The year that is coming to a close has been a busy time for Gab De La Vega with many shows and tours, including Canada, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium. Many acoustic gigs but also important full band concerts, such as the first three dates with The Open Cages in Germany, including Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings Festival in Berlin last September. It was a year that heralded a return to almost normal rhythms for the singer-songwriter, although so far only three concerts in Italy have filled his calendar: a solo date in his hometown Brescia at a charity festival in support of Emergency, a full band show at Bocciodromo di Vicenza with Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) and a solo gig at Bloom di Mezzago with Canadians PUP.
But December is here, and publishing the last shows of the year he writes: “It seemed right to close this incredible 2022 with a few gigs in Italy! Eight solo concerts, hope to see you here for greetings and hugs before the end of the year! As usual: sharing is caring! Tell your friends and come and hang out!”
The last live shows of 2022 will be:
04.12 – Bergamo, Daste
09.12 – Noale, Lighthouse Pub
10.12 – Trieste, Germinal
11.12 – Gorizia, 4:20
15.12 – Genoa, Flamingo Records
16.12 – Alba, La Cadrega
17.12 – Rivolta D’Adda – Arci Il Sole
23.12 – Vicenza, Lucky Brews
WATCH “WE COULD BE ANYTHING”:
WATCH “DEMONS OF TOMORROW”:
WATCH “I WANT TO BREAK FREE” (Live in Toronto):
Gab De La Vega has released three albums, two 7 “s and a handful of singles. Over the years, he has toured extensively in Europe (more than 20 countries, including two UK tours) and has also touched the US East Coast, Canada (three times) and South America.
He has done big gigs and small gigs, sharing the stage with artists such as Frank Turner, Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace, PUP, Chuck Ragan, Joey Cape, Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Austin Lucas, Ceremony, H2O and many others.
In 2022 he recorded his fourth studio album, which will see the light of day in 2023.
After his full band appearance at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings Festival at Columbia Theater last September and two more shows in the South, singer-songwriter Gab De La Vega is returning to Germany for a handful of solo shows!
WATCH THE VIDEO: Live at Lost Evenings V, Berlin
Gab De La Vega has toured Germany multiple times, he always says that’s one of favourite places to tour, in fact he toured solo in May, full band in September and now solo again.
Coming back to Germany three times in a year can only confirm that statement.
Born in Brescia (Italy), Citizen of the World: he does everything to take his music wherever he can. Throughout the years he toured Europe extensively (more than 20 countries, including two UK tours) and he also hit the US East Coast, Canada (three times) and South America.
He played small shows and big shows, sharing the stage with artists such as Frank Turner, Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace, PUP, Chuck Ragan, Joey Cape, Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Austin Lucas, Ceremony, H2O and many more.
In 2022 he toured Europe, with shows in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium, played full band with Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) in Italy and embarked on his third tour in Canada, with 22 shows between Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
He opened a show for the Canadian band PUP just recently and last but not least, he appeared full band at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings Festival in Berlin, upon the British singer-songwriter’s invitation as well as at two other shows with The Open Cages in Southern Germany.
He’s just finished recording his fourth album, which is coming out in 2023.
His solo tour includes also an exclusive Berlin show at legendary Coretex Records in Kreuzberg.
These are the dates:
23.11.22 DE Quedlinburg, Reiche 24.11.22 DE Hannover, Nordstadtbraut 25.11.22 DE Hamburg, The Irish Rover 26.11.22 DE Berlin, Coretex Records 27.11.22 DE Cottbus, Galerie Fango
WATCH THE VIDEO “We Could Be Anything” (acoustic single)
After a 22 show solo tour across Canada, Gab De La Vega is about to embark on his very first full band adventure in Germany.
The first stop will be at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings Festival in Berlin on September 15th.
The British musician personally invited Gab and his band after they opened a show for him and the Sleeping Souls in 2019.
FIERCE are coming back live with a killer new lineup! And they will do it on the Tenda Blu stage at the Radio Onda d’Urto Festival in Brescia!
Aug. 14, Sunday at the festival area on Via Serenissima, as part of one of the biggest events of the summer.
After the main stage live show with Helikon, In.Si.Dia and Angelus Apatrida is over, Fierce will perform a fiery live show on the Tenda Blu stage! Not to be missed!
Fresh off his European acoustic tour, singer-songwriter Gab De La Vega announces a new solo tour.
He will return for the third time to Canada, starting June 24, through July 15.
