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      July 15, 2019

      Monday   6:30 PM

      2201 George Flagg Parkway
      Des Moines, Iowa 50321

      The Struts

      with The Glorious Sons
      In just a few years, The Struts have found themselves massivelyembraced by some of the greatesticons in rock-and-roll history. Along with opening for The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N Roses, the U.K.-bred four-piecewas hand-picked by Mtley Cre to serve as the supporting act for their last-ever performances, while Dave Grohl praised them as the best band to ever open for Foo Fighters. After makingtheir full-length debut with2016s Everybody Wants, The Struts now return with YOUNG&DANGEROUS a sophomore album that cements their status as one of the most unstoppablypassionateand endlessly thrillingbands making rock music today.On YOUNG&DANGEROUS, The Struts let loose withthe sing-along-readyand riff-heavysound theyve brought to stadiums and arenas all around the world. Working with producers like Butch Walker (Weezer, Panic! At the Disco)andSam Hollander (Fitz and the Tantrums, Neon Trees), the band adorns that sound with deeper grooves and more inventivetextures, dreaming up a majesticglam-rock revampthats unabashedlyfun but full of pure heart.The lead single from YOUNG&DANGEROUS, Body Talks brings that dynamic to a blues-spiked track capturing what Spiller calls that moment when you mosey on over to someone on the dancefloor,and the musics blaring so loud you cant even talk to each other. In creating an alternate version of Body Talks, The Struts amped upthe songs seductive power by enlisting Kesha to lend her soulful growltoa fiery duet with Spiller.The Struts also infuse some social commentary into YOUNG&DANGEROUS sending upselfie culture on the falsetto-laced epic In Love With ACamera, taking on trolls with the swampy and smoldering Bulletproof Baby, andponderingidentitywiththesweetly melodic Who Am I.Andfor the soaring and glorious Primadonna Like Me, The Struts brilliantly turn the lens on themselves. It was written aboutmy stage character, my alter ego, notesSpiller. Its this completely deluded guy running around his small town, all dressed to the ninesa full-on 21stcentury dandy going around saying, Dont you know who I think I am?Formed in Derby, England, in 2012,The Struts almost instantlydrewa major following withtheir outrageouslive show,and later made their debut with Have You Heard(a 2015 EP whose lead single Could Have Been Me hit #1 on Spotifys viral chart).Before theyd even put outtheirfirst album, the band opened for The Rolling Stones before a crowd of 80,000 in Parisand toured the U.S. on a string of sold-out shows.Known for his lovablyswaggering stage presencethe very factorthat gave The Struts their nameSpiller sooninspired legendary designers like former Queen costumerZandra Rhodesto custom-create his lavish and glittering onstage attire.As the frontman points out, thatheightened element ofspectacle is all a part of the bands mission of making an unforgettable impacton the crowd. We believe in givingour absolute all every night, because thats what our fans deserve, he says. The goalisalwaysto get everyone dancing and screaming and shouting, and to make sure they leave dripping in sweat with huge smiles on their faces.With the release of YOUNG&DANGEROUS, The Struts have undoubtedly metanother of their main ambitions as a band. One of the things we most want to do with our music is inspire young people to pick up a guitar again, says Spiller. We live in a time thats very muchdominated by hip-hop and dance music, and thats a great thing, but we want to give the world a bigreminder that theres somethingelse going on out there. This album isour way of saying, If you feel a little out of place, theres always an electric guitarand justlook at what you can do with it.

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