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- Published: Jan. 11, 2022, 11:17 a.m.
The War On Drugs are bringing their melodic rock to stadiums, arenas and concert halls all over North America in 2022. Getty Images
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In December 2021, The War On Drugs live streamed “Living Proof: The War On Drugs Global Live Event” previewing tracks from their new studio album “I Don’t Want To Live Here Anymore.”
This year, they’ll up the ante and take their act to live audiences all over North America as part of their mega “An Evening of Live Drugs” tour.
However, due to the rise in COVID cases, the band has updated their tour schedule postponing concerts in Canada and dropping tour openers to minimize exposure to the Omicron variant.
Bandleader Adam Granduciel noted, “We’re so disappointed to be doing this, but we promise we’ll make it up to you in 2022 (and beyond).”
The show must go on though.
So, here’s everything you need to know about the War on Drug’s upcoming tour.
Where can I buy tickets to see The War On Drugs?
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Where are The War On Drugs playing on tour?
The Philadelphia-based group take flight on Jan. 19 in Austin, Texas to inaugurate their 27 concert North American run .
Following the domestic leg of the tour, the group will head across the pond for an extensive jaunt all over Europe.
- Jan. 19 at The Moody Theater in Austin, Texas
- Jan. 20 at The Moody Theater in Austin, Texas
- Jan. 21 at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, Texas
- Jan. 22 at White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas
- Jan. 24 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee
- Jan. 25 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia
- Jan. 27 at The Met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Jan. 28 at The Met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Jan. 29 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York
- Jan. 31 at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts
- Feb. 1 at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts
- Feb. 2 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C.
- Feb. 4 at Express Live in Columbus, Ohio
- Feb. 8 at The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan
- Feb. 10 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois
- Feb. 11 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois
- Feb. 12 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Feb. 13 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Feb. 15 at the Palace Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota
- Feb. 16 at the Palace Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota
- Feb. 18 at the Mission Ballroom in Denver, Colorado
- Feb. 19 at The Union Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Feb. 21 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington
- Feb. 22 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington
- Feb. 23 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon
- Feb. 25 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California
- Feb. 26 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California
A comprehensive calendar listing all stateside and overseas shows can be found here .
Recently announced shows in Pittsburgh (Feb. 5) and Cincinnati (Feb. 6) will be added to the itinerary soon .
How will The War On Drugs make sure that shows are COVID safe?
In an official statement shared on Instagram, singer Adam Granduciel detailed the band’s strategy saying:
“We’re also requesting that as many of you as possible wear a mask when you come see us play this tour – especially if you’re in the first few (50) rows. I know we’re all over masks but for one, it makes me more at ease cuz now I don’t get self conscious (and dark) when I see y’all yawn out there but also because we want our fans, our crew and our band to stay healthy so we can honor the commitments we’ve made to every city on this tour. Seriously, we would really appreciate it.
Second, due to this latest Covid surge and our need to exist within the tightest possible tour bubble, there will be no support acts on this run. We know how excited all of the opening acts were for this tour and we sincerely appreciate them being so f’n understanding.”
The diplomatic yet transparent post can be found in full here .
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Possibly the best gig I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing live. The guitars, the bass, the drums, the saxophone, the lights, the overall setting and the 'psychedelic' lightshow combining it all together adds to an unforgettable evening.
Not only that, but this ground-breaking indie-rock deliverer also played around two hours, non-stop, building up until the last two epic songs.
Let's talk about one of those: I was literally petrified during their performance of the soothing song Thinking Of A Place. Adam Granduciel gripped me with his euphony, all mixed with the bands grand performance and overall constant change yet stability. Every little tune that changes the song, hits you like a lovearrow, yet delivers a whole range of different emotional effects, ranging from excitement to love, from pain to deep pleasure and from melancholia to confidence.
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Massey Hall Sat.night I went to show and really enjoyed it. He is a good singer and great guitarist. He played several hits and a cover song as well. These guys are seasoned performers and the audience were clapping and enjoying the show. I miss guitar being part of the music scene so the 6 member band, filled that void for me.
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A really really good show. They are pretty flawless live. We saw Kurt Vile (a former member of The War on Drugs) last year and he has such a terrible stage presence that we actually walked out of the show (something I’ve never done before) so I was a little worried this would be a similar show but they proved within the first minute that it was not. So so good, go see them if you like to watch incredible musicians play.
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The War on Drugs Add 2022 North American Tour Dates
By Matthew Strauss
The War on Drugs have added a number of dates to their 2021 tour itinerary . The new shows take place between June 4 and June 15. The band has also rescheduled shows in Atlanta and Nashville for May. Plus, there are more dates in August, September, and October. Find the War on Drugs’ tour schedule below.
