Alternative rockers from Texas, “Hate Me” hit makers Blue October are set to embark on a North American tour this spring, mostly chugging along the US of A for a month and a half in order to deliver about 25 top-notch shows.
The journey will commence on April 8 in Flagstaff, Arizona and continue the very next day in San Diego, California at the iconic House of Blues. After a few more CA dates, the act will shift its route towards north and perform in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver and more.
The trek will stretch across May as well, with dates in Minneapolis, Pittsburg, Charlotte, and Nashville, only to end with a final stop in Austin, Texas on May 16.
Blue October’s latest studio album, “Sway” saw its release in August 2013 via Up/Down Records, marking the seventh effort in the group’s opus. Lead single “Bleed Out” was presented ahead of the official release.
Blue October Cheap/Discounted Tickets 2015
Blue October Tour Schedule 2015
#Apr 08, 8:00PM, Flagstaff (AZ), Orpheum Theatre#
#Apr 09, 7:00PM, San Diego (CA), House Of Blues#
#Apr 10, 7:00PM, Anaheim (CA), House Of Blues#
#Apr 11, 8:00PM, San Francisco (CA), The Great American Music Hall#
#Apr 13, 7:00PM, Sacramento (CA), Ace of Spades#
#Apr 16, 7:00PM, Vancouver (Canada), The Venue#
#Apr 17, 8:00PM, Seattle (WA), The Showbox#
#Apr 18, 8:00PM, Portland (OR), Wonder Ballroom#
#Apr 19, 8:00PM, Spokane (WA), Knitting Factory Spokane#
#Apr 20, 8:00PM, Missoula (MT), Wilma Theatre#
#Apr 22, 8:00PM, Boise (ID), Knitting Factory Concert House#
#Apr 23, 8:00PM, Salt Lake City (UT), The Depot#
#Apr 29, 8:00PM, Oklahoma City (OK), Diamond Ballroom#
#Apr 30, 8:00PM, Lawrence (KS), Granada#
#May 01, 8:00PM, Sioux City (IA), Anthem – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino#
#May 02, 8:00PM, Libertyville (IL), Austin’s Fuel Room#
#May 03, 7:00PM, Minneapolis (MN), Varsity Theater#
#May 06, 8:00PM, Pittsburgh (PA), Mr Small’s Fun House#
#May 07, 8:00PM, Niagara Falls (NY), The Rapids Theatre#
#May 08, 8:00PM, Stroudsburg (PA), Sherman Theater#
#May 09, 8:00PM, Norfolk (VA), The Norva#
#May 10, 8:00PM, Charlotte (NC), The Fillmore#
#May 13, 7:00PM, Nashville (TN), Exit In#
#May 14, 9:00PM, Little Rock (AR), Juanita’s#
#May 16, 7:00PM, Austin (TX), Stubbs BBQ – Outdoor Stage#
#Dec 19, 8:00PM, Saint Petersburg (FL), Jannus Live#
Founded in 1995 in Houston, Texas, Blue October rose to prominence in mid-2000s with their platinum album “Foiled,” ultimately becoming one of the prominent alternative rock acts of the decade thanks to hit singles such as “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean.”
The band’s leading threesome consists of frontman Justin Furstenfeld on guitar and vocals, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Delahoussaye on violin, keyboards and mandolin, and Jeremy Furstenfeld behind the battery kit. Each of the mentioned fellas was in the band from the get-go and is still an active member. Founding bassist Liz Mullally left in 1999, only to be replaced by Matt Noveskey, who subsequently parted ways with Blue October in 2003, only to return two years later. Additionally, C.B. Hudson was brought into the fold in 2000 to handle lead guitar and backing vocals.
Now that the roster is out of the way, let us focus on the musical journey. As noted, it began in 1995, but took about a decade to get into full swing. The band’s debut album, “The Answer,” saw its release in 1998, dealing with troublesome themes such as depression and suicide. Reaching mild success only, it failed to chart and wasn’t even available for sale until 2005 due to a contractual issue with Universal Records.
Continuing with the same beat, “Consent to Treatment” was released in August 2000, receiving similar reactions and spawning two singles – “James” and “Breakfast After 10.”
Additionally, label issues kept piling up for the band, inspiring them to such extent that their next release, 2003’s “History for Sale,” predominantly focuses on the problem of label control.
The good times were finally on the horizon around mid-2000s. In 2006, the group released their fourth studio album, “Foiled.” The lead single “Hate Me” propelled the band right into the big league, along with several other hit singles – “Into the Ocean,” “She’s My Ride Home,” and “X Amount of Words.”
The album earned fair reviews and managed to sell about 1.4 million copies in the US alone; it also earned a platinum status in Canada after selling more than 100,000 units. Apart from an extensive concert trek, Justin was also a part of a four-city tour with Stephenie Meyer, author of the “Twilight” series. During the latter tour, the frontman premiered two new tunes “Blue Skies” and “My Never.”
Additionally, Meyer noted that not only is she a fan of the band, but that the Blue October have actually inspired a part in the popular book series.
The band’s next album, “Approaching Normal,” saw its release in March 2009, peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. Notable singles “Dirt Room” and “Jum Rope” were well received among fans, although sales of under 200,000 units presented a significantly lower figure than the previous effort.
During the album tour, the band was forced to announce that due to Justin’s severe mental anxiety attack, the trek’s remaining dates had to be cancelled. The frontman was brought to the hospital for a few months of rest and the shows were ultimately rescheduled in 2010.
The band’s sixth studio album, “Any Man in America,” dropped in August 2011, reaching No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 chart and therefore becoming Blue October’s highest-charting release to date. However, the sales figures in the long run weren’t exactly extraordinary, leaving “Foiled” as an unmatched champion when it comes to sales and popularity.
Ultimately, the time came for the album No. 7. Released in August 2013, “Sway” spawned a total of four singles. The record’s final single track, “Fear,” was officially unveiled in September 2014.
A spring tour across North America was scheduled for the spring of 2015. The gang still delivers, make sure to check them out in your area.