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Firewind, Arsis To Tour In October

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And we have all of those dates for you…after the jump. By the way — am I the only person who is surprised to see Firewind touring with Arsis? It’s a weird pairing, no?

White Wizzard and Nightrage are also on the bill.

This is actually Firewind’s first-ever North American headlining tour, dubbed the “Frets of Fury.” Clever.

The tour kicks off in St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 9, and runs through October 27 in Hollywood, California.

“We couldn’t be happier to announce our first full North American tour,” says Firewind’s Gus G. “It’s been over three years since Firewind toured from coast to coast across the U.S. and we’re coming back stronger than ever with a killer package.

“We put a lot of thought into who we wanted to go out with us and truly believe that each band on this bill brings something special to the table making this a very diverse lineup. However, shredding guitar driven metal remains the prominent feature across the board. In fact, there’s more to it than just that, as this package is somewhat of a musical family tree. Not many people know this but Arsis guitarist James Malone and I went to Berklee together back in 1998. We had an instrumental band together for awhile, which later became Firewind.”

Whoa, I had no idea.

Firewind headlining dates:
10/9: St Petersburg, FL – The State Theater
10/10: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/11: Springfield, VA – Jaxx
10/12: New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
10/13: Manchester, NH – Rocko’s
10/14: Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
10/15: Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
10/16: Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
10/18: Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
10/19: St Paul, MN – Station 4
10/20: Winnipeg, MB – The Osborne Village Inn
10/21: Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
10/22: Kelowna, BC – Sapphire Nightclub
10/23: Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
10/24: Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
10/25: Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/26: San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/27: Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go