When a press released hits one’s inbox with the title “The MAKE AMERICA ROCK AGAIN Tour is Back this Summer, Featuring Our Generation’s Top Heavy Rock Artists“, the mind begins to race. First, it’s great that the inaugural Make America Rock Again is back for another edition, because we’re sure Trapt, Saliva, Saving Abel, Crazytown, Alien Ant Farm, and whoever else was on that patriotic rock circus sure did our country proud. But secondly, who the eff could possibly leading this year’s tour?
Turns out Scott Stapp, that’s who.
The former (we guess?) Creed frontman is headlining the 2017 Make America Rock Again tour, which hits 17 spots mostly across North America’s East Coast and Midwest region this summer. And joining Stapp on this wild ride are Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool, Adelitas Way, and a return engagement from Trapt.
If you missed it last year, here’s a quick recap:
This year’s tour kicks off August 4 in Sturgis, South Dakota, and wraps September 9 as part of the Blue Ridge Rock Fest in Lynchburg, Virginia. There is just one New England date so far: September 3 at The Forum in Presque Isle, Maine.
And needless to say, Stapp is excited.
“I’m excited to headline Make America Rock Again!” he says in the press release. “We’ve got a great line-up that I’m looking forward to touring with. It’s going to be a great summer of rock and roll for the bands and the fans.” Adds Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies: “Can’t wait to hit the stage with our good friends for the Make America Rock Again tour, we’re pumped and ready to go! See ya out there.”
Drowning Pool played a few Make America Rock Again dates last year, and are back for sloppy seconds. “We can’t wait to return to the road and Make America Rock Again — last year’s dates were a blast, but pound-for-pound this year looks to be even bigger and better and is sure to be a don’t-miss experience,” the band says in a statement. “Drowning Pool and Scott Stapp were labelmates early in our careers, and it will be great to finally tour with him, our friends in Sick Puppies and Trapt, and our new friends in Adelitas Way. Together, we will… (wait for it)… (keep waiting)… MAKE AMERICA ROCK AGAIN! Can’t wait to see everyone on the road!”
Below are the “currently confirmed” Make America Rock Again tour dates for 2017. [Warning: “Select dates feature different forms of the line-up, see next to each date for line-up. Dates with no line-up listed next to them feature the full bill.”]
Make America Rock Again 2017
August 4: Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip – Drowning Pool and Trapt
August 9: Omaha, NE @ Ralston Arena – featuring Scott Stapp, Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool and Trapt
August 15: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
August 17: Lafayette, LA @ Festival International Stage
August 18: Edinburg, TX @ HEB Park
August 19: Austin, TX @ Bat Fest – featuring Scott Stapp, Sick Puppies, Trapt and Adelitas Way
August 20: Houston, TX @ Pub Fountains outdoors
August 24: Sylvania, OH @ Centennial Terrace
August 25: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave – featuring Scott Stapp, Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool and Adelitas Way
August 26: Island Lake, IL @ Bands in the Sand
August 27: Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheater
August 29; Dewey Beach, DE @ Bottle & Cork – featuring Scott Stapp, Sick Puppies and Trapt
August 31: Huntington, NY @ Paramount Theatre
September 1: Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
September 3: Presque Isle, ME @ The Forum
September 8: Fayetteville, NC @ Crown Complex
September 9: Lynchburg, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Fest (as part of full festival)
America, fuck yeah.