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Symphony X

Formed: 1994
From: Middletown, NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Symphony X News

Below is our complete Symphony X 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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Line Up Announced For Heavy Mtl Festival

For the first time ever in Montreal, a 2 day metal festival dubbed Heavy Mtl will be held on June 21-22. The lineup is as follows:

Saturday, June 21, 2008:

Iron Maiden
3 Inches of Blood
Symphony X
Overkill
Unexpect
Hammerfall
Mastodon
Hatebreed
Type O Negative
Dethklok / Metalocolypse
Lauren Harris

Sunday, June 22, 2008:

Motley Crue
Shadows Fall
Priestess
Three Days Grace
Drowning Pool
Anthrax
Warrant

Tickets for this event go on sale this Saturday, April 18th at noon.

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Into Eternity Issues Update

Canadian progressive metallers, Into Eternity, issues the following update:

"Hello everyone,"

"The band has been rehearsing at our sub-freezing jam spot for 2 weeks solid. We have no heat in the place, so we're trying to rip scales with fingers that won't move. If we can play these songs, in these temperatures, then we should just fine on a heated stage! There are some Canadian and USA headlining shows coming up, so we want to be prepared. Also, we are throwing in a few old songs that have never been done before. One of the songs we haven't played since 2001. Hopefully that will make our long time fans happy on this tour. I think we will also be testing 3 new tracks from our new unreleased album. We get to hang out with Sacrifice at the Winnipeg Metal Festival, so that is going to be a highlight of the year for me. Sacrifice was one of the first thrash shows that I ever went to as a 14 year old kid and that's what inspired me to play metal." More...

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More Bands Added To Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

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Gigantour CD/DVD Details Revealed

The second coming of Megadeth's acclaimed traveling metal festival Gigantour arrives on both DVD and CD April 22 via Image Entertainment. Conceived in 2005 by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Gigantour resurrects metal's focus on stellar musicianship.

The Gigantour DVD and CD follow Image Entertainment's fall 2006 release of the debut Gigantour CD and DVD, which featured performances by Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Anthrax (CD only), Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex.

Gigantour 2 features over an hour of performances by iconic and influential heavy metal pioneers Megadeth, along with Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, The Smashup, and Into Eternity. Recorded in DTS 5.1 surround sound, the DVD version also features a behind the scenes look at the 2006 tour, while both the DVD and CD offer a hidden bonus track--Megadeth's "Peace Sells."

The release of the Gigantour 2 DVD and CD coincides with this year's Earth Day--perfect, really, since MUSTAINE has said, with a laugh, about Gigantour's mission of emphasizing true musicianship and virtuosity: " I think that in a small way, we are cleaning up the environment of crappy bands."

Meanwhile, in February Megadeth heads to Europe--where recently announced new guitarist Chris Broderick (Nevermore, Jag Panzer) will make his debut with the band alongside Mustaine, drummer Shawn Drover, and bassist James Lomenzo, before returning for this year's Gigantour.

The 29-date North American trek kicks off April 12 at The Fillmore in Denver and criss-crosses the U.S. and Canada until its May 22 finale at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Phoenix . Joining Megadeth on this year's tour are Scandinavian death metal band In Flames, Finland's Children of Bodom, Arizona's modern extreme Job for a Cowboy, and Oakland, CA heavy power trio High on Fire.

The DVD and CD tracklisting: More...

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Symphony X Give Setlist Update

SYMPHONY X's online administrator has checked in with the following update:

"I spoke to (guitarist) MJR yesterday, and he actually asked me about the poll before I had a chance to tell him about it; he was very interested to hear what the results were. He was on his way out the door to meet up with some of the other guys, and took a few minutes to write down the top fives so that they could discuss them; just like the last poll, he was surprised by some of the songs you all asked to hear. You'll be happy to hear that he said that they will definitely be using some of the songs that ya'll asked for. He also asked me to pass on the band's thanks to all of you for participating, so thank you from the band!

One more thing: Fan club members, stay tuned for an e-mail regarding the new membership structure, renewals, and the next fan club CD (which is going to be AWESOME)!"

