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September 13th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
The Starting LineSuburban Pennsylvania quartet The Starting Line was formed some eight years ago by bassist and lead singer Kenny Vasoli. Guitarists Matt Watts and Mike Golla, and drummer Tom Gryskewicz, his friends and original band mates, have been along for the ride ever since. The band sold nearly 300,000 copies of their 2002 debut, Say It Like You Mean It, and scored a surprise hit with "The Best Of Me," a pop-punk anthem that was embraced by MTV. The Starting Line released their sophomore album, Based on a true Story, in 2005 and were asked to headline the Van's Warped tour that year. In early January 2006, the band signed with Virgin, where they recording their newest full-length album, Direction.

Aaron Gillespie has been best known for his bone-crunching vocals and talent behind the drums in the Florida-based band, Underoath. Now, his newer project, The Almost, lets Gillespie put a different, more melodic side of himself on display. Essentially a solo effort, the project has evolved into a full band with Jay Vilardi (guitar), Dusty Redmon (guitar), Alex Aponte (bass) and Kenny Bozich (drums) rounding out the lineup. The debut album, Southern Weather, was released April 3rd via Virgin/Tooth & Nail.

The Starting Line and The Almost will join Paramore on their 24 city tour this fall. The Starting Line will perform on all dates, The Almost will join the tour on November 10. Dates are below.

Paramore, The Starting Line, Set Your Goals:
10/23/2007 Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ
10/25/2007 Utica Memorial Auditorium Utica, NY
10/26/2007 Phoenix Concert theater Toronto, ON
10/27/2007 Clutch Cargos Pontiac, MI
10/29/2007 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
10/30/2007 Congress Theater Chicago, IL
11/01/2007 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
11/02/2007 The Myth Maplewood, MN
11/03/2007 The Beaumont Kansas City, MO
11/04/2007 The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
11/06/2007 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
11/08/2007 The Warfield San Francisco, CA

Paramore, The Starting Line, The Almost:
11/10/2007 Majestic Ventura theater Ventura, CA
11/11/2007 Soma San Diego, CA
11/15/2007 Marquee theater Tempe, AZ
11/17/2007 Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
11/18/2007 Stubb's BBQ Austin, TX
11/19/2007 Meridian Houston, TX
11/21/2007 Nashville War Memorial Nashville, TN
11/23/2007 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD
11/24/2007 Worcester Palladium Worcester, MA
11/25/2007 The Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
11/27/2007 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
11/28/2007 Roseland New York, NY