Metalcore forefathers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE (pictured) and thrash legends ANTHRAX will hit the road next spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands' itinerary will also include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin, as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill.
With KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and ANTHRAX rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, New Jersey and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7. The intense and dynamic THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA will provide direct support on all dates.
"ANTHRAX and KILLSWITCH will be a really good blend for fans," said ANTHRAX's Charlie Benante. "We both play metal, but we play two different forms of the genre. I think fans of both bands are in for a 'Total Explosion of the Senses.'" Added the band's Frank Bello: "This ANTHRAX/KSE tour is a powerful ball of energy ready to unleash the metal in the U.S."
"ANTHRAX and KILLSWITCH — KillThrax! Holy crap!," said ANTHRAX's Scott Ian. "I am so excited about these upcoming shows with our old friends KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Get out your pit pants and start stretching now for all the glorious action and fun!"
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach echoed ANTHRAX's enthusiasm about the upcoming trek, saying: "We are so stoked to tour with thrash legends ANTHRAX! We are sure this will bring a powerhouse of a live show with the combination of both bands. This is, hands down, the most excited we've been to tour alongside a band in a long while. This will be one you won't want to miss. KillThrax is coming for you!!!!"
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The dates are as follows:
Mar. 29 - Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theater
Mar. 30 - Columbus, OH - Express Live
Mar. 31 - Knoxville, TN - The International
Apr. 01 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
Apr. 03 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring
Apr. 04 - Wallingford, CT - The Dome at Oakdale
Apr. 05 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Apr. 07 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
Apr. 08 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
Apr. 09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
Apr. 11 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
Apr. 12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
Apr. 13 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
Apr. 16 - Pharr, TX - Boggus Ford Events Center
Apr. 17 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Apr. 18 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Apr. 20 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
Apr. 22 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
Apr. 23 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Apr. 25 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Apr. 26 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Apr. 28 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium
Apr. 30 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
May 01 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant
May 03 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
May 05 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
May 06 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
May 07 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's latest album "Incarnate", was released in March 2016 via Roadrunner Records.
2016 saw KILLSWITCH ENGAGE appearing on a "Stars Wars"-themed Revolver cover, staging an unforgettable and intimate, five-club New York City takeover for album release week, and embarking on an impressive "Incarnate" world tour. The band also released a limited-edition seven-inch single as part of the spring version of Record Store Day on April 16; it featured "Define Love", an unreleased track from the "Incarnate" sessions.
ANTHRAX has sold in excess of ten million units, received multiple gold and platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with PUBLIC ENEMY on "Bring The Noise". And, of course, along with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH, ANTHRAX helped pioneer the thrash/metal genre as a member of the "Big Four".
ANTHRAX's latest album, "For All Kings" sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart.