Devin Townsend

Watch Devin Townsend Perform Strapping Young Lad Tracks Live For The First Time In Years


Devin Townsend returned to the heavier material from his past during two shows at the ‘70,000 Tons Of Metal‘ cruise earlier this month. The shows were the first taste of the second ‘volume’ of touring he has planned for his ongoing “Empath” album cycle.

They saw him revisit material from Strapping Young Lad with some of the tracks having last been played onstage by Devin close to fourteen years ago. It also appears that the SYL song “Almost Again” received its live debut during the cruise. Tracks from the now defunct Devin Townsend Project were also included in the set.

Townsend enlisted the following musicians as his backing band for those performances

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

The setlists for the shows in question ran as follows:

January 07th, 2020:

Aftermath” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
Velvet Kevorkian” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
All Hail The New Flesh” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
March Of The Poozers
Detox” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
By Your Command
Almost Again” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
Love?” (Strapping Young Lad cover)

January 09th, 2020:

Aftermath” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
Detox” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
Love?” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
Almost Again” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
Velvet Kevorkian” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
All Hail The New Flesh” (Strapping Young Lad cover)
Juular” (feat. Ihsahn)
March Of The Poozers

Fan-filmed footage from the sets can be found below. Townsend is expected to resume touring on his heavier material again later this year with more details to come. He will next be out in North America starting late February on the below run with Haken and The Contortionist:

02/26 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre (tickets)
02/27 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre (tickets)
02/28 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre (tickets)
02/29 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw (tickets)
03/01 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club (tickets)
03/03 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts (tickets)
03/05 Charlotte, NC – The Underground (tickets)
03/06 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage (tickets)
03/07 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live (tickets)
03/09 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live (tickets)
03/10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre (tickets)
03/12 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom (tickets)
03/13 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom (tickets)
03/14 Chicago, IL – Metro (tickets)
03/15 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues (tickets)
03/16 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live (tickets)
03/19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (tickets)
03/20 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater (tickets)
03/21 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater (tickets)
03/23 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren (tickets)
03/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan (tickets)
03/25 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom (tickets) may receive a commission from tickets purchased through the links in the above post.

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