The Pulse of Radio reports that FILTER has expanded its upcoming live schedule as the band gears up for the May 13 release of its first new album in six years, "Anthems for the Damned". The trek, which kicks off on April 24, now includes 20 dates, including headlining shows and radio festivals. Frontman Richard Patrick told The Pulse of Radio why he's especially looking forward to playing as many concerts as possible. "You know, I quit drinking, I quit smoking, so the only real benefit to that, other than like having pink lungs again after five years of not smoking is the fact that I can sing really, really well, and it really makes my job easy and fun," he said. "So I'm actually just super-excited to just sing as many nights in a row as I can and just play as many shows."
The first single from "Anthems for the Damned" is called "Soldiers of Misfortune". Richard Patrick said the song was inspired by a letter from a FILTER fan who joined the Army reserves to get his college tuition paid. He was sent to Iraq and killed in a rocket attack just days later.
Confirmed FILTER tour dates:
April 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb's
April 26 - The Woodlands, TX - CW Mitchell Pavilion (Buzzfest)
April 27 - Frisco, TX - Pizza Hut Park (Edgefest)
May 08 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room
May 09 - Jacksonville, FL - Metropolitan Park (Band Camp 2008)
May 10 - Orlando, FL - Tinker Field (Earth Day Birthday)
May 11 - Tampa, FL - Raymond James Stadium/Rockfest
May 13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
May 16 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
May 17 - Columbus, OH - Columbus Crew Stadium (Rock on the Range)
May 18 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 20 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
May 21 - Charlotte, NC - Amos'South End
May 22 - Charleston, SC - The Dive
May 24 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
May 25 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
May 27 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
May 29 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
June 01 - Boston, MA - Tweeter Center (River Rave)
June 02 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!