Two-time Grammy nominees AUGUST BURNS RED are excited to kick off the holiday season with their reimagined version of the classic Christmas song "Last Christmas". The band made an annual tradition of releasing Christmas covers with the beloved "Home Alone" theme song in 2015 and last year's "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)".
"Last Christmas" is available for purchase digitally on iTunes.
"This year I sat down with the intention of writing something upbeat, melodic, and shredtastic," says bassist Dustin Davidson. "When I decided to cover 'Last Christmas', I kept in mind that most people only know the chorus of the song. I didn't want to recreate something word for word, or note by note, so I took the main hook and built a bunch of original ideas around it. The lyrics to WHAM!'s 'Last Christmas' are very sad, so if you're feeling lonely this holiday season, I hope this cover finds you well."
This week, AUGUST BURNS RED was nominated in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 60th annual Grammy Awards for its song "Invisible Enemy", taken from the band's latest full-length album, "Phantom Anthem". This marks the second Grammy nod for Lancaster, Pennsylvania's AUGUST BURNS RED, as they were nominated in the same category in the 58th Grammy Awards for their song "Identity" from 2015's "Found In Far Away Places".
The 60th annual Grammy Awards will take place in New York City on Sunday, January 28, 2018, with winners being announced live from Madison Square Garden.
AUGUST BURNS RED will kick off its headline "Phantom Anthem" tour in January.
The band has had a busy 2017, having toured the U.S. and Europe in support of the 10th anniversary of its much-loved album "Messengers" and performing at major festivals, including Rock Allegiance and Aftershock.