Protest the Hero Announce Canadian Shows, Reveal New Touring Lineup
Guitarist Luke Hoskin will no longer perform live, but will continue to write and record with the group
Published Nov 24, 2021Protest the Hero have announced their first live performances in over three years. The Ontario metal outfit will play five dates between Ontario and Quebec in March of 2022 — all of which will feature a new touring lineup.
A lengthy update from Protest the Hero notes that guitarist Luke Hoskin will no longer perform live with the band, beginning with the five dates behind 2020's stunning fifth album Palimpsest.
Hoskin writes in a respective statement, "As the band took a pause from live music (as we all did when the pandemic hit), it gave me some time to gain clarity. Though my heart went out to other artists who felt the detrimental effects of not being able to tour, I found myself feeling the opposite: somewhat relieved that touring was off the table."
"I have always believed that the stress associated with touring was worth it in the end. A day filled with challenges and tension was always relieved by the hour (or so) we got to play at night," Hoskin continues. "And while that rings true for most of my touring career, at some point, my love of playing live started to wane making it tougher for me to justify all the other challenges that came with it. I found myself just trying to "get through it" rather than soak it up and enjoy the process. Knowing that, I am certain it's time for me to step back from the live side of things."
Hoskin clarified that he will continue to write and record with Protest the Hero, sharing, "Writing, arranging and recording have always been my favourite parts of being in a band, and I consider it a privilege to keep writing riffs for PTH."
Protest the Hero have announced that guitarist Ben Davis and bassist Henry Selva will join the band for the upcoming shows, rounding out the lineup that also includes vocalist Rody Walker, guitarist Tim Millar and drummer Michael Ieradi.
Selva is known best as the bassist of L.A. outfit the Human Abstract, while guitarist Davis previously played alongside drummer Ieradi in Ottawa progressive outfit the Kindred.
Protest the Hero will perform in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, London and Toronto on their five-date run. Tickets go on sale Friday (November 26) at 10 a.m. ET, and you can find the band's itinerary below alongside their complete lineup update.
Read Exclaim!'s review of Palimpsest.
Protest the Hero 2022 Tour Dates:
03/01 Ottawa, ON - Bronson Centre
03/02 Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
03/03 Quebec City, QC - Imperial
03/05 London, ON - London Music Hall
03/11 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall