Today’s tour recap includes concert and tour itineraries, special events and more as compiled by TicketNews on December 29, 2008.
Reports are surfacing that Axl Rose and his band Guns N’ Roses could tour as early as March. Current guitarist Richard Fortus shared the news of a possible two-year trek kicking off late in March 2009 during a recent newspaper interview in St. Louis, MO.
Hard rockers Mudvayne will resume their touring duties next year, continuing the special presale offer for fans who bought the group’s latest album. Yes will also continue its efforts in 2009 for the In the Present tour, keeping stand-in vocalist Benoit David on the job in place of original frontman Jon Anderson. Il Divo and Peter Cincotti will do a one-off for the Inaugural Purple Ball on January 20 in honor of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. However, the New Year might not be so bright for Ballet BC. The Canadian dance company is having trouble staying afloat and has begun accepting pledges and gifts in order to build a 2009 season.
Those are the full concert and tour reports for this Monday. Before calling it a day, be sure to check out a few extra itinerary updates in brief.
Chicago will be touring again in the New Year, and the classic rock group already has more than 20 dates scheduled. After four early February shows in Mexico, Chicago will perform a February 20 set at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA, and will stay on the road through an April 18 concert at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT. Other dates include a March 7 set at Star f the Desert Arena in Primm, NV, an April 3 gig at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL, and an April 17 session at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ. Four concerts are also booked for Canada: March 25-26 at Casina Rama Entertainment Center in Orillia, ON, and March 27-28 at The Colisseum at Caesars in Windsor, ON.
OK Go has unveiled plans for a March tour with support from Oppenheimer and Longwave on select dates. The 13-date jaunt begins March 6 at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and runs through March 28 at Chop Suey in Seattle, WA. OK Go will stop for gigs on March 8 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY, March 12 at the Paradise in Boston, MA, and March 25 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA, among others.
Kottonmouth Kings will hit the road in 2009 as part of the 33-city Bring Tha Noize Tour. The U.S. outing begins February 25 at Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA, and runs through April 4 at The Great Salt Air in Magna, UT. Highlights include a February 28 concert at the Showbox in Seattle, WA, a March 11 gig at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, a March 23 performance at B.B. Kings in New York, NY, and an April 3 show at Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO.
The Whigs will launch a month-long solo tour in March after finishing up supporting dates in January with Kings of Leon. The solo run picks up March 4 at the Black Cat in Washington, DC, and runs through March 14 at Fubar in St. Louis, MO. Stops include March 6 at the Paradise in Boston, MA, March 7 at Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY, and March 13 at Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL. The next dates on the books for the indie rockers are a pair of New Year’s Eve shows on December 30-31 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA.