Animals As Leaders Announce 10 Year Anniversary Tour

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Spring has sprung my friends and that means more tours to announce that will hit us a little closer to the summer but don’t you get too worried about that since the advance notice lets you easily decide if you are going and to secure tickets. Here is the latest scoop from the guys in Animals As Leaders. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
Animals As Leaders have announced the full line up for their upcoming ’10 Year Anniversary Tour’ of the USA. The Contortionist will be main support on all dates and Buke and Gase, Evan Marien & Dana Hawkins and Moon Tooth will join as the opening act, each on select dates (full list of dates and supports below). The 18 date tour will kick off on May 1st in Tickets for the 10 Year Anniversary Tour are on sale now from

For the last decade Animals As Leaders have risen to become celebrated heroes of their respective instruments. Tosin Abasi [guitar], Javier Reyes [guitar], and Matt Garstka [drums] have spent the last decade reimagining and reinventing instrumental prog, experimental metal, modern jazz and alternative creating complex, heavy and emotive musical landscapes to mass acclaim from fans and critics. Along the way, the trio has earned acclaim from the likes of Consequence of Sound, Revolver, Ultimate Guitar, and Rolling Stone. Consistently delivering a captivating show, they have toured alongside Deftones, Between The Buried And Me and Periphery.

Animals As Leaders are also hosting their ‘Camping With Animals’ Music Masters Camp at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian in New York this July (16th-19th). An all-inclusive summer vacation masterclass program that offers instrument specific intensive masterclasses – Guitar With Tosin Abasi | Drums With Matt Garstka | Guitar & Production With Javier Reyes as well as sessions such as ‘How to Use Technology for Self-Improvement, Writing and Recording’, exclusive performances from Animals As Leaders, special guests, group writing sessions and open panel discussions. Full information and tickets can be found at

The Tour Dates:
May 01 – San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theater *
May 02 – Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & Grill *
May 06 – Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater **
May 07 – Los Angeles, CA Mayan **
May 08 – San Francisco, CA Regency Grand**
May 10 – Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom **
May 11 – Seattle, WA El Corazon **
May 14 – Lawrence, KS Granada *
May 15 – Minneapolis, MN Skyway*
May 16 – Chicago, IL House of Blues*
May 17 – Pittsburgh, PA Roxian Theatre*
May 18 – Toronto, ON Opera House***
May 19 – Philadelphia, PA TLA***
May 20 – Boston, MA Paradise***
May 21 – New York, NY Irving Plaza***
May 23 – Atlanta, GA Masquerade***
May 24 – Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom***
May 25 – Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall***

* Buke and Gase; ** Evan Marien & Dana Hawkins; *** Moon Tooth

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Truth be told I don’t get into too much of the instrumental stuff nowadays and prefer stuff that makes me lose my voice shouting the choruses of when the band compels us to do so. That being said, I’ve seen AAL a few times over the years and the technical ability has blown my mind and left me truly impressed. Their fans are ardent ones and my being into it all “kind of” will not affect their opinion of the band or stop me from helping to rally this 10th Anniversary tour. For those of you readers looking for musicians to complete your own lineups, I would suggest hitting one of these gigs since most of the people around you will be players themselves. Who knows what collaboration a simple concert ticket can help you bring to life. So what do you all think about this tour? Will you be hitting one or more performances? Chime in down below in the comments and we shall see you again soon.

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