Five years after their last studio release, the members of Third Eye Blind are looking to a new tour to support two upcoming records. The 30-city tour launches on March 18 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, and is booked through June 18 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose, CA.

Highlights for the tour, which is currently based mainly on the East Coast, include a March 21 set during the SXSW Music Festival at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre in Austin, TX, an April 22 gig at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA, a May 2 performance at Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, and a May 15 concert at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ.

Third Eye Blind is touring in support of the group’s upcoming fourth studio album, “Ursa Major,” which is tentatively set for release in fall 2009. The band has also lined up a follow-up release of rarities and B-sides, titled “Ursa Minor,” for a late 2009 or early 2010 release.

The band’s last full-length release was 2003’s “Out of the Vein.” Third Eye Blind is best known for its 1997 self-titled debut, which included the popular singles “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper” and “How’s It Gonna Be.”

The trio’s frontman Stephan Jenkins attributes the delay between albums to his difficulty completing lyrics for the effort. “As a songwriter, I was in this phase where, you know, there are times that you need to listen and times you need to speak. I needed to listen, and I wasn’t doing a very good job of that,” he explained in a statement on the band’s Web site.

Third Eye Blind itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

March 18 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
March 19 Monroe, LA Ewing Coliseum
March 21 Austin, TX SXSW @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
March 23 Fort Walton Beach, FL The Swamp
March 27 Wilmington, NC Nighclub Marz
March 28 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
March 30 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
April 18 Bethlehem, PA Johnson Hall Gym
April 19 Buffalo, NY Canisius College
April 21 Providence, RI Providence College
April 22 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
April 23 Manchester, NH St. Anselm College
April 26 Brockport, NY Tuttle – North Ice Arena
April 29 Tucson, AZ University of Arizona
May 2 East Rutherford, NJ Bamboozle Festival @ Meadowlands Sports Complex
May 3 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Entertainment Complex
May 5 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
May 8 Erie, PA Gannon University
May 10 Providence, RI Bank of America Skating Center
May 12 Stamford, CT Palace Theatre
May 14 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
May 15 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
May 16 Washington, DC RFK Stadium
May 17 Norfolk, VA Norva
May 19 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino Event Center
May 20 Greensburg, PA Palace Theatre
May 23 Cleveland, OH Great American Rib & Music Festival @ Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
May 24 St. Louis, MO Rib American Festival @ Soldier Memorial Park
June 2 Boston, MA TBA
June 18 San Jose, CA Plaza de Cesar Chavez