Toxicity 1

Posted: July 19, 2013 in Toxicity
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By Glen

Scarcely a day goes by when I don’t spend some time googling “The Airborne Toxic Event,” limiting my search to the past 24 hours to unearth the latest news, reviews, blog posts, photos and videos about the band. In Toxicity, I’ll finally put those efforts to good use by posting a round-up of the best of the Airborne web. Toxicity will be published semi-regularly: weekly during the band’s busy periods; less frequently when there’s less news out there to be found. If you have a link to include, we’d love to hear about it; e-mail crowdsourcing@thisisnowhere.com.

With the band currently on a short hiatus, pickings have been slim of late. But the silence was broken this week with some long-awaited news.

UK/European Tour Announced:

For months, our Euro friends have been feeling neglected, with the delayed overseas release of Such Hot Blood and no tour dates to look forward to. But the wait is finally over, with the announcement of an October UK/European tour that will coincide with the expected Sept. 30 release of the Deluxe European edition of Such Hot Blood – which, incidentally, will include two bonus tracks: Dublin, and The Way Home.

The dates are as follows:

Tue Oct 1 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Wed Oct 2 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Thu Oct 3 – Leeds, UK – Cockpit
Sat Oct 5 – Dublin, IRE – Academy
Sun Oct 6 – Glasgow, Scotland – Glasgow Garage
Mon Oct 7 – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wed Oct 9 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
Thu Oct 10 – Cologne (Köln), Germany – Gebäude 9
Fri Oct 11 – Munich (München), Germany – Theaterfabrik
Sat Oct 12 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
Mon Oct 14 – Utrecht, Holland – Tivoli de Helling
Tue Oct 15 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
Wed Oct 16 – Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot

While we’re on the subject, here’s my quick take on the frequently expressed frustrations/accusations that the band doesn’t care about their Euro fans. While I can’t blame people for feeling this way (Lord knows, if the shoe was on the other foot, I would NOT do well with waiting patiently), I really don’t think the band can be blamed for this situation. It’s understandable that they would want to hold off on touring overseas until they had a release to tour behind. And the fact that there has not yet been a release has nothing to do with the band’s desire to release the album overseas as early as possible, and everything to do with the lack of a European record deal. With Airborne’s established track record of going above and beyond for their fans, I think they have earned the benefit of the doubt here.

In the meantime, there have been options for Euro fans wanting to get their hands on the album, whether it’s buying it through the band’s website, or having fans or friends on this side of the pond buy it and ship it over. No, it’s not ideal, and yes, there’s some extra expense and a time delay involved, but North American fans will now face similar issues if they want to purchase the Euro edition with bonus tracks.

At the end of the day, though I very much sympathize with anxious fans who wanted it all sooner, I believe the band has done everything they can to get the issues worked out as quickly as possible. And whether or not you buy that, I’m sure we can all agree that when October finally rolls around, it will have been worth the wait.

US Dates Announced; More to Come:

The band also confirmed a number of upcoming US dates this week. No surprises here, as news of these shows had been circulating online for quite some time. More tantalizing is the promise of additional US dates to be announced in the next few days. Come on, Pacific Northwest!

Anna on eBay:

Never have I been more tempted to do something ridiculously stupid than I was this week when Anna announced that she was selling an old viola on eBay, with assorted TATE goodies thrown in. Seriously – I have spent much of the week trying to think of some kind of justification for going deep(er) into debt in order to bring this item home. (Don’t worry, wife, I haven’t succeeded… yet.) Having recently auctioned off a one-of-a-kind TATE collectible for over $1,200, my prediction for the viola was $5,000. With three days of bidding remaining, she’s more than halfway there. Three more days to win the lottery…

For those whose pockets aren’t quite deep enough to take a shot at the big prize, she’s also auctioning off several other items, including a guitar and an iPod. (The guitar comes with a customized Anna guitar pick – who knew there was such a thing? And how do I get my hands on one?)

YouTube Gold:

Each edition of Toxicity will include some Airborne YouTube goodness. To celebrate the Euro announcement, here’s the world premiere performance of Dublin, one of the two bonus tracks on the European edition of the album, from Daren’s hometown of Visalia, CA:


Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.

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Comments
  1. […] a quick update from Anna’s eBay auction, first mentioned in Toxicity 1. To my surprise, the price held steady at $2,800 over the last few days. If I had known I only had […]

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  2. […] through the UK iTunes store, where previews of both songs are now available. We previously posted a live video of Dublin. As for The Way Home, from the sounds of the preview it’s quite different than anything […]

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