NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD will make two trips to North America this year. The first will be in April and will cover the East Coast, Canada, and the Midwest. The second leg of the band’s U.S. tour will take place in October and will include dates on the West Coast and in the South.
So far, the following shows have been announced:
April 10 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
April 11 – Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13
April 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
April 13 – Amityville, NY – Ollie’s Point Place
April 14 – Seymour, CT – Dewy’s
April 15 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Électrique
April 16 – Quebec City, QC – Coop l’Agité
April 17 – Clarence, NY – Club Infinity
April 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Dead Horse Cantina and Music Hall
April 19 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
April 20 – Lansing, MI – Uli’s House of Rock
April 21 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
April 22 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
April 25 – Long Branch, NJ – Brighton Bar
April 26 – Allentown, PA – Jimmy’s Place
For the first time in its 37-year history, DIAMOND HEAD made its way stateside for a U.S. tour in the summer of 2011.
DIAMOND HEAD‘s only previous U.S. appearance was at the Metal Meltdown IV festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey in 2002 for a sold-out show with fellow British stalwarts SAXON and WITCHFYNDE. Now, for the first time ever, DIAMOND HEAD‘s U.S. fans got the opportunity to see the band perform live.
The tour kicked off in Seattle on August 15, 2011 and concluded in New York City on September 1, 20111.
DIAMOND HEAD‘s first-ever appearance with the “Big Four” (METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH), the artists on whom they had a major influence, at the Sonisphere festivals in the U.K. and France, was followed by their first performances in Canada, playing with MOTÖRHEAD, and MEGADETH at the Heavy TO festival in Toronto, along with an appearance with GIRLSCHOOL, MOTÖRHEAD and KISS, at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal.
Professionally filmed video footage of DIAMOND HEAD performing on July 23 at the Heavy T.O. festival at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada can be seen below.
Heavy T.O. festival performance footage: