What better way to start the new year than with a double-dose of quality U.S. metal?
New Jersey’s progressive metal juggernauts SYMPHONY X will be returning to North America for a co-headlining tour with heavy metal stalwarts Iced Earth. Opening each night will be L.A. thrashers Warbringer. The 32-show trek will launch in Hartford, Connecticut on January 31st, weave through the Great White North, then blow out the lights in Clifton Park, New York on March 11th.
SYMPHONY X guitarist Michael Romeo checks in from the band’s current European tour: “We are very excited about the upcoming North American Tour with Iced Earth. We first met Jon & the guys a few years back and they were really cool. When the idea of a Co-Headline tour surfaced, we thought it would be awesome. The fans can expect a night of great music from both bands. We look forward to seeing you all real soon!”
SYMPHONY X’s innovative mixture of heavy metal and progressive rock have made them a favored staple among prog metal fans for almost 20 years. Iconoclast, the band’s eighth studio album, debuted at #76 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in the U.S. and at #105 on the Canadian Soundscan Top 200 chart in June.
“I’m excited to tour with SYMPHONY X,” shares ICED EARTH founder Jon Schaffer. “They’re phenomenal musicians and very cool guys. This co-headliner tour will be a great experience for the fans. It is also way overdue for us to play a proper tour of North America. Get ready!”
Schaffer formed ICED EARTH in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released 10 studio albums, the newest being the highly-acclaimed Dystopia (October, 2011) – which debuted at #67 on the Billboard Top 200 – one live album, two compilations, three boxed sets, and several DVDs. Thanks to massive worldwide sales — and rabidly loyal fans – ICED EARTH has earned a seat in the pantheon of America’s most successful heavy metal bands.
Confirmed dates for the co-headlining 2012 tour are:
01/31/12 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
02/01/12 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
02/03/12 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
02/04/12 Albert Rousseau – Quebec City, QC CANADA
02/05/12 Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA
02/06/12 Phoenix – Toronto, ON CANADA
02/09/12 Garrick – Winnipeg, MB CANADA
02/10/12 Louis Pub – Saskatoon, SK CANADA
02/11/12 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB CANADA
02/12/12 Flames Central – Calgary, AB CANADA
02/14/12 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, B.C. CANADA
02/15/12 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
02/16/12 Hawthorne – Portland, OR
02/17/12 Regency – San Francisco, CA
02/18/12 Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA
02/20/12 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
02/21/12 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
02/22/12 House of Blues – San Diego
02/24/12 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
02/25/12 Summit – Denver, CO
02/26/12 Midland Theater – Kansas City, MO
02/27/12 Trees – Dallas, TX
02/28/12 Emo’s East – Austin, TX
02/29/12 House of Blues – Houston, TX
03/02/12 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
03/03/12 House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
03/05/12 Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
03/06/12 The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
03/07/12 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
03/09/12 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/10/12 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
03/11/12 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
View the official fan-created video for the SYMPHONY X track “Electric Messiah” – off the new album Iconoclast – on YouTube.