Last month’s news was a big one for fellow pop punkers, especially those who miss the early 2000’s days were Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco were kings alike and toured many a times alongside band, The Academy Is…
As during their set at Riot Fest in Chicago on Saturday, September 12th, The Academy Is… played through the entirety of 2005 ‘Almost Here’ album to a huge crowd.
As the band released an official statement about playing Riot Fest together online before the show back in May ;
Hello old friends,
We are pleased to announce that we will be reuniting the band for a our first show in many years. In September, we will come together for Chicago’s RIOT FEST in Douglas Park to perform our beloved debut album “Almost Here” in its entirety. This is a 10 Year Anniversary Show! This is a Reunion Show! This is a Farewell Show! We are extremely excited to take a trip down memory lane — in the city that we call home.
See you soon!
Xo. The Academy Is…
No one expected what would come next.
As the biggest surprise of the night was the next announcement, as frontman William Beckett announced the band would embark on an ‘Almost Here’ 10th anniversary tour kicking off this December, going into early 2016.
The lineup for this reunion tour is William Beckett on vocals, Mike Carden on guitar, Adam Siska on bass and Andy “The Butcher” Mrotek on drums. No word on if Ian Crawford from Never Shout Never will continue to fill in for ‘Almost Here’s era guitarist, Tom Conrad, throughout the tour, as the original guitarist parted ways with the band back in 2006 and did not play Riot Fest alongside the band.
This tour marks the first time the band has toured exclusively since late frontman, William Beckett leaving the band to pursue a solo music career back in early 2011.
Let the hype commence! Relive all the nostalgia of 2005 over again with the ‘Almost Here’ tour and catch The Academy Is… on the dates below throughout December :
12/04/15 Lake Buena Vista, FL US House Of Blues
12/05/15 Atlanta, GA US Masquerade
12/06/15 Carrboro, NC US Cat’s Cradle
12/08/15 Norfolk, VA US Norva Theater
12/09/15 Washington, D.C. US 9:30 Club
12/10/15 Sayreville, NJ US Starland Ballroom
12/12/15 Philadelphia, PA US Trocadero Theatre
12/13/15 Boston, MA US House Of Blues
12/15/15 New York, NY US Best Buy Theater
12/17/15 Cleveland, OH US House Of Blues
12/18/15 Detroit, MI US St. Andrew’s Hall
12/19/15 Cincinnati, OH US Bogarts
12/20/15 Chicago, IL US House of Blues
12/22/15 Milwaukee, WI US The Rave
12/26/15 Santa Ana, CA US The Observatory
12/29/15 San Francisco, CA US The Regency Ballroom
12/30/15 San Diego, CA US The Observatory