Part 1. Japan

OK, by now everyone has heard that STRIKE ANYWHERE did not get into Japan while on tour as part of band’s 2003 Japan/Australia tour. Since the band has already written about this incident extensively on their website, please refer to Official Strike Anywhere site for the full story, or at least one side of it. STRIKE ANYWHERE guitarist Matt Smith and Jade Tree’s Tim Owen and Darren Walters did get into the country and were on hand to sell merch at the sold out Tokyo shows to the tons of disappointed fans, while tour promoter and Big Mouth Japan label owner Moto handed out refunds at the door. Moto and his friend Mei helped Matt, Tim, and Darren navigate the insanity of Japan and made sure that they were well taken care of during their weeklong stay.

Tim, Smith, and Junko on posing on the streets of Tokyo

Part 2. Australia

When everyone was finally reunited in Australia, there was a week of fun in Sydney that included seeing the Sydney Harbor, skating, petting Kangaroos and koalas, and fun filled nights out with the locals. As the tour took off in earnest, fans came out and showed STRIKE ANYWHERE lots of love and enthusiasm from beginning to end, with many people following the tour and making the long drives along with the band. The Australian part of the tour, which was a total of 10 dates, went better than expected and Graham Nixon from Resist Records is to be commended for all of his effort and support. Check out his site at Resist Records.

Thomas and Garth turn up the heat in Newcastle

SA looking tough in Melbourne

Sherwood and Graham, better known as Grazza

Koalas! Koalas!

Part 3. USA

Suffering from serious jet lag, STRIKE ANYWHERE made a triumphant return to the USA, playing the west coast with label mates From Ashes Rise and generally raising hell up and down the coast. By time STRIKE ANYWHERE played in California, the band was super-tight and treated crowds to some of the best shows to hit Cali in a good long time.

Part 4. Exit English and the future

And now, as the boys prepare to release what is quite simply the most important record of 2003, they are at home spending time with loved ones and relaxing before hitting the road with The Bouncing Souls beginning in September and continuing throughout October, just as Exit English LP/CD (JT1087), which is currently available for pre-order, is released on September 30. This will be just the beginning of the STRIKE ANYWHERE onslaught, as the band prepares to take the rest of 2003 and all of 2004 by storm. For further updates, images, and to hear the album streaming live 24/7, check

All dates listed below subject to change. Please consult the Jade Tree Tour page for updates.

All Dates w/ The Bouncing Souls (Except 9.19)

12: NYC, NY @ Irving Plaza (17 Irving Pl) w/ The Arsons, The Pietasters
19: Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz (10 Walnut Alley)
20: Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) w/ The Arsons, The Casualties
24: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Laga (3609 Forbes Ave)
25: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre (5000 Euclid Ave)
26: Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo’s (65 E Huron)
27: Chicago, IL @ Metro (3730 N Clark)
28: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (701 First Ave N)
30: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre (935 E Coflax)

1: SLC, UT @ DV8 (115 S West Temple)
3: Seattle, WA @ Graceland (109 Eastlake Ave E)
4: Seattle, WA @ Graceland (109 Eastlake Ave E)
5: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (1332 East Burnside)
6: Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Theatre (3522 Stockton Blvd)
7: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (333 11th St)
8: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (333 11th St)
9: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre (6126 Hollywood Blvd)
10: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd)
11: San Diego, CA @ Soma (3350 Sports Arena Blvd)
12: Pomona, CA @ The Glass House (200 W Second Ave)
14: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues (3950 Las Vegas Blvd S)
15: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee (730 N Mill Ave)
17: Austin, TX @ Emo’s (603 Red River)
18: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s (2706 White Oak Dr)
19: Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Hall (1401 W Intendencia St)
20: Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Cafe (200 N First St)
21: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues (1490 E Buena Vista Dr)
22: Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Club Venu (100 SW 3rd Ave)
23: Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade (1502 E 7th Ave)
24: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (695 N Avenue NE)
25: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (33 E Main St)
27: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (317 Monticello Ave)
28: State College, PA @ Crowbar (420 E College Ave)
29: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall (204 N Water St)
30: Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom (15 Lansdowne St)

1: Washington, DC @ Nation (1015 Half St SE)

Booking info:

Official Strike Anywhere site


In preparation for the release of the much-anticipated new album by Richmond, VA’s STRIKE ANYWHERE, Jade Tree and the band have launched the website . By visiting the site, fans can listen to the new album streaming 24/7 and get a taste of the artwork for the phenomenal Exit English LP/CD (JT1087), which is currently available for pre-order and will be released on September 30. The site also includes band updates, photos, tour dates, and links, as well as a clock counting down the days until Exit English is released.