Today’s tour recap includes festival announcements, court hearings and more as compiled by TicketNews on October 7, 2008.
At the top of today’s news, the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been confirmed for 2009, the former with a three-day April 17-19 schedule and the latter returning to it’s two-day roots with an April 25-26 set. Last year’s Coachella featured more than 100 acts covering a variety of genres, while Stagecoach focused on the country, bluegrass and alt-country markets with more than 40 performers.
Two big tours will also be hitting the road next year. Depeche Mode, a new wave band that formed in 1980, has announced the first leg of its Tour the Universe jaunt around the world with a set of European shows. North and South American dates are expected for the future. … Beyoncé recently publicized her plans to tour internationally, as well. The R&B diva, whose new album is scheduled to drop November 18, has not confirmed exact dates though a spring/summer tour is expected.
In other touring news: The name Amy Ray might not sound familiar, but you might know her as half of the folk-rock duo Indigo Girls. She’ll be going solo this year for a batch of October and November performances across North America. … And finally, R. Kelly isn’t going on tour, but he has won in a court battle against his Double Up Tour promoter, Leonard Rowe. An arbitrator awarded the singer a multimillion dollar judgment after Rowe failed to pay him concert proceeds.
Tesla has added six more shows to the North American tour supporting the new album “Forever More.” The tour, which continues with an October 7 show at Pop’s in Sauget, IL, has been extended through Halloween with a concert at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH. Other new shows fall on October 19 at Midland Theatre in Kansas City, MO, October 22 at Crocodile Rock Café in Allentown, PA, October 25 at Webster Theatre in Hartford, CT, October 17 at Magic City Music Hall in Johnson City, NY, and October 28 at Blender Theatre at Gramercy in New York, NY.
Judas Priest will be kicking off their international tour dates at the end of October, with shows booked months into the New Year. The first show is October 27 at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, with the 2008 itinerary wrapping with a November 15-16 run at CrediCard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil. So far, the 2009 schedule opens on February 10 at the O2 in Dublin, Ireland, and continuing into March with three recently added shows, ending March 4 at Malmo Stadion in Malmo, Sweden. United Kingom highlights include a February 11 show at Odyssey Arena in Belfast and a February 21 gig at Wembley Arena in London.
The Offspring are currently on the road in Japan, but they have two U.S. shows coming up at the end of the month before continuing on to South America and Europe. The tour, stationed in Japan through October 18-21 sets at Zepp Osakam will touch down Stateside on October 25 for a performance at KDGE 102.1’s EdgeFest at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX. The next day, the band performs at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Spring, TX. The Offspring continue on to Argentina for a Halloween show at the Personal Festival in Buenos Aires and continue in the region before heading out to a November 30 gig in Berlin, Germany.
The Gin Blossoms have added a couple new shows to their currently booked swing across the U.S. The next show is October 10 at Brixton in Redondo Beach, CA. A new 2008 appearance is set for October 25 at Tanger Outlet Center in Deer Park, NY, followed by a November 6 performance at the Coastal Carolina Fair in Ladson, SC. After a New Year’s Eve show at Grand Prairie Hotel in Hutchinson, KS, the band will continue on into 2009. So far two shows have been set for next year: February 15 at Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, WA, and February 19 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA.
Toad the Wet Sprocket has three U.S. shows on the books, beginning with a New Year’s Eve concert at Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. The ’90s rockers continue their itinerary in 2009 with a February 25 show at American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA, and a February 26 gig at Webster Hall in New York, NY. Those are all the dates for now, but watch out for more shows on the horizon.
The Gutter Twins also have a brief U.S. tour set, starting with an October 24 performance at the Voodoo Music Experience at City Park in New Orleans, LA. The non-festival shows pick up November 5 at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA. The remaining shows fall on November 6 at Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY, November 7 at Black Cat in Washington, DC, and November 9 at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA.
The Nadas have added more shows to their 2008 and 2009 schedule. The Iowa-based folk rockers will remain mostly in their homestate, though some outside forays are included. The next show is set for October 10 at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA, and 2008 dates continue through December 13 at Redstone Room in Davenport, IA. Other upcoming shows include an October 25 gig at Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL, and a December 6 performance at the Waiting Room in Omaha, NE. The 2009 season currently begins on January 24 in Kansas City, MO, with an August 1 performance at Rock the Block Festival in Cherokee, NC, also on the books.