Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON are uniting with German thrash titans KREATOR for the ultimate North American co-headlining trek. The 24-date tour kicks off on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona and will make stops in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Philadelphia before concluding at Jannus Landing in Tampa, Florida on March 10.
SABATON's Par Sundström comments: "We are excited to return to American grounds after the last successful tour. Teaming up with our friends in KREATOR, we are able to play larger venues which allows us to bring a bigger production than we ever brought into America."
KREATOR's Mille Petrozza states: "Hordes! We return back to North America alongside the mighty SABATON! It's a true European invasion and we can't wait to be back! We're looking forward to sharing this bill with SABATON and playing our full headline set for KREATOR fans old and new."
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Dates for the 2018 SABATON and KREATOR North American co-headlining tour are:
Feb. 08 - The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ (buy tickets)
Feb. 09 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA (buy tickets)
Feb. 10 - The UC Theater - San Francisco, CA (buy tickets)
Feb. 12 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR (buy tickets)
Feb. 13 - Showbox - Seattle, WA (buy tickets)
Feb. 14 - The Vogue Theater - Vancouver, BC, Canada (buy tickets)
Feb. 16 - Union Hall - Edmonton, AB, Canada (buy tickets)
Feb. 17 - The Palace - Calgary, AB, Canada (buy tickets)
Feb. 19 - Revolution - Boise, ID (buy tickets)
Feb. 21 - The Gothic Theater - Denver, CO (buy tickets)
Feb. 22 - The Truman - Kansas City, MO (buy tickets)
Feb. 23 - The Myth - Minneapolis, MN (buy tickets)
Feb. 24 - Orpheum - Madison, WI (buy tickets)
Feb. 26 - 20 Monroe - Grand Rapids, MI (buy tickets)
Feb. 27 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL (buy tickets)
Mar. 01 - The Phoenix - Toronto, ON, Canada (buy tickets)
Mar. 02 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC, Canada (buy tickets)
Mar. 03 - House of Blues - Boston, MA (buy tickets)
Mar. 04 - The Paramount Theater - Huntington, NY (buy tickets)
Mar. 06 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA (buy tickets)
Mar. 07 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD (buy tickets)
Mar. 08 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC (buy tickets)
Mar. 09 - Buckhead Theatre - Atlanta, GA (buy tickets)
Mar. 10 - Jannus Landing - Tampa, FL
SABATON's eighth album, "The Last Stand", was released in August 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Heroes" was once again produced by Peter Tägtgren (PAIN, LINDEMANN, HYPOCRISY) and it "marks a brand new chapter in SABATON history," according to a press release.
The artwork for "The Last Stand" was created by Peter Sallaí, who has worked with SABATON since "Carolus Rex".
SABATON last year parted ways with guitarist Thobbe Englund and replaced him with Tommy Johansson (GOLDEN RESURRECTION, REINXEED).
KREATOR is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Gods Of Violence", which entered the official chart in Germany at position No. 1. The cover artwork for the album was created by renowned artist Jan Meininghaus, who also made the limited-edition artwork for KREATOR's previous effort, 2012's "Phantom Antichrist", and has lent his talents to bands like BOLT THROWER, ACCEPT and OVERKILL in the past.
Petrozza told Metal Wani about the reception to "Gods Of Violence": "It couldn't be better. To us, the way we measured the success of our record is 'How do the fans react in the live situation to the songs we put in the setlist?' For [the latest] tour, we've added, like, five or six new songs to the setlist. Reactions are just as good for, let's say, 'Extreme Aggression' or one of the classic songs. To us, it's mind-blowing. It shows us that we did something right."