Exclusive: William Beckett announces debut solo releases, tour dates
Former the Academy Is… frontman William Beckett will be launching his solo career with the release of 3 EPs, which are due to be released in the coming months. As we reported yesterday, the first EP in that series, Walk The Talk, is due April 17 via YIKE Records; a new single, “Compromising Me,” is due tomorrow (March 20). The other two EPs are scheduled for release in July and October.
In addition, Beckett announced a solo headlining North American tour which kicks off May 4 in Minneapolis. Pre-sale tickets are available on March 20 via Artist Arena. A full list of dates is below.
According to a press release, Beckett was intending for his solo work to be released via his former label, Atlantic. However, he was dropped before that could happen. In a statement, Beckett said:
“After that phone call I stood in silence for 60 seconds, shocked and angry. Then a wave of clarity washed over me. I was free. Free from over thinking and second-guessing. Free from the old formula of ‘Where does this fit?’ and ‘This is what works.’ I took all of my songs and my vision and hit the ground running. I surrounded myself with a whole new team. It’s time to walk the talk. No compromise, no bullshit, no ancient rulebook.”
Walk The Talk track list:
"Girl, You Shoulda Been A Drummer"
"You Never Give Up"
William Beckett tour dates:
May 4 Minneapolis, MN Varsity
May 5 Madison, WI Redamte Coffee House
May 6 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
May 7 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
May 9 Columbus, OH Rumba Café
May 10 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
May 11 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
May 12 Toronto, ON Mod Club
May 13 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
May 14 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
May 16 Boston, MA Middle East
May 17 Teaneck, NJ Mexicali Live
May 18 New York, NY Studio at Webster Hall
May 19 Hamden, CT The Space
May 20 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
May 21 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
May 23 Columbia, SC 5 Points Pub
May 24 Orlando, FL The Social
May 25 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
May 26 Nashville, TN The End
May 27 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Café
May 29 Chicago, IL Schubas