The Hold Steady Announce First Shows With Franz Nicolay, Will Play ‘Boys And Girls In America’ At Riot Fest

The Hold Steady have announced that they will be performing at both installments of this year’s Riot Fest in Denver (September 2-4) and Chicago (September 16-18). For these shows, the group will be performing their seminal 2006 record Boys And Girls In America in full to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its release. The group will be reuniting with original keyboardist Franz Nicolay for both performances, and tickets are on sale now. The Hold Steady will also be reissuing their beloved albums Almost Killed Me (2004) and Separation Sunday (2005) on vinyl this fall via Frenchkiss Records. More details on these reissues are forthcoming.

Now in their second decade, The Hold Steady formed in 2003 in Brooklyn, NY, and, with their vibrant mixture of punk ethos and classic rock pedigree punctuated by lyrically dense storytelling and guitar riffs, quickly became a critically acclaimed rock band with a rabid fan base to match.  In May 2005, The Hold Steady were the first rock band to grace the front page of The Village Voice in 15 years. Boys and Girls in America was ranked No. 8 on the Rolling Stone “Best Albums of 2006” list, and No. 1 by The A.V. ClubPitchfork wrote of the album, “[Craig Finn] not only has a commanding, rousing voice but he also says something worth hearing, displaying gifts for both scope and depth that are all too rare in contemporary rock – indie or mainstream.” Since 2004, The Hold Steady have released six studio albums via Frenchkiss, Vagrant and The Hold Steady Industries (via Razor & Tie).

The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (Drums), Craig Finn (Vocals), Tad Kubler (Guitar, vocals), Galen Polivka (Bass) and Steve Selvidge (Guitar, vocals).

The Hold Steady (performing Boys And Girls In America) upcoming dates:

9/2-4 – Riot Fest – Denver, CO

9/16-18 – Riot Fest – Chicago, IL

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