CANDLEBOX: First Tour Dates Released is reporting that the reformed CANDLEBOX will hit the road July 1 for a full-fledged tour, with a few one-offs scheduled before then. The band isn't reuniting to be merely a nostalgia act though: They've got plans to record an album in the fall for spring 2007 release.

Frontman Kevin Martin, who admires the political stances of artists such as GREEN DAY, NEIL YOUNG and SYSTEM OF A DOWN, wants to use his new music to speak out on the issues as well. "There hasn't been a great musical movement since the early Nineties, and hopefully that changes," he told Martin points to one of CANDLEBOX's new songs, tentatively dubbed "Stand". "It's not a new concept — it deals with exactly what we've been talking about: 'Stand up for who you are,'" he explains. "People want great music. And if you can give them great music that has a point and is poignant, I think you can change people's opinions."

CANDLEBOX tour dates thus far:

Jun. 10 - Kansas City, MO @ Liberty Memorial Park
Jun. 17 - The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
Jul. 06 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
Aug. 02 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Aug. 05 - Raleigh, NC @ Moore Square Park
Aug. 18 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues



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