Suicide Silence have announced details of their Virtual World Tour concept and it promises to be quite a unique experience indeed. Each show will feature a professionally filmed multi-camera live set along with an extensive post-performance Q&A.
However, the fascinating angle is that ticket purchase and thus ‘entry’ to the virtual gig, is to be geo-gated. This means that you have to be in the ‘general area’ in order to attend the ‘local’ concert and participate in the local chat with other MetalHeads and the band.
The band told MetalTalk: “With touring conditions as they are we want to give these local Metal communities a place to come together & experience a new type of Suicide Silence show.
“The ability for us to schedule a performance anywhere around the world with each market’s time zone in mind will be a huge positive. We’ll be able to play for places we’ve only been to once twice or maybe never before & no one other than them will ever get to see that particular performance.
“While we plan to begin with markets where we had to cancel or postpone recent shows we’ll certainly keep all market requests in mind and add shows around the globe accordingly. Of course once we’re able to properly tour without extreme audience restrictions we’ll book as many shows as physically possible.
“Until then we’ll be offering up a variety of unique virtual experiences & we can’t wait for this all to kick off!”
All ticket purchasers will have access to an exclusive Merch Collection that includes an official tour shirt specifically for their market as well as a number of other items that will never be sold elsewhere.
The streamed performances will go on sale several weeks or months in advance and fans will be able to communicate their set list preferences and make other special requests leading up to their show.
Several dates are being finalized with Los Angeles & New York expected to kick things off some time in June.
MetalTalk will update you when dates are announced. In the meantime, listen to ‘Overlord’: