Even if you don’t like metal (and who doesn’t, these days?) you still have to love Killswitch Engage. They write some of the heaviest riffs known to man and have some of the most pissed vocals anywhere, but they are still at heart, a bunch of nerds and pussycats. Last time I saw them live guitarist (and increasingly legendary producer) Adam D was running around in a cape and his boxer shorts. Frontman Howard Jones may look like an NFL linebacker, but in person he’s the kind of guy you want to sit around and drink coffee with and talk about Star Trek. He seemed like he’d definitely have an opinion about Kirk vs. Picard (I’m gonna go with Picard). In an interview with Adam D a couple years back I asked him about the seemingly dichotomous nature of his band’s sound and demeanor and this is what he had to say:
I hate the whole thing within the metal community, where it’s like â€œDude, since we’re so hard onstage, we’re gonna be awesome.â€ I think that whole mentality has kind of died away with all the stupid leather pants and longhair and the [assumes Viking of Death Metal tone] â€œYahhhh we’re tough and blah, blah, blah.â€ I’m just so easygoing, I just don’t give a shit what anyone thinks.
Well there you have it. I bring this up, not just for the fuck of it, but because the band annouced today a new string of tour dates this spring, with a couple other fairly badass bands, Poison the Well and Throwdown, that will be gracing the middle parts of America and Canada. If you’re a kid in Milwaukee and you don’t go to this show, you’re drinking too much Pabst bro! Here’s the press release:
Killswitch Engage continue to cement their reputation as road warriors. After wrapping up their successful, sold out winter tour, the Massachusetts band has just announced another spate of tour dates that will find the band hitting several Midwest locations as well as cutting a path all over Canada. The two-week tour, featuring Throwdown, Poison The Well and The End as support acts, kicks off on May 10 and runs through May 29.
Below are the tour dates and locations. Pre-sale for fan club members begins today. Pre-sale for all fans begins Monday, March 3rd at Noon EST. Regular on-sale tickets can be purchased beginning March 6.
May 10 â€“ The Sound Academy â€“ Toronto, ONT (On Sale 3/6)
May 11 â€“ Elements Night Club â€“ Kitchener, ONT (On Sale 3/7)
May 13 â€“ Capitole du Quebec â€“ Quebec City, QUE (On Sale 3/6)
May 14 â€“ The Metropolis â€“ Montreal, QUE (On Sale 3/6)
May 16 â€“ The Orbit Room â€“ Grand Rapids, MI (On Sale 3/7)
May 17 â€“ Rock On The Range Festival â€“ Columbus, OH (Radio show)
May 18 â€“ Point Fest â€“ St. Louis, MO (Radio show)
May 19 â€“ The Eagles Club â€“ Milwaukee, WI (On Sale 3/8)
May 20 â€“ Val Air Ballroom â€“ Des Moines, IA (On Sale 3/7)
May 22 â€“ Community Auditorium â€“ Thunder Bay, ONT (On Sale 3/8)
May 23 â€“ Burton Cummings â€“ Winnipeg, MAN (On Sale, 3/7)
May 24 â€“ Odeon Events Centre â€“ Saskatoon, SAS (On Sale, 3/8)
May 26 â€“ Edmonton Events Center â€“ Edmonton, AB (On Sale, 3/8)
May 27 â€“ MacEwan Hall Ballroom â€“ Calgary, AB (On Sale, 3/8)
May 29 â€“ Croatian Cultural Center â€“ Vancouver, BC (On Sale, 3/7)