Circles Around The Sun has announced that guitarist Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) will be joining them for a three-night run in Colorado to ring in the new year. The band shared the news on social media, noting, “We look forward to ringing in 2020 and celebrating new beginnings with everyone!”
The New Year’s celebration will include three stops in Colorado. On December 29th at Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, December 30th at Gothic Theatre in Englewood, and on December 31st at Public House in Crested Butte.
The future of Circles Around The Sun was thrown into question when founding guitarist Neal Casal took his own life in August. Casal’s last performance with CATS took place days before his death at LOCKN’s Garcia’s Forest stage. During an all-star tribute to Casal’s life and music at The Capitol Theatre one month later, Peter Shapiro announced that the stage in Garcia’s Forest will henceforth bear Neal’s name.
While the continuation of CATS was not a sure thing, the band explained that Neal left specific wishes for the project to continue without him in the note he left behind. Guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), stepped into the role in the interim and has played a number of shows with the band since then. These Colorado shows mark the first CATS shows with Scott Metzger handling lead guitar duties.
Tickets for the band’s new year’s run are on sale now on the Circle’s Around The Sun website.