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Protest The Hero

Formed: 1999
From: Ontario, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Protest The Hero News

Below is our complete Protest The Hero 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.

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As I Lay Dying Announces More Tour Dates

As I Lay Dying has announces more tour dates for their run in North America. Joining them on tour will be Protest The Hero, The Human Abstract and MyChildren MyBride.

The tour dates are as follows:

1/17 Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
1/18 Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
1/19 Boise, ID @ The Venue
1/20 Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
1/21 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium Dungeon
1/22 Pocatello, ID @ Icon
1/23 Casper, WY @ Casper Event Center Arena
1/24 Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre & Club Grand
1/26 Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall
1/27 Poplar Grove, IL @ Chubby Rain - House Of Tunes
1/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's
1/29 Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
1/30 Harrisonburg, VA @ Rockingham County Fair
2/2 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
2/4 Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
2/6 Jackson, MS @ Club Fire
2/7 Little Rock, AR @ The Village
2/8 Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
2/9 Amarillo, TX @ Midnight Rodeo - Armadillo

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Unearth Reveals More New Album Details, Tour Dates

Details surrounding Unearth's recently completed new album, "The March," have been revealed as well as dates on their fall headlining tour.

The band posted in their blog:
"Well, we've completed work on our new album entitled The March which is scheduled to drop on October 14 via Metal Blade Records. According to Trevor, 'The March' symbolizes both the evil and hopeful sides of humanity. The Evil: With the constant balancing act of power within government, religion and our financial institutions, there lies the chance of those most hungry for power to alter and restrict our freedoms for their gain. The Hopeful: This represents the faith in mankind as the most powerful force on the planet. If we come together and do not fight over religion, class and borders then we hold the key to a peaceful world. There are two possible futures in store; either a March of power and greed or a March of a unified human race."

The final track listing for "The March" is:

1. My Will Be Done
2. Hail the Shrine
3. Crow Killer
4. Grave of Opportunity
5. We Are Not Anonymous
6. The March
7. Cutman
8. The Chosen
9. Letting Go
10. Truth or Consequence

In advance of the release of "The March," Unearth will be heading out on a U.S. tour with Protest the Hero, The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel and Gwen Stacy. The band will be debuting a couple of new songs from "The March" while on tour as well

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The Acacia Strain Posts New Song Online

Massachusetts' metallers, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have posted another track, "The Combine," from the band’s forthcoming album, "Continent," along with the third episode in a series of TAS TV episodes on the band’s MySpace page. The previous episodes, as well as the track “Skynet” and a pre-production version of “Dr. Doom,” are available there in the meantime. Due out August 19 through Prosthetic Records, pre-orders are available here.

THE ACACIA STRAIN will play a handful of local record release shows before hitting the road this fall as support to Unearth and Protest The Hero alongside Whitechapel and Gwen Stacy. More...

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Despised Icon Confirms UK Tour Dates

Canadian deathcore destruction squad DESPISED ICON has been confirmed for a small UK tour run in August with Cephalic Carnage.

Furthermore, the band will embark on the Altamont Never Say Die! Tour 2008 in November featuring such prolific acts as Parkway Drive, Unearth, Architects, Protest The Hero and more.

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Never Say Die! Euro Club Tour Planned For 2008

The hugely successful Never Say Die! club tour will return this November in collaboration with Altamont Apparel.

Here is the planned Altamont Never Say Die! 2008 Club Tour line-up:

Parkway Drive
Despised Icon
Protest The Hero

The tour will be sponsored by Altamont Apparel, the innovative clothing brand which uniquely captures the youthful spirit of counterculture warriors - a perfect fit for those attending Never Say Die!. “Altamont Apparel was founded with music at its core, so we are both happy and proud to be the official partner of this tour” commented Scott Sentianin, Altamont Apparel. Marco Walzel, Avocado Booking, adds, “The link between punk, metal and hardcore with skateboarding and extreme sports/lifestyles has always been a strong bond. It makes perfect sense for Altamont to be a big part of this tour and I’m very happy to have them on board.”

