Today’s recap includes concert announcements, cancellations and more, as compiled by TicketNews on February 20, 2009.
Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen will be swinging through the U.S. for his long-awaited national tour. Nearly 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada are outlined on his current itinerary, which has him on the road from April 2 through June 2.
English guitarist Jeff Beck will be stateside this spring for his April 4 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, punctuated a 10-city tour circuit. … Reggae band 311 has announced its first round of tour dates for 2009 — a brief spring jaunt, which will be followed by the group’s annual summer Unity Tour. … More medical concerns have sidelined Yes, as the group has been forced to cancel the remainder of its current tour due to founding member Chris Squire’s recent leg surgery.
Those are the complete and final stories for this Friday. Before traipsing off to your weekend festivities, be sure to check out some of the day’s other concert and tour updates in brief:
The Fray will head to the British-Irish Isles this spring after completing the high-demand jaunt of Australia/New Zealand. The rockers have an eight-show run slated for Ireland and the UK, beginning with an April 27 concert at Ulster Hall in Belfast, IRE, and an April 28 gig at Olympia in Dublin, IRE. From there, the band hits the UK for six more shows, hitting the Academy venue locations in Glasgow (April 30), Birmingham (May 1), Manchester (May 2) and Leeds (May 3). The outing ends with a May 5-6 stand at Roundhouse in London.
The Disco Biscuits have extended their spring touring plans with a round of seven East Coast dates in addition to their previously announced West Coast run. After the April 10-11 stand at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA, the trek continues with another two-nighter on April 17-18 at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. The other new spring dates are April 19 at The Klein in Bridgeport, CT; April 20 at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC; April 23 at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY; April 24 at Madison Theater in Cincinnati, OH; and April 25 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC.
Enrique Iglesias has outlined plans for some world tour dates this spring. The singer’s trek begins March 28 at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, MEX, and heads over to mainland Europe with an April 26 show at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, LIT, continuing on through May 4 at Zenith in Paris, FRA. Iglesias’s schedule currently wraps with a six-show block in the UK. Those gig stops are: May 7 at Newcastle Arena in Newcastle, ENG; May 8 at Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, ENG; May 9 at Cardiff International Arena in Cardiff, WAL; May 11 at Odyssey Arena in Belfast, NIR; May 12 at The O2 in Dublin, IRE; and May 15 at the O2 Arena in London, ENG.
Alan Jackson has penciled in a new batch of dates on his spring calendar. The country star now has more than 10 shows booked for March, April and May, beginning with his March 4 appearance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, TX. His itinerary originally took him through an April 4 gig at Country Thunder USA in Florence, AZ, but now it picks up again for an April 16 show at BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, MS. Other new dates are April 18 at Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville, KY; April 23 at Sovereign Center in Reading, PA; April 25 at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV; May 14 at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, TX; and May 15 at Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX.
Vince Gill has another brief tour leg set for this spring, to follow his original run from March 26 at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, MI, through April 18 at Wild Adventures Theme and Water Park in Valdosta, GA. The recently announced concerts are set for April 30 at Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay, WI; May 1-2 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN; and May 21 at Peoria Civic Center Theater in Peoria, IL.