Oct 09

Dianne Van Giersbergen of Xandria talks about Sacrificium & Touring North America


Dianne-1Since the release of their new album Sacrificium at the beginning of the year, and the incorporation of Dianne Van Giersbergen as new vocalist last year, Xandria seems to have gained new strength and a new character as a band, this new spirit within the band had taken them to join Sonata Arctica and Delain on a long trek across North America on this 2014. A tour to which the crowds have responded quite well night after night.

For Xandria this is their first North American tour, but as I notice during the three shows was lucky enough to experience, they seems to have quite a following, as I saw many people at the shows singing along the songs, and lots more getting in line to struck a conversation or take a picture with the band members after Sonata Arctica‘s set.

About Xandria‘s show. First that all, they are playing a mixture of songs out of their two latest albums (Neverworld’s End & Sacrificium), a good move as the band is focusing more on living their present reality, rather than visiting their past. Second, the powerful and beautiful voice of Dianne Van Giersbergen, who will catch your attention from the first moment you hear the band live, is one of the those experience that would leave you saying ‘WOW, What a voice’ (Trust me, that did happened to me). Even though, Xandria only have 35 minutes of stage time, their show is so intense that it feels longer than that.

With that in mind, the participation of Xandria on this tour has become not only an effective opening act, that leaves the crowd warmed out and ready for Delain and Sonata Arctica. But it also have give them a wider chance to expose themselves to those that come and don’t know nothing about the opening act, but leave the venue after the show with a new band to discover.

During the band’s stop at The Grove of Anaheim, CA. The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with Dianne Van Giersbergen, we talked about the response of this North American tour, the success of Sacrificium, as well as her other band Ex Libris, and her new adventures in the world of handcrafted jewelry.

Pictures: Xandria live at The Grove. Anaheim, CA (09/30/14)

Tour Dates (w/ Sonata Arctica, Delain):

09/03 – Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
09/04 – New York, NY @ Stage 48
09/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
09/06 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
09/08 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
09/09 – Montreal, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
09/10 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
09/11 – Toronto, ON @ MOD Club
09/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
09/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
09/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
09/17 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
09/19 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
09/20 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
09/21 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Ballroom
09/22 – Calgary, AB @ The Republik
09/24 – Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
09/25 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
09/26 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
09/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency
09/29 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
09/30 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
10/01 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
10/04 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/05 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
10/07 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
10/09 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/10 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/12 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub & Billiards
10/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/14 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
10/15 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

European Tour 2014

30.10. NL Tilburg / Hall Of Fame
03.11. DE Dresden / Puschkin
04.11. DE Erfurt / From Hell
05.11. PL Warsaw / Progresja
07.11. HU Budapest / Club 202
08.11. SK Tren?ín / Lú?
09.11. CZ – Prague / Nová Chmelnice
26.11. DE – Bremen / Tower
27.11. DE – Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
29.11. DE – Finnentrop / Schützenhalle
01.12. DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
02.12. DE – Augsburg / Spectaculum


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