Today’s recap includes special event announcements, tour updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 21, 2009.
Comedian and television host Jay Leno has announced another free performance on May 10 as part of his “Comedic Stimulus Plan” series, which offers freebie shows in recession-stricken cities and towns. The upcoming gig is set to hit Wilmington, OH, former headquarters for defunct U.S. delivery and pick-up service DHL.
Lollapalooza 2009 has finally confirmed its artist lineup, about three weeks after ticket sales began for the summer festival. … R&B artist John Legend has added another U.S. tour leg to his 2009 concert schedule. … Alt-rock group Relient K will be back on the road this summer, around the time the group plans to release its latest studio effort. … The legendary 88-year-old jazz pianist Dave Brubeck is off the road for a while as he fights off a viral infection that led to the cancellation of a few spring shows.
Those are the complete reports for this Tuesday. But for more of the day’s concert and tour offerings, read on for some choice artist itineraries in brief:
Franz Ferdinand has added another round of international tour dates to the 2009 calendar. The band will now stage a nine-show run of the UK from October 11 at Music Hall in Aberdeen through October 23 at the O2 Academy in London. Other stops include an October 13 gig at Ironworks in Inverness, and an October 17 performance at Apollo Manchester in Manchester.
Rascal Fatts has penciled in three new tour stops for its upcoming summer run. The new U.S. dates fall on June 25 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ; July 12 at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA; and July 23 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL. The country trio’s tour begins June 5 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO, and ends October 18 at Konocti Harbor Amphitheatre in Kelseyville, CA.
Anthony Hamilton has a new headlining tour on the books. The 17-city trek launches May 28 at Reliant Arena in Houston, TX, and ends June 28 at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC. Along the way, the performer will complete shows on June 4 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA; June 13 at Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago, IL; June 18 at the WaMu Theater in New York, NY; and June 27 at the BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL, among other dates.
Chairlift is supporting Peter Bjorn & John and The Killers on two separate U.S. outings this spring. Now the up-and-coming band with tunes featured in recent iPod commercials for Apple has plans for at least five U.S. solo concerts in June. The gigs are inked for June 9 at The Village in Little Rock, AR: June 18 at Echo in Los Angeles, CA; June 20 at Getty Cener in Los Angeles, CA; June 21 at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, CA; and June 22 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA.