Crowded House has confirmed it’s launching a North American tour starting next month and will play short residencies in smaller, more intimate venues instead of single dates in many cities.

The seven-city, 14-show trek will start April 28 in New York at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza and conclude May 17 in Los Angeles at the Orpheum Theatre. The band, Neil Finn (vocals/guitars), Nick Seymour (bass), Mark Hart (keyboards/guitars) and Matt Sherrod (drums) is continuing to support “Time on Earth” (ATO Records), their first record since 1993. “Time on Earth” was released July 10, 2007.

“Time On Earth” was produced by Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Ryan Adams) and Steve Lillywhite (U2, Morrissey). Guitarist Johnny Marr is featured on two tracks, lead-off single “Don’t Stop Now” and “Even A Child,” a song he co-wrote with Finn. Another album track, “Silent House,” was co-written by Finn and the Dixie Chicks, whose own version of the song appears on their Grammy Award-winning album “Taking the Long Way.”

Crowded House formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1985 and first tasted global success with their massive 1987 hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” They continued to have hits for a decade, including “Something So Strong,” “Weather With You” and “It’s Only Natural.”

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Crowded House tour dates:

28 – 30 New York, NY NY Fillmore at Irving Plaza

2 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
5 – 6 Boston, MA Somerville Thatre
7 – 8 Toronto, ONT Danforth Music Hall
10 – 11 Chicago, IL Vic Theater
14 – 15 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
16 – 17 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre

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