Acclaimed indie rock outfit Modest Mouse is kicking off a fresh round of high-demand tour dates later this month. The 21-city run launches February 20 at McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR, and wraps with a sold-out concert on March 15 at Terminal 5 in New York, NY.
Performances on March 6 at The Lyric in Oxford, MS, and on March 13 at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, have sold out, as well. Other gig stops include a February 24 show at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA, a March 4 show at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX, and a March 14 set at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, MD. The trek features special guest Mimicking Birds.
Modest Mouse has been on the road for the past two years promoting the acclaimed 2007 release “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,” including an outing with R.E.M. and The National. The critically acclaimed and nautically themed album earned the band its first No. 1 position on the Billboard 200.
“We Were Dead” is also the first Modest Mouse record to feature new band member Johnny Marr, iconic guitarist of The Smiths. The musician was originally invited to help frontman Isaac Brock pen several songs, but it soon evolved into a long-term recording and touring partnership.
“He made a cautious commitment to write and record with us, and then the tighter we got, he was like, ‘Okay, let’s tour too,'” Brock told Pitchfork Media in a 2006 interview. “Then he was pretty much a member of the band — not pretty much. He’s a full blown member of the band. It’s really f—in’ nice.”
Modest Mouse is currently working on an EP, as of yet untitled, which will feature unreleased songs from the recording sessions for “Good News for People Who Love Bad News” and “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.” The disc is expected to hit stores in 2009.
Modest Mouse itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|February 20||Eugene, OR||McDonald Theatre|
|February 21||Chico, CA||Senator Theatre|
|February 22||Oakland, CA||Fox Theater|
|February 23||Visalia, CA||Visalia Fox Theatre|
|February 24||Hollywood, CA||Hollywood Palladium|
|February 25||Tempe, AZ||The Marquee|
|February 26||Albuquerque, NM||Albuquerque Convention Center|
|February 28||Boulder, CO||Balch Fieldhouse|
|March 2||Kansas City, MO||Uptown Theater|
|March 3||Oklahoma City, OK||Diamond Ballroom|
|March 4||Austin, TX||Stubb’s Bar-B-Q|
|March 6||Oxford, MS||The Lyric Oxford|
|March 7||Atlanta, GA||The Tabernacle|
|March 8||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Revolution|
|March 9||Lake Buena Vista, FL||House of Blues|
|March 10||North Myrtle Beach, SC||House of Blues|
|March 11||Raleigh, NC||Disco Rodeo|
|March 12||Baltimore, MD||Rams Head Live!|
|March 13||Washington, DC||9:30 Club|
|March 14||Philadelphia, PA||Electric Factory|
|March 15||New York, NY||Terminal 5|