Anberlin announce first United States tour in five years

Anberlin may have bowed out a few years ago, but now it looks like they’re getting the band back together. On Tuesday (April 9), the Florida-founded act announced plans to reassemble and hit the United States touring circuit during the summer.

The 22-stop outing will find the band performing at venues across the country throughout June and July. The tour will include shows in major markets such as Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, and more.

The summer tour begins on June 10 at the House of Blues in Dallas and concludes a month later on July 14 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.

Surprisingly, the group did not include a single Florida stop on the upcoming itinerary. For fans living in the band’s home state, this omission may come as a bit of a shock considering Anberlin’s final shows took place in Fort Lauderdale, St. Petersburg, and Orlando, their quasi-hometown (they’re from Winter Haven).

“Hello US friends! We couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to announce our summer 209 tour dates,” the band posted on Twitter.

“After nearly 5 years away, we have missed everyone out there, so we are coming back out to see you all!”

Tickets and VIP packages go on sale this Friday, April  12, at 10 a.m. local time.

Anberlin’s summer 2019 tour marks the group’s first US-centric outing since their “final tour” in 2014. The summer tour announcement comes a few weeks after the group revealed they were heading to Australia for their first post-breakup tour.

The band first reunited in December 2018 to play a hometown gig with another recently reassembled act, Underoath. At the time, it looked like it was going to be a one-off show, but it seems like there may be an Anberlin resurrection in the future. Maybe that even means a follow-up to 2014’s Lowborn.

The full list of tour dates can be found below.


June 10 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
June 11 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
June 12 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
June 14 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
June 15 – Los Angles, CA – The Wiltern
June 16 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
June 18 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
June 20 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
June 21 – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House
June 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
June 24 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
June 27 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
June 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
June 29 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
July 2 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Music Hall
July 3 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
July 5 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
July 6 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
July 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
July 12 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
July 13 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
July 14 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

Anberlin to reunite at Underoath’s hometown show in December

The guys from Anberlin are getting the band together, but there’s a catch; it’s for one night only. On Thursday (Oct. 18), the Winter Haven-founded band took to social media to announce plans to reunite for one show. The gig, which will take at the Yuengling Center in Tampa on Dec. 14, will find the formerly defunct band opening for fellow Florida-founded act Underoath.

“We’ve been playing shows in the Tampa area with Anberlin since we were basically kids,” a statement from Underoath begins. “We knew them coming back to play this hometown show with us was a big ask—but it just felt right. We have said we couldn’t be more pumped to close out the Erase Me tour with this show in our hometown. But we’ve been proven wrong.”

Anberlin drummer Nathan Young mirrors Underoath’s sentiments: “All the Anberlin dudes reconnected over this last year, hung on the beach together, and then, when we got asked to play this show with Underoath, in our hometown, the answer was, ‘yeah!”

Young continues: “I mean why wouldn’t we do that? Life is short and we should almost always say ‘yes’ to rad stuff. Plus, we’ve been homies with Underoath for 15-plus years. [Guitarist] Tim [McTague] is my brother-in-law and we’ve never played a proper show together. It’s just way overdue.”

Anberlin will join Crown the Empire, Dance Gavin Dance, and the Plot in You on that night’s roster.

To purchase tickets for the show, head on over the Yuengling Center’s website here.

The surprise announcement comes months after the band members began posting small, band-centric items on social media. The posts weren’t major enough to warrant speculations that a reunion could be in the cards, but enough to make fans wonder if maybe they were up to something.

Anberlin formally announced plans to disband in August of 2014. Before laying the band to rest, the five-piece went on a massive final tour that found them performing across the continent before taking the stage for the last time on Nov. 26, 2014 at the House of Blues in their quasi-hometown of Orlando.

Anberlin’s final studio album was 2014’s Lowborn (via Tooth & Nail).

As for Underoath, the upcoming tour is in support of their recently released record, Erase Me (via Fearless Records). The album was met with favorable reviews by critics and fans alike. The album, the group’s eighth, peaked at the number 16 spot on Billboard’s 200 chart, the number four spot on the Top Rock Albums chart, and the top spot on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart.

