Our final month on tour is here after reaching thousands of you in Houston, Birmingham, Louisville and Kansas City. Each show had so many special moments, all rapidly becoming very bittersweet. Most notable are certainly the gentleman who excused himself in tears and your roar in Alabama. With respect to other very important events happening for those closest to me, I've layed low and let some time pass. My hope is not to be forgotten and to take a pause from this grind standing proudly with the three amazing young musicians currently committed to this mission, having respected what we've been blessed with to the final curtain at home in Columbia,SC. I couldn't be more thankful for you. So as we catch our breath and ready for a week long run to the west, a return to the great state of Ohio and a final gathering at home, I'm hopeful. It's been such a beautiful thing. The reward of a triumphant end would be just...perfect. - Gary Allen. Coming 7/15: Win my shades. Coming soon: Guitar pick #8. Coming 7/27: What's next. New video: http://youtu.be/1LxZ-1bGdAk
Our second installment finds the band fresh off performances in St.Louis, in Indiana and in the Carolinas, Spartanburg and Asheville. Each had special moments to draw from, including sharing Chuck Berry's green room, miles and miles of red light shows and many new friends joining us on tour. Most importantly, So many family have experienced Grind and for myself I'd have to say nothing is sweeter than sharing music and a mission with them, and all of you. Time seems to be slipping away as we are already preparing for runs west to Texas, south to Louisiana and Alabama and back to Kentucky and on to Kansas City and Ohio, including two major festivals. Moving forward I hope you'll watch for news on what is next for me, Gary Allen and that you continue to enjoy the footage from our humbling final tour in memory of Layne Staley and Mike Starr.
Notes: A very small number of select dates remain available.
Coming Soon: Win my shades.
Video: Captured LIVE at The Orange Peel in Asheville,NC by our friend and former guitarist Donnie Martin on 5/23/14. http://youtu.be/1xxxxKXheoY
Since 2011, Grind have toured around the United States and abroad without pause, attracting support from thousands of fans,friends and family from around the world. From Seattle to Detroit to St.Louis to Las Vegas by way of Honduras via Texas. We've paid tribute in so many amazing places and so many still remain. None of this is possible without each of you and your support is appreciated and greatly respected. Already having several shows behind us in 2014 including events in Illinois,Florida,Ohio and South Carolina, our summer run is all in place and Ethan,Dallas,Seth and I can't wait for it to begin. With that said, We've confirmed a dozen amazing shows for our 2014 Get Born Again Summer Tour all over the country including two huge festival appearances in Alabama and Texas. We'll be documenting each show with photos, video and blog entries from the road and hope to see many of you on tour. Finally, We'll make our last confirmed appearances at Ripper's Rock House in Akron,Ohio and a yet to be announced location on July 25 and 26 respectively. Following these appearances Grind will takes it's last bow and retire, indefinitely. It is my sincere hope that you will join the band and I for a stop on this final tour in celebration of the late Layne Staley, Mike Starr and Alice in Chains and that you will consider staying connected with us for future new music and other projects from everyone involved with Grind.
Love and respect, Gary Allen and Grind
2014 Get Born Again Summer Tour Dates:
Fri, 16 May - St Louis, MO Duck Room at Blueberry Hill. Sat, 17 May - Cedar Lake, IN Goodfella's. Fri, 23 May - Asheville,NC The Orange Peel. Fri, 13 Jun - Houston, TX The Concert Pub North. Sat, 14 Jun - Pelham, AL Rewind Fest. Fri, 20 Jun - Louisville, KY Diamond Pub. Sat, 21 Jun - Kansas City, MO The Scene. Wed, 16 Jul - Monroe, LA The Trial Bar. Fri,18 Jul - Lake Charles, LA Luna Live. Sat, 19 Jul - El Paso, TX Texas Showdown Festival. Fri, 25 Jul - Akron, OH Ripper's Rock House.
Gary Allen hails from East St.Louis,IL. A veteran of the United States Navy, He began performing with a stocking cap, sunglasses and a broom for his Dad's card games at 4 years old. When Elvis wouldn't due any longer, Van Halen, Judas Priest, WASP, Loudness, Dokken, Pantera, KISS and many more artists influenced Gary to sing, play guitar and perform. His first band was The Edge, a five piece school dance sensation that should have went all the way. In 2000 Gary became the lead singer and contributing songwriter for North Carolina's Devyce and successfully managed,booked toured in support of their debut album Slowers, taking the band to the height of it's success. In 2005 he formed ReAlign, A Salute To Godsmack and performed over 200 times all over the southern states, most recently supporting Powerman 5000 in Raleigh,NC. The band remains available today. In 2011, He founded Grind,portraying Layne Staley in the hauntingly realistic Tribute to Alice in Chains, managing,booking and promoting the band worldwide himself. Grind are humble and proud to be recognized by the families of Layne Staley and Mike Starr and many of their closest friends,recently accepting an invitation to perform on a star studded bill in honor of Mike Starr in Seattle. Eddie Trunk called Grind "A kick ass Tribute" via twitter after attending a recent show in Las Vegas at Danny "The Count" Koker's Vampd. Proud to be the only world touring authentic Tribute To Alice in Chains with it's mission to honor the legends they worship, their amazing triumphs and the tragic losses they continue to deal with. Grind currently seek professional management. A father of two amazing daughters and living life with his love Sarah, Gary continues to perform in honor of his only son Aaron, who is laid to rest in Fairview, IL after dying in his fathers' arms when Gary himself was only 17.
"Killing Pain" - Rob Halford.
Grind makes it's debut at Club Bash in beautiful Boca Raton Florida Saturday, December 3rd.
Returning to the 2012 Ink Life Tour Feb 17,18 and 19 in Amarillo,Texas.