1743 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown
By GUY D’ASTOLFO
Theory of a Deadman’s return to the Mahoning Valley next month demonstrates the area’s pull as a radio-rock market, according to the concert promoter.
Theory, with opening acts Blackstone Cherry and Emphatic, will appear at Club Gossip at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30.
The Canadian band will take a detour from the 25-city Carnival of Madness tour to play Youngstown. Theory is headlining the tour, which begins Aug. 13 and includes Alterbridge, Adelitas Way, Blackstone Cherry and Emphatic.
The tour’s venue-size requirements kept it out of Youngstown. But because Theory has such a solid following here, it agreed to take a night off from the tour to come to Club Gossip. Theory has played this area twice in the last three years: Club Gossip in 2008 (when it was known as The Wedge), and as the opener for Daughtry at Covelli Centre in 2009.
Mahoning Valley concert promoter Corey Ward said the decision speaks volumes about how well the Youngstown market is regarded in the hard-rock concert industry.
“We could not fit the Carnival Of Madness tour into [Club Gossip],” said Ward. “However, due to our strong relationship with the band and its management, for one night, they decided to break up the Carnival Of Madness package and send Theory of a Deadman to us and Alterbridge to New York.”
Tickets are $33 (includes service fees) and will go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday at Biketown Harley-Davidson on Interstate Drive and Johnny K’s Powersports in Niles; and online at WNCD.com. The concert is an all-ages show. Club Gossip is in Wedgewood Plaza at the intersection of New and Raccoon roads.
Theory Of A Deadman will release its new album, “The Truth Is ...,” next week. The album will follow up the band’s breakthrough 2008 release “Scars and Souvenirs,” which spawned hits “I Hate My Life,” “Bad Girlfriend” and “All or Nothing.”
The first single from “The Truth Is ...” is “Lowlife,” which is getting heavy airplay.