Today’s recap includes itinerary announcements, reunions, cancellations and more as compiled by TicketNews on November 28, 2008.

The day’s big news comes from hard rockers Nickelback, who have announced plans for their first tour under their recently signed touring, recording and merchandise deal with concert and tour promoter Live Nation. For full details on the deal and the dates, read the full story here.

Punk and new wave trailblazers Blondie have confirmed a series of West Coast performances for February following their summer tours of the U.S. and Europe, supporting the re-release of 1978’s “Parallel Lines.” … Longtime solo musician Cliff Richard will reunite with his former backing band The Shadows for a limited reunion tour of the UK in fall 2009. … Meantime, another UK-based band, Noah and the Whale has cancelled its U.S. run in favor of returning to the studio to record the band’s next album.

Those are the final reports for this holiday week. Whether you’re putting your feet up after a long day of Black Friday shopping or getting ready to run out for the weekend, be sure to check out the rest of our concert and tour updates in brief.

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Mandy Patinkin made a name for himself as an actor on the silver screen and Broadway alike. However, the accomplished actor is also an acclaimed singer, and Patinkin will showcase this talent during a 2009 tour with Broadway great Patti Lupone. The two won Tony Awards for their roles in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Evita.” Patinkin begins the season with three solo shows, kicking off February 22 at Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater in Medford, OR. He picks up Lupone for a March 7 show at the Staller Center in Stony Brook, NY, and the duo continue on for an eight-city tour that includes a March 10-15 set at DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, DE, an April 14-19 run at Fisher Theatre in Detroit, MI, and a May 5-17 stretch at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH.

David Alan Grier will be out on the road again in a few days for a series of comedy shows in Kentucky and New York. The televised sketch actor and former “In Living Color” funnyman, who recently began a new series on Comedy Central, begins a five-show run at 4th Street in Louisville with a single show on December 4, followed by early and late shows on December 5 and 6. From there, Grier (who sometimes goes by his initials, “DAG”) will head north to New York City for four more shows. His first two shows at the Comix Comedy Club are on December 12, with the next two performances at the venue following on December 13.

Loretta Lynn may be 75 years old, but the country music icon still has a lively set of dates booked through 2009. The singer-songwriter will close out the year with three early-December concerts: December 4 at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, December 5 at Pepsi Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown, PA, and December 6 at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. Lynn will begin again next year with a January 16 show at Shoreline Ballroom in Hilton Head, SC, and close to 10 more shows scheduled through an October 16 gig at the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center in Birmingham, AL. Other concerts include a March 8 concert at the Johnston Theater in Tulsa, OK, and an April 18 show at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL.

Umphrey’s McGee will continue to jam through the New Year with nearly 40 shows booked from January 22 at Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO, through an April 30-May 1 run at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA. Highlights for the group’s jaunt include January 30-February 1 sets at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, a February 12-15 run at Barrymore Theater in Madison, WI, February 19-20 shows at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, March 4-5 gigs at Workplay Soundstage in Birmingham, AL, March 13-14 concerts at Murat Egyptian Room in Indianapolis, IN, and April 10-11 shows at Nokia Theatre in New York, NY. The band’s next performance this year is December 4 at Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, with a December 29-31 run at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL, closing out the year.

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