After performing this summer at the Vans Warped Tour, The Used have just announced a short string of West Coast dates this fall.
The mini-trek kicks off on October 15th in Fresno, and finishes up on October 23rd in Boise, Idaho. In-fact, the tour is so short and sweet that I’ll reproduce the dates here, which I never do, because today, I’m feeling nice.
10/15 — Fresno, Calif. — Strummer’s
10/16 — Sacramento Calif — Ace of Spades
10/17 — Pomona, Calif. — LA County Fairplex
10/19 — Santa Cruz, Calif. — The Catalyst
10/20 — Reno, Nev. — Knitting Factory
10/22 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory
10/23 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory
The band’s upcoming tour is, presumably, in support of their latest album Vulnerable, released in 2012, and their recent EP The Ocean of the Sky, released July of this year.
Vulnerable was a pretty impressive success, debuting at no. 8 on the Billboard Top 200. The Ocean of the Sky, was only marginally less successful, as EPs always are, peaking at no. 10 on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart. Still, pretty good.
In a video exploring the making of The Ocean of the Sky, Used singer and frontman Bert McCracken explained that the EP was inspired by the writings of James Joyce and William S. Burroughs, and touches upon long-time Used themes:
“I think The Used has always tried to make music that kind of touches on humanity. Human issues (of) death and life and birth, the cycle of life, oppression. And maybe challenges that we face and the way to deal with challenges and to overcome troubles and problems in life.”
Support will come from special guest William Control, who recently suffered the loss of his father, writing on his official website “To my old man, I love you forever. RIP.” Hopefully, some good old-fashioned touring will keep his mind off the whole thing.
Rob Zombie will present the “Great American Nightmare” for Halloween this year in Pomona, California.
But wait, you say, that tells me nothing. And YOU ARE RIGHT!
Luckily there are many more details. The “Great American Nightmare,” it turns out, is a combination of haunted houses (three, to be exact) and music performances that will be spread out over 15 days this October. A venue in Pomona normally known as the Fairplex has been cleverly dubbed the FEARplex for the event, and Rob Zombie collaborated with haunted house master (these EXIST) Steve Kopelman to recreate scenes from his films, including House of 1000 Corpses, The Haunted World of Superbeasto and The Lords of Salem.
The festivities take place every weekend (Thursday-Sunday) in October, and each night will feature at least one music act as well as the other scary to-dos. Artists already announced include Andrew W.K., The Used, Ozomatli and Kottonmouth Kings. One night will even feature the Lucha Libre Wrestling Tour. More national and regional artists will be announced soon.
“This is it! The ultimate badass Halloween experience! No one will walk away disappointed,” said Zombie in a statement. “I am thrilled to bring The Great American Nightmare to California and begin a reign of bloody terror!”
Also, the event will feature the Great American Nightmare Monster Midway, which will include screenings of classic horror films, food and drink, and freak show characters.
“The shocking — and sometimes disturbing — fright attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor that will make one scream with fright and laughter,” says the event’s official website.
One of the producers points out that you won’t find him in any of the three haunted houses, but assures SCAREDY CATS (his words, not mine) that there will be plenty to entertain even if the terror of the houses is not your thing.
Fans of the Vans Warped Tour have less than a month to get excited about the start of this year’s traveling festival. Bands joining this incarnation of the now legendary trek include The Used, 3OH!3 and BlessTheFall.
The tour will visit 40 cities across the U.S., starting June 15 in Auburn, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre. The trek will then run through an August 4 show in the parking lot of Reliant Park in Houston, and in between will hit towns including Mountain View, California; Mesa, Arizona; Columbia, Maryland; Hartford, Connecticut; Burgettstown, Pennsylvania; Tinley Park, Illinois; Bonner Springs, Kansas; Atlanta; Orlando and Milwaukee.
As usual, each stop features a ton of bands, and this year’s lineup also includes Motion City Soundtrack, Reel Big Fish, Sleeping With Sirens, The Wonder Years, We Came As Romans, Bring Me The Horizon and more.
Earlier this month, organizers announced the Warped Tour ’13 compilation album, which features 50 tracks spread across two CDs. Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes got the honor of being pictured on the cover photograph for the album, and the band has their single “Go to Hell For Heaven’s Sake,” featured on the collection.
All the bands mentioned above that are playing at the event have songs featured on the CD, as do others performing on the tour, include The Black Dahlia Murder, Allison Weiss, Memphis May Fire, Crown the Empire, Never Shout Never, Might Mongo, Black Veil Brides, The Beautiful Bodies and The Summer Set. The album will be out June 4.
