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Devin Townsend Taps Former Members Of The Dillinger Escape Plan & Decapitated For Summer Tour


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The lineups of musicians backing Devin Townsend onstage during his ongoing ‘volumes’ of touring this year have come into view. Townsend has been focusing on different aspects of his catalog with different musicians. Most recently this saw him dive back into the Strapping Young Lad discography and more during this year’s ‘70,000 Tons Of Metal‘ cruise. For that run Townsend was joined by:

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

His approaching tour with Haken and The Contortionist will find him out with a lineup similar to his European touring, it includes:

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

However, Townsend has since confirmed to MetalSucks that the following musicians are tentatively set to back him on the road for a similarly heavy trek this summer:

Guitars – Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate)
Bass – Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Drums – Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Septicflesh, ex-Decapitated)

Townsend commented of that to MetalSucks on their podcast:

“The next [touring] thing is Volume 2, which I’m starting with all these festivals — we’re doing Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, Bloodstock, Tuska, Wacken, and Hellfest. And that is a different group of people, which is an amazing group of people. I basically did a poll online and said, ‘What do you want to hear?’ from the entire catalogue, Strapping included. For the Volume 2 thing, which I will then bring to North America later, it’s those songs, which is a shit load of Strapping, a shit load of DTP, all of the stuff that people want to hear.

For the summer, I’ve got a band — but it’s a four person band — and at this point it looks like it’ll have Wes Hauch, who played with me on 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. He was in The Faceless and Glass Casket. Such a fuckin’ good guitar player, holy shit. And Krimh playing drums, who was with Septicflesh, Decapitated, and Behemoth.

Super strong player and he can blast with the same volume as he does with the groovy stuff. It looks like it’s gonna be Liam who used to be in Dillinger Escape Plan playing bass. Really great guys, super confident players. Good vibes.

I want that tour — the Volume 2 thing — to be completely different. I want it to be open to the audience and to say, ‘What do you want to hear?’ There’s 25 records full of shit. There’s Strapping, there’s Terria, there’s Ziltoid, there’s DTP, there’s DTB, there’s all this shit. Tell me what you want me to play, and I’ll play that. So, that’s the tour after this one that’s coming up.”

Townsend‘s aforementioned tour with Haken and The Contortionist will run as follows:

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)

Following that he will embark on his aforementioned new volume of touring in Europe and the UK:

06/03 Solvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock Festival
06/05-07 Nurnberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/05-07 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/09 Bratislava, SLO – Majestic Music Club
06/10-13 Kleylehof, AUT – Nova Rock
06/10-11 Krakow, POL – Mystic Festival
06/13 Bucharest, ROM – The Roman Arenas
06/14 Sofia, BUL – Mixtape 5
06/15 Budapest, HUN – A38
06/18-21 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/18 Kobenhavn, DEN – Copenhell
06/21 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/23 Esch-sur-alzette, LUX – Rockhal (feat. Meshuggah)
06/24 Zurich, SWI – X-tra (feat. Meshuggah)
06/24-26 Paseo Alicia Alonso, SPA – Rock The Night Festival
06/28 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Open Air
07/30-08/01 Wacken, GER – Wacken
08/05-08 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault
08/07 Walton-on-Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
08/09 Leeuwarden, NET – Into The Grave

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