Starset Announces 2018 Tour, Dustin Bates Names His Favorite Rock Albums

Story by Charles Ken, photo credit Steve Gullick

Starset had a whirlwind of a 2017, which kicked off with the release of their successful sophomore album “Vessels” in January and continued with an active rock radio hit in “Monster” and hitting more than a billion YouTube views on their video channel. It doesn’t look like the frontman Dustin Bates and company are slowing down at any point soon, either, as the band has just announced a lengthy North American tour for 2018.

The 2018 concerts will set off on Jan. 28 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and run through a March 16 gig in Columbus, Ohio. All in all, we’re talking roughly 35 shows over a two month period. For ticket details, head to

Bates recently sat down with Anne Erickson from Audio Ink at Louder than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Watch the video interview below, as well as interviews with Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch and more.

When asked to name his top five favorite rock albums of all time, Bates said, “Wow! I’ve never been asked that. I’ll try. ‘Master of Puppets,’ puppets because that’s the one that got me wanting to be in a band. ‘The Blue Album’ by Weezer. For cinematic music, I would have to say Pink Floyd, ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ Also, ‘Plans’ by Death Cab for Cutie. I’ll leave the other one open, because I don’t know what it is!”

In other news, aside from the music, Bates also published a graphic novel in partnership with Marvel titled The Prox Transmissions this year.

Starset 2018 Tour Dates:

1/28 — Charlotte, NC, The Underground
1/30 — Worcester, MA, Palladium
1/31 — New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
2/2 — Reading, PA, Reverb
2/3 — Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
2/5 — Norfolk, VA, The NorVa
2/6 — Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
2/7 — Toronto, ON, Opera House
2/9 — Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall
2/10 — Ft Wayne, IN, Pieres
2/11 — Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
2/12 — Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
2/13 — Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall
2/15 — Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
2/16 — Rockford, IL, The Apollo Theatre
2/17 — Fargo, ND, Sanctuary Events Center
2/18 — Minneapolis, MN, Skyway Theatre
2/20 — Lincoln, NE, Bourbon Theatre
2/21 — Lawrence, KS, Granada Theatre
2/23 — Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall
2/24 — Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
2/26 — Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre
2/27 — Vancouver, BC, Rickshaw Theatre
2/28 — Seattle, WA, El Corazon
3/2 — Sacramento, CA, Ace Of Spades
3/3 — Berkeley, CA, UC Theatre
3/4 — San Diego, CA, SOMA
3/6 — Los Angeles, CA, The Regent
3/7 — Phoenix, AZ, Marquee
3/9 — Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
3/10 — Dallas, TX, Canton Hall
3/11 — Houston, TX, White Oak
3/13 — Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade
3/15 — Nashville, TN, Top Golf Live
3/16 — Columbus, OH, Express Live

Publication date: December 11, 2017