouse, FR Les Vents Du Sud
30 Barcelona, ES Sala Be Cool

December
1 Madrid, ES Moby Dick
2 Angouleme, FR La Nef
3 Nantes, FR Olympic
5 Paris, FR La Locomotive (with Mono)
7 Athens, GR AN Club
8 Brussels, BE VK (w/ PRIESTBIRD)
10 Belfast, IRE Limelight
11 Dublin, IRE Whelans
12 Sunderland, UK Independent (with Priestbird)
13 Glasgow, SCOT Oran Mor (with Priestbird)
14 Bristol, UK Cooler (with Priestbird)
15 Birmingham, UK Barfly (with Priestbird)
16 Sheffield, UK Corporation (with Priestbird)
17 London, UK ULU (with Priestbird)
18 Den Bosch, NL W2 (with Priestbird)

All Dates From January 17th thru February 23rd with A LIFE ONCE LOST, SAVIOURS
January
17 Santa Cruz, CA Veterans Hall (with Archons)
18 San Jose, CA Blank Club (with Archons)
19 Pomona, CA The Glass House (with Archons)
20 Tucson, AZ Plush (with Archons)
22 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Backroom (with Rwake)
23 Corpus Christi The Compound (with Rwake)
24 Denton, TX Rubber Gloves (with Rwake)
25 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room (with Rwake)
26 Memphis, TN Hi Tone (with Rwake)
27 Nashville, TN Exit / In (with Rwake)
29 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree
30 Atlanta, GA E.A.R.L
31 Orlando, FL Back Booth

February
1 Miami, FL Churchhill’s
2 Tampa, FL Springs Theatre
3 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds
5 Charlotte, NC The Milestone
6 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle
7 Virginia Beach, VA Steppin Out
8 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
9 Reading, PA The Silo
10 South Hackensack, NJ School of Rock
11 Milford, CT Daniel Street
13 Worcester, MA Palladium Upstairs
14 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
15 Columbus, OH Ravari Room
16 Louisville, KY Uncle Peasants (with Intronaut)
17 St. Louis, MO 2 Cents Plain (with Intronaut)
18 Iowa City, IA The Picador (with Intronaut)
19 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck (with Intronaut)
20 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater (with Intronaut)
22 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp (with Intronaut)
23 Oakland, CA Uptown Nightclub (with Intronaut)

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High On Fire Announce Tour Dates With Pelican

HIGH ON FIRE and PELICAN will team up for co-headlining European tour this winter. The tour is set to kick-off on November 14 in The Netherlands and continue on for five weeks covering ground all across Europe.

This tour will come on the heels of HIGH ON FIRE's current North American headlining tour with MONO, PANTHERS, and COLISEUM. HIGH ON FIRE launched their '"Death Is This Communion World Tour" in early September with a brief European run before embarking upon North America. A complete listing of confirmed HIGH ON FIRE tour dates can be found below with more to be announced shortly.

HIGH ON FIRE saw the release of their brand new album "Death Is This Communion" on September 18 in North America (September 24 internationally). The band recently lensed a video for "Death Is This Communion" track "Rumors Of War" that is scheduled to make its world premier on Monday, October 1. "Rumors Of War" can be heard now via the band's MySpace page.

Here are the band's upcoming tour dates: More...

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Pelican and High On Fire Plan UK Tour

In December Pelican and High On Fire will team up for a UK tour. Here are the planned tour dates:

12/10 Belfast @ Limelight
12/11 Dublin @ Whelans
12/12 Sunderland @ Independent
12/13 Glasgow @ Oran Mor
12/14 Bristol @ Cooler
12/15 Birmingham @ Barfly
12/16 Sheffield @ Corporation
12/17 London @ ULU

Pelican has just embarked on a tour of Japan and Australia this week.

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High On Fire Working On New Video

High On Fire is currently in Los Angeles, CA working on the first music video for their upcoming full-length, "Death Is This Communion." The video is for the track “Rumors of War" and is being directed/produced by Soren (Unearth, Cephalic Carnage).

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High On Fire In-Studio Episode 4 Online

High On Fire posted their in-studio episode #4 from the making of their new self-titled album, dropping September 18th on Relapse. The clip features frontman Matt Pike recording his guitar solos and his vocals, promising no love songs on the new disc. More...