The War on Drugs are touring in support of I Don’t Live Here Anymore . Read the interview “ The War on Drugs Find Lightness on the Edge of Town .”
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02-01 Boston, MA - House of Blues 02-02 Washington, D.C. - Anthem 02-04 Columbus, OH - KEMBA Live! 02-05 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE 02-06 Newport, KY - PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation 02-08 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore 02-10 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre 02-11 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre 02-12 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater 02-13 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater 02-15 Saint Paul , MN - Palace Theatre 02-16 Saint Paul, MN - Palace Theatre 02-18 Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom 02-19 Salt Lake City, UT - The Union 02-21 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre 02-22 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre 02-23 Portland, OR - Theater of the Clouds 02-25 San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 02-26 Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium 03-22 Helsinki, Finland - Helsinki Ice Hall 03-24 Stockholm, Sweden - Annexet 03-25 Stockholm, Sweden - Annexet 03-27 Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene 03-28 Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene 03-29 Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene 03-30 Copenhagen, Denmark - KB Hallen 03-31 Copenhagen, Denmark - KB Hallen 04-02 Berlin, Germany - Verti Music Hall 04-04 Zurich, Switzerland - Halle 622 04-05 Milan, Italy - Alcatraz 04-07 Munich, Germany - Zenith 04-09 Paris, France - L’Olympia 04-11 Birmingham, England - 02 Academy Birmingham 04-12 London, England - The O2 Arena 04-14 Dublin, Ireland - 3 Arena 04-16 Leeds, England - First Direct Arena 04-17 Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Corn Exchange 04-18 Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Corn Exchange 04-20 Cologne, Germany - Palladium 04-21 Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof 04-22 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome 04-23 Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis 05-22 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle 05-23 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle 05-25 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium 05-26 Louisville, KY - Old Forester's Paristown Hall 05-28 Charlottesville, VA - Ting Pavilion 05-29 Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion 05-30 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa 06-02 New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theatre 06-04 Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom 06-05 Kansas City, MO - Grinders 06-06 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant 06-08 Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater 06-09 Cleveland, OH - Jacob’s Pavilion 06-10 Lafayette, NY - Beak and Skiff 06-11 Buffalo, NY - Artpark 06-13 Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater 06-14 Charlotte, NC - Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 06-15 Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit 06-17 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 06-30 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter 2022 07-01 Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark-Open-Air-Bühne 07-01-03 Ewijk, Netherlands - Down the Rabbit Hole 2022 07-06 Lisbon, Portugal - NOS Alive 2022 07-08 Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival 2022 08-28 Toronto, Ontario - Echo Beach 09-10 New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall 09-11 Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang 09-12 Portland, ME - State Theater 09-19 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre 09-21 Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion 09-24 Memphis, TN - Soundstage at Graceland 09-26 Birmingham, AL - Avondale 09-27 Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine 09-29 Wilmington, NC - Live Oak Bank Pavilion 09-30 Charleston, SC - Firefly Distillery 10-03 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live 10-04 Orlando, FL - House of Blues 10-05 Tampa, FL - Jannus Live 10-06 St. Augustine, FL - St Augustine Amphitheater 10-11 San Diego, CA - Open Air Theater
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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a blizzard that dropped nearly a foot of snow on New York certainly could have put a major damper on the War on Drugs ’ biggest-ever concert in the five boroughs — but despite those obstacles, an impressive crowd witnessed the group’s debut at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
Indeed, the Philadelphia band’s 18-song, 130-minute performance in many ways offered a refreshing snapshot of the state of arena rock circa 2022. Aside from drummer Charlie Hall’s snazzy patterned shirt and windblown hair and a tasteful light show, there was little, if any, flash. Rather, the War on Drugs offered up tune after great melodic tune, majestic sonics and sturdy musicianship clearly rooted in the teachings of Dylan, Springsteen, Petty and Knopfler. The group’s unabashed love of these forbearers is a big reason why its music connects, and why it is still finding new fans 15 years into its career.
On a night when it wouldn’t have been surprising to see a thinner crowd than usual file into the world’s most famous arena, more than 10,000 people braved the elements to watch the Drugs at work. The significance was not lost on frontman Adam Granduciel, who admitted onstage that he and his bandmates expected they’d be playing to 800 people. Later, he joked about crying in the Madison Square Garden locker room during the encore, like an athlete who needed an ice bath and a stretch before coming back out for overtime.
There may have been some early jitters afoot, as the group required a couple of songs to gain momentum, but they caught fire on the roof-raising guitar solos on “An Ocean in Between the Waves,” from 2014’s breakthrough album “Lost in the Dream.” Of the seven tracks performed from last year’s “I Don’t Live Here Anymore, ” the most interesting explored loops (“Victim,” with shades of the Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now”) and drum-machine ambiance (“I Don’t Wanna Wait”), resisting the urge to reach too frequently for the Drugs’ reliable six-string heroics.
