Today’s tour recap features concerts doubling as political fundraisers, tour cancellations and date announcements as compiled by TicketNews on October 8, 2008.

At the top of today’s news, ’80s new wave band Devo is performing a rare show in Akron, OH, to benefit the regional branch of the Democratic Party. The band members, who mostly reside in California now, are returning to their native city for the performance due to the state’s battleground status in the upcoming elections. … Also topping today’s concert news, Madonna has extended her run in South America, set for December. Before adding the extra dates, Madge wasn’t booked to perform more than two shows at any single venue on the tour. She breaks that streak with a three-show sun in São Paulo, BRA.

In other news, Van Morrison booked a special set of shows at Hollywood Bowl, performing “Astral Weeks” from cover to cover with some of the original band and session musicians. … Satirical singer-songwriter Randy Newman has shows booked through October in support of his latest original studio album. … After a special show at the new Club Nokia in LA, Taking Back Sunday will hit the road in support of their upcoming 2009 album, which they’ve been writing and recording over the past few weeks. … Finally, Scars on Broadway cancelled all dates on the upcoming tour, which will not be rescheduled.

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LeAnn Rimes recently added new dates to her 2008-2009 tour itinerary, which had been set to continue with an October 10 concert at the Naval Base in Norfolk, VA and an October 11 show at Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston, WV. However, due to vocal strain the country singer was forced to postpone the shows, making the recently added October 17-18 run at L’Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles, LA, the next. She’s currently scheduled to conclude her 2008 season with an October 23-24 set at Temple Theatre in Lufkin, TX. For next year, Rimes is slated to start January 30 at Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, WA, with a few other dates booked through an April 25 gig at the Colosseum at Caesars in Windsor, ON.

The Pussycat Dolls are heading across the pond for a run of 2009 shows. The girl group, which has an upcoming October 14 show at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, has 10 UK shows currently on the books for the New Year. The performances kick off January 18 at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre in Aberdeen, and continue through a February 6 show at Echo Arena in Liverpool. Other notable shows include a January 27 concert at the O2 Arena and a January 29 gig at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester.

The Little River Band has half a dozen shows set for 2008, plus more than a dozen more already booked for 2009. The next show is October 9 at the Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and shows are booked through November 16 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, FL. Next year’s shows kick off with a February 27-28 run at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, OR, followed by a March 11-14 run at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL. Another Busch Gardens run is set for July 25-26 at the Williamsburg, VA, location, followed by the band’s last 2009 show booked so far: October 19 at Field of Dreams in Dandridge, TN.

Trout Fishing in America has more of their signature family-friendly shows booked through May 2009 for fans of all ages. The band is on the brink of an October 8-10 run at Festival Plaza in Shreveport, LA, after which point they’ll be touring southern and midwestern states through their scheduled December 13 closer at Bettendorf Family Museum in Bettendorf, IA. Next year’s itinerary kicks off January 17 at Cactus Café in Austin, TX, and continues through a May 15 show at Rosewood Center for Family Arts in Dallas, TX, which is the last currently scheduled concert.

Amy Grant is getting ready for her December holiday-themed tour with husband Vince Gill, and has added a couple more shows to the trek since we first reported it. The Christmas shows begin December 4 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH, and continue through a December 22-23 run at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, MA. The new shows fall near the end of the run: December 18 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI, and December 19 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO.

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