OLP Tour Winds Up In Ohio Prison
Halfway into Our Lady Peace’s March madness 20-show, 17-city cross-Canada tour with Matthew Good, the band is kicking up a storm in its blitz promoting a rich catalogue of old and new releases.
By David Farrell
Halfway into Our Lady Peace’s March madness 20-show, 17-city cross-Canada tour with Matthew Good, the band is kicking up a storm in its blitz promoting a rich catalogue and the release of the four-track Somethingness Vol. 1 EP and the just-released Somethingness full-length album. Good is out promoting his new album, Something Like A Storm.
Calling in from the road, Coalition Music manager Eric Lawrence ballparks the co-headliners will sell 50K tickets in the month, which includes twin concerts in Toronto (Massey Hall and Rebel nightclub), Winnipeg (the Burton Cummings’ Theatre) and Edmonton (Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium). A guestimate on the gross with merchandise sales puts the tour in the $1M+ range.
“Intentions of putting together a tour of this magnitude and personality usually fall short,” Our Lady Peace frontman, Raine Maida says reflectively. “This OLP x Matt Good tour is different. The meeting of the minds worked here. We’ve been giving our collective fans the best and most creative shows night after night.” Summarily, he adds: “This is the kind of tour you work for your entire career. Amazing people, fans, production and music!”
In its first week of release, the Somethingness full-length album hit #2 on the Alternative Chart, #9 Top Current Albums, #12 Top Albums with Track Equivalent Album included, and #29 on the Consumption Chart. The lead single, “Nice To Meet You,” has also made the Top 10 for downloads in the first week, and hit #1 for Most Active Indies. The album is available on vinyl and CD, exclusively during the tour, and through the band’s Pledge Music campaign.
The tour of arenas and theatres is promoted by Live Nation, with TFA’s Vinny Cinquemani directive agent. Following the March dates, OLP’s itinerary includes some high-profile festival dates in Canada and the US, including one at Ohio State Reformatory, in Mansfield, Ohio, where the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption was shot.