Devin Townsend has been recruiting some really interesting lineups for his recent tours. Townsend is about to be out on the road playing a career-spanning set (including Strapping Young Lad material) alongside guitarist Wes Hauch (Alluvial, ex-The Faceless, ex-Black Crown Initiate), bassist Kyle Konkiel (Bad Wolves), and drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, ex-Soilwork).
In an interview with MetalSucks, Townsend reveals he's got another tour coming this summer featuring "a shit load of Strapping, a shit load of DTP, all of the stuff that people want to hear." For reference, Townsend also recruited Hauch again alongside drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Septicflesh, ex-Decapitated) and bassist Liam Wilson (Asuza, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan) for the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise.
“The next [touring] thing is Volume 2, which I’m starting with all these festivals — we’re doing Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, Bloodstock, Tuska, Wacken, and Hellfest. And that is a different group of people, which is an amazing group of people. I basically did a poll online and said, ‘What do you want to hear?’ from the entire catalogue, Strapping included. For the Volume 2 thing, which I will then bring to North America later, it’s those songs, which is a shit load of Strapping, a shit load of DTP, all of the stuff that people want to hear.
“For the summer, I’ve got a band — but it’s a four person band — and at this point it looks like it’ll have Wes Hauch, who played with me on 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. He was in The Faceless and Glass Casket. Such a fuckin’ good guitar player, holy shit. And Krimh playing drums, who was with Septicflesh, Decapitated, and Behemoth. Super strong player and he can blast with the same volume as he does with the groovy stuff. It looks like it’s gonna be Liam who used to be in Dillinger Escape Plan playing bass. Really great guys, super confident players. Good vibes.
“I want that tour — the Volume 2 thing — to be completely different. I want it to be open to the audience and to say, ‘What do you want to hear?’ There’s 25 records full of shit. There’s Strapping, there’s Terria, there’s Ziltoid, there’s DTP, there’s DTB, there’s all this shit. Tell me what you want me to play, and I’ll play that. So, that’s the tour after this one that’s coming up."
Catch Townsend at one of the dates below.
2/27 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre [Tickets]
2/28 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre [Tickets]
2/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw [Tickets]
3/1 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club [Tickets]
3/3 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts [Tickets]
3/5 Charlotte, NC @ The Underground [Tickets]
3/6 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage [Tickets]
3/7 Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live [Tickets]
3/9 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live [Tickets]
3/10 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre [Tickets]
3/12 Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom [Tickets]
3/13 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom [Tickets]
3/14 Chicago, IL @ Metro [Tickets]
3/15 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues [Tickets]
3/16 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live [Tickets]
3/19 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue [Tickets]
3/20 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater [Tickets]
3/21 Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater [Tickets]
3/23 Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren [Tickets]
3/24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan [Tickets]
3/25 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom [Tickets]