Letter to you
Greetings from the open road! Our headlining tour of the US & Canada started with an emotional sold-out show in Chicago, past and future colliding. Off we go!
I remember playing Chicago years ago, when our tiny backstage was crowded with people we’d just met, and we crashed on strangers’ couches, and we bathed homelessly in the basement of the Empty Bottle.
Since then we’ve seen some higher highs in that town, playing to tens of thousands of people at Lollapalooza and Riotfest and recording at Steve Albini’s legendary studio. Looking waaaaay back, I’m reminded of the good that went with the bad.
I don’t miss living in a van, eating in gas stations or cramming our gear onto miniature stages. But I do miss other things.
I miss the days when there was no metal barricade. I miss the way the bands’ unhinged intensity was matched by the wild energy of the small, rowdy audience. I miss jumping off speaker stacks and crowd surfing (but not enough to take it up again…yet.)
One way we’ve found to bring back some of the closeness we’ve lost from our romanticized club show days is to introduce our own tweaked version of a VIP meet & greet. We’re offering upgraded tickets to people who want to come backstage for a drink, hang out in our band room and join us in a few of our favorite pre-show rituals before we walk on stage.
There are only a limited number of these tickets available in each city, and it’s a really fun experience, full of surprises, so if it’s something you wanna do, hurry up and get your upgrade by clicking on VIP PASSES below:
In other news, our very own Joshua Winstead has completed his first solo album! It’s called MMXX and is scheduled for an early summer release. You can hear his stunning debut single “One Heart” right now at joshuawinstead.com.
Josh’s first solo show in NYC will be at 8:30 pm on March 12th at the Rockwood Music Hall. Tickets are $15 and you can get yours here.
We’re playing Hammerstein Ballroom the night before, so it’s shaping up to be a very special weekend for everyone in the Metric family. NYC is where it all began for the four of us back in 2001. Let the time traveling begin.
Your faithful bard,
P.S. Forgot to mention, we got a Juno nomination for Group of the Year! I think it’s amazing for our home country to acknowledge us in this pop-monopolized musical climate. We may not top the charts every time, but it feels like we’ve earned the respect of our peers through sheer endurance. What’s up, Rush? And Liam O’Neil got nominated for Best Engineer on Pagans in Vegas, too! Fingers crossed, forever.