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San Francisco, CA (03/04/01)- Jerry Cantrell has now confirmed 18 North American tour dates beginning March 13 in San Francisco and wrapping up April 5 in Oklahoma City. The ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist has again chosen San Francisco's SWARM and L.A.'s COMES WITH THE FALL to support him on this tour, two unsigned bands that Cantrell has been actively supporting.
SWARM was born from the ashes of DEATH ANGEL, one of the most influential heavy metal bands to come out of the San Francisco Bay Area. DEATH ANGEL, formed as a thrash metal band when the members were very young teens (drummer Andy Galeon was only nine years old), released two successful independent albums before a tour with MOTORHEAD led to the band signing with Geffen Records and releasing the highly-acclaimed rock album Act III in 1990.
A bus crash while touring to promote the album derailed the group, and due to the severity of injuries, the band went on an unplanned hiatus. During this time, vocalist Mark Osegueda left the band. The remaining members of DEATH ANGEL then formed THE ORGANIZATION, with guitarist Rob Cavestany taking over lead vocals. In the next 3 years, the 'O' went on to record 2 full-length albums and toured the United States and Europe extensively. In the late 1990's, Rob, Andy, and Mark recruited bassist Michael Isaiah to form the band SWARM.
Jerry Cantrell began actively championing their cause when the guitarist moved to San Francisco last year. He made his post-hiatus debut with SWARM and COMES WITH THE FALL, another band that had caught his eye, at a Bay Area nightclub in January. He's performed all five of his shows since with that line-up.
COMES WITH THE FALL are an Atlanta band that relocated to Los Angeles last year and have one self-released album under their belts. Cantrell, when missing his own regular bandmates (drummer Mike Bordin and Rob Trujillo are currently writing and recording with OZZY OSBOURNE), taps the talents of CWTF's Bevan Davies and Adam Stanger.
Cantrell is touring in advance of his recently-completed new album, Degradation Trip, Vol. 1 and 2, a double-CD produced by Toby Wright that's currently being shopped to labels after Cantrell's long-standing relationship with Sony expired last year. Bordin, formerly with FAITH NO MORE and an occasional OZZY OSBOURNE and KORN fill-in, along with bassist Robert Trujillo, another OZZY sideman, are the players on the new album. Joining them on the road will be M.I.R.V. guitarist Brian Kehoe, and most likely an as-yet-unnamed back-up singer.
Here are the full dates for the JERRY CANTRELL / SWARM / COMES WITH THE FALL package tour:
March 13 - San Francisco, Slim's
March 14 - Sacramento, The Boardwalk
March 16 - Santa Ana, Galaxy
March 17 - Las Vegas, The Joint
March 19 - San Diego, Cane's
March 20 - Phoenix, Nile Theatre
March 21 - Tucson, The Rialto
March 22 - Albuquerque, Launchpad
March 24 - Denver, Bluebird Theatre
March 26 - Lawrence, Granada Theatre
March 27 - St. Louis, Galaxy
March 29 - Houston, Engine Room
March 30 - Austin, La Zona Rosa
March 31 - Dallas, Gypsy Tea Room
April 02 - Little Rock, Juanita's
April 03 - Fayetteville, AR, Dave's On Dickson
April 04 - Tulsa, The Other Side
April 05 - Oklahoma City, Will Rogers Theatre
Australia's PEGAZUS are scheduled to record a new four-song demo on March 31st in preparation for the recording of the band's fifth studio album, to be completed during May and released in September through the Nuclear Blast label. According to the band, 'the new songs are sounding so much more energetic and rifftastic... Still very melodic but heavy, the PEGAZUS way!'
SHAMAN, the new band of former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (guitar), have lined up a hometown gig, scheduled to take place on week after the group's European debut (as previously reported).
April 7 - São Paulo, SP - Via Funchal
HOLE's Courtney Love is currently working on a one-off 'femme punk supergroup' project dubbed BASTARD. Love, former HOLE drummer Patty Schemel, VERUCA SALT singer/guitarist Louise Post, and bassist Gina Crosley of ROCKIT GIRL are planning, according to Love 'a South of France, AC/DC, f**k-off record.' The final product is due out on the independent Epitaph label.
VICIOUS RUMORS have firmed up the dates for their upcoming European tour. Here are the confirmed shows so far:
April 18 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
April 19 - Osnabrück, Germany - Hyde Park
April 20 - Kaufbeuren, Germany - Zeppelinhalle
April 21 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
April 22 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
April 24 - Paris, France - Boule Noire
April 25 - Amneville, France - Club Galaxy
April 26 - Marseille, France - Jas de Rod
April 27 - Madrid, Spain - Caracol
April 28 - Bergara, Spain - Jam
April 29 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto
May 01 - Pratteln, Switzerland - (CH) Z7
May 02 - Rimini, Italy - Velvet
May 03 - Biella, Italy - Babylon
May 04 - Prague, Czech Rep. - Akropolis
May 05 - Wien, Austria Planet - Music
May 06 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Fritz
May 08 - Braunschweig, Germany - FBZ
May 09 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
May 10 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
May 11 - Bad Salzungen, Germany - Kalle Werk
May 13 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
The forthcoming MSG album will be reportedly be titled Born To Be Free, and will feature the line-up of Michael Schenker (guitars), Chris Logan (vocals), Rev Jones (bass) and Jeff Martin (drums).