Grand Rapids’ Pop Evil Announces Spring Tour with Escape the Fate; Does ACC Promo [Audio]
Pop Evil is about to get back in front of audiences, both on the concert stage and on television.
The Grand Rapids group has announced a late spring run of tour dates with Escape the Fate. In addition, Pop Evil has shot a promo for the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament with Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels that will feature prominently during broadcasts.
As for its tour, the band will share stages with Escape the Fate beginning April 30 at Pop's just outside of St. Louis. There are no Michigan dates, but Pop Evil will play May 9 in South Bend, Ind., at Club Fever.
ACC Promo with DMC
Fans can also catch Pop Evil this weekend in a special promo shot for Raycom Sports' coverage of the 2014 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. The promo, which can be seen at this location, features the band's 'Trenches' remix from Run-DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, who also appears on the track. DMC narrates the spot while the song plays in the background and both the band and the rapper have speaking parts in the promo.
Raycom Sports producer Dave Barringer, who created the spot, says, "'Trenches' focuses on the power to control your future, which translates well into the teams fighting their way to the prestigious ACC Championship. By customizing the lyrics, Pop Evil and DMC have captured the growth and change of the ACC Tournament and the teams, from 1954 to the present."
Being associated with basketball is not too far out of the band's realm, as frontman Leigh Kakaty was a finalist for Michigan's Mr. Basketball Award in high school. He averaged 31 points per game as a senior at North Muskegon High School.
The opening montage will air as the intro to each telecast game.
Pop Evil/Escape the Fate Spring 2014 Tour Dates
April 30 -- St. Louis, Pop's
May 1 -- Pittsburgh, Altar Bar
May 2 -- Virginia Beach, Va., Lunatic Luau (with Devour the Day)
May 3 -- Asbury Park, N.J., Stone Pony
May 4 -- Baltimore, Rams Head
May 6 -- Philadelphia, TLA
May 7 -- Boston, Paradise Rock Club
May 8 -- Rochester, N.Y., Water Street Music Hall
May 9 -- South Bend, Ind., Club Fever
May 10 -- Fond Du Lac, Wis., Shank Events Center
May 11 -- Boone, Iowa, Lazerfest 2014
May 13 -- Sioux Falls, S.D., The District
May 14 -- Minneapolis, Varsity
May 15 -- Madison, Wis., Majestic
May 16 -- Chicago, Concord Music Hall
May 19 -- Johnson City, Tenn., Capone's
May 20 -- Mobile, Ala., Soul Kitchen
May 21 -- Birmingham, Ala., Iron City
May 22 -- Broussard, La., The Station
May 26 -- Albuquerque, N.M., Sunshine Theatre
May 28 -- Denver, Summit Music Hall