Last year, when Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy was talking about his band’s upcoming album The Quilt, he spent an inordinate amount of time touting his “lyrical genius.” So it makes sense that when booking the tour in support of the record — which hits stores September 9 — GCH went out and got one of the most lyrical of geniuses to co-headline. Actually, they got a whole crew of them.
The Roots have been tapped to share the bill with Gym Class on their Quilt Tour, which kicks off October 3 in Baltimore and will hit cities throughout North America before coming to a close November 1 in Albany, New York. The groups will alternate headlining duties on a city-by-city basis. Up-and-coming British R&B star Estelle will serve as support on all dates.
For McCoy, the opportunity to share the stage with the Legendary Roots Crew is a dream come true. Though, to be honest, he’s also pretty excited to wrap GCH’s stint on the Warped Tour (which ends Sunday in Carson, California) and get back to playing clubs with some of that sweet, sweet air conditioning.
“Warped Tour was great, but we can’t wait to get back into venues that actually have roofs over our heads and aren’t 110 degrees,” McCoy told MTV News. “Touring with the Roots was something we’ve wanted to do for a while, and we’re real excited it’s finally happening. And Estelle opening things up? It’s over! Tour of the year! Fans are in store for a real special treat. Who knows what’s gonna happen out there.”
Presale tickets will be available Tuesday (August 12) through GCH’s Varsity Club fan site. Tickets for all dates go on sale to the general public August 15-16.
One dollar from each ticket sold will go directly to a charity in each group’s hometown: the Geneva, New York, Boys & Girls Club and Philadelphia’s Triple Threat Foundation, a youth-mentoring organization that focuses on education and athletics.
Dates for the Gym Class Heroes/ Roots tour, according to Atlantic Records:
» 10/03 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live!
» 10/04 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
» 10/05 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ The House of Blues
» 10/06 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
» 10/07 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ The House of Blues
» 10/08 – Miami, Fl @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre
» 10/10 – Houston, TX @ Meridian (Estelle only)
» 10/11 – Dallas, TX @ The Palladium
» 10/12 – Austin, TX @ The Backyard
» 10/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
» 10/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ The House of Blues
» 10/21 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
» 10/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
» 10/24 – Chicago, IL @ The Congress Theatre
» 10/25 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
» 10/26 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
» 10/28 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
» 10/30 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
» 10/31 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Convention Hall
» 11/1 – Albany, NY @ Washington Avenue Armory