Flanked by Hall, bassist Dave Hartley, keyboardist Robbie Bennett and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez and Eliza Hardy Jones, Granduciel gave several shout-outs to key members of the larger War on Drugs family, including manager Ami Spishock (whose birthday was just hours away), Secretly Group marketing director/new parent Hannah Carlen and, on show closer “Occasional Rain,” longtime friend Mike Bloch, who is not actually in the band but played lead guitar in the studio on several of the new album’s tracks.
That sense of inhabiting a larger rock and roll lineage was felt throughout the evening, particularly on highlights such as “Under the Pressure” (Granduciel crouched to his knees as the waves of sound slowly decayed into the MSG rafters), “I Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “Burning,” a “Dancing in the Dark” descendant dedicated to Granduciel’s dad.
The power of the band’s music eliminated the need for elaborate visuals. Thin, vertical lines of LEDs shimmered and swayed behind the group, and banks of lights on the sides of the stage bathed the artists in purple and yellow at suitable moments. The scheme switched to triangles of white on the first song of the encore, “Thinking of a Place,” emphasizing the perpetually out-of-reach dreams at the heart of its narrative.
If the characters in Granduciel’s songs often struggle with the impermanence of life’s formative moments, the pursuit of them is consistently rewarding, especially on such a grand stage as Madison Square Garden. On songs such as “Harmonia’s Dream” (”It’s so hard to find a friend these days”) and “Living Proof” (“I know the pain you’ve been feeling / I’ve been to the place that you’ve tried escaping”), the War On Drugs’ music proved thoughtful in a way that eludes many of its contemporaries. Amid a world cluttered by extraneous noise, that’s a valuable currency.
Here is the War on Drugs’ set list:
Old Skin Pain An Ocean in Between the Waves I Don’t Wanna Wait Victim Strangest Thing Harmonia’s Dream Red Eyes Your Love Is Calling My Name The Animator Come to the City Living Proof I Don’t Live Here Anymore Under the Pressure In Reverse
Encore: Thinking of a Place Burning Occasional Rain
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The War on Drugs Extend 2022 Tour with New US Dates
A new leg of June shows in support of I Don't Live Here Anymore
The War on Drugs have extended their tour supporting I Don’t Live Here Anymore , adding a number of new shows in June.
The latest run includes visits to Tulsa, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Charlotte, and beyond, leading up to the band’s appearance at Bonnaroo on June 17th.
Additionally, The War on Drugs have rescheduled dates in Atlanta and Nashville that were previously postponed due to COVID-19 issues.
Check out the band’s updated tour schedule below. Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale Friday, February 4th via Ticketmaster .
Coming in support of their latest album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore , The War on Drugs kicked off the tour in Austin, TX last month. Read our recap of the show here , and listen to the band’s recent appearance on The What Podcast .
The War on Drugs 2022 Tour Dates: 02/01 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues 02/02 – Washington, DC @ Anthem 02/04 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! 02/05 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre 02/06 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre 02/08 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore 02/10 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre 02/11 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre 02/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater 02/13 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater 02/15 – St. Paul , MN @ Palace Theatre 02/16 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre 02/18 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom 02/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union 02/21 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre 02/22 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre 02/23 – Portland, OR @ Theater of the Clouds 02/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 02/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium 03/22 – Helsinki, FI @ Helsinki Ice Hall 03/24 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet 03/25 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet 03/27 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene 03/28 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene 03/29 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene 03/30 – Copenhagen, DK @ KB Hallen 03/31 – Copenhagen, DK @ KB Hallen 04/02- Berlin, DE @ Verti Music Hall 04/04 – Zurich, CH @ Halle 622 04/05 – Milano, IT @ Alcatraz 04/07 – München, DE @ Zenith 04/09 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia 04/11 – Birmingham, UK @ 02 Academy Birmingham 04/12 – London, UK @ The O2 Arena 04/14 – Dublin, IE @ 3 Arena 04/16 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena 04/17 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange 04/18 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange 04/20 – Köln, DE @ Palladium 04/21 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof 04/22 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome 04/23 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis 05/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle 05/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle 05/25 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium 06/04 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom 06/05 – Kansas City, MO @ Grinders 06/06 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant 06/08 – Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater 06/09 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacob’s Pavilion 06/10 – Lafayette, NY @ Beak and Skiff 06/11 – Buffalo, NY @ Artpark 06/13 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater 06/14 – Charlotte, NC @ Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 06/15 – Asheville, NC @ Rabbit Rabbit 06/17 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter 07/01 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark-Open-Air-Bühne 07/02-03 – Ewijk, NL @ Down The Rabbit Hole 07/06 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive 07/08 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.
