Chicago-based hard rockers SOIL will join metal heavyweights FOZZY on a nine-date U.K. tour launching November 27 in Stoke, England and wrapping up December 6 in Brighton, England. The tour marks both bands' first return to the United Kingdom since highly successful appearances at this year's Download festival. The tour will also feature the U.K.'s own BREED 77.
"The U.K. has always been FOZZY's second home, and after the amazing experience we had rocking Download 2012, we couldn't wait to return to the U.K.," states FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho. "That's why this tour with SOIL is so huge for us. To be able to come back to England, Scotland and Wales with a band of their stature is going to blow away our fans, their fans, and make new fans for both of us! Mark my words... for excitement, energy and pure value, FOZZY vs. SOIL is going to be THE tour of the fall!!"
"It will be great to have FOZZY joining us for the tour," says SOIL bassist Tim King. "We had the pleasure of playing a few shows with them this spring and the two bands fit perfectly together."
"I've known the SOIL guys for over 15 years and even have a copy of their first demo," says FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward. "It's always great to tour with a band that you like, but it's even better when the band are your friends. Don't miss an opportunity to see this tour — and bring a helmet!"
The upcoming tour will be SOIL's last before entering the studio to record their long-awaited new album featuring the return of original frontman Ryan McCombs.
FOZZY will release its new album, "Sin And Bones", on August 14 (one day earlier internationally) via the group's new label, Century Media Records.
The dates are as follows:
Nov. 27 - Stoke, UK - The Underground
Nov. 28 - Manchester, UK - Moho Live
Nov. 29 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 30 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
Dec. 01 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
Dec. 02 - Hafan Y Mor, UK - Hard Rock Hell Festival
Dec. 04 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit
Dec. 05 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
Dec. 06 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2