News: Atheist And Cynic Announce The ‘Focus And Presence Tour 2023’

Progressive death metal maniacs Atheist announce their co-headlining tour with Cynic, on the “Focus And Presence Tour 2023.” The tour is presented by Pull the Plug Patches. “Focus And Presence Tour 2023” will feature the special 30th anniversary sets celebrating 30 years of Cynic’s Focus and Atheist’s Piece of Time, Unquestionable Presence, and Elements releases. The month-long tour will begin on June 10th and conclude on July 9.

Kelly Shaefer shares his thoughts:

“This tour has been something that Paul (Cynic) and I have been talking about in some capacity since we were in our early 20s. It’s surreal to share a 30-year milestone together, and this tour will showcase for us a chance to play songs from our first three records as a special trilogy anniversary set, including songs not performed live in decades. Two titans of technical progressive metal coming together for a unicorn of a tour… one you will not want to miss!

“I’m also excited to announce that joining me on this tour and beyond will be an all-new lineup of Athiest! These four straight killers of musicians will be alongside me as Atheist heads out with CYNIC to celebrate 30 years of our first three albums ‘Piece of Time,’ ‘Unquestionable Presence.’ and turning 30 this year, 1993’s ‘Elements!’

“We’ll be playing tracks from those three albums exclusively in one of the longest sets we’ve ever done!  The set will include several songs that have not been played live in three decades. I’ve just returned from rehearsals in San Diego with these beasts and joining returning bassist Yoav-Ruiz Feingold (Graviton) and myself to round out Atheist are Dylan Marks (Fermentor/Beekeeper) on drums, Alex Hadaad (Arkaik/Dessiderium) on guitar and Jerry Witunsky (Ancient Death) on guitar.

“I couldn’t be more excited to perform this special set with such talented players. They have shown tremendous respect for the music and the attention to detail needed to pull off these songs live. Talk is cheap, right?  So be sure to secure your tickets early to the ‘Focus and Presence North American Tour 2023’ to see for yourself and help us celebrate alongside our brothers in Cynic who will be performing a special 30th anniversary set for their release ‘Focus’ as well.

“See you on the road!!”

General admission tickets for the tour are available for purchase now. Purchase your ticket here.

Focus And Presence Tour Dates:

6/10/23: Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live
6/11/23: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
6/12/23: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/13/23: Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
6/14/23: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
6/16/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
6/17/23: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
6/19/23: Portland, OR @ Bossonova Ballroom
6/20/23: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
6/21/23: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
6/23/23: Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell
6/24/23: Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
6/25/23: Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
6/26/23: Milwaukee, WI @ X-Ray Arcade
6/27/23: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
6/29/23: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
6/30/23: Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
7/01/23: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place
7/02/23: Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martinière
7/03/23: Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theater
7/05/23: Boston, MA @ Middle-East Downstairs
7/06/23: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
7/07/23: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
7/08/23: Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
7/09/23: Greensboro, NC @ Hangar 1819


Preorder the recently re-released albums on vinyl or CD here.


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