Today’s recap includes tour announcements, festival updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 20, 2009. Major tour announcements have been rolled out...

Today’s recap includes tour announcements, festival updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 20, 2009.

Major tour announcements have been rolled out recently by a few big name American acts. Ticket sales for R&B singer Beyoncé‘s North American tour begin this week, with fan club pre-sales opening across the country today, followed by public on-sales on April 25. Meanwhile, punk rock trio Green Day also has summer tour plans for the States, with a 38-city trek in the works for July and August.

In other news, Las Vegas resident performer Cher has scheduled the remainder of her concerts for 2009 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Rock group Carbon Leaf will be on the road across the U.S. for the remainder of spring through mid-summer. Finally, the BamaJam Music Festival has lowered prices on its three-day general admission passes to $99, while limited supplies last.

Those are the complete reports for this Monday. Catch more of the latest concert and tour news by reading some choice itinerary updates in brief:


Simple Minds, celebrating 30 years of live music, have pushed their touring plans through the end of December with seven year-end concerts in the UK. The shows begin November 30 at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle Upon Tyne and follow through December 11 at S.E.C.C. in Glasgow. Other concerts on the run are booked for December 2 at LG Arena in Birmingham, December 3 at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, December 5 at Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, December 6 at Cardiff International Arena in Cardiff, and December 7 at Wembley Arena in London. Simple Minds have 20 concerts booked across Europe through this summer, beginning with a May 30 performance at the Vaxjo Rock festival in Vaxjo, Sweden, and ending with an August 15 set at Pinkpop Classic Festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands.

The Avett Brothers have extended their already expansive spring and summer touring plans with the addition of four more shows. New gigs are lined up for May 10 at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA; June 23 at Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, KY; Juy 10 at The National in Richmond, VA; and July 11 at Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke, VA. The Avett Brothers take the stage next on April 22 opening for Dave Matthews Band at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh, NC.

Massive Attack, most widely known for writing the theme music for the popular “House M.D.” television show, has lined up an autumn tour of the UK. The 10-show trek kicks off with September 17-18 shows at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, and wraps with an October 3 gig at Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon. Other stops on the road include a September 22 show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, a September 26 concert at the Apollo in Manchester, and a September 28 performance at the O2 Academy in Glasgow.

Bon Iver, led by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, became an overnight indie sensation with the debut “For Emma, Forever Ago.” Now the folk-rock outfit has added more dates to its spring and summer tour. Sandwiched between the band’s festival performances at Sasquatch! on May 23 and Bonnaroo on June 12-14, five new shows are scheduled for the Deep South: June 6 at WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL; June 7 at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA; June 8 at The Plaza Theatre in Orlando, FL; June 9 at Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and June 10 at The State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL. Bon Iver takes the stage next as part of a May 3 concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY.

John Vanderslice kicks off his latest tour of the U.S. on May 17 at The Partisan in Merced, CA, and extends his time on the road with seven new concerts. One of the recently added gigs falls in the first week of the trek: May 22 at Easy Street Records in Seattle, WA. However, the other new shows have been tacked onto the end of his itinerary, which now stands at 18 shows. The remaining additions are June 14 at Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA; June 17 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, MA; June 18 at The Earl in Atlanta, GA; June 26 at The Parish Room in Austin, TX; June 28 at Modified in Phoenix, AZ; June 30 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA.

The Neville Brothers, known as “New Orleans’ first family of funk,” have added some variety to their 2009 concert itinerary, which previously featured a number of festivals and supporting gigs. Ten new shows have been added to the books, of which nine are currently listed as solo dates. The concerts are set for June 14 at Fort Tuthill Community Park Amphitheatre in Flagstaff, AZ; June 27 at the San Joaquin Fair in Stockton, CA; July 1 at Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, CO; July 2-3 at Strings Music Pavilion in Steamboat Springs, CO; July 4 at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, CO; August 1 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, KS; August 6 at Alive at Five in Albany, NY; August 7 at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD; and August 9 at Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.