Today’s tour recap includes the latest concert, tour and venue announcements as compiled by TicketNews on December 5, 2008.
The Black Eyed Peas will be back in 2009 with a new tour and album. The record, titled “The END,” doesn’t actually signal an end for the band according to frontman will.i.am. Instead, the new material will try to transcend the conventional bonds of what makes an album an “album.”
In a recent statement, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor first announced that the band would scale down their tour’s lightshow for all 2009 dates. If that weren’t enough, the musician then unveiled that an indefinite touring hiatus could follow for iconic industrial rock band NIN. … The King of Country, singer-songwriter George Strait, has announced plans for a summer 2009 tour to support his award winning album “Troubadour.” … New Age instrumental artist Yanni is adding vocals to his latest album and 2009 world tour with the help of four hand-picked singers and Disney’s new record label, Disney Pearl Series. … Finally, CBGB where many of the biggest acts of the 1970s and ’80s got their start, will have its own exhibit featured at the new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex opening in New York City.
Those are the full concert and tour reports for the day. If you need a bit more music news to carry you through the weekend, be sure to check out our other interesting itinerary updates in brief….
Zappa Plays Zappa frontman Dweezil Zappa is following in his father’s footsteps as he recreates and re-imagines Frank Zappa’s tunes with a new series of concert dates. The rockers continue on the road with a December 10-13 set at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA, followed by a New Year’s Eve co-head show at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, CA, with Les Claypool. In 2009, Zappa kicks off with a January 2 show at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR, and continues with at least nine more shows, including the last show on the books right now, a March 3 gig at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Other highlights for the run include a January 3-4 run at Triple Door in Seattle, WA, and a February 27 gig at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV.
Morrissey, former leader of ’80s sensations The Smiths, has three special performances booked for May 2009 in England. The singer-songwriter will be supporting his latest solo effort first with a May 11 gig at Royal Albert Hall in London. A two-night stand follows at the Apollo in Manchester on May 22 and 23. “Years of Refusal” is set for release on February 16 and features guest vocals from Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde.
B.B. King has added a new block of solo dates following his early 2009 tour with fellow guitar master Buddy Guy. The shared jaunt begins February 5 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL, and continues through February 24 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. King’s new dates pick up on March 25 at Murat Theatre in Inianapolis, and continue through April 14 at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, UT. Five shows are scheduled for that early spring tour, including a March 28 show at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY, an April 9 concert at First Tier Events Cent5er in Kearney, NE, and an April 10 performance at Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO. About 20 gigs are booked overall for 2009 at this point.
The All-American Rejects are finishing up the last dates of their North American tour this month, but the New Year will see the band heading overseas for a series of solo and supporting dates. The final dates of the current trek are set for December 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, and a December 10-11 run at Slim’s in San Francisco, after which the band will stay busy with various promotional appearances. AAR kicks off 2009 with a nine-show run of the UK and mainland Europe, which starts January 27 at The Garage in Glasgow, Scotland, and wraps February 10 at La Maroquinerie in Paris, France. From there, it’s on to Australia and New Zealand where the band supports Fall Out Boy’s six-city run, from February 15 at Challenge Stadium in Perth, through the single show in New Zealand on February 23 at Vector Arena in Auckland.
John Prine, a country and folk singer-songwriter, is starting up a new set of concert dates that will take him through April 2009. Prine’s next concert is tonight (December 5) at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ, and he has three more shows following that for 2008, including his last confirmed show on December 13 at Brady Theater in Tulsa, OK. He begins again in the New Year with a February 20 concert at Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN, and nearly 10 more shows currently booked through April 4 at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC. Other highlights on his itinerary include a March 6 show at Uihlein Hall Marcus Center in Milwaukee, WI, a March 27 concert at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC, and an April 3 gig at Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, VA.