Today’s recap includes itinerary updates, special event announcements and lineups, and more as compiled by TicketNews on November 11, 2008. Fans of U2 will...

Today’s recap includes itinerary updates, special event announcements and lineups, and more as compiled by TicketNews on November 11, 2008.

Fans of U2 will get a chance to read Bono’s new column in the New York Times. The rocker is slated to write an “occasional column” for the iconic newspaper, though a spokesperson for the Times noted that details are still being worked out.

Country music’s annual Stagecoach Festival announced its 2009 lineup, which includes headlining acts from the likes of Reba McEntire and Kid Rock. … Overnight pop sensation Katy Perry has announced plans for her first headlining tour of the U.S. and Europe, slated to begin in early 2009. … The iconic B.B. King will also be on the road through the New Year with a string of new co-headlining dates with another guitar giant, Buddy Guy. … Finally, indie band Jimmy Eat World will perform 10 cover-to-cover performances of their classic album “Clarity,” in celebration of the record’s 10 anniversary.

Those are the complete tour and concert stories for the day. Check out more of our daily itinerary updates in brief….

Kings of Leon are on the road for the last dates of their U.S. tour supporting their new release “Only by the Night.” The trek continues with a November 12-13 set at the Orpheum in Boston, MA, and wraps November 19 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Afterwards they launch a tour of the UK and Ireland which will take them through the holiday season. But the rockers won’t stop there. Kings of Leon recently announced new U.S. and European dates for 2009, beginning with a January 24 gig at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, and a January 29 show at Madison Square Garden Arena in New York, NY. The band’s European dates start February 11 at KB Hallen in Frederiksberg, DEN, and close February 26 at Live Music Hall in Cologne, GER.

Tom Rush has already filled his 2009 calendar with a solid block of performances in the New Year, beginning with a January 13 show at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, SC, and continuing through September 13 at the Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts in Newburyport, MA. However, the singer-songwriter has a handful of shows still on the books for this year, beginning December 3 at Passim Folk Music & Cultural Center in Cambridge, MA. Other shows are set for December 5 at World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA, December 6 at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, MA, and December 7 at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH.

Chick Corea and John McLaughlin have added a few more U.S. shows to their 2009 tour itinerary, which begins early in the year with runs in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The U.S. dates begin March 19 at Royce Hall Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, and wrap May 1 at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT. New shows include an April 1 gig at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston, TX, an April 2 concert at the University of Texas in Austin, TX, and an April 6 show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. Other highlights include an April 23-25 run at the Rose Theater in New York, NY, and an April 30 cocnert at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA.

Rachael Yamagata is following her current run on the Hotel Café Tour with six solo shows on the East Coast. The Hotel Café Tour continues tonight (November 11) at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO, and wraps November 18 at the Music Box in Los Angeles, CA. Yamagata’s new set of dates begin December 7 at Mountain Stage in Charleston, WV, and close December 14 at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. Other performances are booked for December 9 at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, PA, December 10 at Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY, December 12 at the Mod Club Theatre in Toronto, ON, and December 13 at Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire in Montreal, QC.

Iron Maiden will kick off the New Year with a series of international dates, starting with a February 13 concert at Dubai Media City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Afterwards, the group continues on to India for a February 15 gig at the “Rock in India” concert in Bangalore. The rockers continue their journey with two shows in New Zealand on February 20 (Auckland) and February 21 (Christchurch). The final dates on the books at this time are three shows in Mexico: February 25 at Estadio Tecnologico in Monterrey, February 26 at Arena VFG in Guadalajara, and February 28 at Foro Sol in Mexico City. Dates in South and Central America are yet to be announced.

Eric Clapton already has plans for an eight-show residency at Royal Albert Hall in London from May 16-26. Now the rock icon has a stretch of concerts in Japan. Clapton begins his year with a February 12-13 set at the Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka, followed by a six-show stint at Budokan Hall in Tokyo on February 15, 18-19, 24-25 and 27. Public onsales for the new shows begin November 29.

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