NORMA JEAN, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES, MISERY SIGNALS, THE FULLY DOWN and THE CONFESSION have been confirmed for the first-ever Radio Rebellion Tour 2006, which is set to kick off October 6 in Nashville.
Showcasing cutting-edge artists who've built a massive grassroots fanbase without the help of commercial radio, the Radio Rebellion Tour signifies the shift in how today's youth discovers and identifies new music and lifestyle trends through the media and the Internet. The inaugural eight-week trek will visit 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada between October 6 and December 2. Stay tuned for the fall 2006 itinerary to be announced soon.
Tickets will first be available via the tour's Internet pre-sale beginning nationwide on August 15 at 9:00 a.m. PST via www.musictoday.com. In addition, the Radio Rebellion Tour CD sampler will be distributed at Hot Topic stores nationwide as well as on the remaining Vans Warped Tour '06 dates.
"The idea behind Radio Rebellion is simple. We created a tour that showcases artists who've achieved some solid commercial success without the traditional drivers of commercial radio," says Graham Day, founder of Smartpunk.com and tour partner/sponsor. "Some of the Radio Rebellion artists have now sold a few hundred thousand records without having a single spin on commercial radio. We've witnessed first-hand the power of this new breed of artist as well as their tight connection with their very active fan-base and now we're offering these bands that fans want to see in an intimate and ideal environment.”
Hailing from Atlanta, NORMA JEAN have established themselves as one of the most adventurous young bands in metal today with their 2002 Solid State Records debut, "Bless The Martyr And Kiss The Child". 2005's follow-up album "O' God The Aftermath" took the quintet to the next level, earning critical acclaim and selling over 100,000 copies on the indie Solid State Records. Currently performing all summer long on Ozzfest's second stage, the band is gearing up for the release of their new album "Redeemer" — produced by industry icon Ross Robinson (AT THE DRIVE IN, SLIPKNOT, DEFTONES, FROM FIRST TO LAST) — due out September 12.
"The Radio Rebellion Tour is representing a small portion of bands who are doing something different in the music industry as a whole without having a lot or any radio play at all," says NORMA JEAN lead vocalist Cory Brandon. "The truth is, I think radio should conform to what bands like us are doing, instead of us conforming to what they're currently playing just to get on the radio. It doesn't and shouldn't work like that in music. We're making headway without their support and we're not at all against the idea of heavier bands having radio play, but this doesn't and won't change what we are doing artistically whatsoever."