Published Oct 13, 2016Today is most definitely a good day for Blue Rodeo fans, as the beloved Canadian folk-rock group have announced not only a new album but a sprawling Canadian tour. And that new record is coming out fast.
Called 1000 Arms, the new album is due out on October 28 via Warner Music Canada, marking the band's 14th studio album and first proper studio outing since 2013's In Our Nature.
The 12-track record was co-produced and engineered by Tim Vesely, a founding member of the Rheostatics. The album apparently takes its name from a podcast Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy has recently been listening to.
"The podcast was about allowing your community to help you," said Cuddy in a statement. "When we were going over titles, we were thinking about our musical community, what it means to us and how much we would do for each other. That was what we were thinking about the most, so it seemed like an appropriate title."
Also, Cuddy and bandmate Greg Keelor are now once again singing more together on the album. "We made a very concerted effort to sing together on this album, either with direct harmonies or call and response, and we really enjoyed that," said Cuddy.
The band have also shared the LP's first single, "Superstar," which comes via a video directed by longtime Blue Rodeo collaborator Chris Mills. You can find the clip near the bottom of the page, and in it, you'll see the group transformed as what described as a "Riot Grrl band," believe it or not.
To tease you even more, Blue Rodeo have also shared a 1000 Arms "medley," which you can listen to at the bottom of the page.
As for that Canadian tour, it will begin on January 11 in Thunder Bay, ON. From there, it will play much of Canada, hitting up cities such as Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver and many more. You can see the complete routing below, where you'll also find the new album's tracklist.
Tickets for the appropriately dubbed "1000 Arms Tour" go on sale October 28. Every ticket will include a digital copy of 1000 Arms.
1. Hard To Remember
2. I Can't Hide This Anymore
3. Jimmy Fall Down
4. Long Hard Life
5. Rabbit's Foot
6. 1000 Arms
7. Dust To Gold
9. Mascara Tears
10. Can't Find My Way Back To You
11. So Hard To See
12. The Flame
01/11 Thunder Bay, ON - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
01/13 Regina, SK - Conexus Arts Centre
01/14 Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
01/15 Estevan, SK - Affinity Place
01/17 Saskatoon, SK - TCU Place
01/19 Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
01/20 Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
01/21 Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
01/22 Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
01/24 Penticton, BC - South Okanagan Events Centre
01/26 Victoria, BC - Save On Foods Memorial Centre
01/27 Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
01/28 Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
01/31 Kitchener, ON - Centre In The Square
02/02 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
02/03 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
02/08 Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
02/09 Kingston, ON - Rogers K-Rock Centre
02/10 Barrie, ON - Barrie Molson Centre
02/11 Oshawa, ON - General Motors Centre
02/14 London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
02/16 Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place Theatre
02/17 Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place Theatre
02/18 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
02/19 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
02/21 Woodstock, NB - AYR Motor Centre
02/23 St. John's, NL - Mile One Centre
02/25 Halifax, NS - Scotiabank Centre
02/26 Moncton, NB - Casino New Brunswick
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