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High on Fire Post Preview Track from New Album

High on Fire have posted a preview track from their new album, "Death Is This Communion". The track, “Rumors of War,” can be heard exclusively via the band’s MySpace page:http://www.myspace.com/highonfireslays . "Death Is This Communion" is set for a September 18th North American release date and September 24th internationally. Also, High on Fire have announced the following tour dates:

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High on Fire Announce European Tour Dates

HIGH ON FIRE has announced the first European dates of their forthcoming world tour in support of their brand new album, Death Is This Communion. The Oakland, CA trio will tour through the U.K. and mainland Europe in early September prior to their recently announced North American tour. Joining High On Fire in the United Kingdom will be guests RUSSIAN CIRCLES. A complete listing of High On Fire tour dates can be found here.

High On Fire has also posted another in-studio video from the album’s recording sessions at this location. Footage was shot last month while the band was in Seattle, WA working with producer Jack Endino.

Death Is This Communion will see its North American release on September 18 (September 24 internationally). Advance song titles include: 'Fury Whip', 'Death Is This Communion', 'Rumors Of War', 'Cyclopian Scape', and 'Ethereal'. More...

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High On Fire Commence Recording

HIGH ON FIRE has recently entered Avast II in Seattle, WA with legendary producer Jack Endino (NIRVANA, MUDHONEY) to record the follow-up to its critically-acclaimed "Blessed Black Wings" CD. This as-yet-untitled record will be mixed at Soundhouse Studios and is expected to see an early fall release.

In other news, HIGH ON FIRE has announced a number of tour dates following the recording session. The band will perform a number of shows throughout the Midwest U.S. during the latter part of July. Also included in this run of dates is an appearance at the city of Chicago's annual Wicker Park Summer Fest. More...

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High on Fire Announce July Tour Dates

Oakland, California metallers HIGH ON FIRE have announced the following upcoming live dates:

July
20 - Mangy Moose - Teton Village WY
21 - The Other Side - Missoula MT
22 - venue tba - Bozeman MT (tbc)
24 - Aquarium - Fargo ND
25 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis MN *
26 - Mad Planet - Milwaukee WI *
27 - Otto’s Club - DeKalb IL *
28 - Subterranean - Chicago IL *
29 - Wicker Park Summerfestival - Chicago IL *
30 - Waiting Room - Omaha NE
31 - Larimer Lounge - Denver CO

*with DON CABALLERO

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High On Fire Set To Enter Studio in May

HIGH ON FIRE will enter the studio in late May to record their follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Blessed Black Wings.

HIGH ON FIRE will be teaming up with legendary producer Jack Endino (NIRVANA, MUDHONEY, ZEKE, ACCUSED) for what will be the band’s the fourth studio album. Recording is set to happen at Avast II (formerly Ironwood Studio), while mixing will move to Soundhouse Studios. This still-as-yet-untitled record will see an early Fall release.

This will be the first HIGH ON FIRE album to feature new bassist Jeff Matz (ZEKE). The band has been debuting new material as part of their recent regional dates and has announced a handful of Northwest shows leading up to recording. A listing of tour dates can be found online here.

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Sunn 0))) Members To Host NYC Event

TV EYE DVD Magazine and Southern Lord Records will be putting on an event to celebrate the release of TV EYE's fourth installment, which features Sunn 0))), Isis, The Melvins, High on Fire and more. The event will feature a live performance by Sunn 0)))'s Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson alongside David Grubbs (Squirrel Bait, Bastro, Gastr Del Sol) as well as live DJ sets by Stephen O'Malley and his various cohorts.

The party will be happening Friday, November 3rd from 5-8PM at the Rockstar Bar in Brooklyn, NY. Admission and beer are free.

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Devildriver and Goatwhore On Venom Tour

GOATWHORE have been added to the rescheduled VENOM tour, as well as DEVILDRIVER and HIGH ON FIRE on select dates. The updated tour is as follows:

August 24 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
August 25 - West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues*
August 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
August 30 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
September 1 - St. Louis, MO @ TBA
September 2 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
September 3 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
September 5 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
September 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

(* = With High On Fire and Devildriver)

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