Posted in metal | music | tour dates on May 28, 2014

By Ian Chainey

Ruining Lives cover art
Prong album

Long-running metallers Prong will be going on tour this year. A long tour. A really long tour. Starting in July, Tommy Victor and his two compatriots will start their epic trek in Italy and will loop around the European festival circuit. Then they'll fly back to the US with an occasional co-headlining slate with vet thrashers Overkill. To wrap things up, Overkill and Prong will do another Euro run, ending up in the Netherlands. Total number of dates: 64. Total number of days: 116. Total haul: So much Frequent Flyer swag. Check out the full list of dates below.

Prong have kept surprisingly busy since reforming in 2002 after an initial run from 1986 to 1997 that saw the band break out thanks to post-thrash classic and request-line favorite "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck." The outfit started life as something of a crossover act before finding the groove and machine precision of industrial. Unfortunately, over their career, they've been something of a revolving door when it comes to membership. Still, they've had their share of impressive musicians including Paul Raven (Killing Joke), Ted Parsons (Swans), and Troy Gregory (Flotsam and Jetsam). Current bassist Jason Christopher joined the group in 2012 and Arturo "Art" Cruz in 2014. But, through it all, singer/guitarist Tommy Victor has been the lone Prong constant while splitting time as Danzig's shredder. No word if Victor will be handling six-string duties for the reformed Samhain at Riot Fest.

On September 30, Prong will hit Gramercy Theatre in NYC sans Overkill. Ticket details are TBA for that one, but tickets are on sale for the show they play with Overkill at Starland Ballroom in NJ three days earlier.

In August, Overkill join Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, D.R.I., Exodus, Municipal Waste, Body Count (who also have a Gramercy Theatre show coming up), Voivod, Hatebreed, Madball, Fucked Up and many more for the three day "Heavy Montreal" festival. Get yourself to Canada.

All Prong dates along with a cut from Prong's newest album Ruining Lives and a few classics appear below.

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PRONG European Summer Dates 2014
22.07. I-Milano - Lo-Fi
24.07. SLO-Tolmin - Metaldays
26.07. D-Viersen - Eier mit Speck Festival
27.07. NL-Eindhoven - Dynamo
29.07. NL-Rotterdam - Baroeg
30.07. D-Weinheim - Cafe Central
31.07. D-Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
02.08. D-Wacken - Wacken Open Air
06.08. GB-Belfast - Limelight 2
07.08. IRE-Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
08.08. GB-Derbyshire - Bloodstock Open Air
09.08. B-Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival
19.08. D-Düsseldorf - Stahlwerk Club
20.08. D-Aachen - Musikbunker
21.08. D-Stuttgart - Universum
22.08. D-Würzburg - Posthalle
23.08. D-Bad Wünnenberg - Wünnstock Open Air

PRONG NORTH AMERICAN Dates 2014
10.09. US-Los Angeles,CA - Viper Room
11.09. US-Las Vegas,ND - LVCS
12.09. US-Anaheim,CA - The Grove
13.09. US-Tempe,AZ - Club Red
14.09. US-Albuquerque,NM - Launch Pad
15.09. US-Oklahoma City,OK - The Chameleon (with Overkill)
16.09. US-San Antonio,TX - Backstage Live
17.09. US-Houston,TX - Scout Bar
18.09. US-Dallas,TX - Trees (with Overkill)
19.09. US-Merriam,KS - Aftershock
20.09. US-Milwaukee,WI - Rave (with Overkill)
21.09. US-Joliet,IL - Mojoes (with Overkill)
22.09. US-Cleveland,OH - Agora Ballroom (with Overkill)
23.09. CAN-Toronto,ONT - Opera House (with Overkill)
24.09. CAN-Quebec Ciry,QUE - Imperial de Quebec (with Overkill)
25.09. US-Philadelphia,PA - The Trocadero (with Overkill)
26.09. US-Hartford,CT - Webster Theater (with Overkill)
27.09. US-Sayreville,NJ - Starland Ballroom (with Overkill)
28.09. US-Worcester,MA - The Palladium
29.09. US-Albany,NY - Bogie`s
30.09. US-New York,NY - The Gramercy Theatre
01.10. US-West Springfield,VA - Empire
02.10. US-Pittsburgh,PA - Smiling Moose
03.10. US-Westland,MI - Token Lounge
04.10. US-Kokomo,IN - Centerstage
05.10. US-Louisville,KY - Diamond Pub and Billiards
07.10. US-Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
09.10. US-Seatlle,WA - El Corazon
10.10. CAN-Vancouver,BC - Rickshaw Theater
11.10. US-Portland,OR - Hawthorne Theatre
12.10. US-Boise,ID - The Shredder
14.10. US-San Francisco - Thee Parkside

