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Devin Townsend Recruits Members Of Megadeth, Bad Wolves, Etc. For His Upcoming Return To Playing Heavier Material


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Earlier this year Devin Townsend outlined his plans for touring across the next 12 months or so in regards to his latest album “Empath“. If you missed what he has in store, he will soon be returning to touring with a full band, following the past year or so he spent on the road playing acoustically.

For his return to a full band, he has enlisted a rotating cast of musicians to join him join him on the road for what he refers to as separate ‘volumes’ of the tour. The first volume of touring he has planned will find him out in Europe and the UK this year. For that run he has enlisted:

Vocals/guitars – Ché Aimee Dorval (Casualties Of Cool)
Drums – Morgan Ågren (Kaipa)
Guitars – Mike Keneally (Dethklok)
Ambient guitars – Markus Reuter (Stick Men, Stick Men)
Bass – Nathan Navarro
Keyboards – Diego Tejeida (Haken)

A rotating lineup of musicians will also join him during the planned second volume of touring he has planned, which will primarily take place in the summer and find him returning to his heavier material (including the reintroduction of some Strapping Young Lad songs).

You won’t have to wait that long to experience heavy Devy though, as he has just announced the first show of that second volume run will take place in January with the following musicians set to join him:

Guitars – Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate)
Bass – Kyle Konkiel (Bad Wolves)
Drums – Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth/ex-Soilwork)

The show in question will take place aboard the annual ‘70000 Tons Of Metal‘ cruise, which will set sail from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Cozumel, Mexico from January 07th to 11th. Townsend has further clarified that a third volume of touring he has planned for the fall of 2020 will be “decidedly unmetal”. Following the completion of that, he intends to head back into the studio for his next album in 2021.

For now, the coming months will bring the arrival of a deluxe 5.1 edition of his latest album “Empath” and the next volume of his ‘Eras‘ vinyl box set reissues. Aside from the aforementioned cruise appearance, you can catch Townsend out at the following dates:

With Haken:

11/15 Paris, FRA – Salle Pleyel
11/16 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
11/17 Tilburg, NET – 013
11/18 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
11/20 Turku, FIN – Logomo
11/21 Helsinki, FIN – Cirkus
11/23 Stockholm, SWE – Munchenbryggeriet
11/24 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
11/25 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
11/28 Berlin, GER – Astra
11/29 Wroclaw, POL – A2
11/30 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
12/02 Vienna, AUT – Simm City
12/03 Zurich, SWI – X-Tra
12/06 Dublin, IRE – Academy
12/07 Belfast, IRE – Academy
12/09 Glasgow, UK – SWG3 Galvanisers
12/10 Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
12/12 London, UK – Roundhouse
12/13 Nottingham, UK – Rock City

With Haken & The Contortionist:

02/27 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/28 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
02/29 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
03/01 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
03/03 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
03/05 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
03/06 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
03/07 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
03/09 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
03/12 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
03/13 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
03/14 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/15 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
03/16 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
03/19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/20 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/21 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
03/23 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
03/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
03/25 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

You can find tickets for both of those treks here.

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