This show will also be a historic one for the six-piece as it will be the first time a Tampa Bay band has ever headlined a Tampa Bay arena.

Anberlin Announce ‘Don’t Try To Wake Me Up’ Documentary


November will mark a year since Anberlin performed their last show ever in their hometown of Orlando. Since the band’s breakup, they have released several things for fans including the two live album they put out earlier this year; Never Take Friendship Personal: Live in New York City and Cities: Live in New York City.

Now, the defunct band has revealed that they will be giving their fans something else; a short documentary. Titled Don’t Try To Wake Me Up, the 21-minute film will give the viewer an exclusive look at what went on during the band’s final day together and their final show. A bittersweet moment for anyone who has been a fan of the band whether it was the entire 12 years of just a couple of years.

In the description about the film, it claims that: “Everyone has seen concert footage before; this film visits the band more intimately, as all 5 band members talk in a private and candid one-on-one environment about what that day was like in their most transparent and vulnerable interviews ever given.”

Watch the official trailer for Don’t Try To Wake Me Up below.

Like the page Vimeo page for the video says, the documentary is currently available for both renting (rather streaming for 48 hours) and buying.

Watch Anberlin’s Frontman on ‘The Price is Right’


It was just two days ago when an Anberlin fan was at home watching CBS’ game show The Price is Right when they noticed a familiar person on the screen; frontman Stephen Christian (a songwriter from Tennessee, how original?)

Soon after a television snapshot of the singer was uploaded onto the internet, fans of the now defunct band went crazy messaging Christian on Twitter where he admitted to being super excited to be on the show, even if it was for only a minute.

While the complete episode was available on CBS’ website, we have now been given just the part which Christian appears and tries his hand at winning a new car.

Christian’s appearance on the show comes on the heels of Killswitch Engage’s Adam Dutkiewicz also appearing on the show. Unlike Christian, Dutkiewicz went home with everything.

Anberlin to Release Special Items in 2015


It’s been a month since Anberlin officially ended their final tour and their career as a band, but now, just in time for the holidays, they have announced that there are major plans brewing for them, though it has nothing to do with new music or a reunion.

Taking to Instagram a few days ago, they posted a black and white photo from one of their final shows with the following message:

“Some very exciting projects we have in the works for 2015; cannot wait to share with you guys (merch, projects, live records, vinyl box set, etc).”

As of now, no other information has been given about the merchandise including price and release dates, but we do know we’re going to have to stay glued to their Instagram since that’s where they seem to be making all these announcements.

Check out the actual post from the band below.

Anberlin Give Ft. Lauderdale Their “Last Good Night”


Typically when bands decide to call it a day, they just release the tired and clichéd “we are splitting up” statement, leaving a bad taste in fans’ mouth. Instead of going that route, Winter Haven’s Anberlin decided to treat fans to one last world tour before putting the band to rest, ending it all where it began; Orlando. But before that could happen, they made a quick stop in our backyard to say good-bye to their South Floridian fans.

Arriving at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale, the scene would appear as if no one was interested in bidding farewell to the home state band with the front of the venue clear of anyone waiting to enter. Only a few people were present, mostly standing at the box office located next to the band’s tour bus. But the second the concert ticket was scanned and entrance was granted into the darkly dim night club, the scene would change dramatically with the club’s two floors full of eager fans ready for the bittersweet experience.

Opening the show were 68, the creation of The Chariot vocalist, Josh Scogin. The duo had recently joined the remaining days of the world tour and made sure to let the audience know who chose them for the part. “If you like us, thank you very much. If you don’t like us, then blame Anberlin,” Scogin jokingly told the audience.

During their set, they played several of their songs including one titled “Track One.” At one point, Scogin was strumming his guitar over drummer Michael McClellan, so McClellan decided to play the guitar with his drumsticks; an interesting sight to see. Scogin would then follow that up by showing his adventurous side during the short set by climbing on McClellan’s drum kit to play his guitar, though we were pretty sure he was a little drunk at that point of the night.

