Monday, June 21, 2010

Coheed and Cambria tour includes Porcupine Tree & The Dear Hunter (but NOT dREDG)

Some rumors about a dredg tour announcement within the last few weeks possibly (or probably) was referring to this.

Coheed and Cambria may have picked to tour with Porcupine Tree over them. Now thinking about it. The Dear Hunter being an opener, I'm suspecting Coheed was not going to choose between TDH and dredg.

Coheed announcement

We are happy to announce that we will be touring the US in August, starting August 12 at the Hollywood Palladium with the amazing Porcupine Tree!
We’re also elated to have Circa Survive join us again for the last 4 shows. The Dear Hunter will open all shows.

Black Cards will be accepted for early entry (tickets still must be purchased)


SAVE MONEY and SECURE EARLY TICKETS by buying from our special fan club presale, starting TOMORROW, June 22nd at 12 noon here:
This site only has a limited amount of the tickets available, so it will sell out quickly - that does not mean the event itself is sold out. You must sign up to get your password.

General On-sale will be this Friday, June 25th at 12 noon and varying times. Check our tour dates for exact times and ticket information.

With Porcupine Tree, The Dear Hunter
12 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
13 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
14 San Diego, CA – 4th and B (21+)
16 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
17 El Paso, TX – Club 101
18 San Antonio, TX - Sunset Station
20 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
21 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
22 Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
23 St Louis, MO - Pageant
24 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
26 Cleveland, OH – Nautica Pavilion

With Circa Survive, The Dear Hunter
27 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
28 Pittsburgh, PA – Ches Arena
30 Richmond, VA - National
31 Norfolk, VA – Norva

Some more thoughts about this.

1) I still don't know how I feel about Coheed live. They still may be as bad as some say, although I've read and heard they've gotten better in recent years.

2) Even if they have improved in concert, their music has gone the opposite as No World For Tomorrow was a big letdown, and Year of the Black Rainbow is even worse. So especially if their set list covers a lot of music from those 2 albums, which it probably does, I can't be too thrilled about them.

3) The fact Circa Survive is on this tour, even for 4 dates, is utterly meaningless to me, other than the fact they may have impacted another band (but not likely dredg) ability to be on it.

4) The tour of course is nowhere close to me. Not even Milwaukee or Chicago. Grand Rapids, MI, Columbus, OH, Cleveland, OH and St.Louis. I'm not sure even if I could afford another trip this soon, if the lifetime membership for concerts for The Dear Hunter would even work given they are opening for 2 other bands.

5) I'm happy for The Dear Hunter obviously. Although beyond the Porcupine Tree crowd, they aren't exactly being exposed to that many other likely new fans, given they've played some dates (mainly in the Northeast) with Coheed, and are/have with Circa Survive. However, maybe the best thing to come from being on the bill with Porcupine Tree is Steven Wilson will catch-on and become a fan (if he isn't already). Thus The Dear Hunter could go on tour with them in the future, and maybe the best part is the word-of-mouth thing. Like Mike Portnoy, when Steven Wilson likes a band, people catch-on to them, or at least check them out. Some folks obviously did catch on to The Dear Hunter back in late 2007 and 2008 after Mike Portnoy included them on his end of year list, but there's another demographic who pay attention to Steven Wilson. And it's not like Mike Portnoy's gone on and on about The Dear Hunter since (unlike some other bands like Beardfish for example).

But look at how well 3 have caught on along with Demians (or even groups like Mew, Pure Reason Revolution and Oceansize since Steven has supported them verbally. Not to mention Opeth or the amount of interest in Orphaned Land's new album recently. Although on the flip side, Anathema and some others maybe have not caught on as much despite Steven Wilson working with them).

That all being said, I just think this tour would be a MUCH BIGGER DEAL if it included MORE DATES. 12 dates with PT, 4 additional with TDH. And you look at the cities it's coming to, they are mostly MID-SIZE MARKETS. Which makes the lack of a Minneapolis show even more surprising.

The dredg thing, hopefully patience is a virtue. And remember what happened last summer with the RX Bandits fans walking out. dredg should go on tour with The Dear Hunter, and the The Dear Hunter only (or maybe someone like Bend Sinister as well). I think they have the most success when they don't need to worry about another band's fanbase walking out on them, and sadly, that may have happened to them again on this tour. Although I hardly would say I know the Coheed crowd well given I've never seen them live still (and may never).