Very exciting news today: Rival Sons – one of the best and most interesting rock bands in the world right now – have been picked to open for legendary Deep Purple on their European tour later this year. Tour-dates are below, or check the website.
- Sunday 25 October POLAND, Lodz Atlas Arena
- Tuesday 27 October CZECH REPUBLIC, Ostrava CEZ arena
- Wednesday 28 October CZECH REPUBLIC, Plzen CEZ Arena
- Friday 30 October ITALY, Padova Palafabris
- Saturday 31 October ITALY, Milan Mediolanum Forum
- Monday 2 November FRANCE, Marseille Le Dome
- Tuesday 3 November FRANCE, Bordeaux Patinoire Meriadeck
- Thursday 5 November ITALY, Florence Mandela Forum
- Friday 6 November ITALY, Rome Palalottomatica
- Sunday 8 November SWITZERLAND, Geneva Arena
- Monday 9 November SWITZERLAND, Zurich Hallenstadion
- Wednesday 11 November FRANCE, Paris Zenith
- Friday 13 November GERMANY, Oberhausen Konig Pilsener Arena
- Saturday 14 November GERMANY, Magdeburg Getec Arena
- Monday 16 November GERMANY, Rostock Stadthalle
- Tuesday 17 November GERMANY, Leipzig Arena
- Wednesday 18 November GERMANY, Hannover Swiss Life Hall
- Friday 20 November GERMANY, Trier Arena
- Saturday 21 November GERMANY, Nuremberg (Nurnberg) Arena
- Monday 23 November GERMANY, Hamburg 02 World
- Tuesday 24 November GERMANY, Berlin Max Schmeling Halle
- Thursday 26 November GERMANY, Munich Olympiahalle
- Friday 27 November GERMANY, Frankfurt Festhalle
- Saturday 28 November GERMANY, Stuttgart Hans Martin Schleyer Halle
- Monday 30 November FRANCE, Lyon Amphithtre Cite des Congres
- Tuesday 1 December FRANCE, Strasbourg Zenith Europe
- Thursday 3 December UK, London 02
Personal note: This news is making me somewhat emotional. Rival Sons are an amazing band. I fell hard for them after the release of Head Down in 2012, and last year’s Great Western Valkyrie confirmed that love. In 2013 I saw them play The Roxy in Vancouver and that gig totally blew my mind. The Roxy is a good venue in Vancouver for exposure, but it was a small club gig and a lot of people in the place didn’t know who they were at the time.
I remember standing outside The Roxy a couple of hours before the show started, listening to the band’s sound-check (yeah, it was awesome). Me and this other girl who was also right outside just stood there and exchanged incredulous looks, kind of like “can you believe we’re hearing this?”. She’d come from way out of town to catch the gig, and we talked briefly: we were both very sure that this would be the last time anyone would see Rival Sons at a place like The Roxy. We were both convinced this band was headed for bigger stages and a lot more fame.
The music industry is a harsh and cruel place at times: talent and quality doesn’t always mean a whole lot, it seems. But sometimes good things do happen to great bands. Rival Sons is proof of that. Opening for Deep Purple means that a lot more people will get a good taste of this fantastic band, and my fluttering fan-heart is actually quite moved by that.
Deep Purple are no slouches either! Their last release Now What?! was rock-solid.
And check out the latest video from Rival Sons: Electric Man.