In their Tiny Desk (home) concert, The War On Drugs gather in their packed studio in Burbank, CA to let us in on the fun and intricate inner workings of their craft. After opening the show with "I Don't Live Here Anymore," which shares the same title as their new album, frontman Adam Granduciel introduces the band and asks if anybody has a capo. Suddenly a very thoughtfully crafted tiny desk with drumsticks for legs (and topped with a tiny lamp too!) slowly lowers down into the space, delivering said capo. Granduciel smiles, and the group continues with three more tracks from the new record: "I Don't Wanna Wait," "Old Skin," and "Change."
Although the band's big sound is fit to fill an arena, we're lucky to get to hear it reverberating in this cozy setting. The War On Drugs' fifth album, released Oct. 29, presents new songs that feel familiar and true to their sound. Originally based in Philadelphia, PA, the band's members are now spread out across the country, but they came together to jam, demo, and ultimately record this album as a kindred unit.
The new songs are about reconnection, change, and uncertainty. This line from the title track resonates with me in the context of the daily unknown the pandemic has brought: "Time surrounds me like an ocean / My memories like waves / Is life just dying in slow motion / Or getting stronger everyday." There's beautiful tension and a lot of joy in these classic ballads.
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- Charlie Hall: drums
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The War on Drugs review – wistful, immersive rock turned up to 11
O2, London Adam Granduciel and his band take Neil Young, Dylan and Springsteen, add a hint of krautrock and mix a heady cocktail
T he War on Drugs are a band made up of visible mechanisms and processes, like a giant skeleton watch or widescreen MRI scan. Tonight, the band’s linchpin, singing guitarist Adam Granduciel , lurches around inside a citadel of effects pedals, long hair swinging, shirt flapping, guitar pealing in the style of Neil Young. The encore of this two-hour show climaxes in a strobing cover of Young’s Like a Hurricane , with Granduciel swinging his guitar around his head in jubilation at the close.
When he sings, however, his phrasings betray an even greater affection for Bob Dylan. And that’s before you drill down into the War on Drugs’s lyrics. Just on the title track alone of Granduciel’s latest album, 2021’s sleek, tuneful I Don’t Live Here Anymore , the singer calls himself “a creature void of form” – a quotation from Dylan’s Shelter from the Storm – then recalls when “we danced to Desolation Row”.
All that homage is as nothing, however, to the tributes paid to Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band by War on Drugs’s jubilant keyboards – played chiefly by Robbie Bennett – and Jon Natchez’s blaring saxophone; plus the 80s thwack of Charlie Hall’s drum kit (multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Eliza Hardy Jones, and bassist Dave Hartley, complete the lineup). Granduciel’s lyrics, too, have long tussled with the darkness at the edge of self, with anxiety, lack of certainty and romantic loss played out against an American landscape of rivers and roads, memories and dreams. His firstborn is, of course, named Bruce.
To call Granduciel unoriginal, though, would be to miss the point of the War on Drugs, an experiment gone right. This band’s dad-rock dog-whistles and rock canon Easter eggs have been spectacularly effective, calling several generations to him, catapulting this scruffy guitar obsessive from tiny clubs to arenas in the space of a decade. “We played this song at [London’s 500-capacity] Corsica Studios maybe 10 years ago,” notes Granduciel at the start of the rousing Come to the City from 2011’s Slave Ambient , the record that raised his tousled, bleary head above the slacker rock parapet. He was signed by Atlantic, a major label; around the same time, producer-mogul Jimmy Iovine saw no reason why the War on Drugs could not be a “gigantic” win-win all round. Even if the nosebleed seats are curtained off tonight, this is the band’s second time at the O2 since Granduciel’s outfit won the best rock album Grammy for their 2017 album, A Deeper Understanding .
But it’s hard to imagine the affable Granduciel as some retromaniac evil genius, tenting his fingers, plotting his assault on the stadium circuit. His obsessiveness and sincerity are very much part of the allure of the War on Drugs, while his personal struggles act as a prism through which all of his influences pass. His rock is not muscular, but questioning. “Am I more than just a fool?” he wonders typically on An Ocean in Between the Waves , where the undeniable pep of the band’s rhythm section is offset by the languor of Granduciel’s guitar.
Even at arena scale, he actually leaches the bombast out of Springsteen, excises the archness of Dylan and cinches in the girth of Young’s noodling. Natchez’s sax is a rhythm instrument, rather than a lead, adding texture to the warm thrum and enveloping oscillations of this immersive band. In recompense for all those edits, Granduciel adds in a wistful haziness and a sore but beating heart, worn on a frayed sleeve.
