Today’s recap includes big news from the hard rock world, special concert announcements and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 6, 2009. Three...

Today’s recap includes big news from the hard rock world, special concert announcements and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 6, 2009.

Three iconic hard rock bands rolled out tour developments throughout the day. Boston-based crew Aerosmith will tour this June with support from Southern rockers ZZ Top. The costumed crusaders of KISS will let fans choose the tour route for an upcoming North American jaunt by voting on cities where they want to see the band play. Australian band AC/DC has also unveiled new tour plans for North America, bringing the Black Ice World Tour back for a round of summer dates.

Coldplay has cancelled a spring performance in Scranton, PA, but ticketholders aren’t entirely out of luck. Some seats at the band’s earlier show in Hershey, PA, have been allocated specifically for individuals with ducats for the axed gig. … Comedian Steve Martin is making his musical debut at the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, with a concert to promote his new album of songs for the five-string banjo, an instrument that the funnyman excels on.

Those are the complete reports for this Monday. For more of the day’s concert and tour developments, read on for some artist itineraries in brief:


Phish has announced some new dates for its spring and summer tour legs. The outing’s start is bumped up with a new opener on May 31 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA. From there, the group begins a run at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY, with a new show on June 2 in addition to the June 4-5 sets. And if that weren’t enough, a new gig falls in the middle of the tour on June 10 at Thomspon-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. The American jam band closes the tour in late summer with a August 16 performance at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Jerry Seinfeld has tacked on six new performances to his 2009 tour itinerary. The funnyman extends his tour with stand-up sessions on May 28 at Tulsa Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, OK; May 29 at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston, TX; June 12 at Knoxville Auditorium & Coliseum in Knoxville, TN; June 13 at Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, OH; June 20 at Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA; and June 26 at North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, SC. Seinfeld’s next comedy show is booked for April 9 at Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, NY.

Gogol Bordello has lined up a second leg of U.S. tour dates. After the gypsy-punk band’s May and June dates, the group will head overseas for a European run followed by a 10-city summer tour bookended by previously announced festival appearances: July 19 at Mile High Music Festival in Commerce City, CO, and August 1 at All Points West Festival in Jersey City, NJ. Stops along the way include a July 21 show at Sokol Auditorium in Omaha, NE, a July 23 concert at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO, a July 25 performance at Exit/In in Nashville, TN, and a July 29 gig at Club at Firestone, among other dates.

Aretha Franklin continues to hold her title as the Queen of Soul with a handful of concerts booked for 2009. The iconic singer has one new performance penciled in for June 26 at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA, along with a few previously scheduled gigs on April 7 at Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, VA; April 11 at The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, NY; and later in the year on September 17 at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY.

Natalie Cole is adding more dates to her 2009 concert schedule, despite her ongoing health concerns. The acclaimed singer has two new concerts set for October on the 3rd at MotorCity Casino & Hotel in Detroit, MI, and on the 9th at Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA. Until then, Cole has scattered dates through spring and summer: May 1 at Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton, CA; June 5 at the Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD; June 15 at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA; and July 17 at the Britt Festival at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, OR.