Jax :)
SymX Staff

As previously reported, the results of the recent Symphony X setlist poll are as follows:

~Symphony X: 'Masquerade', 'Rapture Or Pain', 'Absinthe And Rue', 3-way tie for 4th: 'Premoniton', 'Shades Of Grey' and 'Thorns Of Sorrow'

~The Damnation Game: 'The Edge Of Forever', 'The Damnation Game', 'Dressed To Kill', 'A Winter's Dream - The Ascencion (Part II)', 'A Winter's Dream - Prelude (Part I)'

~The Divine Wings of Tragedy: 'Of Sins And Shadows', 'The Divine Wings Of Tragedy', 'Sea Of Lies', 'Out Of The Ashes', 'Candlelight Fantasia'

~Twilight in Olympus: 'Smoke And Mirrors', 'In The Dragon's Den', 'Through The Looking Glass', 'Church Of The Machine', 'Lady Of The Snow'

~V: The New Mythology Suite: 'Evolution (The Grand Design)', 2-way tie for 2nd: 'Communion and Oracle', 'Egypt', 'Fallen', 'A Fool's Paradise', 'Rediscovery pt. II - The New Mythology'

~The Odyssey: 'Inferno (Unleash The Fire)', 'The Odyssey', 'King Of Terrors', 'Wicked', 'Awakenings'

~Paradise Lost: 'Set The World On Fire (The Lie Of Lies)', 'Paradise Lost', 'Eve Of Seduction', 'Domination', 'The Serpent's Kiss' More...

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Into Eternity Demoing New Material

Extreme progressive metal leaders INTO ETERNITY have issued the following update:

"It's a new year now and we are almost done all the music in demo form for our new album. Stu (Block, Vocals) has actually come over to my house and belted out his first vocal for a new track. We are demoing on my computer, so my living room is now a studio. ?
The new songs are sounding really good and really heavy! We are hoping to get into the studio in mid Feb. I also am putting up some more live show dates, so check them out. We'll be back on the road soon!" More...

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Symphony X Fans Invited To Choose Setlist

The SYMPHONY X camp has issued the following update:

"There have been rumblings here and there about the band's tour setlist and how it needs some changes. We did a setlist poll a few years ago, and I spoke with MJR about it recently and he agreed that it was time to do another one. So here's your chance to let the band know what you want to see them play on tour!

Here's how it goes. You reply here (leave your comment here in the blog...comments left on the band's main page won't be counted) and tell me what songs you would like to hear the band play on their upcoming tours. Give me 90 minutes worth of material (no, the band is not necessarily playing a 90 minute set, that's just a random number I'm choosing). You can pick particular songs, or just say that you'd like to hear anything from a certain CD, or a mix of both. I'll leave this open until midnight (US Pacific time) on Sunday night (January 20th). On Monday, I'll compile the results and send them to the band, and post them for you guys as well.

The last time we did this, MJR was surprised at some of the songs you all wanted to see them perform live and took the suggestions under consideration. He says they'll do so as well this time, so make sure you let them know what you want to hear.

Looking forward to seeing what you all have to say!"

Jax :)
SymX Staff

Symphony X's tour schedule is below. Fans should be aware that although EPICA is due to open up for the band in London, UK on March 6th and support the band on their North American tour, it is unclear at this time if Epica will in fact be able to do so, as vocalist Simone Simons was recently diagnosed with MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). The band was forced to cancel the rest of their shows for this month as of January 16th.
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Symphony X Reschedule Spanish Dates

SYMPHONY X fans planning on attending the band's upcoming shows in Spain (Bergara, Barcelona and Madrid) should note that the dates have been shuffled. The venues will remain the same.

