Snow Patrol Announces Rose Bowl Date Opening for Ed Sheeran

Published : Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | 6:30 PM

Irish rock band Snow Patrol comes to the Rose Bowl on August 18 as a support act for Ed Sheeran’s North American stadium tour.

The Rose Bowl concerts kicks off 24 tour dates in the U.S. and Canada; the tour wraps up on Nov. 10 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The band will be playing songs from the new album, “Wildness,” the band’s first album in seven years, which was released Friday.

“There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all its confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness,” lead singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says about the album. “Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around: the loss of it, trying to reconnect with it, to remember it.”

Snow Patrol was formed in 1993, with Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, backing vocals), Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jonny Quinn (drums), and Johnny McDaid (piano, guitar, backing vocals).

The band rose to prominence in the early-mid 2000s as part of the post-Britpop movement.

After briefly using the name Polarbear and releasing the EP Starfighter Pilot (1997) and losing Morrison as a member, the band became Snow Patrol in 1997 and added Quinn to its line-up. Their first two indie albums were commercially unsuccessful. The band signed to the major label Polydor Records in 2002.

After their major-label debut album, “Final Straw,” the following year, the band rose to national fame. The album was certified five times platinum in the UK and eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album, Eyes Open (2006), and its hit single, “Chasing Cars,” propelled the band to greater international fame.

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