With punk outfit Against Me! returning to the stage this September, frontwoman Laura Jane Grace will warm-up with a mini-tour of her own.
Ticket buyers for her north coast dates will get first taste of new Against Me! music. They’ll receive a download link to two stripped-down versions of songs that'll appear on Against Me!’s upcoming full-length album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”. The limited edition ”True Trans” recording will be available for purchase at the upcoming acoustic shows.
The six solo acoustic shows start Aug. 10 in Philadelphia under the banner “Jane Grace Sings The Transgender Dysphoria Blues” – a name that plays on the artist’s real life turn of events.
Until May 2012, the Florida rockers were fronted by Tom Gabel. That’s when the bombshell dropped; the singer came out as transgender. After living 31 years as a man, Gabel announced plans to begin living as a woman under the name Laura Jane Grace.
"I'm going to have embarrassing moments and that won't be fun," Gabel said at the time. "But that's part of what talking to you is about - is hoping people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind."
Tickets for the upcoming solo run go on sale July 12 and will be available through Against Me!'s official Web site.
The group will build the buzz for “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” with appearances at this year's Riot Fest in Chicago on the weekend of Sept. 13-15 and in Denver on the weekend of Sept. 21-22.
They've finished tracking the new album, a publicist for the band confirms. However, a release date has yet to be announced.
Dates for Laura Jane Grace Sings The Transgender Dysphoria Blues
August 10 - Philadelphia, PA - MilkBoy
August 11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
August 13 - Providence, RI - Fete Lounge
August 14 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
August 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
August 16 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom