ART OF ANARCHY, the band featuring CREED singer Scott Stapp alongside DISTURBED bassist John Moyer and ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, will embark on its first headlining tour in April.
Confirmed dates are follows:
April 03 - Amityville, NY - Revolution Bar & Music Hall
April 04 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony
April 06 - Toronto, ON - Velvet Underground
April 07 - Sarnia, ON - Station Music Hall
April 08 - Battle Creek, MI - The Music Factory
April 10 - Libertyville, IL - Austin’s Saloon
April 11 - Chesterfield, MI - Diesel Concert Lounge
April 13 - Fort Wayne, IN - The Rusty Spur
April 14 - Ringle, WI - Q&Z Expo Center
April 29 - Henderson, NV - M Resort
ART OF ANARCHY will release its sophomore album, "The Madness", on March 24.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Echo Of A Scream
02. 1,000 Degrees
03. No Surrender
04. The Madness
05. Won't Let You Down
06. Changed Man
07. A Light In Me
09. Dancing With The Devil
Thal said in a recent interview with TeamRock that Stapp is thriving as ART OF ANARCHY's new lead singer, adding that the band is providing a healthy environment for Stapp as he continues his fight to stay sober. Thal explained: "The band, ART OF ANARCHY, is drug free. Me and the Votta brothers [guitarist Jon and drummer Vince] have never even smoked a cigarette, none of us drink, have never done drugs, never smoked pot or anything like that."
Thal continued: "So that's good, because the last thing you need on the road if you're trying to stay clean is a bunch of people doing that around you. Scott is doing well... It's great that he has a strong family and a lot of people that care and support and that were there to help him get out of that situation. Now he's better than ever."
The CREED frontman joined the band last year, following a highly publicized, drug-enhanced meltdown in late 2014, after which he entered rehab program and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Stapp told The Pulse Of Radio he was touring as a solo artist again when he was approached about joining. "I really wasn't looking for a band, but I was definitely curious," he said. "I wanted to see what it was all about. I love writing with talented people and I think that's really what made the decision for me, was to sit in a room with Ron, Jon and Vince and throw out ideas, trade ideas and realize, 'Hey, there's something that could come of this.'"
ART OF ANARCHY made its live debut on October 27, 2016 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.
ART OF ANARCHY released a self-titled debut album in 2015 that featured former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland.
Weiland, whom STP parted ways with in 2002 and again in 2013, died in December 2015.
Thal joined GUNS N' ROSES in 2006 and stayed in the band for eight years, playing on the 2008 album "Chinese Democracy". He has also released a number of solo CDs.
Photo: Annie Atlasman