24.06 – Oshawa, ON – The Atria
25.06 – Kitchener, ON – The Study Room
26.06 – Toronto, ON – TBA
27.06 – Mississauga, ON – St. Louis
28.06 – Niagara Falls, ON – Tap and Crepes House 29.06 – Hamilton, ON – Doors Pub
30.06 – Barrie, ON – The Rec Room
01.07 – Kingston, ON – Musiikki
02.07 – Ottawa, ON – Avant Garde
03.07 – Montreal, QC – Turbo Haus 04.07 – *Secret Show*
05.07 – Thetford Mines, QC – Microbrass. Des Haldes
06.07 – Quebec City, QC – House Show
07.07 – Trois Pistoles, QC – Le Caveau
08.07 – Matane, QC – La Fabrique
09.07 – Shediac, NB – Euston Park
10.07 – Halifax, NS – Sourwood Cider 11.07 – St. Catherines, ON – The Lost Chapter
12.07 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
13.07 – London, ON – Holy Diver
14.07 – Windsor, ON – Meteor
15.07 – Guelph, ON – TBA
The shows between June 24 and June 29 (excluded 26) will be with Fast Eddie, while the shows between June 25 and 29 (excluded 28) will be with Dead Friend Collective. Those between July 4 and 10 will be with Chris Snelgrove (The Last Mile) and those between July 13 and 15 will be in the company of Lee Resistant.
Gab De La Vega has been announced in the line up of Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings Festival in Berlin, to be held in September.
The musician has just released a new single, “Demons of Tomorrow,” a track that expresses the energy of the full band lineup “Gab De La Vega and The Open Cages,” with which he has been performing, in addition to solo dates.
The single was preceded by another track, “We Could Be Anything“, an excellent example of the acoustic sounds of the solo set.
The latest album released is “Beyond Space and Time“, due out in January 2020.
Gab De La Vega is currently recording his fourth album.
Throughout the years he toured Europe extensively and he also hit the US East Coast, Canada and South America. He played small shows and big shows, sharing the stage with artists such as Frank Turner, Against Me!, Chuck Ragan, Joey Cape, Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Austin Lucas, Ceremony, H2O and many more.
After unveiling their cards with two smashing singles, the Italian punk rock band Jaguero come out with their debut EP, “Worst Weekend Ever”, released in collaboration with Epidemic Records.
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The four friends came up with the name “Jaguero” during a night of partying, a crazy union between a wild animal and a soccer player. They immediately fell in love with the idea, imagining “Jaguero” as a lucha-libre wrestler, who spends his life between obscurity and glory.
The four come from disparate experiences: Slander (Matteo Marangoni), La Fortuna (Andrea Cichellero’s solo project) and Regarde (Guido Dal Prà and Andrea Campesato Segnini). In this EP they mix the reference sounds of their various artistic paths as well as their own varied musical tastes.
The band comments:
“The ambient influences of Andrea’s solo project, La Fortuna, give Jaguero small but important traits that characterize the songs. His musical taste is extremely broad: from 50’s jazz to modern punk rock, from traditional Italian song to hardcore, and more. Jaguero is where this range of listening converges in a balance of song characterization and aggression.
While Matteo’s history with Slander needs no introduction, his old-school influences give a distinct character to the heavier sections of the songs, with particular attention to the lyrics: screaming, massive riffing, and direct phrases are present thanks to him.
Last but not least, Guido and Andrea define a solid rhythm section: both of them focus their attention on small details of the songs, not only on their own instrument but especially regarding the overall direction of the song.”
Meanwhile, their band Regarde is active, with a solid background of eight years of live performances and several records: two full lengths, two EPs and a split. Taking a parallel path with the Jaguero project, they both felt the urge to move towards a more direct and punk vibe, writing fast songs that catch the listener’s ears.
But the motto here is pretty simple: have a lot of fun and zero stress.
Both Regarde and La Fortuna are still in business, while Matteo (Slander) is focusing completely on his tattooing career. Between life, work and other projects, the four punk rockers want to play music and enjoy what music can give them and others. This EP was born from the extreme urge to play songs at full volume, after a long break from live concerts.
To consolidate everything, the masterful work of Maurizio Baggio of La Distilleria, a recording studio renowned for this kind of sound.
And taking up the challenge and launching Jaguero to new listeners is longtime friend Gab De La Vega, at the helm of Epidemic Records, who is playing a central role in bringing Jaguero through the right channels.
Sadly Cal, lead singer of Grand Collapse, left us suddenly about ten days ago. The news came as a shock.
Many of you have shown your appreciation for his band and I felt it was only right to let you know.
Below is the text of a post I made on social media when I received the news, Perhaps it will help you understand how special Cal was.
If any of you had pre-ordered the second pressing of Grand Collapse’s “Empty Plinths”, which we announced just a few days before his passing, I’m getting in touch with the other members of the band and with TNS Records and Dusty Wax, the other labels involved in this reissue. As soon as we figure out what’s going to happen we’ll give you updates. In the event that it all blows up, I will proceed to refund any preorders placed.
