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AUGUST BURNS RED Ring In The Holiday Season With Cover Of "Last Christmas"

Two-time Grammy nominees August Burns Red are excited to kick off the holiday season with their reimagined version of the classic Christmas song "Last Christmas". August Burns Red have made a highly-anticipated annual tradition of releasing Christmas covers, with last year's being "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)" and the beloved Home Alone theme song the year prior. "Last Christmas" will be available for purchase digitally tonight at 9pm PST / Midnight EST on iTunes.

"This year I sat down with the intention of writing something upbeat, melodic, and shredtastic," says bassist Dustin Davidson. "When I decided to cover 'Last Christmas' I kept in mind that most people only know the chorus of the song. I didn't want to recreate something word for word, or note by note, so I took the main hook and built a bunch of original ideas around it. The lyrics to Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' are very sad, so if you're feeling lonely this holiday season, I hope this cover finds you well."

This week, August Burns Red were announced as nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in the Best Metal Performance category for their song "Invisible Enemy", taken from the band's latest full-length album Phantom Anthem. This marks the second Grammy nod for Lancaster, PA's August Burns Red, as they were nominated in the same category in the 58th Grammy Awards for their song "Identity" from 2015's Found In Far Away Places.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will take place in New York City on Sunday, January 28th, 2018, with winners being announced live from Madison Square Garden.

August Burns Red will kick off their headline Phantom Anthem Tour in January. Tickets are available now at Full tour routing below. August Burns Red have had a busy 2017, having toured The U.S. and Europe in support of the 10th anniversary of their Messengers album, and performing at major festivals, including Rock Allegiance Festival and Aftershock.

Tour dates:

January 5 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis/ M-Telus 6- Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall 7- Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE 9 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues 10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot 11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues 12 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave 13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze 14 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick 16 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall 17 - Calgary, AB - The Palace 19 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theater 20 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox 21 - Portland, OR - Roseland 23 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades 24 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater 26 - Phoenix, AZ - The Marquee 27 - Albuquerque, NM - Historic El Rey 29 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall 30 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater 31 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room

February 1 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy 2 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live 3 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Ballroom 4 - Austin, TX - Emo's 6 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor 7 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution 8 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham 9 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Heaven) 10 - Greensboro, NC - Arizona Pete's 11 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works 13 - Norfolk, VA - the Norva 14 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage 15 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom 16 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium 17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts

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