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Animals as Leaders Drop Off Tour with Dance Gavin Dance, Replaced by Polyphia


Animals as Leaders have dropped off their upcoming tour with Dance Gavin Dance.

While the natural assumption at this juncture in time would be that safety concerns over Covid-19 were a factor (or, worse, an infection within the band), Animals as Leaders made no mention of the virus in their statement announcing the cancelation, citing only “unforeseen circumstances.”

The tour was initially slated to begin in March 2020 with Veil of Maya, Issues and Royal Coda also involved, but has since been rescheduled a number of times with different configurations of bands. Polyphia will now replace Animals as Leaders.

The band posted on social media:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be withdrawing ourselves from the Dance Gavin Dance Afterburner Tour. Apologies to any fans who were planning on seeing us on the tour, but we’ll be returning to all these cities on a scheduled headline tour with new music for next year.”

Animals as Leaders recently completed recording their next album, which will be their first since The Madness of Many, released in 2016, and was produced at least in part by Periphery’s Misha Mansoor. Expect a release some time in 2022.

Dates for the Dance Gavin Dance tour, which now includes Polyphia, Veil of Maya, Eidola, and Wolf & Bear, are as follows:

09/07 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom [tickets]
09/08 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo [tickets]
09/11 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium [tickets]
09/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex [tickets]
09/15 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom [tickets]
09/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre [tickets]
09/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fillmore Minneapolis [tickets]
09/18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Ballroom [tickets]
09/19 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant [tickets]
09/21 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom [tickets]
09/22 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! [tickets]
09/23 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel [tickets]
09/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE [tickets]
09/25 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre [tickets]
09/27 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa [tickets]
09/29 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore [tickets]
09/30 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues [tickets]
10/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall [tickets]
10/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall [tickets]
10/03 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom [tickets]
10/05 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues [tickets]
10/06 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live [tickets]
10/08 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works [tickets]
10/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade [tickets]
10/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade [tickets]
10/12 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory [tickets]
10/13 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live [tickets]
10/14 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live [tickets]
10/15 – San Antonio, TX @ Vibes Event Center [tickets]
10/16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion [tickets]
10/18 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater [tickets]
10/19 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee [tickets]
10/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl [tickets]

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