Hard rock band OTEP is set to bring its searing live show on the road headlining west coast dates on the Circus of Democracy...

Hard rock band OTEP is set to bring its searing live show on the road headlining west coast dates on the Circus of Democracy tour to promote “The Ascension,” the band’s latest and most acclaimed album. The brief eight-city tour starts July 29 in Reno, NV and concludes August 7 in San Francisco, CA, with support from Droid and Anew Revolution. More dates are to be announced shortly. OTEP will release a new live DVD in early 2009, which will be filmed on select tour dates.

Otep Shamaya, the powerful singer and brainchild of the group, is making a name for herself outside of music. A singer, activist, actress, writer, she has filmed segments for several top-rated TV shows, including HBO’s “Def Poetry,” Bravo’s “Date My Ex” and most recently TLC’s hit show “L.A. Ink.”

Shamaya continues to dominate MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball with her provocative new video for “Crooked Spoons,” which features rising actresses Brittney Snow (American Dreams, Hairspray, John Tucker Must Die) and Candice Accola (Juno). Additionally, Shamaya has become a featured celebrity blogger for the MTV network, and her weekly blog continues to be one of the most popular features on the site.

OTEP has sold over 450,000 units to date and continues to convert the masses to her gospel of art and activism on a daily basis. Shamaya also finds time to be a vocal and committed activist for such causes as Equal Rights, Victims Rights, Darfur, Hurricane Katrina, Myanmar, Rock the Vote, PETA, RAINN, and All Shapes & Sizes.

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OTEP itinerary:

July 29 Reno, NV Club Underground
July 30 Boise, ID The Big Easy
August 1 Spokabe, WA The Big Easy
August 2 Portland, OR Rock N’ Roll Pizza
August 3 Seattle, WA El Corazon
August 5 Modesto, CA Fat Cat
August 6 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
August 7 San Francisco, CA The 12 Galaxies