Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend released his acclaimed new album ‘EMPATH’ in March and will embark on the ‘EMPATH – European Tour Vol. 1’ kicking off this November 15th in Paris.
Since disbanding the Devin Townsend Project Devin has been tracking down players of excellence to form a new live band which he’s now extremely pleased to present:
Watch Devin’s band announcement video here: https://youtu.be/6vWYSQGr-cw
Devin Comments: “There have been only a few times throughout my career that I can safely say I’ve taken a chance as big as I’m about to take with these new touring plans. But I believe that to not take a chance on something as important to me as this can only lead to creative stagnation.
It is with profound gratitude that I can announce this next tour. To be joined by musicians of this calibre, as well as crew and sound design of such a level, is something I am truly humbled by. As one who has been working professionally my whole career to be able to be allowed to pull something like this off, I really can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to everyone involved.
This is a quantum leap for me, and it’s a situation that I have been very proactive in choosing a group of individuals and setlist for.
I am thrilled and honoured to be joined on these next tours by drummer Morgan Ågren, guitarist Mike Keneally, Ambient guitarist Markus Reuter, keyboardist Diego Tejeida, singer and guitarist Ché Aimee Dorval, bassist Nathan Navarro, as well as a three-person choir comprised of Samantha & Anne Preis, and Arabella Packford.
This will be without a net. No backing tracks, no clicks, a lot of room for improvisation, and every possible avenue through musicians and production of high calibre for new and interesting things to be possible each night.
Though this is the first of my upcoming plans for touring, and I don’t want to be limited in the future, my gut feeling is that this will be a truly unique and fascinatingly colourful organization that will yield wonderful things. I truly hope it can be received well enough to be brought to a lot of different territories.
In a wonderful turn of events, the tour is selling out quickly, so please don’t delay and miss the opportunity to see this unique band.
Thank you again for allowing me to do these sorts of things. Truly.
Several shows have already sold out land most others have just a handful of tickets left on sale:
The full list of dates are as follows:
HAKEN as Special Guests on all shows
15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France – SOLD OUT
16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium – SOLD OUT
17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
18th November – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
20th November – Logomo, Turku, Finland
21st November – Cirkus, Helsinki, Finland
23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany
28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland
30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland – SOLD OUT
7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK
9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK
10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK
13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Tickets available here: https://www.hevydevy.com/tourdates/
Check out some of the band’s work here:
Mike Keneally https://youtu.be/CgyNco_JISQ
Markus Reuter https://youtu.be/LKCi8D_SbjI
Morgan Ågren https://youtu.be/1i2VK686JvA
Ché Aimee Dorval https://youtu.be/ZhgA7-_vwMI
Nathan Navarro https://youtu.be/UHDLiPDLCto
Diego Tejeida https://youtu.be/r3xDLswR12w
‘EMPATH’ is out now on Limited 2 CD Digipak in O-Card (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. Order now here: https://devin-townsend.lnk.to/Empath
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