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Friends make current tour special for Pierce The Veil

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Despite this year's late-arriving warm weather, San Diego hard rockers Pierce The Veil are feeling the heat, and the love, for its Spring Fever Tour package with All Time Low, Mayday Parade and You Me At Six.

"It's been fantastic, pretty much the most awesome tour we've been on to date," says bassist Jaime Preciado. And he says that's no accident, either.

"We actually got to pick all these bands," Preciado, 26, explains. "When we started planning there wasn't any management coming to say, 'Hey, you guys should tour together' or anything like that. We curated this tour while we were on the (2012) Warped Tour together. We're all friends, so it's pretty much like a mini block party/Warped Tour all day long."

The trek catches PTV at a career highpoint, too. The group's third album "Collide With the Sky," which came out last July, scored its highest chart positions so far -- No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Alternative Rock Albums -- and led to nine wins in Alternative Press magazine's annual reader's poll, including Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. And Preciado says the success only confirms what the group felt about the album as it was being recorded.

"We all felt like this was going to be the best record we could've done at that moment in time," he acknowledges. "We felt strongly about it, but the response blew us away. We had no idea it would be like that. It really launched us to the next level.

"Our band has always tried to progress in small steps, and I think this was the biggest small step we could have taken. It's just been unreal. On the other records the response has been insane, but from kids getting the lyrics tattooed on their bodies to just singing their lungs out at these shows, it's been REALLY insane this time."

PTV will continue touring to support "Collide With the Sky" during the balance of 2013, but Preciado says the group has already started working on new material for its fourth album with producer Tom Denney, with hopes of returning to the studio in the not too distant future.

Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, Mayday Parade and You Me At Six perform Wednesday, May 1, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $25. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com

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