Conan Gray releases new single “Maniac”

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The weekend before Conan Gray’s sold-out headlining tour, the 20-year-old bedroom pop singer-songwriter, released a brand new single, “Maniac,” this past Friday. 

Making this unveiling a true event, Conan hosted a watch party, which included him chatting with fans on his YouTube channel. 

On the song, Conan said: “I wrote maniac in the shower after getting a midnight drunk sob text from my ex. They’d been running all around town telling everyone that I was some freak who wouldn’t leave them alone when in reality, they were the freak. They were the one acting like a maniac— sending strange late-night texts and showing up at my shows unannounced. I thought it was hilarious and all my friends had dealt with the same thing, so I decided to write a cathartic post-break-up song dedicated to psychotic exes. that’s how maniac was born.”

Conan also said of the video: “I think everyone has dealt with a psycho ex at one point in their life. with the “Maniac” video, I wanted everyone’s worst nightmare to come true— all of your exes coming back from the dead to haunt you all in one night. “Night of the Living Exes,” if you will. The second I came up with the video, I knew immediately that I wanted Jess Barden from “The End Of The F***ing World” to play the best friend. Jess is incredibly talented, and her character reminds me a ton of my own best friend who I’d seen date a slew of different types of people. The jock, the artsy one, the nice one, etc. I thought it’d be fun to showcase all of the stereotypes in a cheesy 80’s horror movie esque video.”

Later this month, Conan hits the road on “The Comfort Crowd” tour, which is a six-week run kicking off in St. Louis and ending with three nights at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Conan seems to be making major waves in his own terms. A string of hits has pushed him to the forefront of pop alongside BTS, Brockhampton, and Troye Sivan. With songs from his recent Sunset Season EP and all singles released to date has generated over 250 million streams.

In January 2019, Conan made his television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, before opening for Panic at the Disco! for several shows on their arena tour. Conan has sold out two North American and European tour. 

The Comfort Crowd Tour Dates
Oct 29             St. Louis. MO         The Pagent
Oct 30             Tennessee, TN     Cannery Ballroom
Nov 1               Chicago, IL         House of Blues Chicago
Nov 3               Indianapolis, IN       The Deluxe at Old National Centre
Nov 5               Toronto, Canada     Rebel
Nov 7               Columbus, OH     Newport Music Hall
Nov 8               Detroit, MI           The Fillmore Detroit
Nov 9               Cleveland, Oh       House of Blues Cleveland
Nov 12             New York, NY       Terminal 5
Nov 13             Boston, MA         House of Blues Boston
Nov 14             Philadelphia, PA       The Fillmore Philadelphia
Nov 16             Silver Spring, MD     The Fillmore Silver Spring
Nov 17             Charlotte, NC         The Fillmore Charlotte
Nov 19             Atlanta, GA         Tabernacle
Nov 20             Orlando, FL         The Plaza Live
Nov 22             Tampa, FL         The Ritz Ybor
Nov 23             Fort Lauderdale, FL    Revolution Live
Nov 26             Houston, TX         Revention Music Center
Nov 27             Irving, TX           The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Dec 2               Denver, CO       Ogden Theater
Dec 4               Salt Lake City, UT     The Depot
Dec 6               Vancouver, Canada Vouge Theatre
Dec 7               Seattle, WA         Showbox Sodo
Dec 8               Portland, OR       Roseland Theater
Dec 10             Oakland, CA       Fox Theater
Dec 11             Los Angeles, CA     The Fonda Theater
Dec 12             Los Angeles, CA     The Fonda Theater
Dec 13             Los Angeles, CA     The Fonda Theater