Flip open your day planner and grab a pen: New concert dates are rolling in from blues master B.B. King, hard rock crew Staind and more, as compiled by TicketNews on May 11, 2009.
Living music legend B.B. King continues to tour the world, 50 years into his career, with more than 40 concerts booked across the U.S. and Europe this summer. Hard rock band Staind also has a 40-date tour in the works for summer, though all dates will be in the U.S. and ticket face values will be marked at an affordable $40 or less. Finally, Better Than Ezra is staging a comeback of sorts as the alternative trio celebrates a new studio album — and a new bandmate.
The frenzy for Michael Jackson concert tickets might not be over yet. One industry publication has stated that additional tickets could be coming for the King of Pop’s 50-show residency at the O2 Arena in London, England, after the production observes and clears visibility cleared in specific sections. Finally, peers and fans alike are mourning the loss of musician/producer/actor Stephen Bruton, who died of throat cancer over the weekend.
Those are the full concert and tour updates for the day, but there’s plenty more to report. Read on for additional tour itinerary updates or check back tomorrow for the latest from TicketNews.
AC/DC is just seven months in to the planned 18-month Black Ice World Tour. Now, the hard rock titans have confirmed plans to bring the venture to their native Australia in early 2010. Five concerts have been announced via Pollstar: February 11 at Ethihad Stadium in Melbourne, February 18 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park, February 25 at QSAC Stadium in Brisbane, March 2 at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, and March 6 at Subiaco Oval in Perth. AC/DC’s next show is May 13 in Leizig, Germany, with the next leg of North American dates beginning July 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.
Aerosmith & ZZ Top are now booked for 41 shows on their North American summer tour since the addition of another show north of the board. The newest concert in Canada is on the books for August 15 at BC Place in Vancouver, BC. A total of seven gigs are now scheduled for the Great White North during the summer-long outing, which begins June 10 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, MO, and ends September 16 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI. When it was first confirmed, the tour was said to have an expected 40-date length.
Crosby, Stills & Nash, often referred to as CSN, are still expanding their summer 2009 tour plans. Since our last-check in with the folk supergroup, four new U.S. dates have been confirmed: July 28 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, NY; August 23 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL; September 11 at Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, OR; and September 19 at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA. Nearly 30 concerts are scheduled for the U.S. and Canada during early and late summer tour legs.
Sonic Youth is padding its calendar with a handful of new summer concert dates. The band will open their tour a day early at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL, with their engagement at the venue now booked for June 27-28. A similar circumstance will keep the guitar-driven rockers in Washington, DC, longer than planned for an enhanced July 6-7 run at the 9:30 Club. More shows have also sprouted on June 30 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON, and July 24 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA. Sonic Youth has nearly 30 concerts confirmed for North America this summer through August 2 at Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.
Neko Case, firecracker indie singer-songwriter, has rolled out a new gig stop for her summer tour of the U.S. and Canada. The 22-date trek begins May 28 at Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, NM, and closes August 9 with an appearance at Lollapallooza 2009 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL. The recently added concert is inked onto the calendar for July 27 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA. Case is also slotted for festival appearances at Bonnaroo (June 14), All Points West (August 1) and the revamped Newport Folk Festival (August 2).