Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CASSADEE POPE LAUNCHES FIRST EVER SOLO TOUR

Cassadee Pope
Cassadee Pope begins her acoustic tour this Friday.
photo by picksysticks


******UPDATE: Feb. 3, 2012********

Check out our pics and review of Cassadee's show at the Key Club right HERE.

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Hey Monday lead singer Cassadee Pope has been performing in front of audiences since she was 13 years old. So when Hey Monday surprised their fans when they announced the band would be taking a 'hiatus' it came as nCassadee Popeo surprise to learn that the now 22-year-old Pope turned to what she's known most of her life - the stage.

Earlier this month, with Pope's announcement that she would be embarking on her first ever solo tour, there was a collective sigh of relief from millions of fans upon hearing the news that Hey Monday had not broken up but were merely taking a 'hiatus.' It took lead singer Cassadee Pope to clear up the confusion when she released a statement:

"I wanted to let you all know that Hey Monday is not "broken up." We are, however, taking a break and pursuing things on our own...I hope you all understand that this does not mean we'll never release new music or tour ever again...Me and the guys are still friends and always will be, and this was a decision we all agreed was for the best."

So, while fans won't be hearing any new Hey Monday songs anytime soon, the better news is that Pope has been writing new original songs and plans to showcase them on an 18-city acoustic tour across the United States. In fact, one of her new songs called "Lunatic" posted on YouTube has already received over 16,000 hits since she posted it January 10th and reveals a more mature songwriting direction from Pope but still manages to deliver it over pop melodies that Hey Monday fans come to expect. But unlike Hey Monday's power-pop sound, Pope hopes to carve out her own musical identity. "I want the lyrics to be more edgy and darker than anything on the radio. Just doing what I love, the real instruments and guitars but with a real pop twist to it," says Pope.

But don't fret HM fans. Pope also revealed that her set list will include some Hey Monday songs as well as 10-11 original songs she's been working on as well as a possible cover or two. "It's going to be a really fun time, like a 'Storytellers' kind of thing," she says.

Pope first came into public view when she formed Hey Monday in 2008. Their power-pop sound caught the attention of Pete Wetz and they soon were signed to his label and Columbia Records. Since then, the band has toured non-stop sharing the stage with the likes of Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is and All Time Low.

Cassadee Pope
Cassadee Pope embarks on her first ever solo tour.
photo by picksysticks

Now, as Hey Monday takes a break, Pope is heading out solo by playing 18 cities in one month beginning this Friday at Anaheim's Chain Reaction and ending 28 days later in her home state of Florida. Supporting her will be Stephen Jerzak, Justin Young and Darling Parade. If you can't make the Anaheim show this Friday, Cassadee performs at The Key Club on the famed Sunset Strip next Tuesday (1/31). Click HERE for dates and ticket info.

CASSADEE POPE SHOWS

1/27 - Anaheim @ Chain Reaction
1/28 - San Diego @ Soma Sidestage
1/29 - Scottsdale @ Martini Ranch
1/31 - West Hollywood @ Key Club
2/1 - Camarillo @ Rock City
2/2 - Bakersfield @ Jerry’s Pizza & Pub
2/11- Chicago @ Beat Kitchen
2/12 - Pittsburgh @ The Altar Bar
2/14 - Philadelphia @ First Unitarian Church
2/15 - Boston @ Brighton Music Hall
2/16 - Teaneck @ Mexicali Live
2/17 - New York @ Highline Ballroom
2/18 - Whitehall @ Planet TrogEnt. Complex
2/19- Baltimore @ Baltimore Soundstage
2/21- Greensboro, N.C. @ Greene Street
2/22- Atlanta @ The Masquerade
2/23 - Gainesville, Fla. @ Double Down Live
2/24 - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Culture Room
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