Today’s recap features concert and tour announcements, festival updates and more as compiled by TicketNews on February 4, 2009. Iconic musician Elton John has...

Today’s recap features concert and tour announcements, festival updates and more as compiled by TicketNews on February 4, 2009.

Iconic musician Elton John has been in concert industry headlines over the past few months for his co-head plans with fellow pianist Billy Joel. But John made news today for another reason: He will be ending his high-demand Las Vegas residency, titled The Red Piano, this April.

New Kids on the Block have extended their North American tour again, with new dates stretching into April. … British pop princess Lily Allen will hit the U.S. tour trail this spring to support her latest studio album. … Christian recording artists Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman are teaming up for another U.S. tour leg after experiencing high demand during their fall 2008 outing. … The Langerado Music Festival, originally scheduled for March 6-8, has been cancelled due to slow ticket sales.

Those are the complete reports for the day. For the latest updates in itinerary updates, read more concert and tour news in brief.


Raphael Saadiq is following a tour with John Legend with 20 North American concerts of his own. The singer will hit the road with a February 28 performance at 4th & B Concert Theater in San Diego, CA, and continue on through a March 28 set at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. Other shows on the books include a March 6 engagement at Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR, a March 12 set at Park West in Chicago, IL, a March 17 show at Cabaret Du Musee Juste Pour Rire in Montreal, QC, and a March 24 concert at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, MD.

Jack’s Mannequin has announced plans for nearly 30 shows in the U.S. to follow the band’s European tour itinerary. The national outing begins April 2 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA, and closes May 24 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV. Stops include an April 10 show at Congress Theater in Chicago, IL, an April 21-22 run at the Hammerstein ballroom in New York, NY, a May 1 concert at Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN, and a May 14 concert at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX. An appearance at Milwaukee Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI, is set for June 25.

Estelle, like Raphael Saadiq, is following her supporting slot on John Legend’s tour with some U.S. gigs of her own. The nine-show jaunt picks up February 9 at Apollo Theater in New York, NY, and wraps March 9 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX. Other tour stops include a February 25 show at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, a February 27 concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, and a March 3 set at the Showbox in Seattle, WA.

Larry the Cable Guy will generate laughs across the country during his 54-date U.S. tour. The outing continues with a February 5 performance at Salem Civic Center in Salem, VA, and runs through a May 22 show at First Mariner arena in Baltimore, MD. Along the way, the comedian will make stops in markets from coast-to-coast, including a February 13 act at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK, a March 7-8 run at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, a March 27 show at Giant Arena in Hershey, PA, an April 16 set at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL, an April 25 performance at Midland Theatre in Kansas City, MO, and a May 16 show at the Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver, CO.

Montgomery Gentry has extensive touring plans for this year, with 48 shows booked from a February 21 set at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX, through an October 23 gig at the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC. Along the way, the country music duo will stop for a March 28 show at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV, a May 8 performance at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB, a June 13 gig at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL, a July 18 concert at Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, GA, an August 1 show at Quest Field in Seattle, WA, and a September 19 set at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, IN.