Today’s recap includes concert and tour updates, special event announcements and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 8, 2009. The Queen of Pop...

Today’s recap includes concert and tour updates, special event announcements and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 8, 2009.

The Queen of Pop Madonna is making revisions to her summer 2009 itinerary for Europe, cancelling a couple dates but adding a lot more to the mix. Meanwhile, another big name in music Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam frontman, has announced plans for his second-ever solo tour.

Want to see the opening night of Phish‘s upcoming summer tour? They’ve just moved the date up to May 31 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA. … The Tragically Hip, one of Canada’s leading rock bands, is hitting the U.S.-Canada tour trail this year for an extensive five-month outing. … Friends are stepping in with a three-day benefit concert to alleviate musician Peter Case‘s piling medical bills from an emergency double bypass earlier in the year.

Those are the complete reports for this Wednesday. To catch more of the day’s touring news, read on for more artist itinerary updates in brief:


TV on the Radio has added a few new dates to the group’s upcoming spring 2009 tour. The outing launches April 14 at Glass House in Pomona, CA, and wraps June 13 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. The recently added performances are booked for April 16 at Majestic Ventura Theatre in Ventura, CA; May 13 at Bottletree in Birmingham, AL; and May 15 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA. TV on the Radio is also lined up for some festival appearances this season, beginning with an April 18 set at Coachella in Indio, CA, and followed by a May 25 show at Sasquatch! Music Festival in Quincy, WA, and a June 12 staging at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN.

Riders in the Sky have thrown a handful of new dates into the mix for their 2009 and early 2010 itineraries. The Western group’s new gigs are penciled in for July 5 at Mile High Marketplace in Hnderson, CO; September 23 at Birchmere in Alexandria, VA; November 20-21 at Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN; and February 13 at Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering in Ellensburg, WA. The next show on the books is set for April 15 at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL, and the final Riders show for 2009 is currently booked for December 20 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, KY.

Paul Thorn will hit the road soon for his spring and summer tours of the U.S., which include about five new dates on his full 25-date schedule. The spring tour picks up April 17 at New Daisy Theatre in Memphis, TN, and continues through June 28 at the Cape Code Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA. Scattered late summer dates fall August 7 at Downtown Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo, CA, through August 27 at Shady Grove in Austin, TX. New gigs this spring include a May 16 show at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton, TX, a May 17 gig at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX, a June 13 concert at the 8×10 in Baltimore, MD, and a June 14 set at Sellersville Theater 1894 in Sellersville, PA.

The Lettermen have set up more than 55 performances to take them through fall 2010. Their concert schedule for 2009 currently takes them from April 11 at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, IA, through December 20 at Newberry Opera House in Newberry, SC. Highlights for this year include a June 10-14 run at Circa 21 Dinner Theatre in Rock Island, IL, an October 9-11 block at South Point Hotel & Casino in las Vegas, NV, and an October 13-18 stand at Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, NV. The 2010 itinerary picks up with a show on February 5 at Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, WV, and wraps September 26 at the Mentor Performing arts Center in Mentor, OH.