Today’s recap includes tour announcements, concert updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on May 4, 2009.
Reggae-tinged pop-rock band Sugar Ray has booked a summer tour to coincide with the release of their reunion album. Of course, reunion plans are already in place for No Doubt, but the band continues to confirm more U.S. tour dates and work on a new album.
Fleetwood Mac has also continued to announce more dates for the Unleashed Tour, which launched on March 1 and will now stretch through late June, at least. Fans who show up to Coldplay‘s summer concerts will get more than a live performance: They’ll also receive free music.
Finally, fans and fellow Las Vegas strip performers continue to say goodbye to legendary showman Danny Gans. Called the “Man of Many Voices,” Gans died in his sleep on May 1, shocking friends and family, and ending his long-running legacy as an acclaimed family friendly performer in Sin City. Gans was 52 years old.
Those are the complete reports for this first Monday of May. Read on for more highlights of the day’s artist itinerary updates in brief, and check back tomorrow for the latest from TicketNews.
Aerosmith is adding the western provinces of Canada to its summer 2009 itinerary. The co-headlining tour with ZZ Top will now swing through a total of four provinces, including the previously announced shows in Ontario. The recently confirmed shows are set for August 7 at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, MB; August 9 at Taylor Field in Regina, SK; August 11 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB; and August 13 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, AB. Pre-sales for these new shows begin Tuesday, May 5. The tour 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.
The Wallflowers’ plans for a summer tour of the U.S. has been extended with two more confirmed dates. The outing has more than 30 concerts booked, beginning with a June 16 show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. The recently confirmed dates close out the band’s late summer tour dates with a August 28 performance at Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, KY, as well as a September 6 set at the Cross Canadian Ragweed’s Red Dirt Roundup in Fort Worth, TX.
John Vanderslice has approximately 30 shows scheduled for his May and June tour of the U.S., with the addition of a few new shows. The outing picks up May 17 at The Partisan in Merced, CA, and ends June 30 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA. New shows have been inked for June 13 at Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY; June 19 at Café Eleven in St. Augustine, FL; June 21 at The Social in Orlando, FL; and June 23 at Exit/In in Nashville, TN.
Jens Lekman will hit clubs across the West Coast later this month for an 11-date tour of the U.S. and Canada. The outing currently begins May 26 at The Loft in La Jolla, CA, and ends with one Canadian show on June 7 at Richard’s on Richards Cabaret in Vancouver, BC. Other bookings include a few two-night stands: May 27-28 at Echo in Los Angeles, CA; June 1-2 at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, CA; and June 4-5 at Crocodile Café in Seattle, WA. Lekman also has plans for six shows in South America that will close out his June itinerary.
stellastarr* will be back on the tour trail this summer for a 13-date tour of the United States. The national run takes the back from coast to coast over a period of three weeks, starting with a July 15 concert at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA, and closing out with a recently confirmed August 4 show at Chop Suey in Seattle, WA. Other gig stops are July 16 at HighLine Ballroom in New York, NY; July 18 at Ottobar in Baltimore, MD; July 23 at Double Door in Chicago, IL; July 27 at The Parish Room in Austin, TX; and August 1 at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA, among other dates.
The Legendary Shack Shakers are getting in tune for a 17-city tour that will take them coast-to-coast across the nation. The psychobilly outing begins May 31 at Double Door in Chicago, IL, and is currently booked through a July 4 concert at Rock Island Brewing Company in Rock Island, IL. Other dates on the tour include a June 3 show at Larimer Lounge in Denver, CO, a June 8 session at Voodoo Lounge in San Jose, CA, a June 12 performance at Dante’s in Portland, OR, a June 20 event at The Firebird in St. Louis, MO, and a July 3 concert at Southgate House in Newport, KY.