His emotional arc could just about be squeezed into a pair of back-to-back tracks that take this gig to its climax. Under the Pressure , one of the standouts from his 2014 breakthrough album, Lost in the Dream , documents the merciless death throes of a relationship; the screens either side of the stage show Granduciel’s worn boot about to stamp on an effects pedal as the band go up to 11. Immediately after is I Don’t Live Here Anymore , in which he bids farewell to being “so afraid of everything” and embraces “a chance to be reborn”; the melody nags at you all the way home.
This is a very good show that could have been an even greater one, however. If Granduciel were to carve a musician’s version of Mount Rushmore, those granite busts of Young, Dylan and Springsteen would be joined by far less famous foreign interlopers: Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger from the German outfit Neu!, a band in whose sleek propulsion Granduciel found an obvious but inspired analogue with the freedom of the highway in American heartland rock.
He salutes Neu!’s sister outfit, Harmonia , through a song called Harmonia’s Dream , and it is inarguably the highest point in the War on Drugs set. A long run-up of blooping analogue keyboards and mesmerising lights erupts into a pulsating workout, which, over the course of many delicious minutes, combines the highway, the autobahn and the dancefloor, threatening to turn this arena rock show into a rave. It may be a European perspective, but this is the War on Drugs’ sweetest spot. It’s a shame they don’t press it till it’s sore.
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Review: The War on Drugs, triumphant in the first of two hometown shows at The Met
The first of show shows at the the North Broad Street opera house was the Philadelphia band's first hometown date since 2019.
The War on Drugs finally made it home.
It almost didn’t happen. Plans for the Fishtown-founded band to play two nights at the Met Philadelphia starting Thursday were in peril this week after a member of the band’s touring party tested positive for COVID-19.
Tour dates in Nashville and Atlanta were postponed, and it seemed like Philly fans were going to be denied the long-awaited return of the ever-more-majestic rock band whose last hometown shows came at the close of 2019, before the world turned upside down.
But there the Drugs were, on stage of the sold-out Met on Thursday. Fronted by Adam Granduciel, the band now stands seven strong with the addition of their newest member, West Philly multi-instrumentalist Eliza Hardy Jones.
“So happy to be here,” Granduciel said at the start, before launching into “Old Skin,” from 2021′s terrific I Don’t Live Here Anymore. It’s a song about shedding former selves and moving on toward an uncertain future. He then added: “We wouldn’t miss this one for the world.”
The War On Drugs are a Philadelphia band whose members reside all the the country — Granduciel is based in Los Angeles — and whose music now belongs to the world. Since the Drugs’ first show at Johnny Brenda’s in 2006, Granduciel has mastered a meticulous sound that draws on classic rock songwriters Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, 1980s hitmakers such as Dire Straits and Don Henley and — crucially — German motorik bands like Kraftwerk and Neu!
The influences are vintage, but Granduciel’s songs about dislocation, anxiety, and search for meaning feel contemporary. And the Drugs’ enveloping sound is y their own. It’s brought the band acclaim — 2017′s A Deeper Understanding won a Grammy for best rock album — and a global audience with a wide age range.
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At the Met, the mostly masked crowd — required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test — tended to be younger in the standing room pit, with more oldsters in the seated sections of the 3,400-capacity opera house. After Friday night’s also sold-out show, the band is headed to New York to headline Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
In their recordings, the Drugs sound grows out of Granduciel’s work habits as a studio obsessive. He writes the music and lyrics, plays multiple instruments, and sings in a reedy voice that can bring Dylan strongly to mind, as it did at the Met on highlights like A Deeper Understanding’s “Strangest Thing” and IDLHA’s “Occasional Rain.”
But what was thrilling about Thursday’s show is how it demonstrated the Drugs’ growth as a band that may be expressing the singular point of view of an auteur, but has became staggeringly good at bringing a layered, precisely detailed sound vividly to life. (Smartly designed lighting, bathing the stage in red, purple, and black-and-white, added to the effect.)
On Thursday, the septet found its groove early in the career-spanning set, locking in by the third song, “An Ocean Between the Waves” from Lost in the Dream , the 2014 album on which Granduciel’s vision first came into high-definition focus.
The Drugs are characterized as a guitar band, and Granduciel did play his share of epic leads, usually bringing a song to its final crescendo. But what really distinguished the band’s steady building, locomotive sound on Thursday were the textured layers of keyboards, adding to a rhythmic bed established by drummer Charlie Hall and the undulating bass lines played by Dave Hartley.
Grandicuel stood front and center singing and playing guitar — making his instrument sound like some sort of Buck Rogers retro-futurist ray gun on “Victim.” Most of the other bandmates could be found at a keyboard at one time or another, and sometimes all at once.
That includes Robbie Bennett, whose elegant, repeated keyboard line powered “Harmonia’s Dream,” perhaps the evening’s most gorgeous song. When not switching to keys, Jon Natchez plays a honking saxophone.
