Today’s recap includes concert updates, tour postponements and more as compiled by TicketNews on November 12, 2008.

The day’s biggest updates come from the worlds of R&B and country music. Soulful crooner John Legend announced a second round of U.S. dates in 2009 just days before opening the tour on November 14. And country music’s acclaimed Rascal Flatts have finally unveiled dates for the 2009 conclusion of their Bob That Head tour with Jessica Simpson.

Singer-songwriter Ben Harper is singing a new tune these days, as he prepares to introduce new material and a new band to the U.S. with five special California concerts. Meanwhile, the 22nd annual MerleFest has announced the lineup for its 2009 event, featuring Emmylou Harris, Travis Tritt and more. Finally, acclaimed musical satirist Randy Newman has had to postpone his European tour on doctor’s orders due to severe pains caused by stenosis in the performer’s lower back and neck.

Those are the complete concert and tour updates covered by TicketNews today. But check out our other eye-catching itinerary updates in brief….

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Bon Iver wowed the world with the debut album “For Emma, Forever Ago.” Now the critically acclaimed indie-folk act has news plans for a mid-December run of the U.S., starting with a December 10-11 run at Town Hall in New York, NY. The seven-city jaunt includes a December 14 concert at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA, and a December 18 gig at The Vic in Chicago, IL, before wrapping up for the holidays on December 22 at State Theatre in Eau Claire, WI. The Tallest Man on Earth opens on all nights of the late year trek. (Check out Bon Iver on iTunes with the link at the bottom of the story.)

Jo Dee Messina has a few Las Vegas shows on the books in December, but the country rocker is already looking ahead to April. In addition to her December 12-14 run at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Sin City, Messina has a handful of dates set for next year. The first show is April 16 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY, and the last is currently slated for April 25 at Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ. Other stops in the Northeast are set for April 18 at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, and April 23 at Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH.

Pepper is in the midst of a UK tour, but the surf rockers have plans to return to the states for a new January tour. The 14-city jaunt of the Western states kicks off January 2 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA, and wraps January 21 at The New Oasis in Sparks, NV. Other stops include a January 6 gig at Mesa Theater in Grand Junction, CO, a January 10-11 set at Belly Up in Aspen, CO, and a January 17 concert at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA. Pepper’s next gig in tonight (November 12) at The Astoria in London, England, and they continue trekking across the UK through their November 19 performance at ABC1 in Glasgow, Scotland.

M83 kicked off the first night of a 16-city North American tour last night (November 11) at The Earl in Atlanta, GA. The one-man electronic outfit from France continues on the road tonight (November 12) at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC, and wraps its run on November 29 at Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Highlights on the trek include a November 14 concert at Webster Hall in New York, NY, and a November 18 show at Middle East Downstairs in Boston, MA. Three dates are booked for Canada: November 19 at Studio Juste Pour Rire in Montreal, QC, November 20 at Opera House in Toronto, On, and November 26 at Richards on Richards in Vancouver, BC. A UK tour follows in December.

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