Even though Alexisonfire still haven’t officially gotten back together, the St. Catherines, Ontario five-piece just announced that they’ll be going on a small tour this June. Four out of the five shows will be held in Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall, with the first of those shows being an all ages event. Feel the nostalgia.
The band will be in good company for their fifth show, which will be held at Quebec’s Montebello Rockfest as part of an impressive lineup that also includes Iggy Pop, Wu Tang Clan, Queens of the Stone Age, The Offspring and Good Charlotte.
The seemingly sudden tour news probably isn’t all that surprising to die-hard Alexisonfire fans—even though the group broke up back in 2012 after one last 15-date farewell tour, the band has reunited to play several shows between then and now, including Monday’s surprise appearance at the Air Canada Centre’s Billy Talent concert.
The group took the stage to perform “Young Cardinals” from their 2009 album Old Crows / Young Cardinals in addition to two songs, “This Could Be Anywhere In The World” and “Boiled Frogs,” from 2006’s Crisis. After releasing a ten-year anniversary version of Crisis last November, Alexisonfire will be releasing another special version of the album on April 27 as part of this year’s Record Store Day.
The members of Alexisonfire have all gone on to pursue their own projects since their 2012 breakup—most notably guitarist Dallas Green, who has found great success performing and recording as solo act City and Colour. Alexisonfire percussionist Jordan Hastings has also been filling in for Billy Talent drummer Aaron Solowoniuk since 2016, when Solowoniuk experienced a multiple sclerosis relapse.
Though the group’s initial breakup was apparently not amicable, vocalist George Pettit recently said that all five members remain “close and open to opportunities and holes in their busy schedules that bring them together to perform.” This not only makes us insanely happy, but also makes sense of the recent string of shows that Alexisonfire have played together.
We’re not sure if the overlapping release dates were planned, but maybe this means Green will end up playing the new songs with his former band mates this summer, after finishing his solo tour dates in April and May.