Front Line Assembly replaces VNV Nation on the Alliance Of Sound tour (at House of Blues 11.30)

The Alliance of Sound tour is getting a slight modification to its “sound” — and name, apparently — as VNV Nation has announced they are pulling out of the nationwide dark dance party that also features Skinny Puppy, Haujobb, and Youth Code. However, those with tickets to the November 30 show at the House of Blues in Boston — and pretty much the rest of the tour that runs from later this month to December 20 — should be pleased to learn that Vancouver industrial legends Front Line Assembly have just announced they will be taking VNV’s place.

The run will now called “Eye Vs Spy,” for reasons we don’t really care to Google (sorry “zen_lunatik”).

Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson of VNV Nation revealed on Wednesday they were withdrawing from their tour, but their reasons were not health-related.

Obviously we are pretty bummed about this news — last month we New Ordered VNV Nation’s classic 1999 record Empires on the eve of its 15th anniversary — but having Front Line Assembly on board is a pretty decent fill-in, especially this late in the game. Front Line Assembly’s last record, Echogenetic, dropped in 2014, and we think it’s been a hot minute since the band played New England.

Check out VNV’s message to their fans below, as well as the updated tour poster with the full run of dates.

With great regret, we have to let you know that, VNV Nation have pulled out of the Alliance of Sound Tour.

Due to a problematic situation, that had unexpectedly worsened in recent weeks, and which was likely to continue doing so, the band and crew deliberated over how to proceed before unanimously coming to the very reluctant decision that the appropriate course of action would be to pull out of the tour.

To all the VNV Nation fans who have bought tickets for this tour, we sincerely apologise for this news, which we know will upset many people. A decision like this is never lightly made and it has pained us greatly to have had to do this. We had been very much looking forward to doing this tour and had planned a great set and show but the situation that had caused us to make this decision had made matters too problematic to continue.

Ronan and Mark

[Added later] P.S. To answer the large number of people who have expressed concern about whether the situation is related to anyone’s wellbeing – we can assure you that it is most definitely not health related.

The Alliance of Sound tour poster:

Alliance of Sound