After their set wrapped, with a long closer, the duo walked off stage to make way for the headliners of the night and the reason that the pit area in front of the stage was filled to the brim with bodies.

Half an hour after the road crew took the stage to set up the instruments, the stage became dark as the members of Anberlin shuffled onto one of the final stages of their career. Frontman Stephen Christian was the last to get on stage, but almost as fast as he got on stage, they launched into the first song of the evening; “Paperthin Hymn” from their second album, Never Take Friendship Personal.

For the most part, the band were quiet, sticking to singing and playing, rather than bantering with the audience like many musicians tend to do at a concert, but after “Take Me (As You Found Me),” Christian had to make a comment about a crowd member in particular. “It’s one of our slowest songs and there you are fighting,” he said, directing the attention to someone in the audience.

“She was looking to slug someone. I don’t get it. We’re not Metallica. We’re more like ‘Mmmbop,’” Christian said, singing a line from the Hanson song, resulting in a round of laughter from the audience members. But the talking didn’t last much as they launched into another somewhat mellow song, “The Unwinding Cable Car.”

A song that had an odd placement in the band’s 20-song set list was “The Symphony of Blasé.” For a song that’s lyrics consist of “this is our last good night,” it seemed odd to place it in the middle of the show instead of closing with it.

The setlist did its best to give fans a little bit from every album, but when you have seven albums and 12 years worth of songs, it’s hard to give everyone what they want. The band even paid tribute to those who have been there since the beginning by playing a song from their debut album (Blueprints for the Black Market), “ReadyFuels.”

As the night progressed songs from Cities such as “Godspeed” and “A Whisper and a Clamor,” were played while “Dismantle. Repair” did a good job of dismantling fans’ emotions.

Other songs featured were: “Self-Starter,” “Someone Anyone,” “Other Side” from VITAL; “The Resistance” and “Breaking” from New Surrender; and “Never Take Friendship Personal” and “A Day Late,” from Never Take Friendship Personal among others.

Two surprises came from the Ft. Lauderdale setlist. The first was the fact that even though they had just released a new album at the beginning of the year, they only performed one song from Lowborn, “We Are the Destroyer”; not even lead single “Hearing Voices.” Another surprise came from the song they did not play, “Adelaide,” a song that was met with lots of enthusiasm at the Vans Warped Tour in West Palm Beach this past Summer.

The “last” song of the evening was the track that helped catapult them into the mainstream, “Feel Good Drag.” Once the last chord of the song came to an end, all five members of the band walked off the stage, earning them the sound of the packed venue chanting, “one more song.” Of course, when the house lights did not instantly appear, it meant “one more song” was well on its way.

The band officially closed out their set with the aptly named song, “(*Fin),” the closing track on Cities. As Christian sang about being “the patron saint of lost causes,” fans raised their crossed fingers in the air, mimicking the image on the cover of Lowborn. We like to believe it’s a promise from the band that they will be back or at least continue making music for those that have such a connection to their lyrics.

As the song ended, you could feel the aura of the venue go from excitement to sadness as the band hugged one another, took a group photograph with the crowd behind them, waved goodbye to their South Florida fans, and walked off the stage.

As the house lights came on, all that can be seen was the road crew getting ready to take apart the stage as well as the band’s backdrop which was a simple black material hanging from the rafters with “Anberlin” printed in all caps in white.

As the crowd shuffled out the doors of Revolution Live, you could feel the bittersweet aura follow everyone out into the cool night air.

This marked the end of a 12 year era.

Anberlin Asked About Cell Phones at Shows


We can all agree unanimously that cell phones have their place and time, but when you go to concert, doesn’t it get annoying, fast, when you have people (mostly “younger” audience members) watching the show completely through the screen on their telephones? Or worse, when they spend the vast majority of the time taking “selfies” with the stage and band in the background.

Now, we know some are saying “well then, don’t look!” but it’s kind of like going to watch a movie and seeing this bright light coming from someone around you in a dark theater who thinks they’re clever enough to put the display brightness down to zero.

As someone who is guilty of taking pictures at shows on their phone, we have to take some of the blame. Once upon a time, it was just cameras, but now things have gone beyond ridiculous with audience members bringing tablets and iPads to shows to film.