The lineup will include PARKWAY DRIVE (Burning Heart Records) who have proven their headline status for this tour with their titanic barrage of riffs, breakdowns and high energy performances - as best evident on their many European tours (the last of which had the majority of their shows sold-out). Also no strangers to touring Europe, UNEARTH will join the tour as co-headliners in the UK and direct support in mainland Europe, and just in time as their brand new album on Metal Blade Records will be hitting the streets. DESPISED ICON have exploded onto the scene with loads of touring and have helped define deathcore destruction with a highly acclaimed new record on Century Media Records. The UK is represented on this tour by ARCHITECTS, recently signed to Century Media, who bring the chaos factor to the bill with their vicious metalcore assault. Bringing a flair for the technical and progressive end of the spectrum, PROTEST THE HERO have been lavished with rave reviews from the press for their new album and tireless touring. Rounding out the package are two up-n-coming brutal acts from the U.S. that are rapidly gaining steam and buzzing in the underground, WHITECHAPEL (Metal Blade Records) and CARNIFEX (Victory Records) who will both have new records in time for this tour.

“We’ve worked very hard to raise the bar for this tour,” says Ivonne Davies-Kreye, Avocado Booking. “It is easily the best line-up and will prove to be the best concert going experience of 2008.”

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CBC Radio 3 Launches First Full Metal Podcast

Canada's CBC Radio 3 has launched the first Full Metal Podcast, hosted by Lisa Christiansen. The podcast features new music from Arapacis, Bison, Cursed, Cryptopsy, Derelict, Divinity, Forty Birds, Gross Misconduct, Penetrator, Protest the Hero, Rammer and Sequoia.

"We play a lot of great music here at Radio 3, and for one radio station we do play an unbelievable number of different genres, from hip hop to folk; electronica to pop and hard rock. But there is one genre that is sadly under-represented - metal.

"But not anymore. Today marks the first Full Metal Podcast for CBC Radio 3. And I couldn't be more um, filled with unholy joy.

"For the past few months a crack team of producers and one eager host, have listened to literally hours of metal tunes from our collection here at New Music Canada. We then sought out the opinions of a few serious metal heads and created this podcast.

"You'll hear music from Protest the Hero, Cursed, Bison, and Cryptopsy. I check in with a touring Cam Pipes of 3 Inches of Blood and ponder the why behind Montreal's metal capital of North America status with legendary drummer Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy.

"It's a cross-country journey through some of the hardest and loudest music being made in Canada today, and it's all in one easy to enjoy package. So kick back and get ready and watch where you bang that head. Neck injuries are not covered by Radio 3."

To listen to the podcast, visit CBC Radio 3.

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Protest The Hero Post New Song Online

PROTEST THE HERO, a radical five-piece band from Whitby, Ontario, has posted its new single, "Sequoia Throne", on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the band's sophomore Vagrant release, "Fortress", which will be in stores January 29, 2008. "Bloodmeat", the opening track on "Fortress", is also available today on iTunes (in Canada only).

Fans can check out a teaser clip of behind-the-scenes footage from the "Bloodmeat" video shoot here. "Bloodmeat" can already be heard in rotation on the Sirius Satellite Radio channel Hard Attack.

PROTEST's MySpace page also reveals the stunning new artwork for "Fortress". The cover image is a riff on the Irish goddess of the forest, Flidais. The band has previously stated that "Fortress" does not revolve around a single concept, like "Kezia", their 2006 debut, but is instead more closely akin to "goddess worship in the tradition of Robert Graves." More...

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Protest The Hero Reveal New Album Details

PROTEST THE HERO will release their forthcoming new album, Fortress, on January 29th release through Vagrant. The album was recorded at Silo Studios in Hamilton, ON with producer Julius “Juice” Butty, and the track listing is as follows:

On Conquest And Capture (tracks 1 - 3)
01 - Bloodmeat
02 - The Dissentience
03 - Bone Marrow
04 - Sequoia Throne
05 - Palms Read
06 - Limb From Limb
07 - Spoils
Isosceles (tracks 8 - 10)
08 - Wretch
09 - Goddess Bound
10 - Goddess Gagged

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Protest The Hero Confirms Album Release Date

PROTEST THE HERO, a radical five-piece band from Whitby, Ontario, has confirmed a November 13, 2007 release date for "Fortress", the group's second full-length album on Vagrant. The 10-song set was produced by Julius "Juice" Butty and recorded at Silo Studios in Hamilton, Ontario.