This year is the 18th year of the Warped Tour, and the absence of any significant veteran punk bands in the line up is conspicuous. Many past lineups have included acts like Bad Religion and NOFX, but there have been many reports during past tours of tensions rising between the older and younger bands.
The 2013 Take Action Tour will be headlined by the Used, and the band also will release a new expanded version of their most recent album early next year.
As it does every year, the tour will benefit a specific charity, and this year proceeds from the tour will go to the It Gets Better Project, a group that supports LGBT teens. The tour will kick off on January 11 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, and is scheduled to run through a March 1 stop at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. In between those dates, the tour also will visit cities including Salt Lake City, Denver, Milwaukee, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco and San Diego.
Joining the Used on the trek will be We Came As Romans, Crown the Empire and Mindflow.
Also in January, the Used will release a new edition of their most recent album, Vulnerable, which was released in March of this year. Vulnerable II will be released on January 22 and find the record expanded into a two disc set. The second disc will contain remixes and acoustic tracks of songs on the original release.
“It’s our privilege to work with such a lovely charity that does so much good in this confusing world,” said the Used frontman Bert McCracken in a statement. “Please check out itgetsbetter.org and we’ll see you at the Take Action Tour.
Ten percent of each ticket sold throughout the tour will be donated to It Gets Better and Sub City, the annual charitable sponsor. The latter group also will release a compilation record featuring the Used and many other bands to help raise money.
“Sub City has raised millions of dollars and awareness for various charitable organizations that aim to make the world a better place,” reads a statement on the tour’s official website. “Five percent of the suggested retail price from the sale of this compilation will go to continue this mission.”
The Used were forced to cancel all of the Canadian dates on their current North American tour earlier this month, and it turns out the reason is because frontman Bert McCracken was denied entry into the country due to his criminal record.
“They won’t let me in,” McCracken told Rolling Stone recently on a California stopp of the Warped Tour, which the band currently is touring with. “They said not for ten years. It’s weird, they’re like, ‘You need to rehabilitate these crimes before you come back to Canada.’ I’m like, ‘What does that mean?’”
McCracken then expanded on what kept him out of the country. “When I say criminal record, I’m talking teensy, eensy misdemeanors they still have on my record from, like, 2001 and 2003 – trespassing,” he said. Bandmate Jeph Howard said that it wasn’t just McCracken’s fault.
“We’ve been denied many times,” Howard said. “Half of our crew couldn’t get in either.”
McCracken said they have enjoyed the country whenever they have toured… once they actually gotten across the border, that is.
“It’s nice once we get up there, but trying to get in is a nightmare every time,” McCracken said. “We’ve been strip-searched. They made us spread our butt cheeks.”
The band is on the road supporting Vulnerable, their fifth studio album that was released back in March. After completing the Warped Tour, the group will head to South America and then Europe.
The band also told Rolling Stone that they have just finished a video for their current single, “Put Me Out,” and that fans can expect a little something different.
“All our videos are pretty serious up to this point, so we though we’d do something that’s kind of silly and fun,” McCracken said. “The whole concept of the video is this kid is in a cigarette costume, and he’s being treated like shit everywhere he goes. People give him dirty looks, he tries to take a cab and there’s a big “No Smoking” sign – then he sees a flier for the Used concert, comes to the Used show, moshes around, crowd surfs, I bring him up onstage, put a guitar on him and he starts rocking out with the Used.”
The Utah-quartet The Used are fueling up the tour bus in anticipation of their fall concert tour. Their latest album “Artwork” debuts in stores on August 31, coinciding with their first tour stop at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. The tour will trek through mid-November, bouncing around the major markets. See a full line-up of tour dates below.
“Artwork” marks the band’s fourth studio album and first since their 2007 release “Lies for the Liars.” “Blood on My Hands” was the first single released and saw 5000 downloads on iTunes its first day.
Drive A and the Almost will be opening on The Used Tour. Those fans who purchase pre-sale tickets on the Used website will be rewarded with a B-Side track “Something Safe” as well as an uncensored video of “Blood on My Hands.”
2009 The Used Tour Dates
31 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
2 – New York, NY – Looney Tunes
3 – Fords, NJ – Vintage Vinyl
5 – Orem, UT – Greywhale
3 – Tucson, AZ – Pima County Fairgrounds
9 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10 – Magna, UT – The Great Saltair
11 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
13 – Minneapolis, MN – TBA
14 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
15 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
17 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
20 – Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus
21 – Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
23 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
24 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock Cafe
25 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
27 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
28 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
30 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
31 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
1 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
3 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
5 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
6 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
7 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
9 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
11 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
13 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
14 – Portland, OR – TBA