CYNIC embark on anniversary tour with Atheist

Posted on June 9, 2023

CYNIC are heading off on a special co-headlining tour of North America with fellow progressive music icons ATHEIST.

CYNIC is celebrating the 30th anniversary of ‘Focus’ by playing the whole album. Joining Paul Masvidal on stage are guitarist Max Phelps (Exist, Death to All), bassist Brandon Giffin (The Faceless, The Zenith Passage), drummer Matt Lynch (Nova Collective, Intronaut) and keyboardist Zeke Kaplan. They’ll also be paying tribute to late members Sean Reinert and Sean Malone.

“We’ll be celebrating our lifelong journey together,” says Masvidal. “Don’t miss a night of Cynic and Atheist magic!”

“This is something Paul and I have been talking about since we were in our early 20s,” says Kelly Schaefer, ATHEIST’s vocalist and guitarist. “It’s surreal to share a 30-year milestone together”.

ATHEIST will be performing songs from their first three albums, including some that they haven’t performed in decades.

This special 30th anniversary tour is presented by Pull the Plug Patches, who are longtime fans of both bands. “It’s an honor to be the presenting sponsor for such a landmark tour between two of the godfathers of progressive death metal,” says PPP’s Simon. “‘Unquestionable Presence’ blew me away the very first time that I heard it and I bought ‘Focus’ the day it came out. Both of those albums are all-time favorites of mine”.

Pull the Plug Patches Presents the Focus and Presence Tour
North American Co-Headliner:
6/10: Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live
6/11: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
6/12: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/13: Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
6/14: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
6/16: Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
6/17: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
6/18: Santa Cruz, CA @ Vets Hall *ADDED DATE*
6/19: Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
6/20: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
6/21: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
6/23: Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell
6/24: Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
6/25: Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
6/26: Milwaukee WI @ X-Ray Arcade
6/27: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
6/28: Cleveland, OH @ No Class *ADDED DATE*
6/29: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
6/30: Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary
7/01: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
7/02: Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martinière
7/03: Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theater
7/05: Boston, MA @ Middle-East Downstairs
7/06: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
7/07: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
7/08: Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
7/09: Greensboro, NC @ Hangar 1819
9/06: Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower USA *
*festival date, Cynic only

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