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Trauma Announce US Tour with Queensrÿche and Marty Friedman

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

Bay Area thrash metal band Trauma have announced a US tour with prog metal vets Queensrÿche early next year – running from March 3rd through April 16th.

Picture of Trauma band members 2023.
Trauma L-R: Steve Robello, Michael Spencer, Brian Allen, Casey Trask, and Kris Gustofson

Also on the bill will be guitar shredder Marty Friedman, with Spotify presale and local presale beginning on Wednesday, December 7th at 10am local time (and running until Thursday, December 8th at 10pm local time).

Public sale will begin on Friday, December 9 at 10am local time.

“Everyone in Trauma is thankful for the opportunity to be touring all across the US with Queensrÿche on their ‘Digital Alliance’ tour,” says the band in a statement. “Trauma is very excited to be a part of this tour.”

Trauma’s latest album ‘Awakening,’ was issued this past September via Massacre Records, and can be ordered or listened to via this link:

And the metal community has offered praise for ‘Awakening,’ including Markus' Heavy Music Blog saying, “‘Awakening’ convinces with power and enthusiasm,” Metal Temple adding, “The thrash they play is pure, the voice clean and the production sound,” and the This Day In Metal site stating, “It’s clear to see from their grand return after a 30 year silence that they are still very much so a driving force within the thrash metal scene and “Awakening” is the gateway to the thrashy glory they have always deserved.”

“Trauma is very pleased with the current reaction from fans, journalists and many others in the music business with the current release of our 4th studio album, ‘Awakening’,” says the band. “The release has received many stellar reviews, and write ups from around the world. We are hopeful to gain some new fans along the journey and look forward to possibly touring in Europe, and many other places soon.”

Originally formed in 1981 in San Francisco, Trauma was one of the first heavy metal bands – along with Exodus, Metallica, and Testament – to trailblaze the style now known as “thrash.” And the thrash metal band’s original bassist was none other than the late/legendary Cliff Burton (who would later join Metallica). 1984 saw the release of the group’s debut album, ‘Scratch and Scream,’ before the band parted in 1985. But in 2013, Trauma reunited, and have been back in business ever since.

The group’s current line-up consists of singer Brian Allen (who replaced original vocalist Donny Hillier, who sadly passed away in 2020), Steve Robello (guitar), Joe Fraulob (guitar), Michael Spencer (bass), and Kris Gustofson (drums). – and soon, will be rocking the metal masses on their US tour with Queensrÿche and Marty Friedman.


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3/3/2023 Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live

3/4/2023 Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room

3/5/2023 Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre

3/7/2023 Destin, FL - Club LA

3/9/2023 San Antonio, TX - The Vibes Event Center Showroom

3/10/2023 Houston, TX - Scout Bar

3/11/2023 Dallas, TX - House Of Blues - Dallas

3/12/2023 Midland, TX - La Hacienda Event Center

3/14/2023 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre

3/16/2023 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades

3/19/2023 Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues - Anaheim

3/21/2023 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

3/22/2023 Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre

3/24/2023 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre

3/25/2023 Kansas City, MO - The Truman

3/26/2023 St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall

3/28/2023 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave

3/29/2023 Fort Wayne, IN - The Clyde Theatre

3/31/2023 Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall

4/1/2023 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection

4/2/2023 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall

4/4/2023 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall

4/5/2023 McKees Rocks, PA - Roxian Theater

4/7/2023 Worcester, MA - The Palladium

4/8/2023 Huntington, NY - The Paramount - Huntington, NY

4/10/2023 New York, NY - Irving Plaza

4/11/2023 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage

4/12/2023 Charlotte, NC - The Underground - Charlotte

4/14/2023 Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl - Nashville

4/15/2023 Atlanta, GA - Heaven at The Masquerade

4/16/2023 St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live


For press contact:

Chip Ruggieri

Chipster P.R & Consulting Inc.

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