Photo of Richard Patrick by Derick Smith
New dates added as hard rockers hit the U.K., Europe, Australia, New Zealand before next U.S. Freaks on Parade Tour. VIP and Specialty Items now available.
Alternative/Industrial rock band Filter’s first European headlining tour in more than eight years starting in March 2024 will hit such countries as The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, and the U.K. Tickets are selling fast, as many shows approach sell out.
The band will then head to Australia and New Zealand in April. Also just announced, they will once again be joining The Freaks on Parade Tour with friends Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, and Ministry for a second round of dates in the U.S. beginning in August.
Filter will be performing songs from the recently released critically acclaimed “The Algorithm” as well as classic tracks from their 30-year repertoire.
Tickets on sale for all dates here: https://officialfilter.com/tour/
Today, Filter have added an exclusive VIP Meet & Greet experience to its European Tour, their first in over 8 years. As part of the Filter Fanatic VIP Meet & Greet, concertgoers can purchase an upgrade that will include a private meet and greet with Filter, a souvenir VIP laminate, a signed limited edition tour poster and photo-op with the band. VIP for Australia and New Zealand dates can be found with each individual show link.
VIP Links can be found here: https://officialfilter.com/tour/
In specialty item news, Distortion Inc. and Filter have partnered to introduce The Short Bus Pedal, to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the band’s debut release “Short Bus.”
“We’ve dug up all the original gear from my mom’s basement to make the pedal identical to the ‘Short Bus’ sound,” says Richard Patrick, founder and leader of Filter. “The result is uncanny. You better believe you’ll be ripping all your favorite ‘Short Bus’ tracks with this thing.”
The Short Bus Pedal is a limited-edition authentic piece of working gear that comes with a numbered certificate signed by Patrick, making it a true collector’s item. The pedal is available now on pre-order at filterpedal.com and starts shipping in late February.
The pedal is built to be used and abused: “This is a serious piece of gear made for the stage,” says Patrick, who has personally overseen the development. Patrick will be using the pedal on the upcoming European tour dates, and a stage played and signed version will be available for sale during and after the tour. Watch this space: filterpedal.com
In addition, after a successful run of limited-edition skateboards from Volatile Skateboards, Filter has re-teamed with the renegade skateboard company for a new board featuring the artwork from “The Algorithm.” Get it here: https://www.volatileskateboards.com/filter
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the band’s birth. In 1993, founder and lead vocalist Patrick placed an ad in Scene Magazine in Cleveland, OH, shortly after leaving Nine Inch Nails as their touring guitarist, looking to form a band that would eventually evolve into Filter.
The celebration of Filter’s anniversary began in late 2022 when Patrick was invited to join Nine Inch Nails for a special fan day Q&A at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The following night NIN mastermind Trent Reznor had Patrick and other former and current NIN band members join him for a special performance at the Blossom Center in Cleveland, OH, where the band was originally formed. The expanded NIN performed such staples as “Eraser,” “Wish,” “Sin,” “Gave Up,” “Head Like a Hole,” and a cover of Filter’s 1994 monster hit, “Hey Man Nice Shot.”
Filter followed that performance with the release of their first new single in over two years – “For the Beaten” which kicked off a new era. 2023 saw the much-anticipated release of a new Filter album “The Algorithm”. Singles “Face Down” and “Obliteration” both had innovative music videos which garnered attention from new and long-time fans alike.