Legendary British Heavy Metal Band Diamond Head to Tour U.S.

by VVN Music

The legendary British heavy metal band Diamond Head will be playing a series of U.S. dates in May and August.

From May 17 to 27, the band, led by co-founding member/guitarist Brian Tatler, will be playing headline shows and two dates with Ross the Boss, as well as a performance at the Legions of Metal Festival in Chicago with Armored Saint, and an appearance at Rocklahoma in Oklahoma. Then, from August 19-25, Diamond Head will return to the US for another festival appearance (Psycho Vegas 2017 in Las Vegas), as well as additional headlining gigs.

Tatler said “Excited to be back in the US this spring, playing songs from the new album Diamond Head along with many classics from Lightning To The Nations, Borrowed Time & Canterbury.”

As part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, Diamond Head came up in the same scene as eventual global headliners Def Leppard and Iron Maiden and, while Diamond Head did not achieve the same commercial success as the aforementioned bands, they did influence countless subsequent musicians, especially Metallica, as it was a then-teenaged Lars Ulrich that befriended the band early on and became a major fan. Subsequently, Metallica has covered such Diamond Head classics as Am I Evil, Helpless, The Prince, and It’s Electric multiple times.

In addition to performing these classics at their upcoming U.S. shows, expect to also hear material performed off their latest release, 2016’s self-titled offering. Their seventh studio albums overall, the album has become one of their most critically acclaimed of their entire career, as evidenced by Classic Rock Magazine saying, "It just fu*kin' rocks in glorious timeless fashion" and Metal Hammer simply adding, "This is rather excellent."

The current Diamond Head lineup:
  • Brian Tatler - Guitars (founding member (1976))
  • Rasmus Bom Andersen - Vocals (joined 2014)
  • Abbz Abberley - Guitars (joined 2006)
  • Dean Ashton - Bass (joined 2016)
  • Karl Wilcox - Drums (joined 1991)
The dates:
  • 05/17 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
  • 05/18 - Indianapolis, IN - The Headquarters w/Ross The Boss
  • 05/19 - Rock Island, IL - RIBCO
  • 05/20 - Chicago, IL - Legions of Metal Festival w/Armored Saint 
  • 05/21 - Savage, MN - Neisens w/Ross The Boss 
  • 05/22 - Joliet, IL - The Forge
  • 05/23 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
  • 05/25 - Springfield, MO - Nathan P Murphy's
  • 05/27 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma Festival 
  • 08/19 - Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Vegas 2017 Festival
  • 08/23 - Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballrooms
  • 08/25 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon

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