LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After playing more than 40 shows in 60 days, multi-platinum selling alternative rockers SWITCHFOOT wrapped up the North American leg of their Native Tongue Tourthis past weekend with a show in Vancouver, BC. The Native Tongue Tour, which included support acts Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker, sold out venues from Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto to Asheville, Nashville and Dallas. Throughout the tour, the GRAMMY®-winning band partnered with Food for the Hungry, an international relief and development organization, to raise money for programs that help communities around the world move from extreme poverty to self-sustainability.
“The Native Tongue Tour was special in so many ways. We’ve been honored to share the stage with Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker night after night across North America. One of our favorite tours ever. Looking forward to bringing these songs to Japan and Europe (with Bon Jovi!). Love Is Our Native Tongue!” expressed Frontman Jon Foreman.
Performing songs from their new album Native Tongue along with fan-favorite hits to packed houses, the tour felt "like a family reunion. On top of a couple members being literally family, their concerts have a strong sense of intimacy and interaction (Live In Limbo).” Each show found frontman Jon Foreman jumping "off of the stage into the crowd to sing with the audience and break the barrier between performer and audience (DC Music Review),” while each set also featured a medley of "a couple of stripped-back tunes at the front of the stage, with the musicians playing acoustic instruments and singing harmony around a single microphone (Local Spins)."
SWITCHFOOT's first-class production also received praise as the quintet deserved "kudos to their jaw-dropping stage setup, ranging from the lights to the plethora of bubbles that get released into the crowd as a disco ball twinkles brightly into the night. It truly is one example where photos cannot do the experience justice (On Stage Review).” "In addition to the cool visuals, the band’s sound was top-notch. Each instrument had its own space, carved within the live music (Folk N Rock)."
The Native Tongue Tour followed the release of SWITCHFOOT's chart-topping, critically-acclaimed album Native Tongue. Released via Fantasy Records, the band's 11th studio album serves as a "call to pursue joy and resist the voices of hatred and fear, including those in our own heads (The Denver Post)." SWITCHFOOT shared a blistering live video for the title track where "the pounding drums unapologetically cut through the mix like an ancient tribe of old. And, the raw and gritty vocals howl a battle cry that’s not to be ignored (PopMalt)." The live performance clip, produced by SWITCHFOOT and directed by Erick Frost, was shot at Atlanta's historic Tabernacle.
Heading into summer, SWITCHFOOT shows no signs of slowing down as they gear up to provide direct support for legendary rock band Bon Jovi's This House Is Not For Sale 2019 European stadium tour, perform at various festivals in Japan, Norway and Sweden and host the 15th annual SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM Beach Fest on June 29. For more information and tickets, please visit www.switchfoot.com.
SWITCHFOOT TOUR DATES: May 25 & 26 Greenroom Festival - Yokohama, Japan July 3 Summerfest - Milwaukee, Wis. July 5 Gullbrannavägen - Eldsberga, Sweden July 6 Seaside Music Festival - Gjeving, Norway July 8 Electric Ballroom - London, UK Jul 10 Letzigrund Stadion - Zurich, Switzerland* Jul 12 National Football - Stadium Warsaw, Poland* Jul 14 TW Classic - Werchter, Belgium* July 15 Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands Jul 17 Ernst Happal Stadion - Vienna, Austria* Jul 19 Worthersee Stadion - Klagenfurt, Austria* Aug 2 Soulfest - Gilford, N.H. Aug 3 The Fillmore - Philadelphia, Penn. Sept 13-15 KAABOO Del Mar - Del Mar, Calif. *with Bon Jovi
ABOUT SWITCHFOOT: SWITCHFOOT has been unearthing all manner of musical gems since their 1997 debut The Legend of Chin, steadily expanding their global fan base and critical reputation through such releases as New Way to Be Human (1999), Learning to Breathe (2000), the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown (2003), Nothing Is Sound(2005), Oh! Gravity (2006), the Grammy award-winning Hello Hurricane (2009), Vice Verses(2011), Fading West (2014) and Where The Light Shines Through (2016). Fading West doubled as the soundtrack to the band's documentary of the same name. Along the way, SWITCHFOOT established itself as a world-class live act with a series of sold-out world tours, while racking up a string of radio hits, including "Meant to Live," "Dare You to Move," "Stars" and "Mess of Me." Beyond their career achievements, SWITCHFOOT has been active in a variety of philanthropic efforts, raising over two million dollars to aid kids in their community through the band’s own Bro-Am foundation and their annual Bro-Am Beach Fest, a benefit surf contest and concert that’s held every summer in Encinitas, CA. They've also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such worthy organizations as DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, Food for the Hungry, CURE and To Write Love on Her Arms. SWITCHFOOT's new album Native Tongue was released January 18, 2019 on Fantasy Records.