The tour recap for the day features tour announcements, date additions and cancellations as compiled by TicketNews on September 16, 2008. At the top...

The tour recap for the day features tour announcements, date additions and cancellations as compiled by TicketNews on September 16, 2008.

At the top of the news today are two stories of concerts falling victim to the economy’s current rough patch. After completing just a few dates on its extensive fall itinerary, Flashback: The Classic Rock Experience has cancelled the remainder of the tour, possibly due to slow ticket sales. Additionally, the fifth annual Portland Jazz Festival has been cancelled due to lack of funds, after Qwest Communications recently withdrew its $50,000 sponsorship. The festival needed an estimated $100,000 to go on as scheduled.

However, the beat still goes on for other U.S. tours. After a brief break from the road, Girl Talk‘s Gregg Gillis is taking his latest mash-up album on the tour circuit this fall with a stretch of 30 U.S. shows. Also on the books, The Faint are starting up a second round of North American dates this October, following their successful run of the States over the summer.

Those are the full tour announcements and updates for the day. For more news, check out the tours in brief….

Metallica has added four dates to its upcoming North American tour. The rockers added the dates in cities were the initial shows quickly sold out. The updated itinerary now includes December 4-5 concerts at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, AB; a December 17-18 run at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA; January 26-27 sets at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL; and a January 31-February 1 gig at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Metallica will tour the States starting October 21 at the Jobing Arena in Glendale, AZ, and is now set to conclude with the lone February show.

Sarah McLachlan has a few performances scheduled for the fall, as the pop-folk singer prepares to release her new “best of” compilation. So far, the singer-songwriter has three dates on the books: October 6 at Times Center Stage in New York City, October 11 for Mixfest 2008 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, and October 18 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto Ontario.

The Black Crowes have tacked more dates onto the end of their current Euphoria or Bust Tour, extending the North American jaunt into winter. The new dates include a December 5 concert at Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL, a December 7 show at Eagles Ballroom in Miwaukee, WI, and a December 13 gig at Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. According to a statement on the band’s Web site, the September 16 show in Mesa, AZ, has been postponed. This news comes on the heels of September 13-14 show cancellations due to an illness in the band. No news on whether the band will regroup in time for the September 17 gig at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

R&B crooner Keith Sweat has some performances scattered throughout the coming fall and winter months. The itinerary begins with a September 20 performance at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA, followed by seven October shows, starting with an October 2 gig at the Wamu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Three November dates, two December concerts, and two January shows are also on the books.

Indie up-and-comers The Ting Tings have added more dates to their current tour. The UK leg begins September 20 at the Carling Academy in Liverpool and continues through an October 9-10 run at The Forum in London before the duo hops across the pond for a single October 14 performance with Santogold at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA. From there, it’s on to Europe where the rockers have eight shows booked. Four French shows are sandwiched between two opening and closing gigs in Germany, including the first on November 7 at Grunspan in Hamburg, GER, and the last on November 23 at Maria in Berlin, GER.

By Allison Reitz