Acceptance Hits the Road For Summer Tour

Band's Hot New Modern Rock Single, 'Different,' Scheduled as iTunes 'Download Of The Week' Beginning May 31


Acceptance -- the alternative pop/rock band from Seattle that's been identified as one of AOL Music's New Breakers, a "Band To Watch" (Alternative Press) and a "Next Big Thing" (Spin) -- will hit the road beginning in late March for a series of tour dates including club shows with Anberlin and Saosin and festival performances on bills including George Clinton and labelmates the Offspring (see full itinerary following).

News of the Acceptance tour comes as the band's new single, "Different," a compelling ode to the shifting complexities of identity in a media-saturated culture, is #25 on the Modern Rock radio charts this week. The song, the first single from the band's recently-released major label debut album, Phantoms, is slated as iTunes "Download Of The Week" beginning May 31.

Phantoms was recorded in June and July, 2004, at Compound Studios in Seattle, Washington with Aaron Sprinkle (MxPx, Pedro The Lion, Anberlin), an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, handling production. Sprinkle first worked with Acceptance on the group's 2003 indie release on The Militia Group label, Black Lines to Battlefields, which was featured on MTV's "You Hear It First."

Acceptance is: Kaylan Cloyd (guitar), Christian McAlhaney (guitar), Nick Radovanovic (drums), Jason Vena (vocals), and Ryan Zwiefelhofer (bass). Formed in Seattle in 1998, the group released an indie EP, Lost For Words, in 1999, and caught the ear of Columbia Records A&R executive (and iconic former host of MTV's pioneering "120 Minutes") Matt Pinfield with a five-song demo (that would later form the core of Black Lines to Battlefields). Acceptance became one of the most popular bands on, continually minting new fans with an irresistible combination of punk, hard rock, and hook-packed pop.

Over the course of the band's burgeoning career, Acceptance has toured extensively, crafting a flawless live show while sharing bills with artists like Brand New, Yellowcard, Fallout Boy, One Line Drawing, and the group's Columbia labelmates Coheed & Cambria, among others.

The Acceptance song, "Permanent," has been featured in an ATV3 national television campaign while music from Acceptance can be heard in the upcoming video games "NFL Streets 2," "Sims Interactive," "MVP Baseball 2005," and "MLB 6," among others.

  Acceptance Tour Dates

   May 28           Evanston, IL           Northwestern University
   June 2           Jacksonville, FL       Jack Rabbits
   June 3           Ft. Lauderdale, FL     The Factory
   June 5           Orlando, FL            The Social
   June 6           Orlando, FL            The Social
   June 8           Austin, TX             Emo's
   June 9           San Antonio, TX        The Sanctuary
   June 10          Oklahoma City, OK      The Green Door
   June 11          Louisville, KY         Dew Action Sports Tour
                                            (Opening For The Offspring)
   June 12          St. Petersburg, FL     Janus Landing
   June 13          Tucson, AZ             Skrappy's
   June 14          Las Vegas, NV          Roadhouse Casino
   June 16          Los Angeles, CA        El Rey
   June 18          San Diego, CA          Soma
   June 19          Anaheim, CA            House Of Blues
   June 21          San Francisco, CA      Slim's
   June 22          Sacramento, CA         The Boardwalk
   June 23          Portland, OR           Meow Meow
   June 24          Seattle, WA            El Corazon
   June 27          Salt Lake City, UT     Club Sound
   June 28          Denver, CO             Rock Island
   June 29          Kansas City, MO        El Torreon
   June 30          Springfield, MO        Outland Ballroom
   July 1           St. Louis, MO          Creepy Crawl
   July 2           Cleveland, OH          Scene Pavilion
   July 3           Columbus, OH           Newport Music Hall

SOURCE: Columbia Records

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