O.A.R. Announces Plans For Fall Tour

O.A.R. Announces Plans For Fall Tour

Recently, Land of Punt read an article about legendary punk rock band Social Distortion.

LOP aren’t huge Social Distortion fans but even before perusing the tome we had heard of the band and were familiar with a couple of their songs.

Needless to say, Land of Punt was shocked to learn that a band as popular and influential as Social Distortion had released just six studio albums (the seventh due out later this year) in their 30-plus-year career.

In a string of events that can only be blamed on serendipity, LOP learned just a few hours later about American rock band O.A.R.—they had just announced plans to add a string of 15-dates to their 2010 touring itinerary.

Now, Land of Punt had heard the name “O.A.R.” maybe once or twice in passing, but we hadn’t the foggiest idea what they sounded like or what the acronym stood for (Of a Revolution).

As LOP researched their sound, as well as their history, we came across a rather fascinating discovery. This band that we had barely even heard of—a band that’s less than 15-years-old—had released six albums as well with a seventh on the way.

In the course of a single afternoon, we confronted a well-known punk band that achieved legendary status while releasing music at glacial speed and a rather obscure alternative jam band that released the same amount of albums in half the time.

Land of Punt is not trying to besmirch either band. All LOP is trying to do is enumerate the music business’s mind boggling peculiarities. We’re trying to dissect the fickle phenomenon of success.

Social Distortion is a well known band, a house hold name in the punk genre, but there’s a lot about them that would turn music fans off (like Mike Ness’ rampant drug use). Meanwhile, O.A.R. has a sound your grandmother would appreciate and they’ve sold nary two million records.

Social Distortion Discography
Mommy’s Little Monster (1983)
Prison Bound (1988)
Social Distortion (1990)
Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992)
White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996)
Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll (2004)
Untitled Studio Album (Early 2011)
O.A.R. Discography
The Wanderer (1997)
Soul’s Aflame (2000)
Risen (2001)
In Between Now and Then (2003)
Stories of a Stranger (2005)
All Sides (2008)
Untitled Studio Album (Early 2011)

One would think that Social Distortion’s pace would make remaining relevant after three decades nearly impossible. Meanwhile, one would think that O.A.R.’s prolificacy in releasing six albums (soon to be seven) in less than a decade-and-a-half meant the public had an insatiable appetite for their music.

The reverse seems to be true.

Music is perhaps the only arena where such odd perceptions and bizarre hierarchies can exist. It’s utterly fascinating how two such diverse bands can have such disparate legacies that equally defy assumptions (and logic).

Oddly enough both bands are touring extensively this summer and fall.

Social Distortion’s summer tour gets underway July 27 in Poughkeepsie, New York. The leg’s final show is Aug. 14 in Medford, Oregon. However, the band plays the Outside Lands Festival the next night in San Francisco, California.

O.A.R. kicks off their summer jaunt on July 22 in Cleveland, Ohio. It wraps Aug. 15 in Alpharetta, Georgia with a show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park. Their summer schedule is highlighted by a two-night O.A.R. stand in Boston, Massachusetts. The band is set to rock the Bank of America Pavilion on July 29 and 30.

Social Distortion’s fall leg commences Oct. 14 in Salt Lake City, Utah at The Complex. Ness and the boys will be on the road until Nov. 23. That’s when the band plays the tour’s final show set for the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona.

O.A.R. has exactly one month off between summer and fall legs. Their string of autumn concerts gets underway Sept. 15 in Tampa, Florida at the Ruth Eckerd Hall.

The band from Rockville, Maryland will sell O.A.R. tickets for shows in such cities as Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas, and Seattle. Their fall fun ends Oct. 9 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California.

In yet another similarity, both bands are expected to release albums in the near future. Social Distortion’s seventh studio album will probably be out later this year. O.A.R.’s septenary offering is more than likely to drop in early 2011.

Neither band has yet to name their forthcoming albums.

O.A.R.’s Fall Dates
September 15 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
September 16 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
September 18 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
September 20 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
September 21 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
September 22 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
September 23 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
September 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park at North Shore
September 30 – Anaheim, CA @ Grove of Anaheim

October 2 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
October 3 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
October 6 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
October 7 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
October 8 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
October 9 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

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