The new schedule is now as follows:


February
13 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
14 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
15 - Hellendoorn, Netherlands - Lantaarn
16 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Boerderij
17 - Stuttgart, Germany - Die Röhre
19 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
20 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
21 - Nurnberg, Germany - Hirsch
22 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
23 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Werk
25 - Florence, Italy - Viper Club
26 - Piacenza, Italy - Fillmore
28 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam (NEW DATE)
29 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2 (NEW DATE)

March
1 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken (NEW DATE)
2 - Bordeaux, France - Krakatoa
4 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
5 - Paris, France - Bataclan

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Symphony X Change San Antonio Show Venue

According to SYMPHONY X, their show in San Antonio, TX on April 25th has been moved from the Scout Bar to White Rabbit. The Scout Bar is a new location and won't be ready in time for the show.

Symphony X's North American tour schedule is as follows:

April (with EPICA and INTO ETERNITY)
3 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
4 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
5 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater Times Square
6 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
8 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
9 - Montreal, QC - Medley
11 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
13 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
16 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
17 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
19 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
22 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
23 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
25 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit (NEW LOCATION)
26 - Houston, TX - Meridian
27 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
29 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
30 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre

May
1 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
2 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
3 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx

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Circus Maximus To Support Symphony X In Europe

Norwegian progressive metal band CIRCUS MAXIMUS has been confirmed as the main support act on SYMPHONY X's European Paradise Lost tour. The dates are as follows:

Feb. 13 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
Feb. 14 - Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
Feb. 15 - Hellendoorn, Netherlands @ Lantaarn
Feb. 16 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands @ Boerderij
Feb. 17 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Die Röhre
Feb. 19 - Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club
Feb. 20 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
Feb. 21 - Nurnberg, Germany @ Hirsch
Feb. 22 - Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7
Feb. 23 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage Werk
Feb. 25 - Florence, Italy @ Viper Club
Feb. 26 - Piacenza, Italy @ Fillmore
Feb. 28 - Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 2
Feb. 29 - Madrid, Spain @ Sala Heineken
Mar. 01 - Bergara, Spain @ Sala Jam
Mar. 02 - Bordeaux, France @ Krakatoa
Mar. 04 - Lyon, France @ Transbordeur
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Saxon Confirmed For Atarfe Rock Festival

UK metal legends SAXON - complete with their special Eagle Lights Set - are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which takes place March 7th - 8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).

Confirmed acts on the bill now include: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SAXON, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED, WITHIN TEMPTATION.

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Ratt Confirmed For Atarfe Vega Rock Festival

RATT has been confirmed to play at the ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL, set to take place the 7th (Friday) and 8th of March (Saturday) 2008, in the city of ATARFE (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia - SPAIN). By now, this is the billing after adding this new act: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED and WITHIN TEMPTATION. More bands will be announced very soon.

This year the shows will be hold at “Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe”, a modern covered Bullring, with all the facilities, that a music festival like the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival requires.

First tickets can now be sold. The special price for the two day tickets is 45 Euros + issue expenses, this promotion will end the 30th December. Tickets can be bought in these stores and sites: Carrefour, Fnac, Tipo Stores and www.ticktackticket.com.

For more info about the festival, visit the official website www.brmusic.net.

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Slaughter Confirmed For Atarfe Rock Festival

Las Vegas-based hard rockers SLAUGHTER are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe, Spain (11 km from Granada, Andalusia).

Confirmed acts on the bill now include: BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.

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Symphony X Update Tour Itinerary

SYMPHONY X have updated their tour itinerary with new dates added in Europe and North America.

Symphony X's tour schedule is now as follows:

February
13 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
14 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
15 - Hellendoorn, Netherlands - Lantaarn
16 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Boerderij
17 - Stuttgart, Germany - Die Röhre
19 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
20 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
21 - Nürnberg, Germany - Hirsch
22 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
23 - München, Germany - Backstage Werk
25 - Florence, Italy - Viper Club
26 - Piacenza, Italy - Fillmore
28 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Heineken
29 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken

March
1 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
2 - Bordeaux, France - Krakatoa
4 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
5 - Paris, France - Bataclan
6 - London, England - Astoria
8 - Grenada, Spain - ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL

April (with EPICA and INTO ETERNITY)
3 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
4 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
5 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater Times Square
6 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
8 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
9 - Montreal, QC - Medley
11 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
13 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
16 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
17 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
19 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
22 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
23 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
25 - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
26 - Houston, TX - Meridian
27 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
29 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
30 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre

May
1 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
2 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
3 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx

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Symphony X Post New Songs For Streaming Online

SYMPHONY X have updated their MySpace profile with two songs taken from their latest album, Paradise Lost. Go to this location to check out the 'Set The World On Fire' and 'Eve Of Seduction'. According to the band more updates are expected this week. More...

