Chevelle’s Pete Loeffler Argues for Full Album Releases Over Singles, Announces New Tour

Backstage at Welcome to Rockville, Pete Loeffler of Chevelle discusses how some artists are moving away from releasing full-album experiences.

Jackie Kolgraf
May 30, 2023

With 29 years of making music together under their belts, brothers Pete Loeffler (guitars, vocals) and Sam Loeffler (drums) — better known as Chevelle — left their hometown of Chicago for the scorching Florida heat to perform at this year’s Welcome to Rockville festival.

Pete spoke with SiriusXM host Shannon Gunz backstage to provide fans with a glimpse into Chevelle’s upcoming album and the band’s evolving artistic journey, just ahead of their unforgettable festival set and the announcement of their 2023 tour with Three Days Grace and Loathe.

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Chevelle’s Daytona Experience

Pete, a Chicago native, confessed to feeling the heat in Daytona (while embracing the chance to soak up some sun).

Recalling the band’s previous performance at the festival in 2021, Pete and Shannon reminisced about the unique setup at the Daytona 500 Speedway, complete with a Ferris wheel and a water slide. With a mischievous grin, Pete hinted at shedding his jeans for a cooler stage experience, jokingly mentioning he was only wearing “tighty whities” beneath his clothes.

Rockville’s Growing Reputation

The conversation shifted to the grandeur of the Welcome to Rockville festival, which has gained a reputation as the biggest rock festival in America.

Pete expressed his excitement about performing and emphasized the passionate energy of Rockville’s dedicated fans. As the festival boasted a lineup including iconic bands like Tool, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, and Slipknot, the Chevelle frontman acknowledged the immense talent on display and the anticipation for their set that night.

Chevelle’s New Music

When Shannon inquired about Chevelle’s current projects — particularly their new music — Pete revealed that they had recorded eight tracks for a forthcoming album. He remained unsure if all of them would make the final cut; despite not having a strict deadline, the band intends to continue writing and perfecting their sound.

Pete acknowledged the changing dynamics of music releases, where artists increasingly put out songs individually rather than waiting to complete an entire album. However, he confessed to feeling the pressure of the music industry, uncertain if the new direction would resonate with their fans.

“I’m changing as a human being. I’m trying to grow. I’m trying not to do the same thing I did,” he admitted. “And I don’t know if people are gonna like this new s*** ’cause it’s really heavy. It’s a lot of double kick.”

Shannon and Pete delved into the topic of how music is consumed in the digital age, wondering whether listeners still favor full-album experiences or if the trend has shifted toward streaming individual tracks. Pete shared his concern, mentioning conversations he had with fellow musicians as they wondered if their years of effort and dedication would go unnoticed as people focus solely on singles.

Despite this uncertainty, Pete remained determined to evolve as an artist while staying true to Chevelle’s heavy sound.

Chevelle and Three Days Grace Announce 2023 Tour

Just today, Chevelle and Three Days Grace announced their 2023 co-headline tour coming this fall featuring special guest Loathe. The 23-city tour kicks off on September 8 at Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, making stops across the US in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and more before wrapping up in Boston at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on October 14.

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Fri Sep 08 – Bethlehem, PA – Wind Creek Event Center

Sat Sep 09 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

Tue Sep 12 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

Wed Sep 13 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom

Tue Sep 14 – Huber Heights, OH – The Rose Music Center

Sun Sep 17 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Showroom

Tue Sep 19 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park

Wed Sep 20 — St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park

Thu Sep 21 — Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theater

Sat Sep 23 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

Sun Sep 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

Tue Sep 26 – Nampa (Boise), ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

Thu Sep 28 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino – BECU Live

Fri Sep 29 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

Mon Oct 02 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Tue Oct 03 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Wed Oct 04 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre

Fri Oct 06 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Sat Oct 07 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theater

Tue Oct 10 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Wed Oct 11 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy

Thu Oct 12 – Charlotte, NC – Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre

Sat Oct 14 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway

Three Days Grace Chevelle Tour Poster