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are more than ready to re-start their live shows after their 2020 best- selling in 15 years was cut short due to the Pandemic lockdown orders. The band played their last full, live date on March 11, 2020 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. Like all tours that month, they got the news of the lockdown while waiting for soundcheck in San Diego and were forced to return to Minneapolis, cutting short their 25-date with six shows left hanging in the balance.

The quartet will rev up the bus for their new “Back In Your Face” beginning August 3 in Reading, PA before hitting 26 other cities, winding up in Maple Grove, MN on September 18.  Additional dates to be announced shortly, Local H and Juliana Hatfield support on all dates. The current line-up features Dave Pirner as lead vocals/guitar, Michael Bland on drums, Ryan Smith on lead guitar, and Wynston Roye on bass.

“Being off the road and at home for this last 15 months has been as hard on all of us, as it has everyone in the world really,” explains Pirner. “We haven’t been in one place, for this long, in the history of the band. We can’t wait to get back to the road and see our fans, get ready because these shows are going to be special!”

did anything but sit at home idle during this last 15 months. Leader Pirner and guitarist, Ryan Smith spent a good amount of the first six months of the Stay at Home orders doing weekly, Friday night Quarantine Sessions from Pirner’s living room. From those performances, the idea to record a few of the songs in this new acoustic format, sprung forth and the Born Free digital EP was released last October. In other exciting release news, the posthumous album from PRINCE, Welcome 2 America, is set to release on July 30 and features a cover of Soul Asylum’s 2006 single “Stand Up and B Strong” alongside the eleven Prince originals.

Hurry Up and Wait was released on April 17, 2020 to much fan and critical acclaim worldwide landing the band their highest Billboard Chart position since 1995’s Platinum selling Let Your Dim Light Shine. The new album was co-producer John Fields, who also worked on the band’s previous three albums. In addition, the group also decamped to a familiar spot: Nicollet Studios, the same place SOUL ASYLUM recorded one of their seminal early albums released on Twin/Tone Records, the 1986 LP While You Were Out.

Spanning three decades, Soul Asylum‘s indie success led to the band entering the major-label mainstream with 1988’s Hang Time and its 1990 follow-up And the Horse They Rode In On, before achieving a platinum-level commercial breakthrough with 1992’s Grave Dancers Union (certified 3x platinum) and 1995’s Let Your Dim Light ShineGrave Dancers Union featured the international hits “Runaway Train”, which won a 1994 Grammy as Best Rock Song, and “Black Gold,” while Let Your Dim Light Shine (platinum) spawned the hit “Misery”. After 1998’s Candy from a Stranger, Soul Asylum returned to action in 2006 with The Silver LiningDelayed Reaction six years later and most recently with 2016’s Change of Fortune.

 

SOUL ASYLUM ON – All dates supported by Local H and Juliana Hatfield:
August 3          Reverb                                    Reading, PA
August 5          The Vault Music Hall               New Bedford, MA
August 6          Aura                                        Portland, ME
August 7          Orange Motorsports               Middletown, NY
August 8          Wally’s Pub                             Hampton Beach, NH
August 10        The Ramkat                            Winston-Salem, NC
August 11        Oceanfront Concert Series     Virginia Beach, VA
August 12        House of Blues                        N. Myrtle Beach, SC
August 14        Saint Louis Music Park            Maryland Heights, MO
August 15        Grinders KC                             Kansas City, MO
August 20        The Castle Theatre                  Bloomington, IL
August 21        The Piazza                               Aurora, IL
August 22        Garfield Park                           Indianapolis, IN
August 26        The Red Carpet                       Charleston, WV
August 27        Jergels                                     Warrendale, PA
August 28        Riverfront Live                         Cincinnati, OH
August 30        ACL Live at The Moody            Austin, TX
September 1   Lava Cantina The Colony         The Colony, TX
September 3   VBC Mars Music Hall                Huntsville, AL
September 4   Hop Springs                              Murfreesboro, TN
September 5   Piere’s Entertainment Center    Fort Wayne, IN
September 9   Summerfest @ BMO Harris      Milwaukee, WI
September 10 Greenway Takeover Festival    Grand Forks, ND
September 11 The ‘O’riginal Bar                      Minot, ND
September 16 Evans Amphitheater at Cain     Cleveland Heights, OH
September 17 Menominee Nation Arena         Oshkosh, WI
September 18 Concert on the Lawn                Maple Grove, MN
 More dates TBA

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