Thank you for your attention and understanding.
I’m devastated by the sad news I got today. I’m writing this from the bottom of my heart and it feels so absurd to address this today. I’m still in shock and I can’t believe it.
I met Cal in Berlin back in 2013. I was on tour and he was on tour with Grand Collapse. We met at the venue and realized we had several mutual friends, but most importantly, that we came from the same tribe. I was absolutely impressed by his band and their live performance. We became friends that night and we kept in touch.
He booked me in Bristol in 2015 and I stayed at his place. I remember that day as one of the best on that tour.
He asked me “Do you want to drive or walk to the venue?”. He said it was pretty close so I thought it would have been nice to go on a walk and chat along the way. It was, in fact, quite distant, especially when carrying a guitar case, but maybe it was a short distance for his giant steps. “Typical Cal” I assume some of his closer friends would say. But we did have the chance to chat along the way though and I had another chance to experience how extremely funny and clever he was. Carrying my guitar across Bristol to get to the venue was compensated with Cal’s genuine enthusiasm for having me there and I also felt it was the right call to trade a bit of comfort for that moment that now resonates as unique and unforgettable.
Unfortunately I missed him on my second time in Bristol in 2018 (I think he was on tour with the band), but last year our paths crossed again, when he asked me to join other cool labels in the release of Grand Collapse “Empty Plinths” with my label Epidemic Records.
An incredible album, in which Cal shows what a great vocalist and lyricist he was. I was flattered.
We’ve been in touch constantly in the last two years, working on interviews, promotion, distribution, and all the things you do when you work together on such a project.
Our distant but constant friendship turned into a tight collaboration and his infectious enthusiasm for that masterpiece of an album matched my joy to be part of this, especially after these last two years.
I am in shock today. I can’t believe he’s gone. Last time we spoke it was 10 days ago.
As I’m writing this, I probably haven’t fully realized what has just happened but I know it’s going to hurt for a long time, if not forever.
I can’t really find better words than these to let my pain out. He was a true legend, an amazing human being and a kind friend.
My love goes to his bandmates, his family and friends and everyone who had the chance to meet him. He was truly one of a kind and I feel honoured I could call him a good friend.
Goodbye Cal, you will always be one of the best.
Gab De La Vega had been forced to cancel and postpone the acoustic tour in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium last November/December, due to a worsening of the situation that in recent years has characterized every on-the-road adventure for any musician.
The dates have been rescheduled for mid-May.
May 12 – Innsbruck, A – Wohnzimmer
May 13 – Nürnberg, D – Projekt 31
May 14 – Wiesbaden, D – Tagwerk
May 15 – Aachen, D – Lolaparoli
May 16 – Bergen Op Zoom, NL – Vader Huiskamer
May 17 – Münster, D – Black Heaven Skate Shop
May 18 – Duisburg, D – Stapeltor
May 19 – Solingen, D – Wohnzimmer
May 20 – Ranst, B – Kapel Van De Pastorij
May 21 – Sankt Wendel, D – Zur Tränke
May 22 – Karlsruhe, D – Café Noir
But the week has been full of important announcements.
In addition to the solo acoustic dates in May, there has been the official confirmation of the full band participation in the Lost Evenings Festival in Berlin.
Frank Turner’s touring event was supposed to take place in 2020 but with the beginning of the pandemic it had been cancelled.
But the invitation of the British singer-songwriter is still valid and after two years the public announcement that will see Gab De La Vega and The Open Cages on the Nick Alexander stage of the Columbia Theater in Berlin on September 15 has arrived, liberating and long-awaited. Info and tickets: https://lostevenings.info/
Gab De La Vega released two singles in the last 6 months, “We Could Be Anything“, an acoustic track and “Demons of Tomorrow“, a full band track.
He is currently in the studio recording a new album and booking another tour that will be announced in late spring.
After releasing “Mild Safari”, their debut single, the supergroup with members of Slander, Regarde, La Fortuna release “Negative, Awesome!”.
The punk rock band from Vicenza (Italy) unveil another piece of the first EP, produced by Maurizio Baggio at La Distilleria in Bassano del Grappa, out in April on all digital platforms via Epidemic Records.
LISTEN TO THE SINGLE:
The band comment: “Negative, Awesome!” deals with the concept of balance: every day, we all face our commitments, our hobbies, our jobs, pretending that everything is ok and that this routine is fine for us. In reality, this is consuming us slowly, and we are so absorbed by this process that we are not able to wake up and realize it.
It’s okay to accept also the negative parts of ourselves, because they perfectly co-exists with the positive ones. This is just who we are: a complex spectrum that goes from a bright side to a darker one.“