The 22 city trek will be kicking off on September 25th in Hollywood, FL at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and concluding on November 13th in St. Petersburg, FL at The Mahaffey Theatre.
The pop star will be making her live return to celebrate the release of her new studio album "Liberation" which is set to be released on June 15th. She will be taking the stage with Demi Lovato at the Billboard Music Awards on May 20th to perform their new duet from the album called "Fall In Line". See the dateshere.
"We keep on running, running through a red light, like we're trying to burn the night away," sings frontman Dan Smith on the song's vivid, cinematic chorus. He explains, "'Quarter Past Midnight' is about trying to capture that moment of a night out. Some people are gonna go home; for some this is just the beginning. It became about being in someone's car, driving through the city. I wanted to try and capture that sense of excitement, and that rush."
Recorded and self-produced in the band's newly built studio - "an old porn studio that we turned into a place that could be ours" - which also houses Smith's record label Best Laid Plans (Rag N'Bone Man, Rationale), the song's nocturnal setting evokes the infinite possibilities that darkness brings.
"It's way easier to escape in the night time," says Smith. "Places that aren't normally open are open to the world, and the places that you associate with reality and work are all shut down. There's a parallel universe that exists, and this other set of people who are out and about."
The five months
I always knew that "In My Arms" would be a love song. Around the time I started writing it, I was having a lot of trouble letting go of a love that I'd had in my life for a while. Pretty much all I could think about was; I'd do anything to have this feeling back. Of course that's what finally became the first line of the song, "Oh I would do anything for you". What I didn't anticipate was that the song would eventually be about a completely different situation. It wasn't until over a year after I had the original idea that it finally blossomed in the way I wanted it to.
I was at the start of what was becoming a pretty long distance relationship, and the emotions surrounding it were starting to worry me a bit. Getting attached to somebody who I couldn't see or be with very much was an unexpected thing, and I was scared at the prospect of those feelings growing. One day when I was making the long drive home from a visit, and feeling particularly sad about having to leave, I just started singing to myself in the car. About 5 minutes later I had all of the chorus lyrics in the voice memos of my phone. When I made it home that night I discovered how well the chorus I had written fit together with my original idea of "I would do anything for you" from a year earlier. As soon as I put those two pieces together the song really came to life and by the end of that night I had it finished. It was really a therapeutic thing. I had a lot to say that night and I was lucky enough to be able to get it all out so I could sleep. Always a pretty magical experience when a song comes together that way.
A week later I was in the studio recording it and the rest is history. I had the pleasure of having some of my favorite musicians accompany me on the track and by the time it came to mixing, Dave Reitzas and I were ready to bring the whole thing to life. The huge, almost orchestral quality you hear in the track is a result of Dave and I sitting in the studio for 2 days straight getting all the sounds dialed and refusing to let anything be less than exactly how we wanted it. I'm almost never 100% happy with how a song turns out but "In My Arms" really ended up being all that I wanted it to be. A true pleasure to make as a song writer and producer, and it makes me happy beyond words to see people enjoying it so much already.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourselfright here!
The new video for the Jimmy Napes and Timbaland produced track was filmed at Italy's famed Villa Erba, a 19th century villa near Lake Como by director Joe Conner.
Sam revealed the new visual as he gears up to launch the North American leg of The Thrill Of It All arena tour at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on June 18th. Watch the videohere.
The initial dates include 56 shows that will begin with a European and UK leg on March 7th in Amsterdam, NL at the Ziggo Dome and wrap up with a two night stand at The O2 Arena in London on April 16th and 17th.
He will take a couple months off before launching the North American leg on June 12th in Portland, OR at the Moda Center. That leg is currently scheduled to conclude on August 24th in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.
See the announced dates
The tour is set to kick off in Miami, FL on August 9 and make stops across North America including Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and more, before wrapping in Boston, MA on October 10.
Tickets for the KOD tour go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. local time at www.dreamville.com and LiveNation.com.
American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. through Friday, May 11 at 10 p.m. In addition, there will be a Spotify pre-sale beginning Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. local time and continuing through 10 p.m. that day.here.
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