Today’s tour recap includes comedy, concert and festival itineraries and lineups as compiled by TicketNews on December 15, 2008. The often-controversial comedian Russell Brand...

Today’s tour recap includes comedy, concert and festival itineraries and lineups as compiled by TicketNews on December 15, 2008.

The often-controversial comedian Russell Brand will strike out across the UK in 2009 for a solid stretch of shows from mid-January through late-February. Saving his most inflammatory antics for the UK, Brand is best known in the U.S. for his role in the summer comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and for his stint at the host of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. … American comedian David Spade also has plans for a comedy tour in 2009. The SNL funnyman will open the year with a limited engagement run at the Venetian Showroom in Las Vegas, NV, though an exact number of dates for the full residency has not been announced.

Avant-garde rock group Animal Collective will hit the road again in 2009 with a tour of Europe and U.S. on the books. The band’s stateside engagements appear to be limited for the winter, so expect the concerts to be a hot ticket among the indie and art rock communities. … Meanwhile, psychedelic rockers the Flaming Lips will curate the final day of performances for the 2009 All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in New York. The weekend event also features a set by Animal Collective and its member Panda Bear, among others.

Those are the complete stories for the day as compiled by TicketNews. But, not so fast, we’ve compiled a few additional itinerary updates in brief for you before you go.

Céline Dion is extending her 2009 North American tour by a few more dates. After nine shows in the U.S., the Canadian singer will head to Puerto Rico for a January 31 concert at Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan before continuing her itinerary on February 2 at the BOK Center in Tulsa OK. A new February 7 gig is also on the books for The Colosseum at Caesars in Windsor, ON. Dion is also slated for a run at the Bell Centre on February 12, 14 and 15 in Montreal, QC. The entire North American run will come to a close on February 26 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NE.

The Counting Crows have a 14-show jaunt across the UK scheduled for May, but first the rockers will have the honor of opening for The Who‘s seven-date engagement in Australia and New Zealand. The 2009 joint venture begins with a single show in New Zealand on March 21 at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, and wraps on April 4 at the Perth Members Equity Stadium in Perth, AUS. Other Aussie dates include a March 24 gig at the Brisbane Entertianment Center, a March 26 concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Center and a March 31 performance at the Sydney Acer Arena, all in their title cities. The Crows’s UK outing runs from May 4 at Ahoy in Rotterdam through May 27 at the Academy in Newcastle.

Riders in the Sky already have extensive touring plans in place for 2009 with more than 40 dates on the books from January through December. The first show of the season is set for January 14 at Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Arvada, CO, and more dates follow through a December 20 show at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, KY. Notable stops include a February 19-21 run at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN, an April 18 concert at Pike Performing Arts Center in Indianapolis, IN, a May 16 set at Reno Events Center in Reno, NV, an August 15-16 stand at Tweetsie Railroad Park in Blowing Rock, NC, and October 2-3 concerts at the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Slightly Stoopid will ring in the New Year with a month-long trek across the South in February. The 13-city run begins February 5 at Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ, and concludes with a February 22 concert at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, FL. Along the way, the band will stop for a February 9 gig at Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, a February 13 set at Warehouse in Houston, TX, a February 14 concert at Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, OK, a February 15 performance at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX, and a February 20 show at Plush in Jacksonville, FL.

The Virgins have only a handful of shows to complete before the holidays, but the rockers will be back in 2009 with a new 17-date trek. The band’s next show is tonight (December 15) at The Casbah in San Diego, CA, with gigs booked through December 20 at Chop Suey in Seattle, WA. Next year, The Virgins will hit the road for the first show on January 21 at Johnny’s Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA, with more dates booked through Valentine’s Day at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. Other highlights for the run include a January 26 stop at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN, a January 29 performance at Schubas Tavern in Chicago, IL, and a February 7 concert at Great Scott in Boston, MA.

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