Killswitch Engage’s Adam D On Album Anniversary Tours: “People Should Focus On Writing New Material”

Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D weighs in on the trend of anniversary tours.

Killswitch Engage’s Adam D On Album Anniversary Tours: “People Should Focus On Writing New Material”

2019 is turning into a bang-up year for metalcore heavy-hitters Killswitch Engage. The band just released a bunch of co-headlining dates with Clutch, and have only recently announced that their new album has been mastered and will be due out in the fall.

But this year also marks a huge milestone for the band: the 15th anniversary of The End Of Heartache, the 2004 breakthrough album rocketed the band to superstardom. And yet, if you ask founding Killswitch guitarist and producer Adam Dutkiewicz about the anniversary, it’s not something about which the band is concerning themselves.

“It’s kind of just a flash in the band, and then we move on for the next thing,” Adam D told us when Kerrang! spoke to him about End Of Heartache’s 15th birthday. “We’re in the middle of trying to set up the new record. It’s funny, our bassist, Mike [D’Antonio], was like 'Hey, should we be thinking about doing a 15th anniversary tour for this record?’ and I was like 'No! We should be thinking about this new record!’”

According to Adam, the recent focus on album anniversaries, and the tours supporting them on which the band play the honored album in full, are a little overdone -- and take the focus away from a band’s current efforts.

“We shouldn’t live in the past, y’know?” says Adam. “I feel like there’s been too much of that recently. Maybe more people should focus on writing more material, and not just trying to rehash stuff, y’know? There’s just too much of that!

“I’m happy that everyone agreed with me that it wasn’t a good idea,” he continued, “especially because we literally just finished our new record. So we have things to worry about.”

Catch Killswitch Engage live with Clutch at one of the following dates:

July 2019

08 Quebec City, QC — Festival D’ete (Killswitch Only)
11 London, ON — Rock The Park#
12 Syracuse, NY — SI Hall
13 Inwood, WV —Shiley Acres
14 Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
16 Fort Wayne, IN — The Clyde
18 Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock & Casin
19 Cadott, WI — Cadott Rock Fest#
20 OshKosh, WI — Rock USA#
22 Tulsa, OK — The Brady Theater
23 St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
25 Bethlehem, PA — Sands Event Center
26 Asbury Park, NJ — Stone Pony Outdoors
27 Montreal, QC — Heavy MTL#
28 Bangor, ME — Impact Festival#
30 Huntington, NY — The Paramount

August 2019

02 Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE Outdoors
03 Port Chester, NY — Capital Theater
04 Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
07 Las Vegas, NV — Psycho Las Vegas (Clutch Only)

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