Today’s recap includes tour announcements, band reunions, festival news and more as compiled by TicketNews on February 6, 2009. It was a banner year...

Today’s recap includes tour announcements, band reunions, festival news and more as compiled by TicketNews on February 6, 2009.

It was a banner year for Coldplay in 2008 with a hit album and internationally popular tour. Chris Martin & Co. hope to replicate some of that success this year with a few Grammy nods during the February 8 award ceremony and a new round of concerts across the U.S. slated for this summer.

Acclaimed rock band Modest Mouse is just a few weeks away from a U.S. tour, which will run through mid-March and already features several sold-out nights. … The J. Geils Band will reform for one night only, as the classic rock crew helps open the new House of Blues venue in Boston, MA. … The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival hopes to draw in crowds for the October 2009 event with a new “Recession Special” on tickets to the five-day festival in New York City.

Those are the full reports for this Friday, but to get more of the latest concert and tour news, read on for the week’s final artist itinerary updates in brief:


James Taylor has added a new leg of dates onto his summer itinerary. After completing his spring U.S. tour, the iconic musician will pick up a seven-show run of the UK and Ireland. The jaunt across the pond launches June 27 at Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, ENG, and completes July 6 at the O2 Arena in London, ENG. The itinerary is filled in with a June 28 concert at Cardiff International Arena in Cardiff, WAL, a June 30 performance at Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, ENG, a July 2 show at Docklands in Cork, IRE, a July 3 gig at The O2 in Dublin, IRE, and a July 5 performance at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, ENG.

Motorhead will hit the road for a round of international performances that will stretch through November. The band’s 22-date itinerary launches March 6 with an appearance at the Dubai Desert Rock Festival at Dubai Media City in Dubai, UAE. A South American tour follows with five shows from April 10 at Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in Mendoza, ARG, through April 21 at Coliseo Cubierto El Campin in Bogota, COL. A European festival date is set for July 2 at B’estfest at Romexpo in Bucharest, ROM, and then the itinerary is clear until a November jaunt of the UK begins November 11 at Plymouth Pavilions in Plymouth and closes November 29 at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.

The Handsome Furs have mapped plans for a 17-city tour of the U.S. and Canada for March and April. The trek opens with a March 6 performance at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY, and closes out on April 2 with a gig at Spark Contemporary Art Gallery in Syracuse, NY. Early in the tour, the Furs will complete their two Canadian shows on March 12 at Mavericks in Ottawa, ON, and on March 13 at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON. Notable U.S. stops include a March 15 show at Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL, a March 21 set at The Loft in Dallas, TX, and a March 31 concert at Brillobox in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dar Williams has extender her current tour to 19 shows, with the addition of eight new gigs. The jaunt continues with a show tonight (January 6) at Freebird Live in Jacksonville, FL, and will now stretch through a new April 12 event at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA. Other new concerts are set for February 23 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY; March 11 at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY; March 26 at Crowell Concert Hall in Middletown, CT; April 4 at Mashpee Auditorium in Mashpee, MA; April 8 at belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA; April 9 at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA; and April 10 at Soho Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara, CA.

Richard Buckner will perform coast-to-coast this spring with six shows currently on the itinerary. The singer-songwriter will begin with a march 19 concert at Iota Club & Café in Arlington, VA, followed by a March 20 set at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY. From there, Buckner’s books skip to the West Coast with an April 16 session at The Independent in San Francisco, CA, an April 17 show at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA, an April 19 gig at McCabes Guitar Shop in Los Angeles, CA, and an April 25 performance at Tractor Tavern in Seattle, WA.