On May 10, 1996, Finnish rockers APOCALYPTICA released their epic debut, "Plays Metallica By Four Cellos". The instrumental cello-driven rock opus changed the landscape of heavy music for years to come. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album, the group re-released it, remastered with three bonus tracks, in 2016.
The band has been touring the world in celebration of that anniversary and played a bunch of well-received U.S. dates early last year. The celebration continues into 2018 with a brand-new set of U.S. dates.
Upon its release, "Plays Metallica By Four Cellos" introduced APOCALYPTICA's unique take on metal with a series of cello-based METALLICA covers. Even more, APOCALYPTICA created its very own genre and laid the foundation to a career that has lasted for 20 years so far with millions of records sold and sold out shows around the world.
May 07 - Spokane, WA - Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox
May 08 - Salem, OR - Historic Elsinore Theatre
May 09 - Modesto, CA - Gallo Center for the Arts
May 10 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theatre
May 11 - Riverside, CA - Fox Performing Arts Center
May 12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
May 13 - Chandler, AZ - Chandler Center For The Arts
May 15 - Austin, TX - Emo's
May 16 - Dallas, TX - Strauss Square
May 17 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theatre
May 18 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
May 19 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
May 20 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre and Ballroom
May 22 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 23 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall
May 24 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
May 25 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
May 26 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Casino - Wolf Den
May 27 - Albany, NY - The Egg
May 29 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
May 30 - Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theater
May 31 - Westbury, NY - Theatre at Westbury
APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen said last summer that fans will have to wait a while longer before they hear the follow-up to the band's 2015 album, "Shadowmaker". Toppinen said: "We [are now] focus[ing] on this, touring-wise, this ['Plays Metallica By Four Cellos'] concept," he said. "Originally, I thought, 'Hey, let's make the anniversary thing. Let's play a maximum of 30 shows.' Because, first of all, we didn't know how interesting the concept we [could] create, how it [was] gonna work out. But suddenly it turned out great — the concept is really good, and there seems to be a lot of demand; people want to see it — so we thought, 'Okay. If people want to see it, let's do it.' So now we are gonna play maybe 150 shows of this concept."