PRONG European Dates with OVERKILL 2014
30.10. E-Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
31.10. E-Madrid - Shoko
01.11. P-Lisbon - Paradise Garage
02.11. E-Bilbao - Kafe Antzokia
04.11. I-Milano - Live Club
05.11. CH-Pratteln - Z7
06.11. D-Karlsruhe - Substage
07.11. D-Osnabrück - Rosenhof
08.11. D-Bremen - Tivoli
09.11. D-Nürnberg - Hirsch
11.11. D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
12.11. D-Hamburg - Markthalle
13.11. D-Berlin - Postbahnhof
14.11. D-Cologne - Essigfabrik
15.11. NL-Uden - De Pul

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Comments (17)

It's all about Beg to Differ and Prove You Wrong. Those albums were sick.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2014 11:57 AM

Stick yo Prong in the #SVGH

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2014 12:37 PM

Cleansing is where it's at. Like a sledgehammer to the fucking chest.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2014 12:47 PM

Prong + Overkill, two great area bands.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2014 12:51 PM

It's also about Primitive Origins, Force Fed, Cleansing, and Rude Awakening, too. They lost me after that. Prong's live set should be two songs off each of those albums, Beg To Differ, and Prove You Wrong plus two of their best new songs and a cover for a nice fifteen-song set.

Don't waste your money on Prong 2014 as they are a shadow of their through '96 days. Tommy needs to bring back Ted Parsons and Troy Gregory stat.

Overkill can eat a bag of dicks, I could never figure out the fascination with them.

Posted by D | May 28, 2014 3:07 PM

Force Fed & the one with the Pushead drawing, and that was 25 years ago. Too far gone. Let it go.

Posted by I might just be xTAINTx | May 28, 2014 4:43 PM

Ah, post city boys .... fussy about their outdated music

Posted by Mr. FootFetish | May 28, 2014 5:22 PM

"Prove You Wrong" is their best song.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2014 9:10 PM

The actual D never commented on metal. #endfakeDs

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2014 10:15 PM

^ prong was crossover at the very beginning. Everyone liked them.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2014 10:21 PM

Agreed 4:43pm. Prong 2014 is the classic case of a band where yeah, the main guy is in the band (Tommy Victor) but it's just not the band, it sounds like a cover band of the band. Another example is Suicidal Tendencies 2014. Yeah, it's Mike Muir/Cyko Myko but it's just...not...ST. There are others (Black Flag, Agnostic Front, etc.) It's sad considering Prong was a truly groundbreaking, gamechanging, innovative band 1986-96.

Posted by D | May 28, 2014 11:41 PM

^ Dumb as fuck right there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2014 12:35 AM

^sorry have to agree with this

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2014 1:17 AM

"Overkill can eat a bag of dicks, I could never figure out the fascination with them."

I am a fan of straight trash metal, and Overkill were a great band of the genre.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2014 1:20 AM

"prong was crossover at the very beginning. Everyone liked them."

Thanks for speaking for all of us. Maybe set up a pre-endorsement meeting next time to avoid such uncomfortable failure.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2014 8:57 AM

^ don't you have someone's mail to deliver?

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2014 9:41 AM

Nah 12:35pm try there as fuck.

Prong after 1996 was and is shit.

1. Bring back Ted Parsons and Troy Gregory.

2. Have the live set be two songs off each of the first six albums for a solid dozen song base plus two bangin' new songs and a cover for a solid fifteen-song set (neither too short nor too long.)

3. Stop playing metal shows and pandering to the Blabbermouth crowd.

Posted by D | May 31, 2014 12:07 AM

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