Billy Talent are back. The Canadian four-piece return this summer with their third studio album – Billy Talent III. Produced by Brendan O’Brien (Rage Against The Machine, AC/DC, Mastodon) the album is set for release on July 13, preceded by single ‘Rusted From The Rain’ on June 29. Renowned for the electrifying energy of their live shows, Billy Talent will be performing at several major festivals around the world in the lead up to the album release. Here in the UK they have been confirmed to headline the prestigious Lock Up stage at this year’s Reading/ Leeds festivals, and will be making an appearance on the main stage at Download festival in June. Elsewhere other festival appearances include Coachella, Bamboozle, Rock Am Ring and Edgefest. The band are also treating their UK fans to two intimate shows in June, at the Camden Underworld and O2 Academy 2 Newcastle, whilst July will see them head out on a tour of the US with Rise Against and Rancid. Since the release of their self-titled album in 2003, Billy Talent have become one of Canada’s biggest rock bands and constant touring and incendiary live shows have taken the Toronto-based band to the upper echelon of the Rock World. 2006 saw the release of the band’s second album, Billy Talent II, it debuted at number one in Canada and Germany whilst here in the UK the album went Silver – selling over 60,000 copies. Spawning hits such as the infectious ‘Devil In A Midnight Mass’ and ‘Fallen Leaves’, the success of the album led to the band headlining sold-out tours across Canada, United States and Europe. Here in the UK the band sold out two UK tours including headline dates at Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Palais.
Catch Billy Talent live:
Tues 9 LONDON Camden Underworld
Wed 10 NEWCASTLE O2 Academy 2
Fri 12 DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL Main Stage
Fri 28 READING FESTIVAL Headlining Lock Up Stage
Sun 30 LEEDS FESTIVAL Headlining Lock Up Stage
Billy Talent are:
Ben Kowalewicz – Vocals
Ian D’Sa – Guitars
Jon Gallant – Bass
Aaron Solowoniuk – Drums
Billy Talent fans can access more information about the new album by logging on to www.billytalent3.com. Leading up to the album’s release, the new website will be constantly updated with behind the scenes video footage of the band in the studio and on the set of their video shoot as well as the latest photos. Band members will be posting regular reports from the road prior to the release of the new record. Fans will be able to pre-order Billy Talent III on the site as well as having access to a free downloadable media rich reward-based widget that they can share with friends. The more they use the widget, the more content they will get access to.