Zen Diagram Tour brings a double bill of the National and the War on Drugs to Vancouver

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      The National and the War on Drugs—two heavyweight acts with deep roots in the American indie music scene—will team up for an October 2 double bill at Rogers Arena. The show is part of what’s being billed as the Zen Diagram Tour, which marks the first time the groups have taken to the road together.

      Opening the night will be Lucia.

      Tckets go on sale to the general public on March 1 at 10am.

      Rising out of a circa-2000 Brooklyn scene that produced the likes of the Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Liars, the National gradually usurped all of those bands in the mainstream. The group’s fourth full-length, The Boxer, would prove its commercial breakthrough, eventually going gold. High Violet from 2010 went platinum, leading to a string of top 10 hit albums including Sleep Well Beast and I Am Easy to Find.

      Last year’s First Two Pages of Frankenstein found the National collaborating with artists ranging from indie-heroes Sufjan Stevens and Phoebe Bridgers to global superstar Taylor Swift.

      Starting on hugely respected indie label Secretly Canadian, the War on Drugs first broken into the mainstream with 2014’s Lost in the Dream. Inspirations included acts ranging from classic-rock giants Bob Dylan and Tom Petty to indie giants Sonic Youth. 

      A Deeper Understanding from 2017 catapulted the Philadelphia guitar-rockers to the Billboard Top 10, earning the group—fronted by singer-guitarist Adam Granduciel—Best Rock Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

      The Zen Diagram Tour is being pitched as a tour that highlight the hits from the back catalogues of each band.

      Zen Diagram Tour

      When: October 2

      Where: Rogers Arena

      Tickets: Live Nation