AUGUST BURNS RED Ring In The Holiday Season With Cover Of "Last Christmas"
November 30, 2017, 3 months ago
Two-time Grammy nominees August Burns Red are excited to kick off the holiday season with their reimagined version of the classic Christmas song "Last Christmas". August Burns Red have made a highly-anticipated annual tradition of releasing Christmas covers, with last year's being "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)" and the beloved Home Alone theme song the year prior. "Last Christmas" will be available for purchase digitally tonight at 9pm PST / Midnight EST on iTunes.
"This year I sat down with the intention of writing something upbeat, melodic, and shredtastic," says bassist Dustin Davidson. "When I decided to cover 'Last Christmas' I kept in mind that most people only know the chorus of the song. I didn't want to recreate something word for word, or note by note, so I took the main hook and built a bunch of original ideas around it. The lyrics to Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' are very sad, so if you're feeling lonely this holiday season, I hope this cover finds you well."
This week, August Burns Red were announced as nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in the Best Metal Performance category for their song "Invisible Enemy", taken from the band's latest full-length album Phantom Anthem. This marks the second Grammy nod for Lancaster, PA's August Burns Red, as they were nominated in the same category in the 58th Grammy Awards for their song "Identity" from 2015's Found In Far Away Places.
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will take place in New York City on Sunday, January 28th, 2018, with winners being announced live from Madison Square Garden.
August Burns Red will kick off their headline Phantom Anthem Tour in January. Tickets are available now at AugustBurnsRed.com. Full tour routing below. August Burns Red have had a busy 2017, having toured The U.S. and Europe in support of the 10th anniversary of their Messengers album, and performing at major festivals, including Rock Allegiance Festival and Aftershock.
5 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis/ M-Telus
6- Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
7- Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
9 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
12 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
14 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick
16 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
17 - Calgary, AB - The Palace
19 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theater
20 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
21 - Portland, OR - Roseland
23 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
24 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
25 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater
26 - Phoenix, AZ - The Marquee
27 - Albuquerque, NM - Historic El Rey
29 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
30 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
31 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
1 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy
2 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live
3 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Ballroom
4 - Austin, TX - Emo's
6 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
7 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
8 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham
9 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Heaven)
10 - Greensboro, NC - Arizona Pete's
11 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
13 - Norfolk, VA - the Norva
14 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage
15 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
16 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
18 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts