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SOUL ASYLUM ANNOUNCES MAJOR CITY TOUR : the release of Dead Letter harkens the signals the band’s first new music since 2016.

Minneapolis’ own Soul Asylum, Grammy award winners and multi platinum selling alternative artists hage released their single via Blue Elan Records, “Dead Letter.”

The single marks the first new music from the Minneapolis-based SOUL ASYLUM since the release of Change of Fortune in 2016.  “Dead Letter” features the rock band’s signature melodic guitar grooves coupled with lead singer Dave Pirner’s anguished vocals and poignant lyrics that fans have come to know well – yet there are darker tones involved, painting a macabre ballad while revealing a new side of the great American songwriter that may surprise even SOUL ASYLUM’s most dedicated listeners. 

As Dave explains, “Dead Letter is contemplative and certainly not a party anthem, but there are other sentiments in life that frequently go unspoken for. It’s the message of the unheard people, who’s voices often fall on deaf ears.”

Pirner is also gearing up to unveil his new book entitled “Loud, Fast, Words,” an annotated collection of lyrics with an essay about each of his albums set to release in February 2020 via MNHS Publishing (Minnesota Historical Society).

Soul Asylum will hit the road February through March with Local H supporting. The 25-city tour kicks off on February 11 in Milwaukee, followed by Detroit, Chicago and Cincinnati and will continue to the east coast, back through the Midwest and west coast cities. The major city stint will commence with final dates in Albuquerque and Oklahoma on March 16th and 18th respectively.  In addition, ahead of this 2020 tour, the MN natives will celebrate the end of 2019 with a hometown show at First Avenue on December 27.

Spanning three decades, Soul Asylum’s indie success led to the band entering the major-label mainstream with 1988’s Hang Time and its 1990 follow-up And the Horse They Rode In On, before achieving a platinum-level commercial breakthrough with 1992’s Grave Dancers Union (certified 3x platinum) and 1995’s Let Your Dim Light Shine.  Grave Dancers Union featured the international hits “Runaway Train,” which won a 1994 Grammy as Best Rock Song, and “Black Gold,” while Let Your Dim Light Shine (platinum) spawned the hit “Misery.” After 1998’s Candy from a Stranger, Soul Asylum returned to action in 2006 with The Silver LiningDelayed Reaction six years later and most recently with 2016’s Change of Fortune.  

The current Soul Asylum line-up features Dave Pirner as lead vocals/guitar, Michael Bland on drums, Ryan Smith on lead guitar, and Wynston Roye on bass. 

SOUL ASYLUM ON TOUR – Local H supports all dates except where noted:

Tickets available at

12/27 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue


2/11 – Milwaukee, Wi – Turner Hall 
2/12 – Detroit MI – St Andrew’s Hall
2/14 – Chicago, IL  – Metro 
2/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live 
2/17 – Boston MA – Paradise
2/18 – Portland ME – Port City Music 
2/19 – New York NY – Bowery Ballroom
2/21 – Philadelphia PA – TLA
2/22 – Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theatre 
2/24 – Atlanta, GA  – Center Stage 
2/25 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan 
2/26 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom 
2/28 – Kansas City, MO – The Madrid 
2/29 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
3/01 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird 
3/03 – Billings, MT – Pub Station 
3/05 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro 
3/07 – Reno, NV – Boomtown Casino *
3/08 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
3/11 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom 
3/13 – San Diego, CA – Belly UP 
3/14 – Las Vegas, NV – Silverton Casino *
3/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee(br)>3/16 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine
3/18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

*Local H not appearing on these dates
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