The Sword finished off its “Conquest of Quarantine” sessions series this week.
The band finished off its three-part performance series Thursday with a performance of Rush’s timeless hit song ‘Working Man’ through Loudwire. The band’s take on the song stays true to its source material, but also adds a certain special touch to the song.
Bassist Bryan Richie discussed the inspiration behind The Sword’s take on the song in a recent interview.
“In the early 2000s we were given a CD by one of Kyle’s record store buddies with SLUSH scrawled across it and little did we know what a wild ride awaited us,” he said. “This dude had taken his favorite Rush songs and dropped the pitch control on his record player as low as it would go – taking these classic RUSH tracks and turning them into a C standard sludge fest with the most air drumable drums!! Does it doom? Heck yes it does. Enjoy our cover of the classic RUSH track “Working Man” with a Slush’y spin.”
The recording sessions that led to the “Conquest of Quarantine” marked the first time that the band has recorded any music together in any sense since the band went on hiatus in 2018.
The band opened the series two weeks ago with a performance of its take on T. Rex’s song ‘Children of the Revolution.’ It premiered the performance through Consequence of Sound.
That performance was followed up last week with a performance of ‘Winter’s Wolves’ through Louder. The song was originally featured in the band’s 2006 debut album Age of Winters.
The Sword’s recent jam session was the result of a tour with Primus that was halted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That tour was is now rescheduled and expected to start June 9 in Houston, TX. It is scheduled to run through July 19 in Cincinnati, OH and feature performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Essex Junction, VT, and Philadelphia, PA.
The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.
June 9 – Houston, Texas @ Revention Music Center*
June 11 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
June 12 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater*
June 13 – New Orleans, La. @ Saenger Theatre*
June 15 – Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live*
June 16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Coca-Cola Roxy*
June 20 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*
June 22 – Asheville, N.C. @ Exploreacheville.com Arena*
June 23 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater*
June 25 – Richmond, Va. @ Virginia Credit Union Live!*
June 26 – Baltimore, Md. @ MECU Pavilion*
June 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE*
June 29 – Essex Junction, Vt. @ Midway Law at Champlain Valley Expo*
July 1 – Westbrook, Maine @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row*
July 2 – Wallingford, Ct. @ Oakdale Theatre*
July 5 – Lafayette, N.Y. @ Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards (no the Sword)
July 6 – Boston, Mass. @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
July 8 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre*
July 9 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage*
July 10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Met*
July 13 – Toronto, Ont. @ RBC Echo Beach*
July 15 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live! Outdoor*
July 16 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
July 17 – Sterling Heights, Mich. @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre*
July 19 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ PNC Pavilion*
In other news, The Sword released two hits collections from The Sword June 19, Chronology: 2006 – 2018 and Conquest of Kingdoms. Chronology: 2006 – 2018 is a three-CD set features the band’s biggest hits, fan favorites, rarities and previously unreleased songs. Its track count totals 52 (yes, 52) songs. Additionally it features liner notes penned by the band’s members and some other well-known names — Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Mark Morton (Lamb of God) and Neil Fallon (Clutch).
Conquest of Kingdoms is a three-LP vinyl set that features previously unreleased songs, b-sides, oddities and live performances. Its track listing totals 30 songs.
More information on The Sword’s new “mini-set,” rescheduled live dates and more is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
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