Apocalyptica announce 20th anniversary tour for Plays Metallica By Four Cellos

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Apocalyptica have announced a tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary for their album, Plays Metallica By Four Cellos.

They’ll reissue the record with three never-before-released bonus tracks – Battery, Nothing Matters and Seek And Destroy – on July 22. They hit the road in Europe and the UK to promote it next February.

Cellist Eicca Toppinen previously said: “I think with people who have heard about us and they heard stories about Apocalyptica who play cellos, when they see us live, the people are usually like ‘Woah! What the fuck is going on? What’s happened?’

“I’m happy that it’s mainly positive feedback from what I have heard and what I get.”

Apocalyptica are currently on tour in support of their 2014 album Shadowmaker, which they streamed via TeamRock ahead of its launch. They’ll also appear at the TeamRock-sponsored Stone Free Festival at London’s O2 Arena in June.

Tickets for the anniversary tour go on sale on Friday (May 13) on MyTicket.

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Apocalyptica 2016 tour dates

May 11: Dallas Gas Monkey Live, TX
May 13: New Orleans House Of Blues, LA
May 14: Tampa The Ritz Ybor, FL
May 15: Fort Lauderdale Culture Room, FL
May 16: Atlanta Masquerade, GA
May 17: Charlotte Amos’ Southend, NC
May 19: Baltimore Rams Head Live, MD
May 20: New York Irving Plaza, NY
May 21: Worcester The Palladium, MA
May 22: Philadelphia Trocadero, PA
May 27: Munich Rockvaria, Germany
May 28: Dortmund Westfalenhalle 1, Germany
Jun 03: Vienna Rock In Vienna, Austria
Jun 04: Allmend Rockt, Switzerland
Jun 08: Rome Rock In Roma, Italy
Jun 09: Turku Apocalyptica, Finland
Jun 11: Paris Download, France
Jun 17: Dessel Graspop, Belgium
Jun 18: London Stone Free Festival, UK
Jun 24: Balatonszemes Rockpart Festival, Hungary
Jun 25: Stasbourg Les Festival Des Artefacts, France
Jul 08: Kiev Atlas Weekend, Ukraine
Jul 09: Turku Ruisrock, Finland
Jul 14: Vizovice Masters of Rock, Czech Republic
Jul 15: Kostrzyn Nad Odra Woodstock Festival, Poland
Jul 16: Kouvola Pioneerifestivaali, Finland
Jul 29: Chemnitz Wasserschloss Klaffenbach, Germany
Aug 06: Avenches Rock Oz’Arenes, Switzerland
Aug 13: Hildesheim M’era Luna, Germany
Sep 21: Perth Capitol, Australia
Sep 23: Melbourne 170 Russell, Australia
Nov 05: Rouen 106, France
Nov 06: Lille Aeronef, France
Nov 07: Caluire Et Cuire Radiant, France
Nov 09: Clermont Cooperative De Mai, France
Nov 10: Karlsruhe Substage, Germany
Nov 11: Wangels Metal Hammer Paradise, Germany
Feb 06: Geneve Theatre Du Leman, Switzerland
Feb 07: Zurich Volkhaus, Switzerland
Feb 08: Munich Philharmonie, Germany
Feb 09: Vienna Konzerthaus, Austria
Feb 10: Milan Teatro Dal Verme, Italy
Feb 11: Prague Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Feb 13: Frankfurt Alte Oper, Germany
Feb 16: Hamburg Mehr, Germany
Feb 17: Warsaw Torwar, Poland
Feb 18: Wroclaw NFM, Poland
Feb 20: Berlin Tempodrom, Germany
Feb 22: Essen Colloseum, Germany
Feb 24: Brussels Cirque Royale, Belgium
Feb 25: Utrecht Vredenburg, Netherlands
Feb 27: Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
Feb 28: Edinburgh The Queen’s Hall, UK
Mar 01: London Royal Festival, UK
Mar 27: Bad Gastein Full Metal Mountain, Austria

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