Black Veil Brides enlists Ville Valo for intoxicating cover of the Sisters of Mercy classic, "Temple of Love"

Black Veil Brides enlists Ville Valo for intoxicating cover of the Sisters of Mercy classic, "Temple of Love"

- By Ramon Gonzales

The powerhouse tandem will embark on a co-headlining trek this fall.

Last week, Black Veil Brides and Ville Valo, embracing the stage moniker VV, announced a colossal co-headlining tour with the confirmation of BVB & VV 2023 Tour, powered by Hot Topic.

The noir rock practitioners will head a 31-date fall tour with support from Dark Divine. The trek begins September 10th in Louisville, KY. and extends well into the fall with a finale on October 20th in Southern California.

Coinciding with the news of the tour, the pairing began teasing the release of a special collaboration. Today, the union of Andy Biersack and Ville Valo offer tribute to their gothic lineage with a stirring rendition of the Sisters of Mercy classic, "Temple of Love".

Black Veil Brides mastermind Andy Biersack expanded on his connection to the pioneering band and how this cover bears added significance in his personal musical journey.

"I first discovered Sisters of Mercy in my freshman year of high school, I had a poster of AFI from the 'Art of Drowning' era and Davey was wearing a SOM shirt and so as was often the case back then I went on the hunt to find the music that had inspired my favorite musicians. The very first song I heard by SOM was the ‘92 version of ‘Temple of Love’and I became obsessed with their entire catalog. We’ve talked about doing a BVB version of this song for years and when given the opportunity to collaborate with fellow SOM fan and goth rock icon VV, it seems liked the perfect situation. We are thrilled with how it turned out and hope that anyone who’s familiar with the track enjoys our spin on it and those who have never heard the original enjoy it and maybe this will lead them down the path to the greatness that is SOM like that poster of AFI did for me when I was a kid."

For BVB, the upcoming run further bolsters their extensive touring cycle in support of the band’s landmark 2021 album, The Phantom Tomorrow and the supplemental 2022 EP, The Mourning. Fueled by the enduring effectiveness of the singles like their first ever top 10 track, “Scarlet Cross,” the band continues to be a dominant force well into their second decade as a unit.

As for Valo, the tour follows the acclaimed solo debut, Neon Noir, which arrived earlier this year. Renowned as the frontman for Finnish sensation HIM, Valo sold more than 10 million records throughout his career. His first ever solo release as VV, has since been hailed a triumph and a creative return to form.

See a complete list of dates below. Get tickets - HERE

Hot Topic Presents BVB & VV 2023 Tour Dates:

Sept 10 – Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall

Sept 11 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company

Sept 12 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live

Sept 14 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

Sept 15 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!*

Sept 16 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theater*

Sept 17 – Toronto, ON – HISTORY

Sept 19 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS

Sept 20 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

Sept 22 – Wallingford, CT – Dome at Toyota Oakdale Theater

Sept 23 – Bethlehem, PA – Wind Creek Event Center

Sept 24 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater

Sept 25 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

Sept 27 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe

Sept 28 – Gary, IN – Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana*

Sept 29 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!*

Sept 30 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

Oct 01 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory

Oct 03 – Austin, TX – ACL Live

Oct 05 – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater*

Oct 06 – Omaha, NE – Steelhouse Omaha

Oct 07 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee

Oct 09 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre

Oct 11 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Convention Centre

Oct 12 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Event Centre

Oct 14 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Oct 15 – Spokane, WA – The Podium

Oct 16 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre

Oct 18 – Garden City, ID – Revolution Concert House

Oct 19 – Wheatland, CA – Hard Rock Live

Oct 20 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium

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