Visionary media collective STARSET have carved out a unique path as part cinematic rock band, part conceptual storytellers, weaving an intricate narrative through multimedia and redefining the concept of a truly immersive entertainment experience. Continue reading “Concert Photo Review: Starset @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, California”
Visionary sci-fi rock band Starset announce their biggest North American headlining tour to date. The tour starts January 28 in Charlotte, NC and wraps on March 16 in the band’s hometown of Columbus, OH.
This marks a year’s worth of touring in support of their successful sophomore release, Vessels(Razor & Tie), which launched in January with a sold out U.S. headline tour, followed by tours with I Prevail, Halestorm, and Breaking Benjamin. Additionally, the band brought their cinematic live show to the main stages of the major U.S. rock festivals and award shows. Vessels album stream here.
This year’s success for Starset has proven that the band is a modern rock powerhouse to reckon with. The band’s latest release, Vessels, debuted at #11 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and #3 on the Rock Chart. Front man Dustin Bates collaborated with Marvel Comics to release a Starset themed graphic novel this fall, and the band recently reached a massive milestone by surpassing 1 Billion views on YouTube, which is in the same league as bands such as: Foo Fighters, Muse, Bring Me the Horizon and AWOLNATION.
The band’s 2014 debut Transmissions, not only introduced us to Starset with its hit single “My Demons”, but also The Starset Society, which they are a part of. The thought provoking, anonymous-like group of real-world rooted scientists promotes and publicizes science and technology and its potential affects on our society now and in the future, creating the foundation for Starset’s musical and narrative themes.
Starset is: vocalist Dustin Bates, bassist Ron DeChant, guitarist Brock Richards and drummer Adam Gilbert.
January 28 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
January 30 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
January 31 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
February 2 – Reading, PA – Reverb
February 3 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
February 5 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
February 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
February 7 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
February 9 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
February 10 – Ft Wayne IN – Piere’s
February 11 – Cincinnati OH – Bogart’s
February 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
February 13- Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
February 15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
February 16 – Rockford IL – The Apollo Theatre
February 17 – Fargo, ND – Sanctuary Events Center
February 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
February 20 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
February 21 – Lawrence KS – Granada Theatre
February 23 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
February 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
February 26 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
February 27 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
February 28 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
March 2- Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
March 3 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
March 4 – San Diego, CA – SOMA
March 6, Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
March 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
March 9 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
March 10 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
March 11 – Houston, TX – White Oak
March 13 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade [Heaven]
March 15 – Nashville, TN – Top Golf Live
March 16 – Columbus, OH – Express Live
*additional dates TBA
Multi-media, modern rock band Starset recently passed the 1 billion milestone total views on YouTube with their official videos and User Generated Content (UGC) videos combined. The band’s cinematic sound and rabid fan-base have driven huge numbers at the video streaming service with fans uploading an unprecedented amount of their own videos using the band’s music, giving the band led by singer Dustin Bates an unparalleled digital foothold. Starset’s stronghold at radio has added to this ascension with the band’s first single from new album Vessels, “Monster”, currently the number 2 most played song of the year at mainstream rock.
Starset tapped into powerful YouTube communities including anime and gaming which are much larger than that of music on the platform. Many fan-uploaded Starset videos have hit multi-million views and YouTube data shows Starset videos gaining nearly two million new views per day. With only two albums released to date, Starset has exceeded the total view counts of most other contemporary rock bands and have views in the same league as the Foo Fighters, Muse, Bring Me the Horizon and AWOLNATION.
Last year Billboard reported on the band’s streaming phenomenon, “Starset has had success with their own uploads to the platform: the band’s two YouTube accounts, which host official music and lyric videos, cryptic Starset Society-related teasers and audio-only streams . . . take into account fan-uploaded videos and the number of views explodes . . . six times larger and global.”
The Columbus Ohio Starset continues their breakout with their new album ‘Vessels’ debuting at #11 on Billboard’s Top 200, making it one of the highest charting albums from a rock band in the past year. The first single, “Monster” peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and new single “Satellite” has just begun its chart ascent. All Music calls the album “genre-juggling…expands on the nervy, synthed-out atmosphere and huge melodic hooks of its predecessor, as evidenced by the compelling singles.” Vessels is the follow-up to Starset’s 2014 debut album, Transmissions, a landmark album that sold in excess of a quarter million combined albums, streams and downloads in the U.S., propelled by the hit single “My Demons,” which had the longest ascent to the top 5 in the history of the rock radio charts.
Setting the band apart from their contemporaries is the unique vision and goal of founder and front man Dustin Bates, who is also a PhD candidate in electrical engineering and has done research for the U.S. Air Force and taught at the International Space University in France. Inspired by the likes of Nikola Tesla and Carl Sagan, Starset’s albums, along with videos, websites, novels and one-of-a-kind live performances, were created as part of the over-arching concept, The Starset Society. Where science and fiction collide, The Starset Society is dedicated to publicizing emerging, near-future technologies and investigating their inevitable social, economic, political, and philosophical impact on society. Bates and crews’ dedication to promoting science to a wider audience is also evidenced in the band’s unique live concerts and fully immersive planetariums shows.
Razor & Tie Co-Owner Cliff Chenfeld adds, “Starset is creating a new template on how to succeed as a rock band, tapping into a huge viral and streaming audience and launching some of the biggest rock radio singles of the last few years. There will be billions and billions served.”
The Marvel Comics unique collaboration with Bates and Marvel fan-favorite writer, Peter David (Ben Reilly: Scarlett Spider, Spider-Verse) for an all-new original 88-page graphic novel, “The PROX Tranmissions” will be released on October 4th.
Starset is Front-man Dustin Bates, bassist Ron DeChant, guitarist Brock Richards and drummer Adam Gilbert.
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