Canadian shredders Striker will be hitting the road in April and May 2022 to support Finnish heavy metallers Beast In Black for their first North American headlining tour along with Florida power metal warriors Seven Kingdoms.
Before kicking off the first date of the tour in Orlando, Florida on April 7th, Striker are unveiling their latest single Strange Love with a new music video that features the debut of the band’s latest lineup addition of long time friend and guitarist John Simon Fallon (The Order of Chaos).
Strange Love is the band’s first new music of 2022 since releasing their previous single 2021’s Deathwish. The band is currently in songwriting mode for their follow-up record to their Juno award-winning album 2018’s Play To Win.
“When we wrote Strange Love we were dabbling in the dark arts of funk, and although it really doesn’t sound like it we drew big inspiration from bands like Extreme and Faith No More. It was a bit of a detour on our metal journey, but it was a lot of fun to record. We have one more song to release from that recording session too, which leans even further into that style so keep an eye out for that!” adds vocalist Dan Cleary.
Blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and eighties hair metal, Striker has been making shredtacular anthems since 2007. The band has toured multiple times across Europe and North America along with festival appearances at 70,000 Tons of Metal, Bang Your Head Festival (Germany), and more to add to their almost one thousand shows performed in their decade-plus career. The band has been honoured with multiple Best Album awards in their home country of Canada from the JUNO Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, and the Edmonton Music Awards. Since their inception, Striker has released six studio albums: Eyes in the Night (2010, Iron Kodex), Armed to The Teeth (2012, Napalm), City of Gold (2014, Napalm), Stand in the Fire (2016, Record Breaking), Striker (2017, Record Breaking), and Play to Win (2018, Record Breaking).
Dark Connection Tour 2022 w/ Beast In Black, Seven Kingdoms, Striker
April 7, 2022 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
April 8, 2022 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
April 9, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
April 11, 2022 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
April 12, 2022 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
April 14, 2022 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
April 15, 2022 – Anaheim, CA – The Parish
April 16, 2022 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Atrium at Catalyst
April 18, 2022 – Portland, OR – Hawthorn Theatre
April 19, 2022 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
April 20, 2022 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw
April 22, 2022 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
April 23, 2022 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
April 25, 2022 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro
April 26, 2022 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
April 27, 2022 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
April 29, 2022 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fine Line *
April 30, 2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge *
May 1, 2022 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom *
May 2, 2022 – Detroit, MI – El Club *
Striker Headline Tour Dates:
May 6, 2022 – Brooklyn, NY – Sovereign #
May 9, 2022 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar #
May 10, 2022 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar #
May 11, 2022 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks #
May 13, 2022 – Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Metal Fest #
* = No Seven Kingdoms on show date
# = Only Striker