PROTEST THE HERO has announced an extensive North American tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its gold-certified album "Fortress". The trek kicks off in Detroit on March 22 with 11 dates across Canada, and wraps with a special show at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on May 4. Tickets for the shows are on sale as of Friday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET via ProtestTheHero.ca.
Recorded in 2007 at Silo Studios with producer Julius Butty (ALEXISONFIRE, CITY AND COLOUR), "Fortress" debuted at #1 in Canada and also nabbed the #10 spot on the U.S. Billboard Top Independent Album chart. Mike Portnoy, famed drummer and co-founder of DREAM THEATER, named "Fortress" one of his favorite albums of 2008. Like its predecessor "Kezia", the album achieved universal acclaim with high praise from several major publications, resulting in a score of 86 on Metacritic, making it the 12th best reviewed album on the site for 2008.
"Fortress" features 10 tracks broken into three movements, separated by piano interludes. Describing the LP, former PTH bassist and lyricist Arif Mirabdolbaghi said: "If I had to reduce it to its simplest form, the concept is about the re-emerging of goddess worship and the erosion of faith in scientific process."
Added lead vocalist Rody Walker: "This album is nothing to be intellectualized. All talk of wonder, pathos and optimism aside. I feel it's a very natural progression for us. A natural progression into further obscurity."
Support for the tour will be announced in January 2018.
"Fortress 10 Year Anniversary Tour 2018":
Mar. 22 - Detroit, MI @ Shelter
Mar. 23 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Mar. 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave II
Mar. 27 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick
Mar. 28 - Saskatoon, SK @ Louis'
Mar. 29 - Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Mar. 30 - Calgary, AB @ The Palace
Apr. 01 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
Apr. 02 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Apr. 03 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Apr. 05 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Apr. 06 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Apr. 07 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Apr. 08 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Apr. 19 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Apr. 20 - Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey
Apr. 22 - Quebec City, QC @ Salle Multi
Apr. 24 - Halifax, NB @ Marquee
Apr. 25 - Moncton, NB @ Tide & Boar Ballroom
Apr. 26 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
Apr. 27 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Apr. 28 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
Apr. 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
May 01 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
May 02 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
May 03 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
May 04 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth
Photo credit: Chris Preyser