"This album is nothing to be intellectualized," stated lead singer Rody Walker. "All talk of wonder, pathos and optimism (blindfolded) aside (hink). I feel it's a very natural progression for us. A natural progression into further obscurity. I am of the belief a lot of the people who work for us were hoping for a stab at a more commercially viable album, however we wrote what we wanted without linear boundaries and created something less commercial than ever. Some fans of the band will hate it. And some people who hate the band will love it. All others can rot."

PROTEST THE HERO has not revealed any further details about the new CD other than to indicate that "Fortress" will not revolve around a single concept, like the band's 2006 debut, "Kezia", but is instead more closely akin to "goddess worship in the tradition of Robert Graves," according to lyricist and bassist, Arif Mirabdolbaghi.

The band will begin touring immediately and is set to open five dates with SHADOWS FALL followed by a string of dates with ALL THAT REMAINS. More information will be made available shortly.

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Shadows Fall Plans Operation Annihilation Tour

Atlantic recording group Shadows Fall has unveiled details of its upcoming co-headline tour. The Operation Annihilation Tour sees the acclaimed metal outfit joining forces with Static-X for a series of dates slated to kick off on Friday, October 5th at Piere's in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sharing the bill on all dates will be 3 Inches of Blood and Divine Heresy. Additional dates will be announced shortly.

Tickets for all announced dates will go on sale to the public this weekend, Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th. A special pre-sale ticketing system will be available to members of the bands' mailing lists and websites. In addition to standard pre-sale tickets, Premium and VIP packages will be offered that include t-shirts, tour posters, and a meet-and-greet with Shadows Fall and Static-X. For complete pre-sale details, see https://tixx1.artistarena.com/operationannihilation.

A special "Spend Halloween With The Operation Annihilation Tour" premium text messaging sweepstakes is slated to begin on Saturday, August 25th. Entrants can text to receive exclusive wallpaper and be entered to win a trip for two to see the tour's October 31st stop at Anaheim's House of Blues. See www.shadowsfall.com for more information.

Shadows Fall has also announced the second single from its breakthrough new album, "THREADS OF LIFE." "Another Hero Lost" is set to impact Active Rock and Mainstream Rock radio outlets nationwide, beginning on August 27th. The track follows the album's introductory single, "Redemption," which reached #1 at Metal radio earlier this year while also spending 12 weeks in the Active Rock Top 40. What's more, "Redemption" is among the featured tracks in EA Sports' just-released video game blockbuster, Madden NFL 08.

A companion video for "Another Hero Lost" will go into production this week. The clip will meld live performance with personal stories and photos from Shadows Fall fans, telling of their own individual heroes. For details regarding submissions, please visit the band's official site or its MySpace page.

The band - who recently wrapped a seven week-long summer stint with Hot Topic sponsored annual Sounds of the Underground roadshow - will get ready for Operation Annihilation with a short series of East Coast dates, including stops in Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia. The lineup for these shows will include All That Remains, Protest The Hero and The Showdown.

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Shadows Fall Added To Locobazooka, More Tour Dates

Shadows Fall have been added to this year's Locobazooka, taking place at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA on September 9th. Also playing will be Heaven and Hell, featuring Ronnie James Dio and members of Black Sabbath Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice, along with Alice Cooper, Queensryche, Black Label Society, and others. More info and links to purchase tickets are available at locobazooka.com

In addition, Shadows Fall have added some new shows with All That Remains, Protest the Hero and The Showdown. The new tour dates are as follows:

9/13 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
9/14 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
9/16 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx

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Protest The Hero Prepare New Album

Protest The Hero will begin tracking their new album in Toronto, ON this weekend with producer Julius "Juice" Butty. The group expect to be finished with the effort by August 01st and are aiming for a fall release through Vagrant.

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All That Remains Confirm More Tour Dates

ALL THAT REMAINS, currently wrapping up a headlining run through Europe, has announced a slew of updated live shows back in North America. First, ALL THAT REMAINS will play a string of dates offering direct support to Bullet For My Valentine and headlining a few off dates before meeting up later in May with Protest The Hero.

Continuing to support last year's 'The Fall of Ideals,' the band has already logged a heavy dose of touring since the record's release, including previous runs through Europe, North American and an immensely successful headlining tour earlier this year.

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God Forbid Cancels Canadian Tour

God Forbid has cancelled their weeklong Canadian trek as direct support to Protest The Hero. Their only remaining show for 2006 will be a headlining performance in Levittown, NY at Club Ritual on Dec. 8th. God Forbid will return to the road in 2007 for the "Chains of Humanity" tour with Goatwhore, Mnemic, Arsis, The Human Abstract and Byzantine in the support slots.

Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) states: "Due to an inability to come to an agreement over a discrepancy between the booking and announcing of a Toronto show on our on headline tour, God Forbid and Protest The Hero mutually decided it would be best if we didn't take part in the upcoming Canadian run. We are very disappointed that this couldn't be worked out, but we are still friends and fans of PTH and consider this just a postponement of future touring that I'm sure will be bigger and better. Again, we apologize to any Canadian fans who already bought tickets. We will be playing Toronto and Montreal as part of our headline tour with Goatwhore, Mnemic, Arsis, The Human Abstract and Byzantine, so we hope to see you all then."

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Protest the Hero Canadian Tour Dates

Protest the Hero have announced the dates for their first real headlining tour. The band is aiming to play their 2005 album Kezia in it's entirety. The tour dates are as follows::

December 9th Toronto, ON the Phoenix
December 10th Barrie, ON the Foundation
December 11th Kingston, ON TBA
December 12th Guelph, ON the Cowboy Ranch
December 13th Montreal, QC Club Lambi
December 14th London, ON the Salt Lounge
December 15th Ottawa, ON Babylon
December 16th Burlington, ON Burlington Music Centre

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Trivium Announce Headlining North American Tour

Trivium have announced their first ever North American headline tour set to kick off on October 1st. The trek will be in support of their new album, "The Crusade," which is set for release in the US & Canada on October 10.

The Sword and Protest The Hero will be support for the whole tour, while Seemless and Sanctity along with Cellador will split time as the tour openers (* see below for details).

The tour will run from October 1st through November 5th.


10/01/06 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
10/02/06 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
10/03/06 Norfolk, VA The Norva
10/04/06 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
10/06/06 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
10/07/06 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/08/06 Montreal, QC Le Medley
10/09/06 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/10/06 Rochester, NY Waterstreet Music Hall
10/11/06 New York, NY Avalon
10/13/06 Cleveland, OH Peabody's Down Under
10/14/06 Detroit, MI Harpo's
10/15/06 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
10/16/06 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
10/17/06 Chicago, IL Metro
10/18/06 St. Paul, MN Station 4
10/20/06 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
10/21/06 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theater
10/23/06 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
10/24/06 Vancouver, BC Croatian Cultural Centre
10/25/06 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/27/06 San Francisco, CA Slim's
10/28/06 Los Angeles, CA The Avalon
10/29/06 San Diego, CA Soma
10/30/06 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
11/01/06 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
11/03/06 Houston, TX The Meridian
11/04/06 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
11/05/06 Dallas, TX Ridglea Theatre

* Cellador: October 1 - October 9
* Sanctity: October 10 - October 18
* Seemless: October 20 - November 5

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Protest The Hero & 3 Inches Of Blood Support A7X

Protest The Hero and 3 Inches Of Blood have been selected to support Avenged Sevenfold on their previously announced and predominantly Canadian September 10th - September 21st run of dates.

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Arise And Ruin Added To Protest The Hero Tour

Stereo Dynamite Recordings' Canadian extreme metalcore act Arise And Ruin have been added to the upcoming Protest The Hero / Hostage Life tour. The band will join the tour on August 15 in Fredericton, NB. Dedicated to constant touring and their passion for extreme music, Arise And Ruin combine a ferocious mix of unpolished American metal, mosh-your-life-away breakdowns and menacing European thrash into a full-throttle hardcore assault.

Their debut five-song enhanced CD/EP entitled THE FEAR OF (produced by Ken Susi of UNEARTH) was released April 18 on Stereo Dynamite Recordings/EMI. You can check out some of their material here.

The Arise and Ruin tour dates are:

August 15 - Fredericton, NB @ The Kinsman Café
August 16 - Coldbrook, NS @ The Coldbrook Lions Hall
August 17 - Sydney, NS @ Steel Workers Hall
August 18 - Halifax, NS @ The Pavillion
August 19 - Saint John, NB @ The Basement (TBC)
August 22 - Hamilton, ON @ The Underground
August 23 - St. Catharines, ON @ L3

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Complete Lineup Confirmed For NEMHF 2006

The full lineup for the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is sponsored this year by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, has been confirmed.

The three-day festival at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, will feature headliners Lacuna Coil, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between the Buried and Me on Friday, April 28. Arch Enemy, Chimaira, and Exodus will headline Saturday, April 29. Headliners for Sunday, April 30 are Gamma Ray and DragonForce.

UK-based DragonForce will be making its first-ever American appearance at the festival. Italy's Lacuna Coil and Sweden's Arch Enemy will be making return appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, after stellar performances at the 2003 and 2002 editions of the festival.

"It's fantastic to be a part of what is quite possibly the best U.S. metal fest around!" said Arch Enemy guitarist Mike Amott. "This is our third time playing the New England Metal and Hardcore fest and it's always a pleasure. It's held in a great venue with great fans."

"It is an honor for us to be one of this year's headliners at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival," said vocalist Andrea Ferro. "We are more than ready for it. We can't wait."

Bands confirmed for Friday (listed alphabetically) are: A Life Once Lost, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Between The Buried And Me, Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage, Dead To Fall, Demiricous, Ed Gein, From A Second Story Window, Haste The Day, If Hope Dies, Lacuna Coil, Ligeia, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, Ringworm, Scarlet, Still Remains, Suicide Silence, The Absence, Thine Eyes Bleed and Through The Eyes Of The Dead.

Saturday's bands include 100 Demons, Arch Enemy, At All Cost, Caliban, Chimaira, Colin Of Arabia, Cryptopsy, Damnation AD, Death Threat, Embrace The End, Exodus, First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Into The Moat, Ion Dissonance, Overcast, Ramallah, Remembering Never, Righteous Jams, Scars Of Tomorrow, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Spitfire, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, Terror, The Acacia Strain, The Classic Struggle, The JonBenet, and Turmoil.

Sunday's lineup is: A Love End Suicide, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Born Victim, Bronx Casket Company, Burn In Silence, Byzantine, Cannae, Cellador, Doom Raider, DragonForce, Folly, Gamma Ray, Goat Horn, Hypersolid, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Light This City, Losa, Mercury Switch, On Broken Wings, Phoenix Morning, Protest The Hero, Sanctity, The Miles Between, Torn Asunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xdeathstarx, and xlooking forwardx.

Talent is subject to change.

The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Prosthetic Records, 2nd Stage sponsor; Revolver Magazine, exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program; Facedown Records, sponsor of street marketing efforts; FUSE TV; Mazur PR; The Syndicate; and many others.

Vendors this year include Century Media/Nuclear Blast, Deepsend Records, ESP Guitars/Krank Amps, Eulogy Recordings/Hand Of Hope Records, Facedown Records, Fuse TV/Uranium, Lifeforce Records, Metal Blade Records, Oak Knoll Productions, Prosthetic Records, Red Rocket Records, Relapse Records, Revolver Magazine, Stillborn Records/Hatewear Inc., Trustkill Records, Victory Records, and others.

Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets are available now at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849. There is re-entry at this all-day event until 6 p.m. each day.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Visit the festival website at metalandhardcorefestival.com or myspace.com/metalandhardcorefestival.

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Dragonforce Release Initial North American Dates

Initial dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE's upcoming North American tour:

April 28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
April 29 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
Apr 30 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
May 1 - New York, NY @ Avalon
May 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 4 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 5 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 8 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes

The band will be supported by PROTEST THE HERO (except for the Toronto and Montreal dates), SANCTITY, and a to be announced 4th act. However, only the three bands will be performing at the New York show.

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