- Jason Hesley
CYNIC to Perform 'Focus' at ProgPower USA + 70,000 Tons of Metal!
Progressive music icon CYNIC is pleased to announce two very special live performances set for 2023, for which the band will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of 'Focus' by performing the seminal album in its entirety! In addition, CYNIC will also be paying homage to late members Sean Reinert and Sean Malone as these are the band's first live performances since the members' passings. More anniversary and memorial tribute shows will be announced in the near future! The band will first appear on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, which sets sail from Miami, FL on January 30 through February 3. Later in the year, CYNIC will then perform at the illustrious ProgPower USA festival on September 6 in Atlanta, GA! The new live lineup will feature Paul Masvidal on vocals and guitars, Max Phelps (Exist, Death to All) on additional guitars and vocals, Brandon Giffin (The Faceless, The Zenith Passage) on bass, and Matt Lynch (Nova Collective, Intronaut) on drums & percussion! Lynch has been drumming with CYNIC since 2015 & appeared on the band's latest full-length, 'Ascension Codes,' as well as the 2018 single "Humanoid." Additionally, Phelps, having also appeared on 'Ascension Codes,' and Giffin have previously toured with CYNIC during the band's 'Carbon Based Anatomy' and 'Kindly Bent to Free Us' tours. CYNIC guitarist/songwriter Paul Masvidal comments, "Eight years since Cynic’s last live performance, like a blink of an eye. In this chapter we explore perseverance, overcoming hardship, and the healing power of music."