RIVAL SONS Announce May/June 2023 U.S. Tour, Stream New Single ‘Bird In The Hand’

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Two-time-Grammy-nominated band RIVAL SONS has shared a new single, “Bird In The Hand”, which is available today on all streaming platforms. It stands out as the latest anthem to be unveiled from the group’s upcoming full-length album, “Darkfighter”, set for release on June 2.

Commenting on the new track, vocalist Jay Buchannan noted: “There’s a lyric in there, ‘Let’s go down to the river where the water runs still and deep, to scatter the ashes of the mess I used to be.’ You can burn through a whole lot of time just trying to find your lane, your realized intention. At some point you accept reincarnation as a waking process. Build, refine and burn again and again and the lyric, ‘A bird in the hand, now that’s a miracle I can believe’ is the immersive commitment to the present.”

Pre-order / save “Darkfighter” HERE.

In support of new LP, RIVAL SONS will embark on an extensive five-week North American headline run dubbed “The Darkfighter Tour” which will feature support from THE BLACK ANGELS, THE RECORD COMPANY and STARCRAWLER on select dates. The trek kicks off on May 11 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the Diamond Ballroom, visits major markets across the country, and concludes on June 18 in Denver, Colorado at the Ogden Theatre. In between, the band will perform at a handful of festivals such as Welcome To Rockville in Daytona Beach, Florida on May 20 and Sonic Temple in Columbus, Ohio on May 27.

RIVAL SONS 2023 U.S. tour dates

“So happy to finally announce our full North America headline tour and have new music to play for you,” exclaimed guitarist Scott Holiday. “Expect this tour to comprise of the forthcoming ‘Darkfighter’ album in its entirety, along with familiar songs and a few deeper cuts. We’re working on plans to make it extra special. With a big added bonus of the incredible acts we’re taking with us: THE BLACK ANGELS, THE RECORD COMPANY and STARCRAWLER. It’s going to make for a REALLY fantastic night of music!”


March 20 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Arena
March 21 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
March 24 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
March 26 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
March 28 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center

Headlining and festival appearances:

May 11 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom*#
May 12 – Little Rock, AR – The Hall*#
May 13 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s*#
May 16 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal*#
May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle*#
May 18 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works*#
May 20 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome To Rockville (Festival)
May 21 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater*#
May 23 – Richmond, VA – The National*#
May 24 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa*#
May 26 – Morgantown, WV – Ruby Amphitheater*
May 27 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple (Festival)
May 28 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom*
May 30 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore*#
May 31 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium*#
June 01 – New York, NY – Palladium Times Square
June 03 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall*#
June 04 – Albany, NY – Empire Live*#
June 06 – London, ON – London Music Hall*#
June 08 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore^#
June 09 – Chicago, IL – Radius^#
June 10 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore^#
June 12 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave^#
June 13 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Club 5^#
June 14 – St. Louis, MO – Pageant^#
June 16 – Omaha, NE – The Admiral^#
June 17 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater^#
June 18 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre^#

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“Darkfighter” Album Artwork

In 2021, RIVAL SONS celebrated the 10th anniversary of their 2011 album, “Pressure And Time”, by performing the landmark long-player live in its entirety on the “Pressure And Time” tour for the first time. They also lit up Southern California with a two-night live-stream event, “Rival Sons: Pair Of Aces”, live from the historic Catalina Casino on Santa Catalina Island. They performed their debut LP, “Before The Fire” (2009),in its entirety on the first night and their self-titled EP, “Rival Sons” (2010), on the second.

“Darkfighter” track-listing:

 1. Mirrors
 2. Nobody Wants To Die
 3. Bird In The Hand
 4. Bright Light
 5. Rapture
 6. Guillotine
 7. Horses Breath
 8. Darkside

RIVAL SONS is Jay Buchanan (vocals, harmonica, rhythm guitar),Scott Holiday (lead guitar),Mike Miley (drums) and Dave Beste (bass).


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