DIAMOND HEAD ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Few metal bands have been as influential and have had the longevity as Diamond Head – listed as a major influence by two of metal’s biggest, Metallica and Megadeth. Led by co-founding member/guitarist Brian Tatler, Diamond Head will be launching a North American tour that will include both US and Canadian dates, beginning on August 19th with Psycho Las Vegas festival appearance and ending on September 11th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York.
“We are excited to get back to North America and see our old friends once more,” says Tatler and Wilcox (who resides in the US).
“Diamond Head may not have toured the continent as much as we would have liked way back when, but we are certainly making up for it now! And the band sounds better than ever,” states Brian.
As part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, Diamond Head came up in the same scene as eventual global headliners Def Leppard and Iron Maiden. And while Diamond Head did not achieve the same commercial success as the aforementioned bands, they did influence countless subsequent musicians – especially Metallica, as it was a then-teenaged Lars Ulrich that befriended the band early on and became a major fan. Subsequently, Metallica has covered such Diamond Head classics as Am I Evil, Helpless, The Prince, and It’s Electric multiple times – on multiple platinum releases.
In addition to performing these classics at their upcoming U.S. shows, expect to also hear material performed off their latest release – 2016’s self-titled offering. There is a new Diamond Head album already in the works (set for release next year).
Soon, many North American headbangers will get their chance to see the legendary Diamond Head and hear the songs that inspired a generation of musicians on a nearby concert stage.
Diamond Head U.S. Tour 2017:
8/19 Las Vegas, NV Psycho Las Vegas 2017
8/20 Salt Lake City, UT Liquid Joes
8/23 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballrooms
8/24 Seattle, WA El Corazon
8/25 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
8/26 Victoria, BC Logan’s Pub
8/27 Vernon, BC The Green
8/28 Calgary, AB Dickens
8/29 Edmonton, AB The Forge
8/30 Saskatoon, SK Capitol Music Club
8/31 Winnipeg, ON Park Theater
9/2 Sault Sainte-Marie Canadian Nightclub
9/3 Sudbury, ON The Asylum
9/4 Toronto, ON Coalition
9/5 Windsor, ON Backstage
9/6 Ottawa, ON The Maverick
9/7 Quebec, QU l’Anti
9/8 Jonquière, QU Salle 4 Barils
9/9 Montreal, QU Wings of Metal Festival
9/10 Liverpool, NY Sharkey’s
9/11 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
Diamond Head 2017 Line-Up:
Brian Tatler – Guitars
Rasmus Bom Andersen – Vocals
Abbz Abberley – Guitars
Dean Ashton – Bass
Karl Wilcox – Drums
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I love Diamond Head! Every song on the first album (the White Album, Lightning to the Nations, untitled album, whatever you want to call it) is great. My favorite songs by them are Sucking My Love (I have a bootleg CD of Metallica covering this song in Ron Mcgovney’s garage and Mustaine on guitar) and It’s Electric. I really dig the way Metallica continues to pay reverence and respect to Diamond Head. And while its great Metallica has kept Diamond Head relevant today, it’s unfortunate Diamond Head was never able to achieve greater success. I think they are one of the best NWOBHM bands that came out of that era.
These guys sure were hyped…”better riffs than the first four Black Sabbath albums put together..” they never got on a decent American tour…say, opening for Priest.
And I have to say something about Slayer fans…the absolute worst, will do their best to ruin everybody’s day….zombies, just all wrong.