Lucker's death changed the tone of the tour making it into a tribute to him with a portion of all tickets and official t-shirt sales going to Lucker's daughter for the Kenadee Lucker Education Fund.
Asking Alexandria released a statement prior to the tour including the following:
"A great man was lost who's love and passion reached all corners of the globe. As many of you know, Suicide Silence were preparing to join us on our upcoming 'Outbreak' Tour. Due to the devastating circumstances they will no longer be joining us physically. They will however, Mitch included, be with us in spirit."
Asking Alexandria's lead guitarist Ben Bruce took some time before their show in Covington, Kentucky on Friday to discuss the tour while giving as little details as possible on the band's upcoming new album.
"The tour has been going really well so far. Great shows, great crowds and just a great tour. As I Lay Dying is great! Then there's I See Stars and Attila and Memphis May Fire. Yeah, it's good," Bruce shared.
He went on to say that the show they played last weekend at the California Metalfest has been his favorite tour stop so far because of all the other great bands that were on the bill including Bleeding Through, Unearth and Killswitch Engage.
Bruce says he enjoys playing festival shows but prefers playing the smaller venues, "It depends on who is playing. Most of the time we like playing the club tours but it's fun to get up there on the big stage and share it with a lot of bands for a day or two. Most of the time club tours are much more fun for us because I feel like the fans are there for the right reasons. You know, they're there to see us and that's pretty great."
Bruce went on to share what fans could expect at the upcoming Royal Oak show, "Just a good time. We're playing lots of songs that a lot of people know. Just a good show. It's an Asking Alexandria show if anyone has ever seen one. There's really good production on this tour as well."
Bruce says they are still trying to figure out what comes after that but that there will certainly be a lot of touring for the new record, "Details on that will be forthcoming."
Bruce and the band have been pretty tight-lipped about what to expect from the new album.
He did say that, "It's been going really good actually. Everything's been going really smooth and we're really excited for it."
He went on to share that there is no release date or time frame that the band is working towards, "Right now I can't really say. There's been a lot going into it so we'll just have to see how it goes."
When asked to give fans a preview Bruce laughed and slyly answered, "Let's wait and find out. Let it be a surprise! We're trying a couple of new things so we want it to be a surprise for the fans."
The band did recently release a new single from the forthcoming album titled, "Run Free", a song that moves from a soothing hook and orchestral swirls to the hard hitting metal the band is known for.
Asking Alexandria has been performing "Run Free" on the Outbreak Tour and Bruce says that reactions to the song have been good, "The crowds have been really into it. They've liked it a lot and we're really proud of it."
When asked what he would tell potential new fans about their music, Bruce explained, "I would say we have a lot of catchy choruses and for the metal fans a lot of brutal metal pop."
When asked about who he would like to tour with next Bruce enthusiastically said, "Madonna!"
Elaborating he said, "I think it would be really fun. It would be a good experience. It would be wild! There would be a lot of parties."
He went on to show his eighties child colors by stating that Madonna is the artist who made him want to get into music in the first place and that "Like A Virgin" was the song that did it for him, "I loved it! Yeah I was born in the eighties!" [laughs]
Heading into the new year Bruce says that Asking Alexandria is just going to take it easy for a bit and enjoy the holidays before heading back out on tour, "We're gonna tour and get the new record out and all of that. That's it right now."
Tickets are still available for the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour stop in Royal Oak tomorrow.
Doors for the show open at 5 pm.