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Asking Alexandria singer Danny Worsnop brings solo tour to Stage West in Scranton on Jan. 18

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From a press release:

English singer/songwriter Danny Worsnop, best known as the rock/metal vocalist of Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot, is taking his very different solo project on the road in January of 2020.

This national tour with special guests Starbenders will stop at Stage West in Scranton on Saturday, Jan. 18. Scranton alternative rock trio The Boastfuls and Mountain Top metal band Black Horizon will open the 21+ show.

Doors at Stage West (301 N. Main Ave., Scranton) open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are $16 in advance, are on sale now via Prekindle.

Born in Beverley, England in 1990, multi-faceted artist Danny Worsnop started his career in an unlikely fashion, flying to the United States and living in a Walmart parking lot before signing his first record deal. He has spent the last decade touring the globe, receiving numerous awards for his collected works and chart-topping records with Asking Alexandria.

Following his temporary departure from the gold-selling metalcore pioneers in 2015, Danny Worsnop’s musical direction shifted to the rock ‘n’ roll swagger of We Are Harlot, reminiscent of hard rock’s heyday. Two years later, with his debut solo album on Earache Records (home to bluesy rock bands such as Rival Sons), one of the music industry’s busiest talents showed off another side of his repertoire with a refreshing approach to country and blues that only he could deliver.

Working with Grammy-Award wining songwriters John Paul White and Hillary Lindsey, along with renowned producer Jim Kaufman, “The Long Road Home” is a collection of finely crafted songs covering his past dealings with drugs, alcoholism, rehabilitation, and his other “dark demons.” Written intensely in just one week and recorded live and raw in Kaufman’s living room, the album is a deeply personal account of Worsnop’s experiences. Every aspect of the release was completely under his control, right down to directing the accompanying videos for the lead track, “I Got Bones.”

The album kicks off with “Prozac,” a timeless song offering the perfect introduction to the dark lyrical theme running through the album. “Anyone But Me” tells the brutally honest tale of having to let love go, not because you want to but because you have to, because you care too much about the other person to put them through what you’re struggling with.

It’s not all doom and gloom however – “Don’t Overdrink It” is a great precursor to “I Feel Like Shit,” an upbeat ditty of a situation we all know too well, waking up after one hell of a night promising yourself that you’ll never drink again.

“Midnight Woman” perhaps shows his whisky-soaked voice at its best, a powerful rock anthem that’s sure to keep all We Are Harlot fans satisfied, while lead track “I Got Bones” is a seductive, silky smooth number with a hook that’ll be in your head for days.

“It has been an emotional roller-coaster creating these songs, but the end result has left me humbled, proud, and more excited about a project than I ever have been in my life. Writing as deep and personal as I have on this record brought up a lot inside me from my years, allowing me to grow and move on from demons I didn’t even acknowledge having,” Worsnop said before its 2017 release.

“I’ve done everything in my power to keep this album honest and pure, and it gives me chills every time I hear it. I’m beyond proud of what I’ve made and cannot wait to share it with the world. These songs are a reflection of my soul, and I hope you all enjoy them.”

Inspired by his blues rock beginnings, the critically acclaimed 29-year-old singer returned to his roots with “Shades of Blue,” released via Sumerian Records on May 10, 2019. Worsnop’s latest solo effort is an 11-track blues bonanza that provides the perfect landscape for the beautifully soulful side of his phenomenal vocal range and dexterous songwriting ability. A soulful horn section kicks off the single “Best Bad Habit” while his signature power-rasp soars over a blues backdrop that’s sure to have even the most reluctant of toes tapping along.

From the Clapton-esque guitar licks and bright organ bursts of “Little Did I Know” to the heartbreaking ballads “Tomorrow” and “I’ve Been Down” to the disco-inspired horn blasts and rhythm guitars of “Keep on Lovin'” to the gorgeous, smokey bar room duet “Edge of Goodbye” and the country-tinged slide guitar of “Tell Her,” “Shades of Blue” is an authentically honest body of work from one of this generation’s most remarkable vocalists.