This will be a special tour- not only does it mark the band’s first European headline tour since 2015, but it will also be the first time Scott Kelly has joined the band for a full run of dates. Kelly has lent guest vocals on several Mastodon songs throughout the band’s career, featuring on every album since 2004’s Leviathan (‘Aqua Dementia’), Blood Mountain’s ‘Crystal Skull’, the title track from Crack The Skye, and on ‘Spectrelight’, ‘Diamond In The Witch House’ and ‘Scorpion Breath’ from The Hunter, Once More ‘Round The Sun and Emperor Of Sand respectively.
Mastodon’s eight studio album Emperor of Sand was released in April and entered Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart at the #1 position, making this not only the best-selling album that week over all other entries, but also the band’s biggest sales debut in their history. Emperor of Sand debuted at the #7 position on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and marked the band’s third consecutive album to enter into the Billboard Top Ten, including Once More 'Round the Sun (2014) and The Hunter (2011). Emperor Of Sand also gave the band the biggest international debut of their career with first week chart position highs in multiple countries, reaching the Top 10 in Canada (#2), Australia (#3), Finland (#4), Sweden (#5), Norway (#6), Ireland (#7), and New Zealand (#9).