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Symphony X Confirmed For Artarfe Rock Festival

SYMPHONY X are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).

Confirmed acts on the bill now include: DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.

For more info about the festival, visit the official website at www.brmusic.net.

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Symphony X Announce More European Tour Dates

Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X have scheduled the following European headlining dates in February/March 2008:

Feb. 13 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Feb. 14 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
Feb. 15 - Hellendoorn, Netherlands - Lantaarn
Feb. 16 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Boerderij
Feb. 17 - Stuttgart, Germany - Die Röhre
Feb. 19 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Feb. 20 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Feb. 21 - Nurnberg, Germany - Hirsch
Feb. 22 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Feb. 23 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Werk
Feb. 25 - Florence, Italy - Viper Club
Feb. 26 - Piacenza, Italy - Fillmore
Feb. 28 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Heineken
Mar. 01 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
Mar. 02 - Bordeaux, France - Krakatoa
Mar. 04 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
Mar. 05 - Paris, France - Bataclan

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Symphony X Announce German Headlining Shows

According to Target Concerts, progressive metallers SYMPHONY X have scheduled the following German headlining dates in February 2008:

Feb. 13 – Hamburg, GER - Markthalle
Feb. 14 - Köln, GER - Live Music Hall
Feb. 17 - Stuttgart, GER - Röhre
Feb. 19 - Berlin, GER - ColumbiaClub
Feb. 20 - Frankfurt, GER - Batschkapp
Feb. 21 - Nürnberg, GER - Hirsch
Feb. 23 - München, GER - Backstage Werk More...

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Into Eternity Guitarist Talks Upcoming Tour

Extreme progressive metallers INTO ETERNITY will join SYMPHONY X and EPICA for a month-long North American trek next spring. The tour, which kicks off on April 4, will mark the start of the worldwide touring cycle for the much anticipated new INTO ETERNITY album.

Tim Roth (guitars, vocals) states: "The whole band is blown away to be touring with SYMPHONY X! What a way to kick off the new album cycle. I look forward to seeing EPICA as well. This is going to be a heavy tour with lots of high singing and shredding, and an amazing package for the fans to see!

"When we were writing 'Buried In Oblivion' in 2002/2003, we listened to a lot of SYMPHONY X. They were an influence on our band for sure. We met Russell [Allen, SYMPHONY X vocalist] at a gig on the DREAM THEATER tour this summer. Then he came to one of our shows on the EDGUY tour, where we hung with him and got wasted on our RV! Thanks to Russell and the guys for going to bat for us and getting us on this package. Hopefully Micheal Romeo will show me a few licks at some point in the tour!"

INTO ETERNITY are currently hard at work on material for their new recording, which guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth says will be the group’s first conceptual album. "The Scattering of Ashes" campaign saw the band embark on five North American tours with highlights including an appearance on Gigantour performing alongside MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD, but it was this past summer's tour alongside DREAM THEATER that really saw the band reach out to a new audience.

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Symphony X Book North American Tour with Epica

Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X will embark on a North American headlining tour in April 2008. Support on the shows will come from EPICA and INTO ETERNITY. The dates are as follows:

Apr. 04 - Cambridge. MA @ Middle East
Apr. 05 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theater Times Square
Apr. 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Apr. 08 - Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial de Quebec
Apr. 09 - Montreal, QUE @ Medley
Apr. 11 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Apr. 12 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Apr. 13 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Apr. 16 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Apr. 17 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Apr. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Apr. 19 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 20 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 22 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Apr. 26 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Apr. 27 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Apr. 29 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Apr. 30 - St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
May 01 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 02 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
May 03 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Tickets are available exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until November 24 at which point tickets will go on sale through all normal ticketing outlets.

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