This week, Asking Alexandria will launch their first U.S. headlining tour in four years.
“We’ve not done any headline shows or tours in the States since the [2017’s] self-titled album came out,” guitarist Ben Bruce tells ABC Audio. “We did a co-headliner with Black Veil Brides, and that’s the last time…We’ve been supporting since then.”
Asking Alexandria did have a stateside tour planned to support their 2020 album Like a House on Fire, but, like pretty much every other band that year, they had to cancel that trek due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’ve been sat waiting to do a headline tour for a few years now,” Bruce says. “So we’re excited, we’re really, really excited.”
Now that the tour has finally arrived, Asking Alexandria will be supporting both Like a House on Fire and its 2021 follow-up, See What’s on the Inside, which features the singles “Alone Again” and the whistle-heavy “Never Gonna Learn.”
Asked how the whistling on “Never Gonna Learn” will be replicated onstage, Bruce says the band will be using a track instead of a live, in-person whistler, though it’s not for a lack of trying.
“We learned this the hard way,” Bruce admits. “When you’re playing live and you go to whistle down a mic, all the crowd can hear is the air from your mouth going down through the PA.”
The guitarist continues, “So, [we thought], ‘Ah, it doesn’t really work.’ Unless you got one of those big sponges like Axl Rose had on the end of his microphone, which, unfortunately I don’t think are in fashion anymore. So we’re letting the tracks to the whistling for us.”
Asking Alexandria’s tour, which will be co-headlined by Nothing More, kicks off Friday in Kansas City, Missouri.
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