Sparta have announced the first leg of a 2023 US tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Wiretap Scars. The outing will feature support from the band ’68 and Thursday singer Geoff Rickly.
It’s technically the belated 20th anniversary of Wiretap Scars, which was released in August 2002. The album features the single “Cut Your Ribbon” and the epic fan favorite “Air.”
The tour kicks off May 4th in Mesa, Arizona, and runs through a May 19th show in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 17th at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Fans can also look for deals or purchase tickets to sold-out shows via StubHub, where orders are 100% guaranteed through StubHub’s FanProtect program.
Sparta was formed in 2001 by members of At the Drive-In after the latter band’s initial breakup. After a couple of hiatuses and multiple personnel changes, frontman Jim Ward and bassist Matt Miller remain Sparta’s only permanent members, as they play shows with a touring drummer. The post-hardcore act’s most recent album is a 2022 self-titled effort.
The current list of tour dates can be seen below, with a second leg yet to be announced.
Sparta 2023 US Tour with ’68 and Geoff Rickly:
05/04 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Half House
05/05 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
05/06 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box
05/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy
05/09 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers
05/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
05/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
05/13 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
05/14 – Tacoma, WA @ Alma
05/15 – Boise, ID @ 9th St. Parallel
05/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
05/18 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
05/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad