Today’s recap includes tour announcements, festival lineups and more as compiled by TicketNews on December 10, 2008.
The up-and-coming country vocal act Little Big Town will hit the road in 2009 for a 28-date winter and spring tour, as well as a number of special event and solo performances later in the summer and fall. The quartet, which harmonizes much in the fashion of The Mamas & The Papas, is currently supporting country superstar Carrie Underwood on tour.
Dutch violinist André Rieu recently announced plans for an extensive tour of North America, which features a 35-city itinerary that will take the performer from coast to coast with a few stops in Canada. … Former frontman for The Smiths, Morrissey will also hit the road in spring 2009. However, the performer only has a handful of U.S. dates on the books in addition to his 18-date run across Ireland and the UK.
In festival news, the annual Langerado Music Festival has announced the lineup and ticket onsale information for its 2009 event. Death Cab for Cutie and Snoop Dogg are just two of the diverse acts on the three-day festival’s billing. … The first touring edition of the Musink Tattoo & Music Festival isn’t quite so lucky. Instead of announcing lineups and ticket sales, co-producer Kat Von D announced that the nascent event would be axed for ’09.
Those are the complete tour reports for this Wednesday, but don’t go just yet! TicketNews has compiled more itinerary updates in brief for your convenience.
Wu-Tang Clan has added a few more shows to its extensive U.S. trek, which began in late November. The rap crew has tacked on a few year-end performances, as well as a few tour-closing dates since we initially reported the outing. New 2008 shows fall on December 26 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA, on December 27 at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA, and on New Year’s Eve at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. Next year, the recent additions fall on January 3 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA, on January 15 at Plush in Jacksonville, Fl, and on January 16 at Jannus Landing in Tampa, FL.
The Walkmen will hit the West Coast early next year for a series of five shows. The indie rockers kick off the jaunt on January 18 at Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA. From there, the Walkmen stick around California for two more gigs — on January 20 at Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles and on January 21 at The Fillmore in San Francisco — before moving up the coast. From there, the band will hit Portland, OR, for a January 23 show at Wonder Ballroom before wrapping the confirmed block of dates with a January 24 performance at Neumo’s in Seattle, WA.
Saliva is getting in the holiday spirit with a series of pre-holiday shows in the U.S. The rockers hit the road for a December 14 show at Orange County Choppers in Newburgh, NY, and will stay on the road then for six more mid-December shows, from December 15 at the HighLine Ballroom in New York, NY, through a December 20 gig at Midland Theatre in Kansas Theatre in Kansas City, MO. The other stops scheduled for the Southern metal band’s trek are for a December 16 show at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, a December 17 set at The Rock in Maplewood, MN, a December 18 gig at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO, and a December 19 concert at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO. Three shows follow in the New Year: January 28 at Tequila Joe’s in Jackson, TN, January 30 at Cattle Annie’s in Lynchburg, VA, and February 1 at Fur Nightclub in Washington, DC.
Keane will be heading out for an international tour in early 2009, starting out in the UK in January, and continuing on to Mexico and South America through mid-March. The rock crew kicks off the 14-date UK outing on January 23 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and continues through a set of February 12-13 gigs at the O2 arena in London, England. From there, Keane will head to Mexico for three shows: February 25 at Auditorio Telmex in Guadalajara, February 27 at Palacio De Los Deportes in Mexico City, and February 28 at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey. After that, the rockers end their run with six shows in South America, from march 3 at Coliseo Cubierto El Campin in Bogota, Columbia, through March 13 at Citibank Hall in Rio De Janeiro.
Franz Ferdinand have already announced a January 3-8 run in Australia and the UK, but now they’ve unveiled plans for an extensive European tour in 2009. The eight-city UK outing begins January 14 at The Picture House in Edinburgh, Scotland, and runs across the through a March 9 gig at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, England. From there, the Scotland-based band hits mainland Europe for 18 more performances, beginning with a March 12 show at the AB Club in Brussels, Belgium, and continuing through an April 4 concert at Coliseo de Atarfe in Granada, Spain. Other notable stops on the stretch include a March 14 gig at Olympia in Paris, France, a March 21 show at Circus in Stockholm, Sweden, a March 25 concert at Columbiahalle in Berlin, Germany, and a March 30 set at Alcatraz in Milan, Italy.