Today’s recap includes North American tour announcements, ticket sales and more as compiled by TicketNews on December 2, 2008.

Birthday girl Britney Spears stole the day by turning 27, dropping her comeback album “Circus,” and announcing dates for her first arena tour in about five years. The 27-city run will begin in early March and run through late April, delivering circus-like performances in-the-round across the U.S. and Canada. With the addition of the Pussycat Dolls as her support, Spears’s tour could become the new “greatest show on earth” — at least for her concert-starved fans.

The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival recently announced special ticket pre-sales for concert-goers. The general admission tickets are grouped in three, steadily-increasing price increments. As the lowest priced tickets sell-out during the pre-sale, the next price level will become available. A layaway plan has also been implemented for a limited amount of general admission tickets. … Finally, internationally singing sensation Il Divo announced initial dates and presales for shows in U.S. and Canada. While only a handful of shows have been announced for the States, more are expected to come in the future.

Those are the full concert and tour reports for the day. But check out the rest of the day’s updates in brief before you go….

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The Pussycat Dolls have already been announced as the supporting act for Britney Spears’s March-April 2009 tour of the U.S., but the dancing troupe also has some solo international dates set for the New Year. As part of their January and February tour of the UK and Germany, the Dolls have added more shows at the O2 Arena in London, England. That non-consecutive run is slated for January 27-28 and February 1. A new show has also been added on February 3 for King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After Spears’s North American romp, the Dolls will be heading Down Under for a May 16 show at the Vector Arena in Auckland, NZL, as well as five shows in Australia: May 19 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall, May 22 at Acer Arena in Sydney, May 26 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, May 28 at Adelaid Entertainment Centre in Hindmarsh, and May 30 at Burswood Dome in Perth.

Girl Talk (stage name for musician Gregg Gillis) has added more shows to his 2008-2009 tour itinerary, supporting his latest digital mash-up release “Feed the Animals.” Girl Talk has a show coming up on December 5 at Keystone Resort in Keystone, CO, followed by a December 28 gig at 210 North in Reno, NV, and a December 29 show at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV. In 2009, he’ll start off on January 8 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO, and continue rocking through January 17 at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH, before heading Down Under for eight shows. Gillis returns to the States for two shows in Missoula, MT: February 19 at the University of Montana and February 20 at Gallatin County Indoor Arena. The last show on the books right now is March 4 at The Venue in Gainsville, FL.

The School of Rock All-Stars will have three touring groups on the road with founder Paul Green for a series of holiday performances this December. All three groups (Team Rock, Team Paper, and Team Scissors) will perform separate shows on December 26 at BB King’s in New York, NY, after which Team Paper will continue on for a same-day show at The Haunt in West Chester, PA. More than 10 additional performances are scheduled through the end of the year, including two shows on December 29 at World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA. All three groups will reunite for a single tour-ending “New Year’s Eve Blowout” show on December 31 at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ. The traveling groups feature students from Green’s 45 schools across the country.

David Bromberg will flank his appearance at MerleFest 2009 on April 25 with blocks of solo performances. The guitarist’s first performance of the New Year is set for January 8 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI, with 13 more shows booked before his February 28 concert at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, MD. After his late-April appearance at MerleFest, Bromberg will hit the road again for seven more shows in the New York-New Jersey region, starting with an April 30 show at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY, and continuing through a May 17 concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. During the spring jaunt, he also has a single stop booked in Pennsylvania on May 1 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Railroad Earth is ready to take its bluegrass jams back on the road for a series of concerts in late 2008 and early 2009. The group is slated to perform a three-show run at the Portland, OR-based Aladdin Theater to close out the year on December 29-31. After a quick break, Railroad Earth steams on to a January 3 show at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA. Six more shows are booked after that, including a January 26 show at The Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY, a January 24 gig at Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT, and a solitary March 28 concert at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL.

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