To his fans, Devin Townsend is nothing short of a musical genius. While some may know him for his work with Steve Vai or as the creative force being metal band Strapping Young Lad, Townsend’s most accomplished and remarkable work is his solo material. Effortlessly blending humor with sorrow and brutality with fragility, his production techniques, vocal styles and unconventional songwriting are all unique and special. Now in the middle of his four album concept “The Devin Townsend Project,” he is hitting the road for a series of intimate, exciting and introspective performances. Check out the tour schedule below.
While hits from the first two DTP albums, Ki and Addicted, are obviously on the set list, Townsend will likely span his entire solo career, which includes the deeply affective Terria, the eclectically brilliant Synchestra, and the zany majesty of Ziltoid the Omniscient (a concept album about a alien puppet who comes to earth for a cup of coffee. It’s incredible). And if his past low key performances are any indication, he may pull out some surprises from the upcoming works Deconstruction, Ghost, and Z2 (yes, a sequel to Ziltoid).
Opening for Townsend on a few shows are Periphery and TesseracT, two progressive metal bands that will definitely fit in with Townsend’s heavier side (if he chooses to include such songs). They feature stellar playing and catchy vocals with impressive harmonies, so if you’re a progressive metal fan and are looking for some new music to digest, these three acts will certainly fit the bill.
10/8/10 Vancouver, BC Richshaw Theater
10/9/10 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
10/10/10 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
10/12/10 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
10/14/10 Hollywood, CA Key Club
10/15/10 San Diego, CA Ramona Mainstage
10/16/10 Las Vegas, NV Ceyenne Saloon
10/26/10 Springfield, VA jaxx Nightclub
10/27/10 West Chester, PA The Note
10/28/10 New York, NY Blender Theater at The Gramercy
10/29/10 Worcester, MA The Palladium Upstairs
10/30/10 Oneonta, NY Oneonta Theatre
10/31/10 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
11/2/10 Montreal, QUE Foufounes Electriques
11/3/10 Toronto, ONT The Mod Club
11/4/10 London, ONT London Music Hall
11/5/10 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder
11/6/10 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
11/7/10 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall