American progressive metallers Shadow Gallery will embark on a European tour in October 2010, with support from modern rock band Maplerun. The trek will launch with Shadow Gallery's headlining performance on October 2 at the ProgPower Europe festival in Baarlo, Netherlands.
Commented guitarist Gary Wehrkamp: "Our fans in Europe have been eagerly waiting for the day that Shadow Gallery would take the stage and we are happy to finally be able to make this journey together."
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
Oct. 02 - ProgPower Europe - Baarlo, Netherlands
Oct. 06 - Alcatraz ? Milan, Italy
Oct. 08 - 8ball - Thessaloniki, Greece
Oct. 09 - Stage Club - Larissa, Greece
Oct. 10 - Kyttaro - Athens, Greece
Oct. 17 - Biebop - Vosselaar, Belgium
Shadow Gallery's "Gold Dust" video can be viewed here. The clip includes both live and location footage and features a cameo by Will Smith Sr., father of movie actor Will Smith. The video, which was filmed by Rick Berk and directed by Shadow Gallery bassist Carl Cadden-James, marked an ambitious step into exciting uncharted waters for the band.
"We are very excited about having done this and are genuinely pleased with the results. We were surrounded by extremely talented people during production and had a blast doing it," states Cadden-James. "The song 'Gold Dust' was the perfect vehicle for our first video and I think it's nice to be able to introduce Brian [Ashland] as a vocalist visually beyond his vocal performance on the CD."
The lyrical story is played out by model Heather Anthony and displays a very human side of the band that explores the emotional complexities of both desire and heartache and should resonate with almost anyone who has ever loved.
Shadow Gallery has transitioned very comfortably from just an aural experience to the visual artistic expression that their music is so well suited.
"Gold Dust" comes off Shadow Gallery's sixth studio effort, Digital Ghosts, which was released on October 26, 2009 in Europe and November 3, 2009 in North America via InsideOut Music.
After the tragic passing of lead singer Mike Baker in October 2008, Shadow Gallery's new CD introduces new vocalist Brian Ashland and not only sees the entire band once again sharing additional vocal duties but also features guest vocal appearances by Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Clay Barton (Suspyre) to complement the release. With Digital Ghosts, Shadow Gallery's members Brendt Allman, Carl Cadden-James, Gary Wehrkamp, Ashland and returning drummer Joe Nevolo (who appears on two songs of the record) have focused their powerful energies on creating a seamless blend of progressive, metal, and symphonic rock as a transcendent work of musical art that advances the boundaries of these genres into new directions.
Shadow Gallery lineup:
Brendt Allman - Electric & Acoustic guitars, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Carl Cadden-James - Bass Guitar and Vocals
Gary Wehrkamp - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals and Drums
Brian Ashland - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Joe Nevolo - Drums
[Source: via e-Prog, Shadow Gallery website]