TEGAN AND SARA WILL CELEBRATE 10 TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CON WITH FALL 2017 TOUR Will Perform Special Acoustic Arrangements Of Full Album On North American Headline Run The Con X: Tour Includes October 23 Show At The Theatre at Ace Hotel In Los Angeles And November 8 Concert At Kings Theatre In Brooklyn Tickets Go On Sale This Friday, June 16 A Portion Of Tour Proceeds Will Benefit The Tegan And Sara Foundation Photo Credit: Pamela Littky June 13, 2017 (Burbank, CA) – Today, Tegan and Sara announced plans to mark the 10th anniversary of the release of their fifth studio album, The Con, with a special North American tour. They will perform acoustic and intimate arrangements of all 14 of the album’s songs, followed by a selection of fan favorites. The Con X: Tour will kick off on October 20 at Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CAand include shows at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles (October 23), Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY (November 8) and Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX (November 15). Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 16, at http://teganandsara.com/shows/ [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001KbX2Dq4znHx2Ad6FwbCw5Ik0DNqwRaS5ZrP-QNolt8mcdvsQpd97ynM_5TGIs5T2uBulfXtVWFqtCBGLR1-vvwubLWtoecDHpQIae7lS-a6IUWWQJI1F4ccyBfFCySCozN1UVmyaiMP5HOSJ9oPIPFjVlF-fjV-V9175yLStxLvdHzi64kCi9A==&c=EXEeT4PwDRue4xEujhIvDQDInl9fhAVwc6OCdC4vAk7C8K-C98T0pw==&ch=cSgff778EtO7Hx9NR9Ft0GxHiTg_r_VPchPEVQWkoQyG5SNK6VIcoA==]. A portion of tour proceeds will benefit the Tegan and Sara Foundation [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001KbX2Dq4znHx2Ad6FwbCw5Ik0DNqwRaS5ZrP-QNolt8mcdvsQpd97yvCiIXa7ybCK-w6LpEbbTSCX4aUIeF16XRCXIbsuz7aac9C8KGFDnHc8epfDn8GDP-OUuDGijo0xdBk6fkgbvoZ7VX2-_p_WbjWqpsOFi0Q22DW_u8qXhFKvm_VCukBb72_WpCShiVMO&c=EXEeT4PwDRue4xEujhIvDQDInl9fhAVwc6OCdC4vAk7C8K-C98T0pw==&ch=cSgff778EtO7Hx9NR9Ft0GxHiTg_r_VPchPEVQWkoQyG5SNK6VIcoA==], which fights for economic justice, health and representation of LGBTQ girls and women.

