American metal icons RIOT will be the "special guests" on the first leg of dates on Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL's upcoming "European Outbreak 2011" tour. Support on all dates will comes from AMARANTHE.
Commented HAMMERFALL singer Joacim Cans: "For thirty years I have been a true and devoted RIOT fan. Albums like 'Fire Down Under' and 'Thundersteel' have inspired me immensely, both as a singer and a songwriter, and the honest truth is that I would probably not be here today if it wasn't for RIOT. As a homage to the band we also covered their classic song 'Flight of the Warrior' on the album 'Masterpieces' in 2008.
"I am totally psyched about having RIOT as our special guest for the first leg of the European tour and I can assure you that I will be in the audience banging my head and singing along in every song...every single night! Hell yeah!"
RIOT's founding member Mark Reale is equally enthusiastic: "This tour is going to blow a lot of cobwebs away. We've been dying to get the band back over the Europe where we've always had such a loyal following. This is like a dream come true for all of us, and the timing, with the new album ready to roll, couldn't be better."
This will be the first time RIOT's legendary "Thundersteel" and "The Privilege Of Power" lineup of Tony Moore (vocals), Mark Reale (guitar), Mike Flyntz (guitar), Don Van Stavern (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums) has played in Europe on a full tour, after the band's celebrated one-off show at Sweden Rock Festival in 2009. Having signed with SPV worldwide, except for Japan where they are signed to Avalon Marquee, RIOT is currently finalizing its new album, "Immortal Soul", for an October release. The dates with HAMMERFALL will therefore also be an opportunity for fans to hear new material from the band's upcoming and long-awaited fourteenth album.
AMARANTHE founder Olof Mrck commented: "All of us in AMARANTHE are mighty proud to go tour with our metal brothers from Gothenburg, the legendary HAMMERFALL! To take part on this huge tour that will take us to every corner in Europe is sure to be a pleasure, and we hope their fans will receive us kindly! We are sure to do our best to deliver as good of a show as possible, every single night from October through November! See all of you on tour this fall!"
The dates are as follows:
With RIOT and AMARANTHE:
Oct. 28 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Lisebergshallen
Oct. 29 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arenan
Oct. 31 - Hamburg, Germany - Groe Freiheit
Nov. 01 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 02 - Filderstadt, Germany - Filharmonie
Nov. 04 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
Nov. 05 - Paris, France - Bataclan
Nov. 06 - Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal
Nov. 07 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkhaus
Nov. 09 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Nov. 10 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Nov. 11 - Milan, Italy - Magazinni Generali
Nov. 12 - Mnchen, Germany - Theaterfabrik
Nov. 15 - Warzaw, Poland - Stodola
Nov. 16 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
Nov. 17 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
Nov. 18 - Kln, Germany - Essigfabrik
Nov. 27 - Trencin, Slovakia - Piano
Nov. 28 - Budapest, Hungary - Petfi Hall
Nov. 30 - Bucharest, Romania - Hard Rock Caf
Dec. 01 - Belgrade, Serbia - SKC
Dec. 02 - Zagreb, Croatia - Boogaloo
Dec. 03 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Siska
Dec. 04 - Passau, Germany - Dreilnderhalle
Dec. 06 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1
Dec. 07 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken
Dec. 08 - Seville, Spain - Fanatic
Dec. 09 - Porto, Portugal - Hard Club