Published Feb 26, 2019This April will mark 10 years since guitarist Tosin Abasi made his debut as Animals as Leaders with a self-titled debut album. Now a full-fledged trio, the metal outfit will celebrate a decade of music-making with a commemorative tour.
The celebratory trek will kick off May 1 in San Antonio, with the band playing 18 dates total across North America. Support on the run will come from fellow prog metal outfit the Contortionist, with a tour poster promising the appearance of additional "special guests."
A lone Canadian stop will bring the bands to Toronto's Opera House on May 18. Tickets for the run go on sale March 1 at 10 a.m. local time. You can find a complete tour itinerary below.
Abasi released the instrumental Animals as Leaders through Prosthetic Records in 2009. Produced by Periphery's Misha Mansoor, the album shone a spotlight on Abasi's virtuosic guitar talent and technique in a metal style that drew influence from jazz and electronic.
Animals as Leaders — which now features Abasi, guitarist Javier Reyes and drummer Matt Garstka — last released The Madness of Many in 2016. The Contortionist delivered their Clairvoyant LP in 2017.
05/01 San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater
05/02 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
05/06 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
05/07 Los Angeles, CA - The Mayan
05/08 San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
05/10 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
05/11 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
05/14 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
05/15 Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theatre
05/16 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
05/17 Mckees Rocks, PA - Roxian Theater
05/18 Toronto, ON - The Opera House
05/19 Philadelphia, PA - TLA
05/20 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
05/21 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
05/23 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
05/24 Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
05/25 Columbus, OH - Newport Hall