Friday, February 22, 2013

The Aristocrats are back busier and better than ever!

Hello again - Bryan Beller here as always with the latest Aristocrats news. There's LOTS to tell you about 2013, so let's not waste any time. 
First of all, you may (or may not!) have heard that Marco Minnemann and I have been invited to join Joe Satriani's touring band (along with the amazing Mike Keneally on keys), and we'll be touring the U.K. and Europe in May, June and July. We are both extremely honored and excited for the opportunity to tour with one of the true legends of the guitar world. Marco and I are both looking forward to playing with Joe, and for Joe's legions of fans across Europe and the U.K. And let's not forget about Guthrie Govan touring with Steven Wilson this spring and summer as well. So we're all fortunate to be busy doing some very cool projects. 
But while we're excited about this new news, we want you, our Aristocratic fans, to know one thing: The Aristocrats are not slowing down at all. In fact, here's the big news in two parts: 
* Our second studio album, tentatively titled Culture Clash, is targeted for a July 16 release;
* We will be touring the U.S. for 6 weeks, from mid-July to late August, to support the new album. 
Usually we wouldn't announce a tour until it was 100% booked, but given the unique circumstances, we thought it would be cooler to let you know right away about our plans for 2013: New record, new tour, full steam ahead.
Here are the dates as of right now, including cities we're working on booking this very second (obviously subject to change and addition):
7/17 - Nashville TN - Douglas Corner
7/19 - Tampa FL - Brass Mug
7/20 - Orlando FL - TBA
7/21 - Jacksonville FL - 1904 Music Hall
7/23 - Atlanta GA - Atlanta Institute of Music (clinic/performance)
7/24 - Atlanta GA - (venue) TBA
7/25 - Charlotte NC - Tremont Music Hall
7/26 - Norfolk VA - TBA
7/27 - Washington DC - TBA
7/29 - Boston MA - Berklee College of Music (clinic)
7/30 - Boston MA - Berklee Performance Center (concert)
7/31 - Wilkes-Barre PA - TBA
8/1 - New York City NY - TBA
8/2 - Philadelphia PA - North Star Bar
8/3 - Dunellen NJ - New Jersey Proghouse
8/6 - Pittsburgh PA - TBA
8/7 - Cleveland OH - Beachland Tavern
8/8 - Columbus OH - Southgate House Revival
8/9 - Cincinnati OH - Rumba CafĂ©
8/10 - Charleston WV - Empty Glass
8/12 - Indianapolis IN - TBA (clinic)
8/13 - Indianapolis IN - Birdy's
8/14 - Chicago IL - Reggie's
8/15 - Madison WI - Brink Lounge
8/16 - Minneapolis MN - TBA
8/17 - Omaha NE - TBA
8/19 - St. Louis MO - 2720 Cherokee
8/20 - Lawrence KS - TBA
8/21 - Tulsa OK - TBA
8/23 - Denton TX - Dan's Silverleaf
8/24 - San Antonio TX - TBA
8/25 - Houston TX - TBA
We're updating the website right now with info as it comes in. Keep checking it and you'll see the latest dates as they confirm. 
Guthrie, Marco and I are extremely excited to get this new record out and play the new material across the U.S., especially in some places we've never been as a band before (Florida, Texas, the prairie midwest). 
There you have it, the big news. Be sure to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates. In the meantime, we'll get back to finishing up this new record. :-)
On behalf of Marco and Guthrie, thanks so much from all of us for being on this list and wanting to know what we're up to. Hope to see you out there this year!
Best wishes to all,
The Aristocrats
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