Halifax rockers Gloryhound will be hitting the road with none other than British rock band, The Cult. Stealing the direct opening slot on the late summer Canadian tour, Gloryhound were personally picked for the tour by founding Cult members, vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy.
Kicking off the tour in Vancouver on August 22 and playing eight shows through to September 2, hitting the road with rock ‘n roll royalty will surely make the band’s milestone journal. Then again, these guys have already been on a roll this entire year. Considering their opening act slot for the legendary Deep Purple on their Atlantic Canada tour last February, head-turning shows during Canadian Music Week and Junofest and recently signing with leading Canadian independent record label/distributor, eOne Music Canada; these guys have to be doing something right.
Gloryhound, who is Evan Meisner (lead vocals/rhythm), David Casey (lead guitar/backup vocals), Jeremy MacPherson (bass) and Shaun Hanlon (drums) began their summer tour with a Canada Day performance in St. John’s, NL, opening for I Mother Earth. The two bands paired up again last weekend at Magnetic Hill where, despite getting drenching and playing in the rain, got to share the stage with Canadian rockers Three Days Grace, Arkells, My Darkest Days and (non rocker) Nickleback (ewww).
Aside from opening shows for the likes of Thin Lizzy, Sam Roberts, Big Wreck, Hollerado, The Sheepdogs and CJ Ramone (bassist of the Ramones); Gloryhound have toured like breeding bunnies over the past few years, hitting up hot spots throughout the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec.
Their EP, Electric Dusk (not to be mixed up with T.Rex’s masterpiece, Electric Warrior) was nominated for Rock Recording of the Year at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards, and the debut single “Electric Dusk” spent more than five months on the national radio charts. The track is now licensed for upcoming feature film, Love Me.
Before the guys hit the road with The Cult (to sell sanctuary), you can catch ‘em starting the party at the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee on August 2 and again in your very own hood at the Alderney Landing on August 4 for Halifax Natal Day celebrations with other local rippers, The Stogies, Long Distance Runners, Wintersleep, Rich Aucoin and Alert the Medic.