FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and SHINEDOWN are partnering to co-headline a fall arena rock tour produced by Frank Productions/NS2/ CMoore Live — an epic trek that kicks off on October 18 in Little Rock, Arkansas and crisscrosses North America through December.
The tour is also highlighted by special guest SIXX:A.M. featuring vocalist/producer James Michael, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist DJ Ashba. U.K. newcomers AS LIONS, featuring Austin Dickinson (son of IRON MAIDEN’s Bruce Dickinson), will round out the supporting lineup, following the tour’s previous openers-turned-success stories NOTHING MORE and FROM ASHES TO NEW.
Tickets are available for purchase via VIP and fan club pre-sales tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster.com. Local and venue pre-sales begin Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m. local time on Ticketmaster.com. The general public on-sale starts this Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. local time.
Says FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory about the tour: “I wanted to give you a brilliant quote about trying to keep rock music alive by assembling bills that can sell out arenas where everyone can have the production rock shows deserve, or bringing out new talented bands and expose them to huge crowds… or about rebuilding a community with the help of rock radio, and donating to good causes while we are at it… but we are so busy doing it that I ran out of quotes.”
“SHINEDOWN has always been about sharing the undeniable power of rock music,” says SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith. “And performing live is where we make that connection most directly, where we can truly experience that power together with our fans in its purest form because we are literally sharing the same physical space, living in that moment as one. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH shares that passion and commitment, and, like us, leaves it all out on the stage every single night. Come experience the power of rock music with us.”
“We are really excited and proud to be part of this tour with FFPD and SHINEDOWN. Having spent many months in the studio recording ‘Prayers For The Damned’, it will give us the opportunity to play our new songs and hits in arenas”, says Sixx. “They have been such supporters of new music and we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this powerful night of music!” adds James Michael. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to be sharing the bill with FFDP and SHINEDOWN, this tour is going to be off the f’n chain, can’t wait to see you all out there!” states DJ Ashba.
“This will be the most explosive and dynamic rock tour these cities have ever experienced!” added Frank Productions president Charlie Goldstone.
The bands have partnered to donate $1 from each ticket sold on the tour to four hand-picked charitable organizations close to their hearts: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH chose the Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation, SHINEDOWN selected MusiCares, SIXX:A.M. will support Jada Pinkett Smith’s anti-human trafficking organization Don’t Sell Bodies, and AS LIONS will donate to Make A Wish America. In addition to the $1 donation per ticket, the bands have teamed up with Crowdrise to give fans the option to enter for the chance to win VIP tickets plus a meet-and-greet by choosing to donate an additional $5 at the time of purchase. Fans who don’t live in one of the cities on the tour, but would still like to support the efforts, can visit Crowdrise to donate $5 and be entered for a chance to win a flyaway to the show of their choice plus a meet-and-greet with all four bands.
Coinciding with the announcement of the fall tour, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is also celebrating the platinum certification of its 2009 album “War Is The Answer”, as well as the gold certification of its 2013 album “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 1”.
SHINEDOWN recently launched “Asking For It” — the third single off of the multiplatinum rock band’s current album, “Threat To Survival” — with an electrifying performance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”. “Asking For It” follows the album’s back-to-back #1 singles “Cut The Cord” and “State Of My Head”, and looks to build upon the band’s already record-setting tally of 20 chart-topping singles.
Tour dates (with more to be added):
Oct. 18 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
Oct. 22 – Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena
Oct. 23 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Oct. 25 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
Oct. 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Oct. 28 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Oct. 29 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Oct. 31 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
Nov. 02 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Nov. 03 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
Nov. 05 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Nov. 07 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
Nov. 09 – Billings, MT – MetraPark Fairgrounds
Nov. 11 – Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Civic Center
Nov. 17 – Cincinnati, OH -U.S. Bank Arena
Nov. 18 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center