Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
Given that the pandemic seems to be slowly but surely easing a bit, touring has been making a comeback, which is great, but there are shows and tours still getting postponed amid restrictions that are still in place, but hopefully, just hopefully, this won't be an issue come spring of 2022.
That being said, DragonForce have announced an extensive North American headline tour for the spring, which is set to start on March 7 in Santa Ana, California, and run for a total of 38 shows before coming full circle to wrap up on April 23 in Berkeley, California. This will be the band's most extensive North American headline run since 2008 (if it happens). Special guests on the tour will be Battle Beast and Seven Spires. However, Battle Beast will miss the first 10 shows before joining the tour on March 20 in Denver. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 29th at 10 AM local time.
DragonForce will continue touring in behind their last album Extreme Power Metal, released in late 2019. They only ended up playing a small batch of shows in support of the album before the world got shut down due to the pandemic, so it seems only fitting that the band finish off their touring commitments for the album before continuing on with the next chapter with a new studio album.
At the same time, the band have yet to announce a new permanent bass player, or who will be filling on bass for the tour, because they've been without a bass player since 2019 when Frederic Leclercq left to join Kreator. While touring in behind Extreme Power Metal, the band had Alicia Vigil filling in on bass. However, it is unclear whether she will continue handling bass duties for the upcoming dates, or if they will get somebody else. Stay tuned for details regarding that one.
The band have also premiered a new hilarious music video for the song "Strangers", which you can watch down below. In the video, the band dress up as rockstars from the 80s, and even use Steve Vai's guitars from the Whitesnake and David Lee Roth eras for good measure.
In the meantime though, you can see the full routing for the upcoming North American tour down below. Fingers crossed it will come to fruition, because a lot of international bands cancelled their tours due to travel restrictions and visa issues.
Mar 07 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory *
Mar 08 - San Diego, CA @ Observatory *
Mar 09 - Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trad Post *
Mar 10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *
Mar 11 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
Mar 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
Mar 15 - Calgary, AB @ Palace Theatre *
Mar 16 - Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall *
Mar 18 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
Mar 19 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Mar 20 - Denver, CO @ Oriental Theatre
Mar 22 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Mar 23 - St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag
Mar 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave II
Mar 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Mar 26 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
Mar 27 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
Mar 29 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's
Mar 30 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Mar 31 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Apr 01 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Bell
Apr 02 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Apr 03 - New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
Apr 05 - Reading, PA @ Reverb
Apr 06 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Apr 07 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Apr 08 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
Apr 09 - Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete's
Apr 10 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr 12 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theatre
Apr 13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Apr 15 - Dallas, TX @ Amplified
Apr 16 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Apr 17 - Austin, TX @ Come & Take It Live
Apr 19 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
Apr 20 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Apr 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theatre
Apr 23 - Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
* No Battle Beast