Anthrax, Killswitch Engage to co-headline spring 2017 North American tour

Posted: December 14, 2016 by Greg Maki in News, Tour Dates
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Anthrax, from left: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donais

Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage and thrash legends Anthrax have announced they will hit the road this sSpring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands’ itinerary will 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 KsE 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 crisscross the continent, wrapping up May 7 in Boston. The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Dec. 16. Log on to the KsE site, the Anthrax site or the TDWP site for all details regarding ticket purchasing and pre-sales.

“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.”

“This Anthrax/KSE tour is a powerful ball of energy ready to unleash the metal in the U.S.,” said Anthrax bassist Frank Bello.

“Anthrax and Killswitch—KillThrax! Holy crap!” said Anthrax guitarist 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!”

KsE 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!”

Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage released Incarnate (Roadrunner) in March, which debuted number six on the Billboard 200 and number one on Billboard’s Hard Rock Album chart. This year also saw KsE appearing on a Stars Wars-themed Revolver cover, staging five-club NYC takeover for album release week and embarking on the Incarnate world tour. On Nov. 25, the band released Beyond the Flames: Home Video Vol. II on Blu-ray, containing more than three and a half hours of footage. At the heart of this release is a 75-minute documentary that chronicles the return of original vocalist Jesse Leach, after nearly a decade away, to the band he helped form in 1999. It picks up right where the 2005 {Set This} World Ablaze release left off, revealing the rest of the KsE story.

For Anthrax, these dates are in support of the band’s 11th album, For All Kings (Megaforce), released last February. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, 2016 has been action-packed for Anthrax. For All Kings debuted at number one on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart and number nine on the Billboard 200, the band’s second top 10 chart entry. Two music videos made with director Jack Bennett, one over-the-top grizzly, the other an innovative stop-motion piece, an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers that paired the band with Robert De Niro, and sharing stages with bands like Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold and fellow Big Four members Slayer were just a few of the highlights.

Confirmed dates are as follows.

29 — The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ *
30 — Express Live, Columbus, OH **
31 — Arcada Theater, St. Charles, IL  (Anthrax only)
31 — The International, Knoxville, TN  (KsE only)

1— Little River Casino, Manistee, MI  (Anthrax only)
1 —  Norva, Norfolk, VA  (KsE only)
3  — The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD *
4  — The Dome, Wallingford, CT *
5 — Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA **
7  — 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI *
8  — The Fillmore, Detroit, MI **
9  — Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA *
11 — The Ritz, Raleigh, NC **
12 —Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA **
13 —  House of Blues, Orlando, FL *
15  — Texas Independence Festival, Austin, TX **
16  — Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, TX **
17 — House of Blues, Houston, TX *
18  — House of Blues, Dallas, TX  **
20  — The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ *
22 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA **
23 — The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA **
25 — Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA *
26 — Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR **
28 — Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *
29  — Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE **
30 — Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO *

1 — The Pageant, St. Louis, MO **
3 — Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON, CANADA **
5 — Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY **
6  — Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY *
7  — House of Blues, Boston, MA   *

*  — KsE closes
** — Anthrax closes

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