Maximum-blues-infused, rock ’n’ roll band RIVAL SONS has announced that bassist Robin Everhart has departed and David Beste will take up bass duties on their upcoming Norwegian festivals and the 14-city U.S. tour beginning August 20 with stops including Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Lake Tahoe, wrapping in San Francisco September 6 (full tour itinerary below). The Long Beach, CA-based group wish Robin Everhart the best and they are excited for the future.
Guitarist SCOTT HOLIDAY comments, “Regretfully, we have to let our fans know that our friend and bassist Robin Everhart has left the Rival Sons. It is an amicable split and we shall all remain brothers. We wish him well. On the upswing, we will be having our good friend and bass slayer Dave Beste sitting in for the upcoming tour. We invite you to fear not; although we will miss our pal, everyone is extremely excited and revved up for the next chapter in the Rival Son’s future.”
Robin explains, “After years of intensive touring with Rival Sons, I have come to the conclusion that I am not a road-warrior and that the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle’ is not for me. I will miss playing the music that we made together, and I’m proud of our many accomplishments over the last eight years. As always, thanks to all the fans for their listenership and devotion–it’s been an honor to play for you. Keep on Swinging!”
RIVAL SONS have been on the road supporting their third album HEAD DOWN (released March 19th on Century Media Records), which reached #1 on the Rock chart in 2012 in the U.K., garnered the group four-star reviews (including Mojo and the Guardian) overseas as well as magazine covers and the “Breakthrough Artist” award at the 2012 Classic Rock Awards show in London. The album features “Keep On Swinging,” which hit #1 on the Active Rock Radio Charts in Canada and remained at the top for six straight weeks. The song has been spinning at U.S. radio stations in such cities as Detroit, Atlanta, and Chicago. The band made their major national television debut when they performed “Keep On Swinging” on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in March, which can be viewed here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/464788
RIVAL SONS’ U.S. tour dates are as follows. A “**” indicates dates with SAMMY HAGAR.
|Tues||8/20||Loveland, CO||Budweiser Events Center**|
|Fri||8/23||Chicago, IL||Charter One**|
|Sat||8/24||St. Paul, MN||Minnesota State Fair**|
|Sun||8/25||Milwaukee, WI||Rave Bar|
|Mon||8/26||Clarkston, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre**|
|Thu||8/29||Whitesburg, KY||Summit City|
|Fri||8/30||Nashville, TN||3rd & Lindsley|
|Sat||8/31||St. Louis, MO||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater**|
|Wed||9/4||Paso Robles, CA||Vina Robles Amphitheatre**|
|Thurs||9/5||Lincoln, CA||Thunder Valley Casino Resort**|
|Fri||9/6||Lake Tahoe, CA||Cabo Wabo|
|Sat||9/7||San Francisco, CA||America’s Cup**|
About RIVAL SONS:
Long Beach band Rival Sons are a raucous, maximum-blues-infused, rock ‘n’ roll band that explode with the rhythm and thrill of some of the greatest live acts of all time. From their 2011 album Pressure & Time to this year’s breakthrough Head Down the strength of their live performances has gained the band major attention everywhere. Recent accolades include, a stint opening up for Guns ‘n’ Roses last year, plus legends like Judas Priest, AC/DC and Alice Cooper, and playing the likes of Download festival, Rock Am Ring, Sonisphere, T in the Park, to name a few European festivals.
Head Down charted at number 1 in the UK rock charts for several weeks and number 31 in the UK national chart. The band’s intense work agenda (with an aim to release an album a year), plus their grueling live schedule, have won the band a reputation for hard-graft. In the studio the band commit themselves to creating an experience that closely matches the attitude and excitement of their live performance. Right off a four-week stint on the road, Rival Sons wrote, recorded, and mixed the album in just twenty days; ensuring rawness for both the listener and the band.
In October 2012, Rival Sons finished up their UK leg of the sold out European “Head Down” tour with a fantastic show at the Electric Ballroom, introduced on stage by legendary presenter Bob Harris (of the Old Grey Whistle Test), and with Jimmy Page in the audience.
Bob Harris: “Absolutely love this band…I had such a great night with them when they played in London, I introduced them onstage, Jimmy Page turned up backstage just before the band went onstage it was an incredible evening and I really think they’re something special…”
Garnering fans amongst music-lovers, celebrities, indie-kids, rockers and comedians alike…
Juliette Lewis: “Holy shit! I think you’re my new fave band!! Good god I love your groove!”
Vic Reeves (comedian): “The new Rival Sons LP kicks your arse way off into outer space them retrieves it and kisses it goodnight.”
And last week, Corey Taylor cited the band as his new favorite on “That Metal Show” with Eddie Trunk saying, “My favorite new band…it’s the Rival Sons. They are really good. There is something about that band that is very Zeppelin-esque. The best 70s album that nobody ever heard.”
At the end of last year Classic Rock magazine made Rival Sons the cover stars of their November issue, and Head Down was voted the no.2 album of the year by the editorial team. Despite the achievements and following Rival Sons have already attained, any member of the band will say creating quality music and leaving a lasting impression is what matters most, and now they hope to convert their home country as they have already converted Europe.