The longest-tenured all-female rock band and NWOBHM legends GIRLSCHOOL will embark on their final North American tour next year. The first leg of the trek will see support from LILLIAN AXE and ALCATRAZZ and will kick off on March 21 at Hell's Heroes festival in Houston, Texas and will run through April 6.
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Pre-sales for Boston and New York City will start tomorrow (Thursday, November 30).
GIRLSCHOOL comments: "We are very excited to announce the first leg of our return to the USA — for the first time in nearly a decade... and for what will be our final full tour of the United States. Also with us on this package we have the brilliant ALCATRAZZ and LILLIAN AXE.
"Our agency and management are making every effort to get us to as many cities as possible, and as always it's all about where there is interest, so even if you have to travel a little bit — we would love to see you there at one of the shows!
"Cheers you lot".
GIRLSCHOOL is touring in support of its latest full-length album, "WTFortyfive?", which was released in July via Silver Lining Music.
GIRLSCHOOL North American tour dates with LILLIAN AXE and ALCATRAZZ:
Mar. 21 - Houston, TX @ Hell's Heroes Festival*
Mar. 22 - New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall
Mar. 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Mar. 25 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Mar. 27 - Bensalem, PA @ Broken Goblet
Mar. 28 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Mar. 29 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Mar. 30 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Apr. 02 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Apr. 06 - Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
* GIRLSCHOOL only
GIRLSCHOOL originated in the U.K. during the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene in 1978 and is frequently associated with contemporaries and friends MOTÖRHEAD. They are the longest-running all-female rock band, still active and rocking hard after more than 40 years.
Formed from a school band called PAINTED LADY by Kim McAuliffe and Enid Williams, GIRLSCHOOL enjoyed strong media exposure and commercial success in the U.K. in the early 1980s with three albums of "punk-tinged metal" and a few singles.
In the 1990s and 2000s, they concentrated their efforts on live shows and tours, reducing considerably the production of studio albums. During their long career GIRLSCHOOL toured all over the world, performing at many of the biggest rock and metal festivals as well as co-headlining with or supporting some of the most important hard rock and heavy metal bands in the genre.
They maintain a worldwide cult following and are considered an inspiration for many succeeding female rock musicians, such as THE DONNAS.
Original members McAuliffe and Denise Dufort are still in the band to this day. Original lead guitarist Kelly Johnson died of cancer in 2007 and was replaced by Jackie Chambers in 1999.
In January 2019, GIRLSCHOOL parted ways once again with bassist Williams, making way for the return of Tracey Lamb (formerly of ROCK GODDESS and GIRLSCHOOL 1987-1991 and 1993-2000),solidifying the band's lineup for future live shows and recordings.
GIRLSCHOOL's 14th studio album "WTFortyfive?" is an outstanding and deliciously dirty declaration that age is a number that shows how much real raw attitude you have when it really counts. Kim, Denise, Jackie and Tracey leave the grit under their fingernails and the scuzz on their crusty leather boots as they riff and stomp their way through 12 statements of intent showing major attitude, some great melodies, and a consistent crunch to every guitar.
Kim McAuliffe: rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals
Denise Dufort: drums
Tracey Lamb: bass guitar
Jackie Chambers: lead guitar, backing vocals
Photo by Adam Kennedy