Tour de Force



Valient ThorrHoly Grail(holy shit SO MUCH HAIR on this tour!)

Upon reading this post on more carefully, it appears that there’s actually some band called The Kickass who are opening for Valient Thorr, Holy Grail and Royal Thunder on their recently announced mammoth summer tour (some dates leaked out last week, but now they’ve been released in full). But on first glance I thought it was called “The Kickass Tour,” which would’ve made sense ’cause it kicks some serious ass. Has anyone ever named a tour that? If not, I’m stealing it for future use. ©Vince Neilstein

Anyway, this tour is gonna rule. Valient Thorr are one of my absolute most favoritest bands on the planet to see live — they are SO MUCH FUN and I almost always end up in the moshpit (a rarity these days). I’m still not tired of seeing Holy Grail’s shreddy, firestorm-of-hair performance despite having seen it thrice at SXSW and five times in the past year. Royal Thunder’s soulful, blues-inspired doom is the perfect counterpoint to Valient Thorr’s and Holy Grail’s high-speed fury; fun-times and good vibes, just in a different way. And I haven’t heard of The Kickass before, but based on their association with these three groups, they must… uh… kick ass.

Complete list of tour dates below:

Valient Thorr, Holy Grail, The Kickass:

05/30 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
05/31 Little Rock, AR – Revolution Live
06/01 Dallas, TX – Double Wide
06/03 San Antonio, TX – The Korova
06/05 Tulsa, OK – Downtown Lounge

Valient Thorr, Holy Grail, Royal Thunder, The Kickass:

06/06 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
06/07 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
06/10 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
06/12 Huntington, WV – V Club Live
06/13 Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
06/14 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
06/16 Allston, MA – Great Scott
06/17 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
06/19 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
06/20 Chicago, IL – Double Door
06/21 Hamtramck, MI – Small’s
06/22 Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme
06/23 Madison, WI – The Frequency
06/24 Minneapolis, Minnesota – Triple Rock Social Club
06/26 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
06/27 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
06/28 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
06/29 Boise, ID – Neurolux
06/30 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07/01 Portland, OR – The Star Theater
07/02 Sparks, NV – The Alley
07/03 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
07/05 Los Angeles, CA – The Down & Out
07/06 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
07/07 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
07/10 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
07/12 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
07/13 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
07/14 Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
07/15 Indianapolis, IN – Birdy’s
07/18 Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
07/19 Charlotte, NC – Chop Shop

Kickass Tour

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