Today’s recap includes concert and tour announcements and more as compiled by TicketNews on December 22, 2008.

3 Doors Down will ring in the New Year with a winter 2009 tour. The outing is currently set at nearly 20 dates, not including a special appearance by band members Brad Arnold and Todd Harrell early in January.

Michael Franti & Spearhead will continue touring in the New Year, following the early September release of the group’s latest release “All Rebel Rockers.” Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has been named as a headliner for the Ships and Dip V cruise hosted by chart-topping Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies.

Already ahead of their 2007 tour’s pacing by 20 percent, Nickelback is expected to break personal records for the band’s upcoming 2009 touring season, which includes a couple North American tour legs and an international jaunt. Finally, the new House of Blues venue in Boston, MA, is slated to open in February, and already has an impressive lineup booked, including a five-show run by hometown crew Dropkick Murphys.

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Those are the day’s complete stories, but for more concert and tour news, continue reading for itinerary updates in brief.

Lil Wayne has extended his 2008-2009 I Am Music Tour by a few dates. The rapper and his tour companions (including T-Pain and Gym Class Heroes) will continue on their 2009 run, previously scheduled to close January 19 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, with a January 21 show at Red Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. Afterwards the crew will continue on for a January 22 concert at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, AB, a January 24 show at General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC, a January 27 set at Cox Arena in San Diego, CA, and a January 28 gig at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ.

Pepper will hit the road for a month-long tour of the West Coast in January. The outing begins January 2 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA, and wraps with January 30-31 sessions at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. The reggae-ska band’s 19 stops include a January 6 set at Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ, January 10-11 shows at Belly Up in Aspen, CO, a January 16 concert at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID, a January 18 set at Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR, and January 24-25 performances at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA.

Railroad Earth already has 15 U.S. tour dates set up for 2009, following the group’s upcoming December 29-31 run at Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR. Next year’s run will kick off January 3 at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, and has showed booked through May 1-2 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. Other highlights for the outing include a January 16 concert at The Westcott in Syracuse, NY, a February 13 gig at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, a March 28 show at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, and a March 3 set at Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO.

Corey Smith has a five-city holiday jaunt ahead of him this year and a 22-date tour outlined for 2009. The singer-songwriter’s next show is slated for December 26 at Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, SC, with shows following through a New Year’s Eve concert at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC. Next year, Smith begins with a January 29 gig at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC, and concludes with a February 28 show at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH. His currently scheduled concerts include a February 4 set at The Venue in Gainesville, FL, a February 10 show at Antone’s in Austin, TX, a February 14 gig at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, and a February 22 performance at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO, among other dates.

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