The Used release new single “Giving Up”

Rock icons The Used have shared new single “Giving Up” off their upcoming album Toxic Positivity, out this Friday, May 19 via Big Noise.  

When asked to describe “Giving Up,” vocalist Bert McCracken shares one of his favorite William Shakespeare quotes to give a deeper meaning to the track: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”  

“Giving Up” is the second single released from Toxic Positivity, following lead single “Numb.” Over 20 years into their career, Toxic Positivity is everything fans have come to know and love from The Used – straightforward, in-your-face, destructive, and vulnerable all at once.

Next week, The Used is hitting the road with Pierce The Veil on the Creative Control Tour. The epic co-headliner kicks off on May 23rd in Austin, TX, making stops across the U.S. and Canada in Tampa, Toronto, Baltimore, New York, Grand Rapids, Irvine, and more before wrapping up in Phoenix, AZ on July 2nd with support from Don BrocoDeathbyromy (5/23 – 6/10), and girlfriends (6/12 – 7/2). For a full list of tour dates and more details on how to purchase tickets, please visit

Established in 2000, The Used was brought to life and have since released a collection of albums that pioneered the scene of emo rock. High energy live shows, gut wrenching relatable lyrics, and melodies that blended pop sensibility and hard rock was the perfect combination to make an everlasting impression on fans globally. 

The Used released their ninth studio album, Heartwork (Deluxe), in 2021 via Big Noise. The extended album features 11 never-before-heard tracks that were all written during the original Heartwork (2020) sessions. A variety of collaborators including producer John Feldmann, co-writer Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), guest artists Travis Barker, Jason Aalon Butler (Fever 333), Caleb Shomo (Beartooth) and more helped deliver this now 27-track album that simultaneously showcases what made The Used emerge as one of the most prolific bands of the early 2000s as well as what has kept them at the forefront of the genre ever since. The band locked in #4 spots on both the Top Alternative and Top Hard Rock Album charts, #11 on Top Rock Album charts as well as landing in the Billboard Top 200 at the #87 spot.  The Used is Bert McCracken (Vocals), Jepha (Bass), Dan Whitesides (Drums) and Joey Bradford (Guitar).

Creative Control Tour Dates

May 23 – Austin, TX – HEB Center @ Cedar Park^+ (SOLD OUT)

May 24 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore Harrah’s New Orleans^+ (SOLD OUT)

May 26 – Tampa, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa^+ (SOLD OUT)

May 27 – Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheatre^+ (SOLD OUT)

May 28 – St Augustine, FL – The Saint Augustine Amphitheater^+ (LOW TICKET WARNING)

May 30 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy^+ (SOLD OUT)

May 31 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium^+

June 2 – Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach^+

June 3 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion^+ (SOLD OUT)

June 5 – New York, NY – The Rooftop @ Pier 17^+ (SOLD OUT)

June 6 – Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE!^+

June 7 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre^+ (SOLD OUT)

June 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage @ The Mann^+ (SOLD OUT)

June 10 – Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena^+

June 12 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage^# (SOLD OUT)

June 13 – New York, NY – The Rooftop @ Pier 17^# (SOLD OUT)

June 15 – Bethlehem, PA – Wind Creek Event Center^# (SOLD OUT)

June 16 – Moon Twp, PA – UPMC Events Center^#

June 17 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center^# 

June 19 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live @ 20 Monroe^# (SOLD OUT)

June 21 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center^# (SOLD OUT)

June 22 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee^# (SOLD OUT)

June 24 – Dallas, TX – So What?! Music Festival* 

June 28 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex^# (LOW TICKET WARNING)

June 29 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre @ The Grand Sierra Resort^# (SOLD OUT)

July 1 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre^# (SOLD OUT)

July 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre^# (SOLD OUT)

September 10 – Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival*

* Festival Appearance

^ w/ Don Broco

+ w/ Deathbyromy

# w/ girlfriends

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