Considering that recently artists have been speaking out about this, just a few weeks ago at our stop on the Vans Warped Tour Yellowcard frontman, Ryan Key called out audience members who were in the pit with their cell phones out the entire time, unamused and yawning at the band’s fantastic performance. Key told them to either put the phones down and enjoy the show or to get out of the pit and let someone who wants to be there take their spot.

In a recent interview with Real Feels, fellow Warped Tour alum, Stephen Christian from Anberlin was asked about cell phones at shows and Christian made some valid points about his position on the matter.

Check out his interview below.

Anberlin Reveal Full “Final Tour” Dates


After months of releasing tour dates little by little, Anberlin have finally posted the full tour schedule for their “Final Tour.”

The band, who announced they would be disbanding at the end of the year, gave fans a brand new (and final) album last month, like they promised, but the full schedule for their final tour had been revealed bit by bit, due to contractual issues with the Vans Warped Tour.

Last week, more dates were revealed, but today, the full flyer with ALL the North American tour dates had been unveiled, to the delight and maybe displeasure of many of their fans.

The North American leg of the tour is set to begin on October 6 at Phoenix’s The Press Room, including a date at The Gramercy in New York, where they will perform their album Cities in full. The tour, as well as the band’s career will wrap up in their backyard of Orlando at the House of Blues on November 26.


Tickets for all dates are currently on sale and if you haven’t already, it might be time to buy some before they sell out.

Anberlin Release “Stranger Ways” Video


Anberlin’s new album Lowborn is due out tomorrow, which for fans of the Florida-based band is bittersweet in a  way.

This new album, will be the last that the band will be releasing before they disband, but that also means some new music unlike what some other bands that we like have done in the past.

For the last week, Anberlin had given fans the chance to listen to Lowborn a week ahead of time on Pandora. The album sounds like what happens when you combine their musical career into ten tracks.

During the weekend, they released the music video for one of the tracks, “Stranger Ways.”

If the Vans Warped Tour has yet to hit a city near you, don’t forget to check Anberlin out as they have been on the full tour. In addition, they are still in the process of announcing tour dates for their “FINAL” tour before the disbandment becomes official, so keep and eye out for that.

Warped Tour:

July 18 Detroit, MI
July 19 Chicago, IL
July 20 Minneapolis, MN
July 22 Columbia, MD
July 23 Virginia Beach, VA
July 24 Atlanta, GA
July 25 St. Petersburg, FL
July 26 West Palm Beach, FL
July 27 Orlando, FL
July 28 Charlotte, NC
July 30 Milwaukee, WI
July 31 Kansas City, KS
August 1 Dallas, TX
August 2 San Antonio, TX
August 3 Houston, TX


Aug 06 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
Aug 07 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
Aug 08 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Aug 09 – Kumla, Sweden – Frizon Festival

With Fresno and Esteban:

Aug 29 – Porto Alegre, Brazil – Bar Opiniao
Aug 30 – Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
Aug 31 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Carioca Club

With The Getaway Plan:

Sep 3 – Fremantle – Metropolis – 18+
Sep 4 – Adelaide – The Gov
Sep 6 – Brisbane – The HiFi – 18+
Sep 7 – Sydney – The Roundhouse
Sep 9 – Melbourne – The Forum – 18+
Sep 10 – Melbourne, Australia (Performing Never Take Friendship Personal in full)
Sep 12 – Singapore
Sep 13 – Philippines

United States:

Oct 06 – Phoenix, AZ – The Press Room
Oct 07 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Oct 09 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
Oct 10 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Oct 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency
Oct 13 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
Oct 14 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Oct 15 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Oct 23 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct 24 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Oct 25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

Nov 11 – Philly – Theatre of Living Arts
Nov 12 – Boston – House of Blues
Nov 13 – New York City – Irving Plaza – SOLD OUT
Nov 15 – Philly – Theatre of Living Arts – SOLD OUT
Nov 16 – New York City
Nov 18 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov 26 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues (Final show)