Atlantic recording group Shinedown has announced plans to headline this yearâ€™s eagerly awaited Avalanche Tour. The North American trek â€“ presented by Zippo and produced by Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. â€“ gets underway on March 27th at The Grove in Anaheim, California and then continues through late April (see dates below). Accompanying Shinedown on the 2012 Avalanche Tour will be Adelitaâ€™s Way, with additional support from New Medicine (March 27th â€“ April 10th) and Art of Dying (April 12th â€“ April 25th).
Pre-sale tickets for the second annual Avalanche Tour will be available to members of Shinedown Nation, the official Shinedown Fan Club, beginning January 31st â€“ visit www.shinedown.com for complete details. Additional Avalanche pre-sale tickets will be available on February 1st, with all remaining tickets then offered to the general public on February 3rd and 4th. During the tour, fans at the show in each market will have a chance to win exclusive backstage passes to meet Shinedown and the other bands by tweeting #ZippoEncore. Additionally, Zippo will give fans onsite a special code that is good for exclusive free music downloads on ZippoEncore.com. For information and links to purchase all tickets for the 2012 Avalanche Tour, visit www.AvalancheTour.com.
The 2012 Avalanche Tour celebrates Shinedownâ€™s much-anticipated new album, â€œAMARYLLIS,â€ which arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on March 27th. The album is highlighted by the explosive new single, â€œBully,â€ which is available now at all DSPs. Shinedownâ€™s first new music since all six singles from 2008â€™s â€œTHE SOUND OF MADNESSâ€ ascended to #1 at Rock radio, the track is already a top 10 sensation at Rock radio outlets nationwide after having immediately been declared the formatâ€™s #1 Most Added. A companion video clip for â€œBullyâ€ is currently in pre-production, while an official lyric video is streaming now at Shinedownâ€™s official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/ShinedownTV.
Currently poised to begin a major European tour, Shinedown will herald the release of â€œAMARYLLISâ€ with a visit to ABCâ€™s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Slated for Monday, March 26th, the appearance will see Shinedown performing â€œBullyâ€ live for the first time on national television on the showâ€™s outdoor stage (check local listings).
â€œAMARYLLISâ€ sees Shinedown joining forces once more with multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day), who previously collaborated with the band on the record-breaking â€œTHE SOUND OF MADNESS.â€ Recorded at Cavalloâ€™s Lightning Sound studios outside of Los Angeles and a pair of Hollywood landmarks, Ocean Way Recording and Capitol Studios, the album was recently named among â€œThis Yearâ€™s Best Betsâ€ by Billboard, which noted the inventive addition of synths, a 27-piece orchestra, and a 10-piece horn section to the bandâ€™s powerful hard rock.
â€œIâ€™ve always seen Shinedown as its own entity,â€ says Shinedown frontman Brent Smith, â€œthis living thing thatâ€™s been growing and developing and evolving over the past 10 years. During the recording, the vision of what Shinedown is and where itâ€™s going became completely clear. â€˜AMARYLLISâ€™ is the manifestation of that vision, the centerpiece of what Shinedown is. It reflects on everything weâ€™ve done and where weâ€™re heading. Itâ€™s a message of empowerment, perseverance, and inspiration that I think speaks to fans that have been with us since the beginning as well as those who are just learning about who we are and what weâ€™re about. I canâ€™t wait for the world to hear it.â€
Shinedown will reveal the â€œAMARYLLISâ€ cover art with an interactive fan experience beginning on January 30th at www.shinedown.com/amaryllis. In addition, album pre-orders will be available in a variety of bundles. A pair of packages will be on offer, comprising an array of exclusive extras: the â€œDeluxe Early Entry Bundleâ€ features one General Admission ticket to the 2012 Avalanche Tour show of the customerâ€™s choice with early entry, while the limited edition â€œPremium Meet & Greet Bundleâ€ will include one General Admission ticket to the 2012 Avalanche Tour show of the customerâ€™s choice, admission to a very special meet-and-greet with the band, and a screen-printed poster signed and numbered by Shinedown themselves. Both bundles include a CD copy of â€œAMARYLLIS,â€ a Shinedown rubber bracelet and T-shirt, one-year membership (or renewal) in the Shinedown Nation Fan Club, a full album stream one week before street date, and an instant MP3 download of â€œBully.â€
â€œTHE SOUND OF MADNESSâ€ proved Shinedownâ€™s mainstream breakthrough, debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200 before spending 120 consecutive weeks on the chart. The album made rock music history, with each of its six singles reaching #1 on the airplay rankings. Among them are such hits as â€œDiamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom),â€ â€œDevour,â€ â€œThe Sound of Madness,â€ â€œThe Crow and The Butterfly,â€ the gold certified â€œIf You Only Knew,â€ and the double-platinum certified crossover smash, â€œSecond Chanceâ€œ â€“ all of which rose to the top of the airplay charts, marking a genuinely stunning streak of rock radio classics.
Shinedown supported â€œTHE SOUND OF MADNESSâ€ with a wide range of live TV appearances, including performances on ABCâ€™s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBCâ€™s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Today Show, CBSâ€™ The Early Show, and the 2010 NHL Awards show. In 2009, the band received an American Music Award nomination for â€œBest Alternative Rock Band.â€
Shinedownâ€™s unprecedented ascendancy over multi-format rock radio initially began with their RIAA platinum certified 2003 debut â€œLEAVE A WHISPERâ€ and its gold certified 2005 follow-up, â€œUS AND THEM.â€ Together, both albums yielded seven consecutive top 5 radio hits, including â€œFly From the Inside,â€ â€œ45,â€ â€œSimple Man,â€ â€œBurning Bright,â€ â€œHeroes,â€ â€œI Dare You,â€ and of course, the #1 blockbuster, â€œSave Me,â€ which dominated Active Rock radio for a remarkable 12 successive weeks.
Shinedown is: Brent Smith (vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (guitars), and Eric Bass (bass).
ON TOUR 2012
All Dates w/2012 Avalanche Tour
27 Anaheim, CA The Grove
28 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
30 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Theatre
31 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
2 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
5 Houston, TX House of Blues
6 Dallas, TX House of Blues
7 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre
9 Springfield, MO Shrine Mosque
10 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
12 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
13 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
14 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
16 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theater
17 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
18 Providence, RI Lupoâ€™s
20 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
21 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
22 Scranton, PA Cultural Center
24 Richmond, VA The National
25 Baltimore, MD Ramâ€™s Head