Today’s recap includes itineraries for additional tour legs, special performances and more as compiled by TicketNews on October 24, 2008.
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has been performing this fall for his Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno tour, and will keep the shows going through the New Year. The eclectic and eccentric musician has expanded his North American tour itinerary and announced an extensive European trek, as well. … Sensitive singing sensation James Blunt is performing more shows in North America, too, with his newest Lost Souls tour leg. But if you live in the States, you’ll have to drive north of the border into Canada to catch the “You’re Beautiful” singer-songwriter.
We don’t often talk about sports in the tour recap, but then again, this is the World Series. After the Tampa Bay Rays hooked Backstreet Boys and Los Lonely Boys to perform the national anthem at Games 1 and 2, the Phillies struck back by announcing that they’d be presenting Taylor Swift and Patti LaBelle. While diehard baseball fans may not care one way or the other who’s singing, casual fans may be more eager to attend if it means seeing a favorite recording artist belt out “The Star Spangled Banner” — and they may be willing to shell out a significant amount of money to make that happen.
Those are the tour and concert (and sports) stories for the day. But before you call it a day and jump into your weekend plans, check out some more of the day’s news in brief.
Jerry Seinfeld might not be appearing in any more Microsoft commercials for a while, but he will be appearing in a town near you. The comedian recently added five shows onto his 2009 tour, in addition to at last seven shows booked for the remainder of this year. His 2008 commitments continue tonight (October 24) at the Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI, and wrap on December 12 at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, WV. Additionally, he will perform at The Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on November 21-22. Next year, his schedule begins with a January 2 show at Overture Hall in Madison, WI, and currently wrap with a February 27 performance at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, FL.
Los Lobos will keep on rocking well into the New Year with some recent additions to the band’s tour itinerary. After a show tonight (October 24) at Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL, and an October 25 gig at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Bloomington, IL, the veteran rock band has eight more shows set for this year and four more booked for 2009 so far. Highlights for 2008 include a November 8-9 run at Disney World in Orlando, FL, a December 5-6 set at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, and a New Year’s Eve concert at Rialto Theatre in Tuscon, AZ. The first show on the books for next year is a January 24 gig at Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, WA, and the last show is currently a May 29 concert at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center in Santa Clarita, CA.
Hinder is currently headlining the Jagermeister Music Tour, but will be on the road for longer than originally reported. The hard rockers were originally scheduled to wrap the tour at the end of November, but a 12-date leg of Midwest shows has been tacked on for December. Following a November 29 concert at Sokol Auditorium in Omaha, NE, Hinder will continue on with a December 2 gig at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN. The Jagermeister Music Tour will wrap on December 20 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH, following a December 7 show at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston, TX, and a December 12 concert at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH, among other stops.
Gaslight Anthem is continuing its opening run with Rise Against through late November, but fans will also have a few new chances to see the band solo in the U.S. In between its opening duties, Gaslight Anthem will use a night off for a November 19 solo gig at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI. Another solo show falls on November 24 at Mad Hatter in Covington, KY, the night after Rise Against’s tour wraps at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI. The band then has three early December shows in the UK, but will be back Stateside for a December 28 concert at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.
Fishbone is performing over the weekend at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA, but after that, the rock fusion band is taking its act on the road. The next show is set for October 30 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel & Casino in Sparks, NV, with concerts booked through December 14 at The Independent in San Francisco, CA. Other performances are set for Halloween at the Portuguese Hall in Santa Cruz, CA, November 22 at Subterranean in Chicago, IL, November 29 at the Knitting Factory in New York, NY, and December 9 at Emo’s in Austin, TX. In all, 30 concerts are booked for the next two months.