Despite touring heavily in support of their last two albums, Pain of Salvation has not seen American shores in quite some time. Rumor has it Pain of Salvation frontman Daniel Gildenlöw did not approve of the political direction that the United States was going in, and went on a boycott of the U.S. front. Whether that’s true or not is speculation, but it seems likely as Gildenlöwhas always been a very socially conscious person, which is evident in practically all of his music with Pain of Salvation, and if you’ve been paying attention to the U.S. for the past half-decade… Well, best not to get into that.

However, it seems like the band (which is currently composed of all new members, with the exception of Daniel, following a run of line-up changes last fall) has resolved their internal issues with America, and with that comes the announcement of a small run of North American headline dates for Pain of Salvation. Of course none of these shows are anywhere near me, so it looks like I’m going to have to hold out to see my favorite prog metal band some other time.

The tour was announced in tandem with the announcement that the band would be releasing their latest album, a live in studio acoustic record tentatively titled Clean, through InsideOut records. As the album is acoustic, and the tour is in support of said album, it’s probably a good bet that the band won’t be performing many “metal” songs on this trek. Either way, Gildenlöw has been performing acoustically for years, and if you search around on the internet you can find some pretty high quality recordings of these shows. From what I’ve seen, they are just as entertaining and emotional as one would hope.

Kingcrow and Imminent Sonic Destruction will be offering support. Here are the dates.

05.01.2013 – EMPIRE -West Springfield, VA
05.02.2013 – HOUSE OF ROCK – White Marsh, MD
05.04.2013- ROSFEST (Pain of Salvation only) – Gettysburg, PA
05.05.2013 – THE MARLIN ROOM at WEBSTER HALL – New York, NY
05.07.2013 – LE CERCLE – Quebec City, QC
05.08.2013 – FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES – Montreal, QC
05.09.2013 – THE MOD CLUB – Toronto, ON
05.10.2013 – REGGIE’S – Chicago, IL
05.11.2013 – STATION 4 – Minneapolis, MN

(Additional Dates Coming Soon)

– EC


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