Anthony LaMarca is the band’s second guitarist — and pianist. Hardy Jones proved to be an invaluable addition, mixing keyboard duties with guitar and adding vocal grace to “Living Proof” and extra punch to IDLHA’s careening title track.
It might stand to reason that with all those people on stage that The War on Drugs sound would grow cluttered and busy. What’s remarkable is that the opposite was true. The constituent parts rarely called attention to the themselves.
Each player contributed to a cohesive whole, taking the listener on a ride that typically began with a contemplative intro before building to a jet engine roar that was most impressive on Thursday on “Red Eyes” and “Under the Pressure,” two tracks from Lost in the Dream .
The sense of relief that the band were able to pull off a hometown show after two years off the road was palpable. Granduciel introduced the band members by first name only, as if everyone was among friends.
He noted that the tour is forgoing opening acts to minimize interactions that might increase COVID-19 risk, then noted that his father was seen walking around on stage before the show. “He’s our opening act.”
The 15-song set, which began at 8:30 p.m., was one song shorter than the previous shows on the tour, which began in Texas last week. Before closing with the hopeful Byrds-like folk rocker “Occasional Rain,” Granduciel said he had been sick, so “we’re gonna take it easy tonight. We’re going to do it again and give you some more tomorrow.” On Friday afternoon, the band tweeted that they would be starting the second show promptly at 8 p.m. , and urged fans to arrive early due to the inclement weather.
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The War On Drugs announce 2023 UK and European tour
"Looking forward to coming back!"
The War On Drugs have announced a UK and Ireland headline tour for 2023 – tickets will be available from here .
The Adam Granduciel-fronted band are due to return to these shores next summer as part of a wider European stint. Following shows in Oslo, Warsaw, Prague and Berlin, the group will play begin the UK/Ireland leg at the Brighton Centre on June 17.
- READ MORE: The War On Drugs live in London: a big-hearted, loosely spun rock’n’roll night out
Further gigs are scheduled at The Eden Project in Cornwall (June 18), the OVO Hydro arena in Glasgow (20), The Piece Hall in Halifax (21) and Trinity College in Dublin (27). Additionally, The War On Drugs will perform at the Zénith arena in Paris on June 23.
The new dates mean that the band are currently free to appear at Glastonbury 2023 on either the Saturday (June 24) or Sunday (25). No acts have been announced for the festival as of yet.
Tickets for The War On Drugs’ 2023 UK and European tour go on general sale at 10am local time this Friday (November 11) with the exception of Paris (on sale next Monday, November 14).
You’ll be able to purchase your ticket(s) here (UK) – see the announcement post and full itinerary below.
Announcing European shows for 2023! Tickets for all dates are on sale Friday, 11th of November at 10am local with the exception of Paris which is on sale Monday, 14th of November at 10am local. Looking forward to coming back! https://t.co/vo0MOTW0Cj pic.twitter.com/bWdokXsDBH — The War on Drugs (@TheWarOnDrugs) November 8, 2022
JUNE 2023 8 – Loaded Festival, Oslo 12 – Progresja Summer Stage, Warsaw 13 – Forum Karlin, Prague 14 – Zitadelle, Berlin 17 – Brighton Centre, Brighton 18 – The Eden Project, Cornwall 20 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow 21 – The Piece Hall, Halifax 23 – Zenith, Paris 27 – Trinity College, Dublin
The War On Drugs last toured the UK and Ireland this April in support of their fifth studio album, ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ , which came out in October 2021.
Reviewing Granduciel and co’s headline appearance at The O2 in London , NME hailed the concert as “a big-hearted, loosely spun rock’n’roll night out”.
Back in September, The War On Drugs shared two previously-unreleased songs – ‘Oceans Of Darkness’ and ‘Slow Ghost’ – as part of an extended deluxe edition of ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’.
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Joe Walsh, still soaring with the Eagles, coming to San Diego for VetsAid concert: ‘I know what not to do!’
The lineup for the benefit show for U.S. military veterans also includes Stephen Stills, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Flaming Lips, The War On Drugs and Lucius. While the Eagles this year launched the band’s ‘The Long Goodbye’ farewell tour, Walsh says he has no intention of retiring: ‘I’m not done yet’
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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh is understandably proud of the lineup for his VetsAid benefit concert in San Diego on Sunday.
It includes fellow Rock Hall of Famers Stephen Stills and Jeff Lynne — who will perform with his band, ELO, for the first time in five years — along with Flaming Lips, The War On Drugs and Lucius. Comedian and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Drew Carey will host the marathon show at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista.