Tegan and Sara will be playing a mix of headline shows and festivals this summer. They will perform at Bonnaroo this Saturday, June 10, and headline Day 2 (June 24) of Pride Island, the biggest live music event in New York City Pride history.See below for itinerary. The Con- which Tegan and Sara co-produced with Chris Walla, a founding member of Death Cab for Cutie – was both an artistic and commercial breakthrough. It was Tegan and Sara’s first release to chart on the Billboard 200 (entering at No. 34) and also their first to appear on the Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts. In the band’s native Canada, The Con peaked at No. 5 and was nominated for a Juno Award and a Polaris Music Prize. Tegan says, “The first four records of our career felt like we were navigating winding mountain roads. With The Con, it was obvious we had turned a corner and hit an open stretch of highway. It felt like our first fully realized Tegan and Sara record. Which made it then and still makes it now a very important record to us.” Sara notes, “To launch The Con in 2007, we performed the album sequentially. It was a difficult album to translate live, because most of the songs had deep layers of ideas and textures, taken directly from our home demos and made even denser in the studio. Much of the album hasn’t been performed live in nearly a decade and it’s with great pleasure that we take these beloved songs back to the stage.” The Con took a year to write and over three months to record and mix. Tegan recalls, “We wanted to build the finished record from our original home demos. Chris Walla, who co-produced with us, accepted this challenge. We recorded every keyboard, guitar and vocal first, before we brought in bass and drums.” The album, which was released on July 24, 2007, featured Death Cab for Cutie drummer Jason McGerr, AFI bassist Hunter Burgan, The Rentals’ Matt Sharp and Kaki King. Filter said, “The Con is a startlingly dark, yet characteristically vibrant offering, featuring a band that’s learned to harness the energy-highs, while tempering pretty (even pastoral) pop-folk with a new, deeply-affecting brand of melancholy.” Rolling Stone praised it as “uncommonly catchy” and Mojo said, “The Con rockets beyond even their own high standards.” Awarding the album five stars, The Guardian noted, “The Tegan-penned title track, a brittle confessional about clinging to feelings for a former lover, builds to an irresistibly swooning chorus; ‘Back In Your Head’, with its unnerving insight into relationship scruples, is built around an unsettlingly cheery piano hook, while the jangly guitar subtext to ‘Burn Your Life Down’ is tenderly sad and sexy…When your heart feels like a stone in your breast, The Con will prove a perfect, sweetly addictive companion.” View the official video for the album’s title track, which has more than 4.5 million views, HERE [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001KbX2Dq4znHx2Ad6FwbCw5Ik0DNqwRaS5ZrP-QNolt8mcdvsQpd97ymjKRWO8ZmFs0a3QowZNZ6FTZSL0NmfjHRkwRPriMPbdFVDFr63Q-wERIzxbX-okX0N0urpP5abqFQXCr9Qov5eEHLGzivwoSOXh60Eu_cThWi6QZ5HeK6kTYj_mblPi8w==&c=EXEeT4PwDRue4xEujhIvDQDInl9fhAVwc6OCdC4vAk7C8K-C98T0pw==&ch=cSgff778EtO7Hx9NR9Ft0GxHiTg_r_VPchPEVQWkoQyG5SNK6VIcoA==].

Twin sisters born in Canada, Tegan and Sara have sold over one million albums, and have received seven Gold certifications, one Double Platinum certification, three Juno Awards, two Polaris Prize nominations and a GRAMMY® nomination. They have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from the 2015 Oscar Telecast to major festivals, such as Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury. Their current album, Love You to Death, is the follow up to 2013’s Heartthrob, which contained “Closer” – a multi-format hit that has been certified Gold in the U.S. and Double Platinum in Canada.

TOUR DATES: Fall 2017 –

The Con X: Tour

06/24 New York, NY Pride Island, Pier 26, Hudson River Park

06/30 Victoria, BC Spirit of 150 Victoria

07/01 Calgary, AB City of Calgary Canada Day Festival

07/06 Milwaukee, WI SummerFest

07/08 Ottawa, ON RBC Bluesfest

07/27 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium (with Japanese Breakfast)

07/28 Portland, ME State Theatre (with Japanese Breakfast)

07/29 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom (with Japanese Breakfast)

07/30 Oro-Medonte, ON WayHome Music and Arts

07/31 Cleveland, OH House of Blues (with Japanese Breakfast)

08/02 Covington, KY Madison Theater (with Japanese Breakfast)

08/03 Chicago, IL Official Lollapalooza Aftershow

08/04 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza 2017

08/05 Saint John, NB Area 506 Festival

08/06 Montreal, QC Osheaga Music and Arts

08/12 Regina, SK Regina Folk Festival

08/17 Grand Rapids, MI Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

08/18 Columbus, OH Fashion Meets Music Festival

09/09 San Bernadino, CA High and Low Festival

09/15 Flushing, NY The Meadows Music and Arts Festival

10/20 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre

10/21 Las Vegas, CA The Pearl at The Palms

10/23 Los Angeles, CA The Theatre at Ace Hotel

10/25 San Francisco, CA The Masonic

10/26 Portland, OR Revolution Hall

10/27 Seattle, WA The Moore

10/28 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre

10/30 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

10/31 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

11/3 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre

11/5 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple

11/8 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre

11/9 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre

11/10 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre

11/13 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle

11/15 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre


About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That’s when Backstageaxxess.com began.
I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here.
When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do.
My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows:
1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium – Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96
2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) – Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03
3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05
4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89
5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center – Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06
The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.