Today’s tour recap includes itinerary updates and announcements, special events and more as compiled by TicketNews on November 7, 2008. Hit reality TV series...

Today’s tour recap includes itinerary updates and announcements, special events and more as compiled by TicketNews on November 7, 2008.

Hit reality TV series “Dancing with the Stars” will be soon be a hit on stages across America as celebrities from the seventh season of the program gear up for a live showcase of their newly acquired talents. A handful of celebrities have been confirmed so far for the 37-city tour, which begins in December and continues on through early February.

Acclaimed singer Kenny Rogers is about to start his annual holiday tour and the subsequent non-themed jaunt, which will now extend into April with new UK and U.S. tour legs. … They Might Be Giants have a handful of dates booked through January 2009, including two special cover-to-cover album performances and a movie screening/Q&A session in late November. … British rock group Bloc Party will launch a mini tour of the U.S. in December and launch a new European trek in 2009 to support the band’s latest album, “Intimacy.”

Those are the complete itinerary reports posted on TicketNews throughout the day. If you want more concert and tour updates, read the rest of the day’s music news in brief….

Elton John hasn’t announced dates for his 2009 Face to Face tour with fellow Piano Man, Billy Joel. But Sir Elton has announced a series of international dates for the New Year. The iconic musician begins the world stage rounds in South America with a January 17 gig at Anhembi Convention Center in São Paulo, Brazil, and continues across the continent with shows in Argentina, Chile and Venezuela, before wrapping with a January 29 show at Corferias in Bogota, Columbia. Months after his February run at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV, John hits Europe for at least four shows, starting with a June 6 gig at Thomond Park in Limerick, Ireland, and currently wrapping with a July 5 show at Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany.

OneRepublic has added a few more dates to their first headlining tour itinerary. The jaunt, which continues tonight (November 7) at Dee Events Center in Ogden, UT, makes way for the first new date on November 19 at La Zona Rose in Austin, TX. The next new date falls early the next month on December 3 at the Peoria Civic Center Arena in Peoria, IL. The U.S. tour wraps on December 7 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, after which point the rockers will play three shows in South Africa before the end of the year. However, they’ll be back in North America for two early January concerts in Canada: January 9 at Metropolis in Montreal, QC, and January 10 at Sound Academy in Toronto, ON.

Richard Thompson has nine North American shows on the books for early December. The acclaimed British singer-songwriter starts with a December 5 set at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Manitoba, and ending with a December 12-14 run at the Montalvo Center in Saratoga, CA. Two other Canadian gigs are booked on the jaunt: December 6 at Myer Horowitz Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, and December 7 at Knox United Church in Calgary, Alberta. The remainder of the dates are in California, including a December 9 show at the Big Room at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA.

Bob Schneider will cap his November tour dates with a string of shows in Texas before the close of the year. The singer-songwriter’s next show is tonight (November 7) at Double Door in Chicago, IL, and he continues on the road in the Northern and Eastern states through a November 17 show at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA. From there, the performer returns to his native Lone Star State for six more shows, from November 27 at Antone’s in Austin, through December 27 at the House of Blues in Dallas. Schneider does leave the state briefly, though, for a December 10 gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. He has another stop in New York earlier in his tour on November 15 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.

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