Alt-rock band Fastball might not be worried about their personal finances after a summer of touring, but the band members still have their eyes on the economy. The Texas-based rockers recently announced plans for a late-2008 tour to spread some musical cheer in the current economic downturn.

“Global economic meltdown? The financial system on the verge of collapse? Good time to go on tour!” the trio’s co-lead singer and guitarist Miles Zuniga wrote in a post on the band’s official Web site. “We’re coming to your town to spread a little love.”

The coast-to-coast circuit begins November 6 at Belmont Hotel in Dallas, TX, and wraps on November 25 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY. Other highlights for the jaunt include a November 11 gig at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA, a November 22 set at Joe’s Sports Bar in Chicago, IL, and a November 24 performance at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, MD.

Before kicking off their 11-city solo tour, the boys of Fastball are set to perform on November 1 at the South Padre International Music Festival on South Padre Island, TX. The three-day music festival, which begins on October 31, also features performances by Willie Nelson, Ghostland Observatory and Blue Oyster Cult, among others.

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Fastball is best known for their sophomore release “All the Pain Money Can Buy,” which only peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 29 but stayed on the chart for a year. Release in March 1998, the album was RIAA-certified Platinum by September of the same year. The success of the album was largely driven by the hit single, “The Way,” which dominated summer radio and held the top position on Billboard‘s Modern Rock chart for seven weeks.

The band is currently awaiting the release of their fifth studio album, “Little White Lies.” The record was initially slated for a fall 2008 release according to the band’s Web site, but release is now tentatively set for spring 2009.

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Fastball itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

November 1 South Padre Island, TX South Padre International Music Festival Grounds
November 6 Dallas, TX Belmont Hotel
November 7 Austin, TX The Continental Club
November 11 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
November 12 Los Angeles, CA Safari Sam’s
November 14 Las Vegas, NV Canyon Club
November 15 Redondo Beach, CA Brixton
November 18 Littleton, CO Toad Tavern
November 20 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
November 22 Chicago, IL Joe’s Sports Bar
November 24 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
November 25 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom