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The Hold Steady tickets - The Hold Steady Tour

Six Albums Later, The Hold Steady is Holding Strong

Recognized equally for their storytelling-style songs and classic rock sound, The Hold Steady strummed their way into fans' hearts by introducing them to a few hard-living characters, like Holly, a Catholic and addict; Charlemagne, a pimp; and Sapphire, a psychic. Lauded by critics, the boys of The Hold Steady manage to speak to a wide array of listeners while maintaining creative independence and crafting radio-friendly tunes. Six albums in, and this band is only getting better. This acclaimed band is hitting the road again, meaning plenty of music appreciators will be holding out for The Hold Steady tickets.

Schedule

The New-York-based band really knows how to get around. They've played all over North America and Europe and aren't likely to stop anytime soon. The U.S. spring 2014 tour includes stops in the Northeast, the South, and the Midwest, before heading across the pond to the UK. They'll make a couple stops in Canada before closing out the tour.

Trivia

The band does enjoy its share of pop culture, with Hurley, a character from the popular TV show "Lost," name-dropping the group on episode four of the second season of the hit sci-fi show. The Hold Steady got a bit more personally involved when it came to a different fantasy favorite program, "Game of Thrones." They wrote "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" specifically for the show in 2013.

Band

Though the group has seen some turnover since it began in 2004, the members have all remained on good terms from start to finish. The original members included vocalist and writer Craig Finn, bassist Galen Polivka, lead guitarist Tad Kubler, drummer Judd Counsell and keyboardist Franz Nicolay. Counsell left in 2005 and Nicolay left in 2010. The current five-piece collection is made up of original players Finn, Kubler and Polivka, along with newer additions, Steve Selvidge on guitar and Bobby Drake on drums.

Breakthrough

The Hold Steady received immediate critical acclaim upon releasing their 2004 debut album "Almost Killed Me." The group made the cover of "Village Voice" in 2005 -- the first rock band to do so in 15 years. The accolades continued raining down upon the delighted band from there, including more raving reviews from the "Voice" on their second album and a top-10 placement on Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2006 list for their third album.

Hit Albums

Fans are hard-pressed to find an album The Hold Steady has created that isn't a hit, at least to critics. Their debut album, "Almost Killed Me," received immediate rave reviews, followed by further appreciation for their second album, "Separation Sunday," released in 2005. They continued their success with "Boys and Girls in America" in 2006 before taking a brief break for two years to focus on EPs. "Stay Positive," their fourth studio album, came out in 2008, followed by "Heaven is Whenever" in 2010. Other than the "Game of Thrones" track, the band took a hiatus until March 2014, when they released their latest work, "Teeth Dreams."

Show Experience

Some bands might have difficulty jostling five members around the stage, but The Hold Steady makes room for movement. The pounding beats of the latest album mean Finn is spitting lyrics into the mic at a frantic pace, while drummer Drake thrashes with barely controlled passion on his percussive barrels. The guitarists -- working either in concert or in combat -- furiously strum through their parts. The result is a raucous show with biting vocals, thought-provoking metaphors and spine-tingling riffs that are not easily forgotten.

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