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Atlantic recording group Shinedown has announced plans to headline this years eagerly awaited Avalanche Tour.  The North American trek presented by Zippo and produced by Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. gets underway on March 27th at The Grove in Anaheim, California and then continues through late April (see attached itinerary).  Accompanying Shinedown on the 2012 Avalanche Tour will be Adelitas Way, with additional support from New Medicine (March 27th April 10th) and Art of Dying (April 12th April 25 th). 

Pre-sale tickets for the second annual Avalanche Tour will be available to members of Shinedown Nation, the official Shinedown Fan Club, beginning January 31st please visit www.shinedown.com for complete details.  Additional Avalanche pre-sale tickets will be available on February 1st, with all remaining tickets then offered to the general public on February 3rd and 4th.  During the tour, fans will have a chance to win exclusive backstage passes to meet Shinedown and the other bands by tweeting #ZippoEncore during each show. Additionally, Zippo will give fans onsite a special code that is good for exclusive free music downloads on ZippoEncore.com.  For information and links to purchase all tickets for the 2012 Avalanche Tour, please visit www.AvalancheTour.com.

 The 2012 Avalanche Tour celebrates Shinedowns much-anticipated new album, AMARYLLIS, which arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on March 27th.  The album is highlighted by the explosive new single, Bully, which is available now at all DSPs.  Shinedowns first new music since all six singles from 2008s THE SOUND OF MADNESS ascended to #1 at Rock radio, the track is already a top 10 sensation at Rock radio outlets nationwide after having immediately been declared the formats #1 Most Added.  A companion video clip for Bully is currently in pre-production, while an official lyric video is streaming now at Shinedowns official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/ShinedownTV.

Currently poised to begin a major European tour, Shinedown will herald the release of AMARYLLIS with a visit to ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Slated for Monday, March 26th, the appearance will see Shinedown performing Bully live for the first time on national television on the shows outdoor stage (check local listings).

 AMARYLLIS sees Shinedown joining forces once more with multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day), who previously collaborated with the band on the record-breaking THE SOUND OF MADNESS.  Recorded at Cavallos Lightning Sound studios outside of Los Angeles and a pair of Hollywood landmarks, Ocean Way Recording and Capitol Studios, the album was recently named among This Years Best Bets by Billboard, which noted the inventive addition of synths, a 27-piece orchestra, and a 10-piece horn section to the bands powerful hard rock.

Ive always seen Shinedown as its own entity, says Shinedown frontman Brent Smith, this living thing thats been growing and developing and evolving over the past 10 years.  During the recording, the vision of what Shinedown is and where its going became completely clear.  AMARYLLIS is the manifestation of that vision, the centerpiece of what Shinedown is.  It reflects on everything weve done and where were heading.  Its a message of empowerment, perseverance, and inspiration that I think speaks to fans that have been with us since the beginning as well as those who are just learning about who we are and what were about.  I cant wait for the world to hear it.

Shinedown will reveal the AMARYLLIS cover art with an interactive fan experience beginning on January 30th at www.shinedown.com/amaryllis.  In addition, album pre-orders will be available in a variety of bundles.  A pair of packages will be on offer, comprising an array of exclusive extras: the Deluxe Early Entry Bundle features one General Admission ticket to the 2012 Avalanche Tour show of the customers choice with early entry, while the limited edition Premium Meet & Greet Bundle will include one General Admission ticket to the 2012 Avalanche Tour show of the customers choice, admission to a very special meet-and-greet with the band, and a screen-printed poster signed and numbered by Shinedown themselves.  Both bundles include a CD copy of AMARYLLIS, a Shinedown rubber bracelet and T-shirt, one-year membership (or renewal) in the Shinedown Nation Fan Club, a full album stream one week before street date, and an instant MP3 download of Bully.

THE SOUND OF MADNESS proved Shinedowns mainstream breakthrough, debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200 before spending 120 consecutive weeks on the chart.  The album made rock music history, with each of its six singles reaching #1 on the airplay rankings.  Among them are such hits as Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom), Devour, The Sound of Madness, The Crow and The Butterfly, the gold certified If You Only Knew, and the double-platinum certified crossover smash, Second Chance all of which rose to the top of the airplay charts, marking a genuinely stunning streak of rock radio classics.

Shinedown supported THE SOUND OF MADNESS with a wide range of live TV appearances, including performances on ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBCs The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Today Show, CBS The Early Show, and the 2010 NHL Awards show.  In 2009, the band received an American Music Award nomination for Best Alternative Rock Band.

Shinedowns unprecedented ascendancy over multi-format rock radio initially began with their RIAA platinum certified 2003 debut LEAVE A WHISPER and its gold certified 2005 follow-up, US AND THEM.  Together, both albums yielded seven consecutive top 5 radio hits, including Fly From the Inside, 45, Simple Man, Burning Bright, Heroes, I Dare You, and of course, the #1 blockbuster, Save Me, which dominated Active Rock radio for a remarkable 12 successive weeks.

Shinedown is: Brent Smith (vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (guitars), and Eric Bass (bass).
   

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