Here’s another one for you readers to digest, as it seems like the legendary In Flames will be heading out on a co-headlining run with their label mates Hellyeah for a tour that they are calling the “Forged In Fire” tour. Checl out the poster and the press release that I received along with the dates. I ‘ll return at the close to offer up some added thoughts.
The Press Release:
Swedish metal visionaries IN FLAMES and American metal favorites HELLYEAH announce their 2016 co-headline Forged In Fire Tour of North America, kicking off November 12 in Orlando, FL. Spanning 28 cities across the USA and Canada, the heavy metal tour of the fall will be supported by new bands From Ashes To New and Source on all shows (except Orlando FL).
Tickets will be available for purchase as follows:
Tuesday, September 20 at 10AM local time (Fan club and VIP pre-sale)
Wednesday, September 21 at 10AM local time (Spotify pre-sale)
Thursday, September 22 at 10AM local time (Local market pre-sale)
Friday, September 23 at 10AM local time (Public on-sale)
In conjunction with the tour announcement, IN FLAMES premiered the music video for their first single “The End.” Directed by Patric Ullaeus, the video is infused with pure adrenaline, stepping inside a first-person shooter game and bringing the viewer front and center of exhilarating action and suspense. WATCH the video HERE. Premiering last month via Decibel Magazine “The End” is the first offering from IN FLAMES’ 12th studio LP Battles, out November 11 exclusively via Eleven Seven Music in North America.
The Tour Dates:
HELLYEAH HEADLINE SHOWS
11/10: Biloxi, MS Kress Live
11/11: Destin, FL Club LA
IN FLAMES + HELLYEAH
11/12: Orlando, FL Kink Music Fest
FORGED IN FIRE TOUR with From Ashes To New and Source
11/14: Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
11/15: Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
11/16: New York, NY PlayStation Theater
11/18: Binghamton, NY Magic City Music Hall
11/19: New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
11/20: Boston, MA House of Blues
11/22: Montreal, QC Metropolis
11/23: Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
11/25: Detroit, MI The Crofoot
11/26: Fort Wayne, IN The Hub
11/27: Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
11/29: Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
11/30: Chicago, IL House of Blues
12/1: Kalamazoo, MI State Theater
12/3: Saint Paul, MN Myth Live Event Center
12/4: Green Bay, WI The Sandlot
12/6: Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
12/7: Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
12/9: Los Angeles, CA Belasco Theater
12/10: Chico, CA Senator Theater
12/11: San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
12/13: Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
12/14: Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
12/16: Edmonton, AB Union Hall
12/17: Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
12/18: Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
12/19: Portland, OR Roseland Theater
ABOUT IN FLAMES:
Since forming in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1990, IN FLAMES have had six albums debut in the top ten in Sweden, including two #1 debuts. They have toured the globe countless times, performing alongside some of today’s biggest rock and metal acts, including METALLICA, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, and MEGADETH, and have held several mainstage and headline spots at various music festivals around the world, including Ozzfest, Download Festival, Graspop, Taste of Chaos, Hellfest and Rock Am Ring / Im Park, amongst many others.
HELLYEAH formed in 2006 by Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Chad Gray (Mudvayne) and Tom Maxwell (Nothing Face). They have released 5 albums culminating in the release of the #2 album (Undeniable) in June 2016. HELLYEAH have notched up multiple top 10 songs including “Moth,” “Hush,” “Human” and “I Don’t Care Anymore,” the classic Phil Collins song featuring Dimebag Darrell Abbott on guitars. HELLYEAH is now rounded out with bassist Kyle Sanders and guitarist Christian Brady.
ABOUT ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC:
Eleven Seven Music Group is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Founded in 2006 by Tenth Street Entertainment CEO Allen Kovac, the company is the global home for artists including Mötley Crüe, Papa Roach, Nothing More, Escape The Fate, Sixx:A.M., and HELLYEAH as well as Five Finger Death Punch outside of the U.S.
In 2014, the company vaulted five artists to the Mediabase Active Rock year-end radio chart and multiple acts to the Billboard year-end charts including Mainstream Rock Songs, Hard Rock Albums, and Rock Airplay Songs. Among its many accolades, Eleven Seven Music received the title of Billboard’s “Rock Label of the Year” in 2010, was named FMQB’s “Rock Label of the Year” in 2008, enjoyed RIAA double platinum success with Buckcherry’s 15 in 2006, and achieved a Top 5 debut for Mötley Crüe’s Saints of Los Angeles. With a staff of dedicated and devoted trailblazers, the label supports its roster with a range of integrated services including marketing, promotion, publicity, sales, digital, licensing, and touring.
Eleven Seven Music Group distributes two sub-labels—the alternative and indie-leaning Five Seven [Dirty Heads, Dark Waves, Nico Vega] and emerging hard rock-centric Better Noise Records [Deuce, From Ashes To New, Diamante, and As Lions]. Based in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, the labels are distributed through RED/Sony in the U.S., ADA/Warner in Europe, Sony in Canada, Australia,
Southeast Asia, and South America, and Universal in Japan.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I have to admit that this one is a curiosity for me and feels like a weird grouping of not really the same type of stuff acts. Of course I haven’t heard the newest In Flames at all and the last time I gave Hellyeah a go around was at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival that they did back in 2015 unless I am off by a year. So much great music to keep tabs on nowadays but it’s interesting to see that the whole roster of performers comes from the Eleven Seven Music label. I’ve long been a fan of In Flames but more for their most classic and influential years. Nowadays it’s a song here or there for me as I am interested in a whole different set of bands. They are still an exciting live band on the stage so this is going to be a good one for sure when it hits your town. What do you readers think about this tour? Will you go or are you staying away? Let me know in the comments section below.