Two-Time Grammy Nominated Rock Group RED Kicks Off U.S. Tour April 16 in Grand Rapids, MI

Red (L-R): Anthony Armstrong, Joe Rickard, Randy Armstrong and Michael Barnes

Red (L-R): Anthony Armstrong, Joe Rickard, Randy Armstrong and Michael Barnes

New Album RELEASE THE PANIC Sells Nearly 100,000 Copies In First Month of Release
First Single “Perfect Life” Hits No. 25 at Active Rock Radio
Band Confirms WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE and ROCK ON THE RANGE Festival Performances

After performing for more than half a million people during the Winter Jam tour, the two-time GRAMMY-nominated rock group RED, will kick off a U.S. trek April 16 in Grand Rapids, MI with We As Human and Southbound Fearing supporting (see dates below, more coming soon). The Nashville-based group will also make two festival appearances: Sunday, April 28 at “Welcome to Rockville” in Jacksonville, FL and on Sunday, May 19 at “Rock On The Range” in Columbus, Ohio. Starting today, fans can purchase VIP upgrades for the spring trek which includes a meet & greet and acoustic performances on the band’s tour bus, as well as an exclusive signed tour poster and VIP laminate. For more information, visit:

The touring news comes on the heels of the group’s fourth album RELEASE THE PANIC (Essential/Provident/Sony) which has already sold nearly 100,000 copies in just over a month and marked the group’s second Top Ten album debut on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The hard-driving first single “Perfect Life”–which Revolver magazine declared “an anthemic heart-pounder…” (February 2013) and ArtistDirect said carries “a massive stadium-size refrain into crossover territory”–has reached #25 at Active Rock radio this week, continuing to gain in the key 18-35 year-old demographic. Watch the clip for “Perfect Life” here:

Release The Panic is gaining critical mass as RED’s best effort to date. In a four-out-of-five star CD review, Revolver magazine noted that Release the Panic should catapult RED to the high ranks of today’s top radio-rock acts, a destination they rightfully should have reached years ago” (February 2013). Rick Florino of ArtistDirect raved how “RED continue to craft heavy, hypnotic, and heartfelt heard rock on their fourth full-length album. Release the Panic expands upon their patent sound with a more immense and immersive scope. …All said and done, it’s one of the most epic, entrancing, and engaging hard rock albums of 2013 and RED’s best work yet (February 4, 2013). Elsewhere, Mind Equals Blown called out their “…excellent balladry and swift hooks. ‘Hold Me Now’ is not only one of the record’s strongest cuts, but it should stand as one of Red’s top soft songs to date.” (February 11, 2013) HM Magazine added in a four-out-of-five star review, “Heavy-hitting tracks like ‘Damage’ and the title track–which are some of the hardest songs RED has written-will please any headbanger while ‘Hold Me Now’ and ‘So Far Away’ are the melodic ballads that will move your heart. ‘Perfect Life’ and ‘Die for You’ are quality rock songs sure to garner mainstream radio play” (February 2013).

To record RELEASE THE PANIC, the group–Michael Barnes (vocals), Anthony Armstrong (guitar) Randy Armstrong (bass) and Joe Rickard (drums)–teamed with producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., My Chemical Romance, Daughtry) at his brand-new West Valley Studios in Los Angeles. RED have delivered a potent set of standout songs that were mixed by Benson and Mike Plotnikoff including “Perfect Life,” “Die For You,” “Release the Panic” and “Same Disease.”

Catch RED on their headlining U.S. spring tour in the following cities (more to be announced):
Tue 4/16 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Thu 4/18 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Fri 4/19 – Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
Sat 4/20 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Mon 4/22 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre
Wed 4/24 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
Thu 4/25 – Louisville, KY – Headliners
*Sun 4/28 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville
Thu 5/2 – Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity Theatre
Fri 5/3 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Sat 5/4 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Mon 5/6 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay
Tue 5/7 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
Wed 5/8 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
Fri 5/17 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
*Sun 5/19 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
Mon 5/20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Tue 5/21 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Thu 6/27 – Richmond, VA – Kings Fest
Fri 6/28 – Kings Mills, OH – Spirit Song 2013
*denotes festival shows

About RED:
Nashville-based rock outfit RED comprises Michael Barnes (vocals), Anthony Armstrong (guitar) Randy Armstrong (bass) and Joe Rickard (drums). Together, its three prior albums– End of Silence (2006), Innocence & Instinct (2009) and Until We Have Faces (2011)–have sold more than 1 million units, garnered two GRAMMY nominations, five GMA Dove Awards, two Top 10 Active Rock singles, three Top 10 Mainstream Rock singles and 15 consecutive No. 1 hits at Christian radio. RED’s Until We Have Faces (released Feb. 1, 2011) marked the group’s highest national debut at No. 2 on the coveted Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Additionally, the project topped the following Nielsen SoundScan charts: Current Hard Music, Current Rock Music, Current Alternative, Christian Rock, Current Contemporary Christian Album and Record Label Independent charts. Also its debut week, two of the album’s songs were spotlighted on national TV, with TBS’ “Conan” featuring “Faceless” and NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” highlighting “Not Alone.” In addition, RED is known for its relentless touring, performing alongside notable rock names such as Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Creed, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Flyleaf, Seether, Saving Abel, Staind, Third Day, Switchfoot, Skillet, Papa Roach, Buckcherry and others. Rave reviews for the band’s live shows and albums have been featured in top media outlets including USA Today, Billboard, Modern Drummer, Rolling Stone and Guitar World.


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