For the record:
9:41 a.m. Nov. 8, 2023 The original version of this article incorrectly cited the office that Tammy Duckworth was elected to in 2012 and the name of her opponent. Duckworth, who became a U.S. Senator in 2016, defeated U.S. Congressman Joe Walsh in her 2012 bid for Congress, not in her also successful 2016 Senate campaign.
Proceeds will go to Southern California nonprofits that aid U.S. military veterans and their families. Stills, who is being billed as a special guest, will play several songs backed by Walsh and his band.
“Oh, I forgot to say I’m playing, too,” Walsh added with a chuckle. “I forgot to say that!”
The concert will be the seventh edition of VetsAid since Walsh and his wife, Marjorie, launched the event in 2017 near Washington D.C. Now, as then, he personally contacts the performers he recruits.
“I’m very humble to ask people: ‘Hey, want to come and play for free?’ But all I can do is ask,” said the veteran guitarist, singer, songwriter and band leader, who lived in Encinitas from 1995 to 2001.
“I work with my son, Christian. He helps me put these (shows) together ... It’s like the old days, where you had (multiple) headliners and you got to know the other bands by being on the same bill with them and hanging out together. We don’t get the chance to do that so much anymore.
“During the VetsAid show, we’re all watching whoever is performing from backstage or side stage, or I’m talking to vets.”
San Diego County is home to multiple U.S. military bases, including Camp Pendleton, Naval Base San Diego, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and more. Their proximity was a key factor in Walsh’s decision to stage this year’s edition of his benefit concert here.
“The first six VetsAids were held in the vicinity of major military bases,” he said. “And we worked with the (vets) communities more locally than nationally so that we’ve been able to help organizations in those areas.
“San Diego is a big one, because it’s a big military town and because California has the largest homeless veteran’s population of any of the states. Because California is so big, there are a lot of organizations in the state that are veteran-run that we are trying to help.”
Walsh sighed in frustration.
“I can’t get my head around the idea of homeless vets,” he said. “I can’t do the math on that.”
Kent State tragedy
At first glance, Walsh might seem an unlikely rock star to devote time and energy to helping military veterans.
He was at Ohio’s Kent State University in 1970 when four students at an anti-war demonstration were fatally shot by National Guardsmen.
Walsh — who was majoring in English and minoring in music — was so distraught that he dropped out for good and focused solely on The James Gang, the three-man band that propelled him into the rock ‘n’ roll spotlight.
Or, as he put it in a 2012 Union-Tribune interview: “The shootings really affected me profoundly. I decided that maybe I don’t need a degree that bad.”
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Speaking by phone from his Los Angeles home in a mid-October interview to promote VetsAid, Walsh, 75, reflected anew on the Kent State tragedy.
“It was (an instance of) completely dysfunctional authorities dealing with a situation they could not comprehend with a bunch of naive, innocent kids,” he said.
“And it mutated into something (violent) — and four people died. It was that mutation that I witnessed, and it scared me. The president (Trump) before the one we have now was headed in that direction, where things can mutate. That’s all I’ll say about that.”
Walsh’s 1972 song, “Turn to Stone,” was inspired by his frustration with then-President Richard M. Nixon and the policies of his administration. Nixon had pledged to end the war in Vietnam. Instead, he accelerated U.S. military actions in that Southeast Asian nation before the Watergate scandal led to Nixon’s resignation in 1974, a year before Walsh joined the Eagles.
The Eagles’ landmark album “Hotel California” was the first to feature Walsh. While on tour with the Eagles — from 1975 to 1980 and again after the band reunited in 1994 — Walsh began paying low-key visits to wounded U.S. soldiers.
“When the Eagles played in Washington, D.C., I used to go to Walter Reed Naval Medical Center and visit the guys who were waiting for their prosthetic limbs,” he recalled.
“Some of them didn’t know who I was and some did. I took a guitar with me ... no, I didn’t take a guitar. They had a guitar there and a couple of guys asked me to play songs, (including) ‘Hotel California.’ I didn’t know how to relate to them — they were waiting for a prosthetic limb... (but) when I left, we were buds. We were buds (because of music). And that was a really good feeling ...
“They just wanted to get their new arm, or leg, and get on with their life, and that really impressed me. They were a community of guys who had each other’s backs. And communities of people who have each other’s backs are always really good.”
In peace time, Walsh’s visits with wounded soldiers might have been unnecessary. But the deployment of U.S. troops to Afghanistan in 2001 and, subsequently, Iraq, Libya and Syria led to more fatalities and more wounded soldiers.
“These wars keep hitting and these guys are coming home, broken,” Walsh said. “(Seeing) the lack of recognition, support and help that they need, I thought: ‘You know what? I can make a difference here. This is something I can get my head around and really make a difference, so I decided to start VetsAid.
“We’re not big, but we are mighty. And all the money goes to smaller, vets-run organizations that work off donations. We find the good ones that have helped make a difference, and we help keep them going.”
