Today’s recap includes summer tour announcements, special event updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on February 26, 2009. Def Leppard, Poison and Cheap...

Today’s recap includes summer tour announcements, special event updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on February 26, 2009.

Def Leppard, Poison and Cheap Trick have announced plans to tour together this summer with 40 cities mapped for their run so far. They aren’t the only veteran hard rock bands teaming up, though. Styx, REO Speedwagon, and 38 Special also have plans to hit the road with what they call a “Rock ‘n’ Roll Stimulus Package.”

If that weren’t enough, another group of hard rock icons will dominate the nation’s tour circuits. Mötley Crüe is gearing up for its second Crüe Fest. The rest of the touring festival’s lineup will be announced March 16.

Finally, in some non-hard rock news, crooner Barry Manilow is extending his run at the Las Vegas Hilton Theater for another year. He’s booked for more than 60 performances this year from February 26-28 through December 28-30.

Those are the complete reports for this Thursday evening. Read on for more of the day’s concert and tour updates in brief:


Boyz II Men have added nearly 20 performance dates to their 2009 concert schedule. Recent additions include a March 20 concert at Sheraton San Marcos in Chandler, AZ, an April 4 concert at Grounds on Town Lake in Austin, TX, a June 27 gig at Resorts International in Atlantic City, NJ, a July 1 show at Bass performance Hall in Fort Worth, TX, an August 14 event at MotorCity Casino & Hotel in Detroit, MI, an August 29 concert at the Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN, and an October 26-28 run at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Indigo Girls have recently announced a 16-date run of shows to their spring schedule, which will take the duo on the road from an April 4 concert at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, CA, through an April 30 gig at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, WI. The pair will stop for shows on April 8 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC; April 15 at Highline Ballroom in New York, NY; April 16 at Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA; April 22 at Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI; and April 25 at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN, among other dates.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy is padding his current tour itinerary with a number of new concert dates across the nation. The tour begins March 12 at Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington, IN, and has nearly 40 concerts scheduled through June 6 at the Granada Theater in Dallas, TX. New dates include a May 15 gig at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, ON, a May 15 event at Ukrainian Federation in Montreal, QC, a May 17 session at Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA, a May 18 set at Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT, a May 22 performance at Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, and a June 5 stand at The Mohawk in Austin, TX.

Noah and the Whale will follow an April 17 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in Indio, CA, with a run of 10 more shows across the U.S. and Canada. The tour picks up April 18 at The Independent in San Francisco, CA, and continues through April 29 at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA, with another show further out on May 29 at Black Cat in Washington, DC. Other shows include an April 21 gig at Chop Suey in Seattle, WA, an April 25 show at Empty Bottle in Chicago, Il, and an April 28 performance at Les Saints in Montreal, QC.

Gene Ween, one of the principal members for alt-rock band Ween, will be on the road with his side project Gene Ween Band this spring. The group has 13 concerts booked from February 26 at HighLine Ballroom in New York, NY, through May 30 at Hunter Mountain Ski Resort in Hunter, NY. Stops include a March 20 concert at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC, a March 25 gig at 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA, an April 11 performance at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT, and an April 16 show at Pearl Street in Northampton, MA.