June 22, 2016

Through their perennially punishing tour schedule and tireless commitment to the satisfaction of their fans, noted rock group Titus Andronicus [hereafter +@] have become revered as one of the most consistently exhilarating acts to trot the modern stage. With the imminent release of the live album S+@DIUM ROCK: FIVE NIGHTS AT THE OPERA (available digitally 7/29 and physically 8/5 from Merge Records), that reputation will only continue to swell.

Today, +@ throw yet more fuel to that fire as they reveal the dates of this Autumn’s “Rockers On The Road” North American Tour. Following a special “sneak preview” on August 23rd in Washington, DC, the beloved band will work their strange magic across the United States and Canada, commencing in earnest on September 8th at WFMU’s Monty Hall in Jersey City, NJ. +@ will be supported on select dates by up-and-coming Texan rock crusaders A Giant Dog as well as Happiness, a new Rhode Island quartet featuring members of Deer Tick, including erstwhile +@ guitarist Ian O’Neil.

To celebrate their continued dominance, +@ are sharing a video excerpt from the S+@DIM ROCK concert film, which will be made available to view in full in conjunction with the live album’s July 29th digital release. Following the rapturously received medleys “I Lost My Mind”/”Fatal Flaw” and “Sun Salutation”/”No Future Part V,” fans can now further whet their appetites with the previously unreleased “69 Stones.” An outtake from 2015’s smash rock opera The Most Lamentable Tragedy, “69 Stones” is a loping, country-inflected ditty taken from the all-new, fully electric arrangement of the opera’s fifth act, which comprises the B-side of S+@DIUM ROCK. This lost jewel will create a fuller picture than ever of the story which captured the hearts and minds of so many.

“69 Stones” is a song about, “the weight that we all carry and the biological imperatives which keep us carrying it year after year, however arduous the task may seem,” explained +@ singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles. “The same urges which keep our animal friends on the hunt motivate we humans too – perhaps this is also what keeps +@ on the road, compulsively rocking as we will do.”

Find below all the dates of the “Rockers On The Road” North American Tour, along with the lyrics of “69 Stones.”


8/23/16 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
9/8/16 – Jersey City, NJ – WFMU Monty Hall ~
9/9/16 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts ~
9/11/16 – Richmond, VA – The Camel ~
9/13/16 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook ~
9/14/16 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight ~
9/15/16 – Nashville, TN – High Watt ~
9/17/16 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn ~
9/18/16 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa ~
9/20/16 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger ~
9/21/16 – Austin, TX – Barracuda ~
9/22/16 – Dallas, TX – The Loft ~
9/23/16 – Norman, OK – Opolis ~
9/24/16 – Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall ~
9/25/16 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill ~
9/27/16 – Madison, WI – High Noon ~
9/28/16 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge ~
9/29/16 – Detroit, MI – El Club ~
9/30/16 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace ~
10/4/16 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall ^
10/5/16 – Portsmouth, NH – 3s Artspace ^
10/6/16 – Rockville Center, NY – Cannon’s Blackthorn ^
10/7/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel ^
10/8/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel ^

~ – with A Giant Dog
^ – with Happiness


Sixty-nine stones, sixty-nine stones
I’ve been carrying sixty-nine stones
All my life, I am bound to roam
And I’ll be carrying sixty-nine stones
I’ll be carrying sixty-nine stones

The will to live is an awful curse
Upon an earth that’s just a lot of dirt
Whenever it is that yr getting hurt
That’s just the will to live doing its work
It puts the mold on food that’s old
It turns an insect straight into an infestation
It pushes the weed up from beneath concrete
But hey, what can ya say, babe?
We all gotta eat

It makes its blessed home
Wherever teeth rip flesh from bone
It’s the prize of the survivor
Behind the eyes of hungry tigers

That will to live won’t leave me alone
Feels like carrying sixty-nine stones
Feels like carrying sixty-nine stones

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