Today’s recap includes itinerary announcements, cancellations and more as compiled by TicketNews on November 18, 2008.

While some recording artists regroup after only a few years apart, others’ reunions are a long time in the making. One such case comes in the shape of the recently announced Labelle reunion. Original “Lady Marmalade” singers Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash recently released their first album in more than 30 years and announced plans to support the release with a winter tour of the U.S. For more information and the current itinerary, read the full story.

In other news from the tour trail, Celine Dion is still blocked from performing under doctor’s orders. The singer has been forced to reschedule a series of performances due to a recurring infection and inflamed vocal chords. Illness won’t keep Mastodon off the road, though. Despite guitarist Bill Kelliher’s recent hospitalization, the band announced that they would continue on the road as a trio until Kelliher is well enough to rejoin them.

Those are the complete tour updates and announcements covered by TicketNews, but if that’s not enough, be sure to check out the rest of the day’s concert news in brief.

ZZ Top will ring in the New Year with four concerts from late December into early January. First the rockers will close out the year in style with two shows at the Belly Up in Aspen, CO, on December 28 and 29. The music continues a few days later as the band performs a New Year’s Day concert at Winstar Casino in Thackerville, OK, followed by a January 3 gig at The Joint in Las Vegas, NV.

The Black Keys have a handful of U.S. performances slated for late January and early February supporting the band’s latest studio album, “Attack & Release.” The concerts kick off January 29 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI, and run through February 6 at Terminal 5 in New York, NY. The other confirmed dates are January 30 at Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH, February 4 at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, MD, and February 5 at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. The U.S. dates follow the band’s current European run and the following Australian jaunt that straddles 2008 and 2009.

Dark Star Orchestra has almost 20 shows remaining this year and a block of more than 20 concerts booked for 2009. The group’s next show is slated for November 18 at State Theatre in Ithaca, NY, later closing for the year with a December 31 show at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, MD. DSO continues in the New Year with a January 28 gig at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL, and runs through a February 28 concert at Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI. Highlights next year include a February 6-7 run at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, and a February 24 gig at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Counting Crows have added a few more shows onto their spring 2009 run of the UK and Ireland. The tour is slated to run from May 4 at the Carling Academy in Sheffield, England, through a May 26 return to the same venue. New gigs along the way include a May 8 concert at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland, May 19 at Royal Centre in Nottingham, England, and May 21 at the Carling Academy Brixton in London, England. More than 10 performances are booked at this time.

Patty Larkin will keep the music coming from early December through early 2009 with recently added dates on her itinerary. The folk singer-songwriter is slated to hit the road December 5 at Bodles Opera House in Chester, NY, and continue on through December 14 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA, before breaking for the holidays. On January 15, Larkin is back in action at Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, with more than one dozen concerts booked through June 20 at Music at The Mission in West Milford, NJ. Other highlights include a March 13-14 run at Blizzard Theater in Chicago, IL, and a May 28 concert at Holladay United Church in Salt Lake City, UT.

Lisa Lampanelli will keep the laughs coming on her comedy tour with six new shows in 2009, as well as one new show slated for December 26 at the MGM Grand Theater in Mashantucket, CT. Next year’s recently added gigs include a February 20 performance at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO, an April 18 show at Music Hall Theatre in Toronto, ON, and a June 6 appearance at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, CA.

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Anberlin will follow a few special performances in December with a January tour of North America. The alt-rock crew stirs it up on December 6 at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL, and continues through December 15 at Toad’s Place in Richmond, VA, before wrapping for the year. On January 7, Anberlin is back at it with a concert at Rocketown in Nashville, TN, and an additional 20 shows booked through January 31 at Icon in Pocatello, ID. Highlights on the North American run include a January 11 show at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI, and a January 21 gig at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN. Eight shows are slated for Canada, including a January 13 show at Studio JPR in Montreal, QC, and a January 28 concert at Richard’s on Richards in Vancouver, BC.

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