JOHN BUSH – “It Would Be Great” For ARMORED SAINT And ANTHRAX To Tour Together

July 13, 2018, 2 months ago

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JOHN BUSH – “It Would Be Great” For ARMORED SAINT And ANTHRAX To Tour Together

In a new interview with Rock Titan, Armored Saint and former Anthrax vocalist John Bust talked about the possibility of both bands touring with each other.

“I think the time is right for maybe that to happen," Bush said. "It would be a cool tour. It would be great for Armored Saint, 'cause Anthrax is a much bigger band, so it'd be great for Armored Saint."

Armored Saint is also working on a new album. "We've been writing, and we have to write some more songs, 'cause we've only written maybe a half dozen," he said. "You need at least a good nine, 10, 12 for a record. But, yeah, I think what we've written already sounds killer."

Coming November, Armored Saint will embark on a European tour commemorating their classic Symbol Of Salvation album. On this special run, the band will perform Symbol Of Salvation in its entirety.

Frontman John Bush comments: "Looking forward to coming to Europe in November to play the Metal Hammer Paradise show and others! Plus were playing some cities for the first ever. Milan, Budapest and Zagreb! All this and Symbol Of Salvation in its entirety. Should be an awesome tour. Come on out metal heads. Saint will heat things up on these cold fall nights."

Two shows in Germany have been added to the tour, in Essen and Nürnberg on November 4th and 6th respectively.

Dates:

November
2 - Enschede, Netherlands - Atak
3 - Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany - Metal Hammer Paradise
4 - Essen, Germany - Turock
6 - Nürmberg, Germany - Hirsch
8 - Budapest, Hungary - A38
10 - Zagreb, Croatia - Mochvara Club
11 - Milan, Italy - Legend Club

More dates will be added shortly.

Armored Saint will head over to Europe for selected festivals and headline shows in August. On the headline shows the Saint will perform Symbol Of Salvation as well in its entirety.

Dates (with Act Of Defiance)

August
6 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
7 - München, Germany - Backstage Halle
8 - Josefov, Czech Republic - Brutal Assault Festival
10 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo

To further celebrate the legacy of this album, Metal Blade Records will reissue Symbol Of Salvation on CD and LP on May 18th. The LP will feature a vinyl remastering from Patrick W. Engel as part of the "Metal Blade Originals" series. Special treatment and 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts guaranteed. The CD will include 4 bonus tracks. See below for an overview of all versions and tracklistings.

- CD (tour edition digipak w/ 4 bonus tracks)
- 180g black vinyl
- dark red maroon marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies - EU exclusive)
- clear red/purple/black/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)
- violet rosy brown marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)
- pastel pink lilac marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies - USA exclusive)

CD tracklisting:

"Reign Of Fire"
"Dropping Like Flies"
"Last Train Home"
"Tribal Dance"
"The Truth Always Hurts"
"Half Drawn Bridge"
"Another Day"
"Symbol Of Salvation"
"Hanging Judge"
"Warzone"
"Burning Question"
"Tainted Past"
"Spineless"
"Medieval Nightmares" (Demo)
"Get Lost" (Demo)
"Toungue And Cheek" (Demo)
"Pirates" (Demo)

Vinyl tracklisting:

Side A
"Reign Of Fire"
"Dropping Like Flies"
"Last Train Home"
"Tribal Dance"
"The Truth Always Hurts"
"Half Drawn Bridge"
"Another Day"

Side B
"Symbol Of Salvation"
"Hanging Judge"
"Warzone"
"Burning Question"
"Tainted Past"
"Spineless"

After being dropped by Chrysalis Records in 1988, Armored Saint began writing for a new record and searched for a new label. During 1989, founding guitarist, songwriter Dave Prichard was diagnosed with Leukemia. In January 1990, Dave went into the hospital for a bone marrow transplant but succumbed to the treatment, passing away on February 28th, 1990. By this time, the band was writing as a 4-piece, with Dave being the sole guitarist; they had written 25 songs and demoed all of them.

Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel approached Armored Saint and offered a recording deal in late spring of 1990. They regrouped with original guitarist Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan, who was hired as a touring guitarist during a 1989 tour with King Diamond. Recording of this new album - which would become Symbol Of Salvation - began in winter of 1990 with producer Dave Jerdan (Alice in Chains, Janes Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and it was engineered by Brain Carlstrom (Alice in Chains, The Offspring, Rob Zombie). During recording, the band used a guitar solo from a demo track played by Dave, and included it on the song "Tainted Past".

Armored Saint went on to tour with the likes of The Scorpions, Suicidal Tendencies, Wrathchild America, Sepultura, and more, in support of Symbol Of Salvation. Now, in 2018, the band is bringing back these classic tracks to the live setting, for fans to enjoy once again, in honor of Dave's memory.

North American Symbol Of Salvation dates (with support from Act Of Defiance) are listed below.

July
10 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
11 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
13 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
15 - Montreal, QC - Petite Campus
17 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
18 - Cleveland, OH - The Cambridge at House of Blues
20 - Detroit, MI - Shelter
21 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
22 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall

August
16 - Las Vegas, NV - Count's Vamp'd
17 - Anaheim, CA - Parish at House of Blues
18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent

(Photo: Stephanie Cabral)



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