Today’s tour recap includes complete itineraries, special events and more as compiled by TicketNews on November 6, 2008.
At the top of the day’s news is another tour disappointment for Janet Jackson or, should we say, for her fans. The performer, who postponed dates left and right before supporting act LL Cool J quit the tour, has announced that she won’t reschedule the seven concerts she nixed.
Comedian Robin Williams will keep the laughs coming in 2009 with at least 20 more performances across the country. … Edwin McCain is mixing it up on his upcoming tour, which features a variety of solo, acoustic and full band performances. … Folk singer-songwriter Jewel is also doing a solo and acoustic tour next year to showcase her country crossover album, “Perfectly Clear.” … Finally, for the 11th time in her career, Reba McEntire will host the Academy of Country Music’s annual award ceremony. For those who want to see the ceremony in person, tickets are on sale now for the televised event.
Those are the full stories for the day, but be sure to check out the rest of the day’s concert and tour updates in brief.
Death Cab for Cutie has five more shows on the books for the remainder of the year. The concerts are radio station-sponsored holiday events that feature other acts such as Jack’s Mannequin, Snow Patrol, Cold War Kids, The Killers and Bloc Party. The celebration begins December 2 at the 102.1 Big Snow Show in Milwaukee, WI, and continues on December 4 with the 104 X-Mas Bash in Baton Rouge, LA. On December 5, Death Cab performs at How 102.1 Stole Christmas in Grand Prairie, TX, followed by a December 9 appearance at KNND’s Deck the Hall Ball in Seattle, WA. The band’s last Christmas show is slated for December 11 at Live 105’s Not So Silent Night in Oakland, CA.
Brian Regan will wrap his current U.S. tour on December 14 at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI, and then start all over again next year. Currently, the comedian has 23 shows booked in 2009, starting with a January 8 show at Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL, and wrapping March 29 at Palace Theatre in Canton, OH. Highlights for the laugh fest, which will mainly move through the South and Midwest, are a February 6 show at Mabee Center Arena in Tulsa, OK, and a February 26-27 set at Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, UT.
Chiodos plays hardcore and tours hardcore — and it’s going to stay that way even in early 2009. About to wrap a trek with Silverstein and perform a few shows in Mexico before the year is out, the group also plans to launch an international tour in 2009 with shows already booked in the UK, Germany, Japan, and Australia. The international dates begin February 1 at TJ’s in Newport, UK, and wrap March 2 at Steel Blue Oval in Perth, AUS. The U.S. dates with Silverstein continue tonight (November 6) at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA, and wrap on November 11 at Sound Academy in Toronto, ON.
Natalie MacMaster, the award-winning fiddler, recently completed her October tour schedule and is gearing up to kick off a string of November and December shows. MacMaster fiddles away on November 17 at the Membertou Entertainment Center in Membertou, Nova Scotia, and wraps with a December 20 gig at The Eccles Center in Park City, UT. Including that closing show, only four of the 15 concerts on the books are set for the U.S.: December 7 at the Max M. Fisher Music Centre in Detroit, MI, December 11 at Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA, and December 16 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA.
James McMurtry is taking his Texas-born brand of rock overseas for his first European tour in 2009. The singer-songwriter has more than a dozen dates confirmed through a February 7 gig at Luminaire in London, ENG, as well as more shows to be announced between January 15-26. Before he kicks off that trek, though, McMurtry is on the road again in the U.S. with more than 20 shows in November and December. The music begins November 7 at Red Light Café in Atlanta, GA, and wraps December 13 at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, TX. Highlights include a November 9 gig at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC, a November 19 performance at Double Door in Chicago, IL, and a December 7 concert at The Social in Orlando, FL.