For the first time in its 35-year history, legendary NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) band DIAMOND HEAD will make its way stateside for a U.S. tour.
DIAMOND HEAD‘s only previous U.S. appearance was at the Metal Meltdown IV festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey in 2002 for a sold-out show with fellow British stalwarts SAXON and WITCHFYNDE. Now, for the first time ever, DIAMOND HEAD‘s U.S. fans will get the opportunity to see the band perform live.
The tour will kick off in Seattle on August 15 and will conclude in New York City on September 1.
The dates are as follows:
Aug. 15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Aug. 16 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
Aug. 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
Aug. 18 – Santa, Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theater
Aug. 19 – Tempe, AZ @ The Club House
Aug. 20 – Ramona, CA @ Ramona’s Main Stage
Aug. 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse
Aug. 23 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
Aug. 24 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Aug. 25 – Wisconsin Rapids, WI @ The Pour House
Aug. 26 – Detroit, MI @ Blondies
Aug. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Tailgaters
Aug. 28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
Aug. 29 – Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock
Aug. 30 – Pittsburg, PA @ Club Diesel
Aug. 31 – Baltimore, MD @ The Otto Bar
Sep. 01 – New York, NY @ BB King Blues Bar Grill
Those fans who may have seen advertised dates, or purchased tickets, for the U.S. NWOBHM Tour featuring DIAMOND HEAD, GIRLSCHOOL, HOLY RAGE (featuring original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins) and HYDROGYN, the members of DIAMOND HEAD “apologize for the change in lineup.” They add, “It has always been our intention to tour with our fellow NWOBHM mates, but sadly it turned out to not be financially feasible at this time.”
2011 is going to be an exciting, and busy, year for DIAMOND HEAD. It is also a year of firsts for the influential British group. Their first appearance ever with the “Big Four” (METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH), the artists on whom they had a major influence, at the Sonisphere festivals in the U.K. and France, then heading off to their first performances in Canada, performing with MOTÖRHEAD, and MEGADETH at the Heavy TO festival in Toronto, followed by a performance with GIRLSCHOOL, MOTÖRHEAD and KISS, at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, followed by their first U.S. tour, with a stop in Istanbul, Turkey in the September, which will also be another first for them.