Today’s recap includes concert and tour announcements, event news and more, as compiled by TicketNews on March 12, 2009. Michael Jackson is already beating...

Today’s recap includes concert and tour announcements, event news and more, as compiled by TicketNews on March 12, 2009.

Michael Jackson is already beating industry expectations with his residency at the O2 Arena in London and the run hasn’t even started yet. Demand for presale tickets was higher than expected, forcing AEG Live and the performer to extend his 10 show to 30 dates, and then again to 45 dates.

Brit rock band Coldplay previously announced a summer leg of concerts in North America, but will now start the venture early with a 24-city spring addition. … The Queen of Rock Tina Turner has postponed two March concerts for early May due to an illness. … Finally, the Australian benefit Sound Relief has already sold-out its 78,000-ticket Melbourne event, pushing organizers to release more than 1,000 additional tickets.

Those are the complete reports for this Thursday. For more of the day’s concert and tour updates, continue reading for a handful of itinerary listings in brief:


O.A.R. has started lining up a new U.S. tour leg to begin this June. The outing is currently booked for 10 cities, kicking off June 5 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, and ending with a June 18-19 stand at Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL. Other stops for the Midwest trek are June 10 at Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Mo; June 12 at The Nautica Pavilion in Cleveland, OH; and June 16 at River Center in Davenport, IA, among other dates. The Midwest tour follows an East Coast run set for April, opening April 3 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI, and currently set to close May 2 at the State University of New York in Fredonia, NY.

Gavin Rossdale, former frontman for British rock group Bush, will launch a 34-date tour of the U.S. and Canada this spring to support his new solo work. His tour officially starts April 14 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA, and continues through June 7 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Along the way, Rossdale will stop for an April 19 show at Edmonton Events Centre in Edmonton, AB, an April 25 gig at Le National in Montreal, QC, a May 5 performance at Blender Theater at Gramercy in New York, NY, a May 13 concert at the Norva in Norfolk, VA, a May 20 set at Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, GA, and a June 2 event at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

Neil Young has extended his North American tour plans for this spring with two new performances. The trek’s 10 previously announced dates are all booked for Canada, from April 6 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, NL, through April 25 at ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge, AB. The recently announced dates, however, will bring Young into the U.S. At least one of the upcoming shows will make up a previously postponed gig. Confirmed dates are April 27 at Magness Arena in Denver, CO, and April 29 at Qwest Center in Omaha, NE.

My Bloody Valentine will execute a brief U.S. tour this spring. The five-city tour begins with the group’s April 19 appearance at Coachella in Indio, CA. Other confirmed concerts are April 21 at Austin Music Hall in Austin, TX; April 22 at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, TX; April 24 at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO; and April 27 at WaMu Theater in Seattle, WA. The one-week tour is the latest stint for the band, which returned in 2008 after a 16-year hiatus.

The Handsome Furs have announced new plans for a summer tour of the U.S. and Canada, with almost 10 dates currently confirmed. The summer outing picks up June 4 at Richard’s on Richards Cabaret in Vancouver, BC, and continues through June 14 at Larimer Lounge in Denver, CO. Other dates include a June 6 show at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR; June 8 at Great American Music Hall; and June 11 at EchoPlex in Los Angeles, CA, among other dates. The Handsome Furs are currently on tour, with the next show slated for tonight (March 12) at Mavericks in Ottawa, ON.

Andrew Dice Clay will take his controversial brand of “comedy” on a limited tour of the U.S., including Sin City for a residency on the Strip. After an April 13 show at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren, MI, Clay will take the stage at Las Vegas’s Palazzo from March 25 through April 4. The performer will then head out for more shows next month on April 23 at McNiece Auditorium in Sparta, NJ; April 24 at Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA; and April 25 at Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA.