with Ascot Royals
From the Promoter
Platinum-selling rock giants Big Wreck are pleased to unveil the details of their 2017 North American headline tour with special guests Ascot Royals that will kick off January 25 in Nanaimo, BC and continue on to roughly 36 cities in both Canada and the US through the middle of March. The extensive trek will hit major markets including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Detroit, New York, Boston and more before wrapping in Fredericton. Tickets for the tour go on-sale November 25th. A limited number of VIP ticket packages are available now for Canadian dates at bigwreckmusic.com/vip and include exclusive merchandise and a meet and greet with the band.
To coincide with the tour announcement, Big Wreck are also pleased to announce the release of “Grace Street” – their 5th full length studio album available everywhere February 3rd via ole/Warner Music Canada/Rounder Records. “Grace Street” is available for pre-order today and features “Skybunk Marche” and the #1 added single at Rock Radio this week, “One Good Piece of Me”. For fans outside of Canada the pre-order will launch December 2.
Their first collaboration with co-producer Garth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers), “Grace Street” is the epitome of sonic diversity, from the heavy grooving “One Good Piece of Me” to the epic seven minute instrumental “Skybunk Marché”, resulting in a trip that lead singer Ian Thornley feels no previous Big Wreck album has taken a listener on before. “Musically, I’m still searching for the stuff that turns me on and takes me somewhere,” says Thornley. “You want to be brought to tears or have the hair on your neck stand up, and if the search for that takes you to new territory then so be it. You have to follow. It’s like chasing a high, and Garth feels that just as much as we do.”
Formed in the early 90s while all members were attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Big Wreck saw early success when their debut album, 1997’s “In Loving Memory Of…”, garnered the band three Top 10 singles (“The Oaf,” “That Song,” and “Blown Wide Open”), and a double Platinum certification. Disbanding shortly after the release of their sophomore record “The Pleasure and the Greed”, Big Wreck reunited in 2012 after a decade long hiatus with the release of “Albatross”, which debuted at #5 on the Top 200 SoundScan chart in Canada (their highest debut to date) and hit #25 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart.
The title-track from “Albatross” earned Big Wreck the status of being the first Canadian band to hit #1 on the Canadian Rock Radio chart in over a year, a position they went on to maintain for six weeks. “Albatross” received a 2013 JUNO Award nomination for “Rock Album of the Year” and earned the band another three Top 10 Canadian Rock Radio singles. Their 2014 follow-up “Ghosts” debuted at #5 on the Canadian Albums Chart and #4 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart and was Big Wreck’s second JUNO nominated album for “Rock Album of the Year” in 2015.
Big Wreck is Ian Thornley (Vocals, Guitar), Chuck Keeping (Drums), Dave McMillan (Bass), Paulo Neta (Guitar), and Brian Doherty (Guitar).