By Jay Tilles
After selling out Los Angeles El Rey Theatre in February for their first show in 16 years, Failure has announced the 18-date Tree of Stars North American Tour.
Kicking off at Cinquanta, pal Maynard James Keenan’s 50th birthday celebration at The Greek Theatre in L.A., the reunited band will tour the U.S. and Canada through early June.
After a discussion on whether to keep it simple with a reunion show and a mini-tour, band co-founders Greg Edwards and Ken Andrews opted to go one step further and begin the writing and recording process. “We got to thinking that a lot of our fans, became our fans recently and a lot of them are younger and they never saw us play live so we have an opportunity to pick up where we left off, musically,” singer Ken Andrews told Radio.com prior to their El Rey show in February.
After a few practice sessions with original drummer Kellii Scott, guitarist Greg Edwards said of their performance, “In ways, I think it’s stronger than it ever was.” Admittedly a little too close for a completely unbiased view, Andrews thinks they’re playing some of the old stuff better than they did in the ‘90s.
When asked of the tour shared the same name as their forthcoming album, the band’s publicist explained Tree of Stars is simply a name Andrews dreamed up for the tour. “You know Ken, he’s a big thinker.”
Tickets for select dates, excluding Cinquanta which sold out in advance, are on sale starting this Friday, April 11.
Tree of Stars North American Tour 2014
05/10 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre (Cinquanta)
05/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre (Cinquanta)
05/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
05/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
05/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
05/18 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
05/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity
05/22 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro
05/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
05/25 – Detroit, MI St. @ Andrew’s Hall
05/26 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
05/27 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
05/29 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
05/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
05/31 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
06/01 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
06/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/05 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore