The Wallflowers Return: Stream ‘Roots and Wings,’ New Album Out 7/9, 53-Date Tour Launching in July

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On July 9, Jakob Dylan and The Wallflowers will release a new studio album titled Exit Wounds. Announced on Friday, it will be the first new album from the band since 2012’s Glad All Over, and was produced by Butch Walker. Singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne appears on four songs, as well.

The album news was launched alongside the premiere of a new song titled “Roots and Wings,” which can be heard below:

The Wallflowers also performed the track on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night:

More about the album and its inspiration, per a news release:

True to its title, Exit Wounds is an ode to people — individual and collective — that have, to put it mildly, been through some stuff. Jakob Dylan says, “I think everybody — no matter what side of the aisle you’re on — wherever we’re going to next, we’re all taking a lot of exit wounds with us. Nobody is the same as they were four years ago. That, to me, is what Exit Wounds signifies. And it’s not meant to be negative at all. It just means that wherever you’re headed, even if it’s to a better place, you leave people and things behind, and you think about those people and those things and you carry them with you. Those are your exit wounds. And right now, we’re swimming in them.” Dylan continues, “I’m the same writer I’ve always been — I was just also writing during a time when the world felt like it was falling apart. That changes the way you address even the simplest things, because you have panic in your mind all the time. You have anxiety. And you also have hope. And it’s all in there.” 

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For this record, Dylan — the main creative spark behind the Wallflowers — teamed up with a new backing group of musicians, which he explained in a statement has always been the way things are done with this project:

“The Wallflowers have always been a vehicle for me to make great rock ‘n’ roll records. And sometimes the lineup that makes the record transfers over into touring, and sometimes it doesn’t. But my intention is always to make the Wallflowers record I want to make, using the musicians I have beside me.”

Dylan and his new band mates will embark on a massive 53-date arena/amphitheater tour beginning in July. The tour news is another example of a glimmer of hope of live concerts returning sooner rather than later (coinciding with the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles planning to reopen in the summer as well). The schedule of dates:

July 16th – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
July 17th – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 18th – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 20th – Bethlehem, PA – The Wind Creek Event Center
July 22nd – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 23rd – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview
July 25th – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 27th – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 28th – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
July 30th – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
July 31st – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
August 1st – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
August 3rd – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 4th – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 6th – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 7th – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
August 8th – Jacksonville, FL – Dally’s Place Amphitheatre
August 10th – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
August 12th – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
August 13th – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 15th – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
August 16th – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
August 18th – Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center
August 20th – Memphis, TN – Live at the Garden
August 21st – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 22nd – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
August 24th – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
August 25th – Toledo, OH – Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
August 27th – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 28th – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 29th – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 31st – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
September 1st – Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
September 3rd – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
September 4th – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheatre
September 5th – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
September 8th – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
September 9th – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
September 10th – Welch, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino
September 12th – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
September 14th – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre
September 17th – Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
September 18th – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
September 21st – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
September 22nd – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
September 23rd – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
September 25th – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 26th – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
September 28th – Bakersfield, CA – Rabobank Arena
September 30th – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
October 3rd – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
October 5th – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
October 7th – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

While Dylan hasn’t been especially active with the Wallflowers in recent years, he was a noteworthy participant in the 2018 documentary Echo in the Canyon, which he Executive Produced and starred in.

Click here to read our interview with the film’s director, Andrew Slater.


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