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Toronto, ON – December 1, 2017 – Two-time Grammy nominees, August Burns Red, are excited to kick off the holiday season with their reimagined version of the classic Christmas song by Wham!, Last Christmas. August Burns Red have made a highly-anticipated annual tradition of releasing Christmas covers, with last year’s being, What Child Is This? (Greensleeves), and the beloved Home Alone theme song the year prior. Last Christmas is available for purchase digitally here.

Bassist Dustin Davidson from the band explains, “This year I sat down with the intention of writing something upbeat, melodic, and shredtastic. When we decided to cover Last Christmas I kept in mind that most people only know the chorus of the song. We didn’t want to recreate something word for word, or note by note, so I took the main hook and built a bunch of original ideas around it. The lyrics to Wham’s Last Christmas are very sad, so if you’re feeling lonely this holiday season, I hope this cover finds you well.”

This week, August Burns Red were announced as nominees for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® in the Best Metal Performance category for their song, Invisible Enemy, taken from the band’s latest full-length album, Phantom Anthem. This marks the second Grammy nod for Lancaster, PA’s August Burns Red, as they were nominated in the same category in the 58th GRAMMY Awards® for their song, Identity, from 2015’s, Found In Far Away Places. Phantom Anthem is available on iTunes.

The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will take place in New York City on Sunday, January 28th, 2018, with winners being announced live from Madison Square Garden.

August Burns Red will kick off their North American headline Phantom Anthem Tour in January before heading to Europe on the “Tour Of The Year” alongside Make Them Suffer, In Hearts Wake and Whitechapel. Tickets are available now from August Burns Red have had a busy 2017, having toured the U.S. and Europe in support of the 10th anniversary of their much-loved album, Messengers (2007), and performing at major festivals in the US and throughout Europe.

About August Burns Red

By personally aiming beyond your perceived potential, you can truly grow. That’s been the case every time August Burns Red record an album, and it’s quietly turned the Pennsylvania quintet – JB Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass] – into a GRAMMY® Award-nominated heavy music torchbearer. Their journey began back in 2003 with marathon jam sessions on a farm belonging to Matt’s family in the egg refrigerator. Embracing a diehard Rust Belt work ethic, they tirelessly pushed towards the top of heavy music with a series of critically acclaimed albums and countless gigs. A hard-earned high watermark, 2015’s Found In Far Away Places marked their second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200. The single Identity notched a GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” A streaming juggernaut, both Identity and Ghosts [feat. Jeremy McKinnon], crossed the 3-million mark on Spotify. When it came time to record their seventh full-length, Phantom Anthem [Fearless Records], with long-time producers, Carson Slovak, and Grant McFarland, the game didn’t change. The musicians put their heads down and rallied around the same-shared goal, uncorking a barrage of infectious intensity, the boys augmented and amplified the touchstones of their signature style on Phantom Anthem. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy.


January 5 – Montreal, QC – M Telus

January 6 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

January 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

January 9 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

January 10 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot

January 11 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

January 12 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

January 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze

January 14 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre

January 16 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall

January 17 – Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre

January 19 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

January 20 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox Market

January 21 – Portland, OR – Roseland

January 23 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

January 24 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

January 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theatre

January 26 – Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee

January 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Historic El Rey

January 29 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall

January 30 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater

January 31 – St Louis, MO – Ready Room

February 1 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy

February 2 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live

February 3 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

February 4 – Austin, TX – Emo’s

February 6 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor

February 7 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live

February 8 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham

February 9 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

February 10 – Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s

February 11 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

February 13 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva

February 14 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage

February 15 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

February 16 – Worcester, MA – Palladium

February 17 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

February 18 – Philadelphia, PA – The TLA


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