Last week, news broke that Christian metalcore band Underoath -- one of the most successful bands ever to come out of Tampa Bay, with multiple Grammy nominations and well over a million albums sold -- was reuniting for a performance at the Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, Calif.
Shortly thereafter came the cries from longtime fans: How about a local show, too?
Today, those prayers have been answered.
Underoath is launching a full-on reunion tour next spring, and it'll kick off with a hometown concert on March 16 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, the site of their final concert in January 2013. On this tour, they'll be performing 2004's They're Only Chasing Safety and 2006's Define the Great Line in their entireties. Tickets are $25-$29 and up, and they'll go on sale Friday. Click here, here and here for details.
By the time this tour starts, it'll have been more than three years since Underoath's last show -- not exactly an eternity, especially considering how busy its members have been keeping themselves.
Founding drummer and vocalist Aaron Gillespie has had a solo career and spent time drumming with Paramore. Singer Spencer Chamberlain founded Sleepwave. Guitarist Tim McTague operates King State Coffee in Tampa. And this spring, the group released Tired Violence, a partially crowd-funded documentary about their final tour. So in some respects, it seems like they haven't left at all.
Some might argue Underoath's "Rebirth Tour" doesn't exactly constitute a full reunion -- as their fans well know, Underoath has seen an array of musicians pass in and out over the years, including singer Dallas Taylor (Maylene and the Sons of Disaster) and drummer Dan Davison (Norma Jean). But Gillespie hasn't been a full touring member since 2010, so that's significant.
Bottom line: Underoath fans will take it. And thankfully, they won't have to fly across the country for the privilege.
-- Jay Cridlin