Artists who have performed at previous editions of VetsAid range from James Taylor, Gwen Stefani and Nine Inch Nails to Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr. and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, a former San Diegan, and Ringo Starr, who is Walsh’s brother-in-law.
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The annual event has thus far disbursed $3 million in grants to veterans charity groups. The grants are vetted in collaboration with Combined Arms Institute, a Houston-based organization that provides and coordinates resources for veterans.
Son of a pilot
While Walsh is not himself a veteran, he is the son of one.
His father served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He died in a 1949 plane crash while working as flight instructor for the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star — the first U.S. operational jet-powered aircraft — while on active duty in Okinawa, Japan. Walsh was not yet 2 years old at the time.
“I qualified to be a Gold Star kid, I guess,” he said. “But they didn’t have that then. They didn’t have any support groups. You got a flag and a letter (of regret) from the president, and that was it.
“So, I’m present for all the families when a dad or a loved one doesn’t come home ... You gotta watch what’s happening to the troops, because they are part of us.”
In 2012, Walsh gave his support to the first U.S. congressional race by former U.S. Army helicopter pilot Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs in 2004 during combat in Iraq. The Illinois Democrat was elected. She became a U.S. Senator in 2016 and is still in office. The Republican congressman she unseated in 2012 was ... Joe Walsh (a staunch conservative who is not related to his rock-star namesake).
Walsh’s 2016 song, “No Man’s Land,” was written for the feature film “Citizen Soldier.” The movie is based on the true story of a tour of duty in Afghanistan by soldiers in the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Thunderbirds Brigade.
Walsh also composed the score for “No Man’s Land.” A year later, in 2017, he and his wife launched VetsAid. Coincidence?
“They were both incubating at the same time,” he said.
“I have no political agenda; I don’t care about the politics of it. I’m going to help the men and women that put themselves in harm’s way, came home, and need help where there is very little help. And we’ve been able to help these guys.”
Walsh’s devotion and carefully chosen words may surprise those who only know his zany stage persona — or recall his wild-man of rock years, when his drug and alcohol use took a debilitating toll. He has been clean and sober since 1994.
“I have so much fun and enjoyment on stage,” Walsh said. “There was a time when I was wild and crazy. I’m sober now. But a good way to reach people is to get them away from their problems for a couple of hours.
“So, on stage, yeah, I’m that wild and crazy guy. Off stage, the other 22 hours of the day — if you look at the big picture — I have to be serious for some of (the time) to make it work.”
And what has he learned from doing VetsAid since 2017?
“I know what not to do!” Walsh replied with a laugh.
“Well, make sure that the sound men don’t get in a fight!” he said, laughing again. “Too many guys at the sound board doesn’t work. You’ve just got to with the flow.
“From the inception of the idea to do VetsAid to the event itself is a long journey, and it mutates. What you think is going to happen is not what’s going to happen. What we’ve learned is how to take chaos and turn it into something that works really well, Across the board, it’s been a special evening for the bands that have done the other six (editions of VetsAid).
“And I think that, on Nov. 12th, the same thing will happen in San Diego. A lot of musicians will meet, many for the first time, and that’s always good,”
Another lesson Walsh has learned from putting on VetsAid is the importance of keeping the show moving smoothly — and to use some of time between each band’s performance to focus on the purpose and inspiration for VetsAid.
“While the next band is setting up, we show videos on the (venue’s) big screens of vets we have interviewed and what they are up against,” he said. “They share their experiences, about four or five of them, and they might even introduce the next band.
“We have messages, maybe from the mayor or some generals who show up. There are so many people that show up, and some relatives of veterans may fly in from other states. It’s like a big family that meets up. And we have two days before the show where vets can get job interviews. There’s a lot going on before the concert, people networking and exchanging phone numbers. VetsAid is more than just a good time.”
The Eagles this year launched the storied band’s “The Long Goodbye” farewell tour. No San Diego date has been announced, but the itinerary includes four upcoming January concerts at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.
With or without the Eagles, Walsh has no intention of retiring.
“I don’t know what else I would,” he said. “I may have an ‘Assisted Living Tour,’ but I’m still going to play! I’m not done yet.”
With: Joe Walsh, Stephen Stills, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Flaming Lips, The War On Drugs and Lucius
When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, 3050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista
Tickets: $39.50-$305.50, plus service charges
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Kenny Chesney announces 2024 tour with Zac Brown Band
(Gray News) – Country music icon Kenny Chesney is hitting the road on a co-headlining tour with Zac Brown Band next year, Chesney announced Tuesday .
The Sun Goes Down 2024 tour will hit 18 cities across the country, starting April 20 in Tampa and ending Aug. 23 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
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Tickets go on sale Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. local time.
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- May 18 — Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
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