Danko Jones, 1996: "I got a white Cadillac … I keep the back seat for lovin’"
Danko Jones, 2010: "I can screw your girl in the back of my Cadillac"
Based on the evidence above, you might conclude that Danko Jones hasn’t changed at all over the past decade. But the truth is, Danko Jones has come a long way in the years since first rearing his fedora-covered head in 1996 — and we’re not just talking about all the frequent-flyer points he racks up touring all corners of the world.
Twelve years ago, Danko Jones was a hungry lion trying to break free of Toronto’s stagnant indie-rock scene. Today, he’s a well-fed beast who routinely shares arena stages with the likes of Axl Rose and Lemmy Kilmister. He’s a top charting artist in Europe and he’s added the titles of "Spoken Word Artist," "Music-magazine Columnist" and "Internationally Syndicated Radio Host" to his formidable list of aliases (The Mango Kid, Dr. Evening, The Brown Panther).
Danko’s Thick Lizzy riffs, JC’s bruising, post-hardcore basslines and drummer Dan Cornelius’ craterous stomp, which form the swaggering soundtrack to Danko’s inimitable, unflinching dispatches from the frontlines of the war of the sexes. So long as guys keep thinking with their dicks instead of their heads and so long as beautiful women have the power to reduce men to drooling, deviant, irrational idiots, Danko Jones records will continue to sound like Danko Jones records. And we all know none of that is going to change anytime soon.
So, here we are: Below the Belt — the place where the best rock ‘n’ roll comes from, and the place where these 11 songs hit you. Where the stadium-sized sing-alongs from 2008’s Never Too Loud might have suggested Danko, JC and Dan had grown comfortable with their stature as one of the most consistent and dependable rock bands since AC/DC and Motorhead, on Below the Belt they sound more like the hungry power trio that first broke out nationally in Canada with 1999’s My Love Is Bold EP, which provided the first hints that these garage-punk noisemakers had the pop chops to go global.
As much as Below the Belt captures the sound of classic Danko Jones, it marks an evolution as well. On previous set-list standards like "Suicide Woman" and "Love Is Unkind," Danko was eager to play the victim, exposing his badly broken heart so that others could learn from his example and not make the same mistakes. But on Below the Belt, the tables have turned and now Danko’s having the last laugh, whether he’s kicking a nagging, sexless lover to the curb ("I Wanna Break Up With You"), basking in the post-breakup sympathy when the ex admits she was in the wrong ("Apology Accepted") and mocking her to her face when she loses her good looks ("The Sore Loser").
DANKO JONES is incredibly pleased to announce that the band will be performing as part of this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival! Together with Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed And Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers, Middle Class Rut, New Politics and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, they will travel North America to rock stadiums and amphitheaters alike from August 13th and on. Tickets for most Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival shows are on sale now and are affordably priced between $10.25 and $89.75 (plus fees). Go to Rockstar Uproar and Live Nation for full details and to purchase tickets.
Starting on the east coast and ending on the west, Danko will miss the first three shows due to festival commitments in Europe and will join up in Saratoga, NY for a run of 20 shows. Following their hugely successful run supporting Volbeat, this will be the biggest tour of North America ever for the band and comes on the back of heavy radio rotation for ‘Just A Beautiful Day’. The lead single off their album Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue peaked at a career high #26 on the Active Rock chart in the US and a new single will be serviced to radio shortly.
DANKO JONES on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival: Aug 13th – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug 14th – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
Aug 16th – Bristow, VA (D.C.) – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug 17th – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 18th – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 20th – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug 22nd – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug 23rd – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) – Klipsch Music Center
Aug 24th – Clarkston, MI (Detroit) – DTE Energy Music Theater
Aug 27th – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheater
Aug 28th – Dallax, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug 31st – Albuquerque, TX – Isleta Amphitheatre
Sep 1st – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sep 2nd – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Sep 5th – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Sep 8th – Ridgefield, WA (Portland, OR) – Sleep Country Amphitheater
Sep 11th – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep 13th – Phoenix, AZ – Desert Sky Pavilion
Sep 14th – Chula Vista, CA (San Diego) – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sep 15th – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater