Canadian band Theory of a Deadman kicks off its Northwest tour this month in Kennewick with a concert at Toyota Arena, next to Toyota Center.
The four-man, post-grunge group from Delta, British Columbia, first made a name for itself worldwide touring with Mötley Crüe and Godsmack, then scored a platinum in the U.S. with its 2008 album Scars and Souvenirs.
The Kennewick concert is Jan. 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Showtime is at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $27 day of show. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or the coliseum box office or call 800-745-3000.
Theory of a Deadman scored its biggest hit when Bad Girlfriend reached No. 1 on mainstream rock radio stations in the U.S. The group is led by frontman Tyler Connolly, who also plays lead guitar, with Dave Brenner (rhythm guitar), Dean Back (bass) and Joey Dandeneau (drums).
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Fans in Kennewick should also plan for a heavy dose of The Truth is..., their fourth album, which was released in July.
All four Theory of a Deadman albums have achieved platinum sales in Canada, and while some musicians try to reinvent themselves and their music, Connolly said in a news release that he and his bandmates stick with what works best for them.
"Musically, not too much has changed," he said. "We had a bit of an epiphany when it came to songwriting, though. We've been a band for more than a decade now, and we realized what we're doing makes sense."
And Connolly continues to gain confidence as the band enters its second decade.
"I was able to dig in lyrically and be wide open," he said. "When I write, I either want to kiss someone on the lips or punch them in the face. Anything in between is boring."
The same goes for his bandmates.
"The longer you're in a band, the more you write songs, the better you get," Connolly said. "We've had such a great opportunity to figure out what to do better, how to write a better song and keep building. That's exciting to us."
Their 30-city winter tour of North America and Europe concludes March 15 in Helsinki, Finland.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org