It's been just under a month since the death of Nevermore and Sanctuary singer Warrel Dane, and now Sanctuary have revealed plans to tour in honor of their fallen comrade while supporting Iced Earth. The frontman passed away last month (Dec. 13) at the age of 56 of a reported heart attack. Vocals on the trek will be handled by Joseph Michael of Witherfall.

“Sanctuary has decided to continue on with the Iced Earth tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane," says Sanctuary guitarist Lenny Rutledge in a post to the band's official Facebook page. "We have enlisted the help of our friend Joseph Michael from Witherfall. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel's musical legacy with Sanctuary. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you.”

The tour begins Feb. 22 in Indianapolis, Ind. at Deluxe, and concludes March 29 in Chicago. The full list of shows can be seen below via the official tour poster. Additional details and tickets can be found here.

Warrel Dane was best known for his work with Nevermore, having founded the band with Jeff Loomis, Jim Sheppard and Mark Arrington in 1992. His wide vocal range quickly made him a favorite in metal circles, as did his work with Sanctuary, which Dane founded in 1985. The singer released his debut solo album, Praises to the War Machine, in 2008 and was working on his sophomore solo effort in São Paulo, Brazil at the time of his death.

Iced Earth/Sanctuary Tour Poster


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