When it comes to the Rock Allegiance Tour you can leave your tie dyed shirt at home. This is hard rock and heavy metal, you’re not likely to see a pan flute solo or Dead Heads at this fest. You can’t bring any weapons to the concert, however, tattoos of knives, guns, and axes are welcome and encouraged.
This is the third year for the Rock Allegiance Tour. It’s first year in 2011 was also a multi city tour, then in 2012 it was a stationary event in Hershey, Pennsylvania for Labor Day weekend. It’s now back as a tour, which has the ability to reach many, many more fans and make new fans for the bands on tour. This year those bands are All That Remains, Volbeat, H.I.M., and Airbourne. These are all bands who have been together for more than ten years. These are musicians who are at the top of their game touring the country to bring you the best of what they’ve got.
All That Remains, the only American band on the tour, comes from Springfield, Massachusetts. The band doesn’t try to fit any category as their front man has said, “we just want to write good songs.” They formed in 1998 and have now released six studio albums. Their latest album being The War You Cannot Win released on November 6, 2012. The title of the album refers to their idea, no matter which party is in power, the government is telling you what you can and cannot do. That attitude tells you a little about what you can expect from the band, music that is infused with revolt and pushes the status quo.
The Danish band Volbeat came together in 2001 and released their first album in 2005. Volbeat is known for being a different kind of metal band with a real focus on melodies. They are now supporting their fifth studio album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies on April 5, 2013. This latest album features contrast like rockabilly and emotional melodies with the heaviest songs they have ever produced.
The band H.I.M. comes out of Finland. H.I.M. began in 1991 and was originally known as His Infernal Majesty. They play what they call “love metal” and have a cult following. Perhaps more recognizable than their music is the “heartagram” icon created by lead vocalist Ville Valo. It’s a pentagram inside a circle with part of the pentagram morphed into the shape of a heart. Their latest album Tears on Tape was released in April 2013. It is the band’s eighth studio album. H.I.M. paid for the production of the album themselves allowing them to keep all publishing rights to Tears on Tape. Three different singles were chosen to be released in separate markets. “Into The Night” was used for Finland, “All Lips Go Blue” used for the U.S. and U.K., and “Tears On Tape” for the rest of Europe.
Airbourne formed in 2003 in the town of Warrnambool, Australia. The band is a pair of brothers Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe, David Roads and Justin Street. They are now promoting their third studio album Black Dog Barking. The singles released from the album so far are “Live It Up” and “No One Fits Me (Better Than You)”. Comparisons to fellow Australian band AC/DC are completely warranted. Airbourne has the get under your skin sound that makes for a band you want to listen to again and again.
Seeing these four bands from four different countries for the price of one ticket is very likely the best way to celebrate the end of your summer. And if you’re asked what you did this summer, you’ll have plenty to say.
8/23 St. Paul, MN @ The Myth *All That Remains will not be playing this date.
8/24 Twin Lakes, WI @ Shadow Hill Ranch Festival
8/25 Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
8/26 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
8/28 Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill
8/29 Bloomington, IL @ US Cellular Coliseum
8/30 Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
8/31 Tulsa, OK @ Convention Center Arena
9/03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverick Centre
9/04 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
9/08 Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Center
9/09 Calgary, AB @ Big 4 Building
9/10 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
9/15 Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Music Festival
9/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
9/18 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
9/19 Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
9/21 Gulfport, MS @ Jones Park CPR Fest
9/22 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
9/23 Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
9/25 SAYERVILLE, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
9/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage @ The Mann
9/27 Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMASS Lowell
9/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Waterfront
Article by Kate McCrory