Today’s recap includes tour announcements, concert postponements and more, as compiled by TicketNews on May 7, 2009. Green Day has initiated some ticketing restrictions...

Today’s recap includes tour announcements, concert postponements and more, as compiled by TicketNews on May 7, 2009.

Green Day has initiated some ticketing restrictions for the punk rock trio’s upcoming North American tour. A number of venues are listing select tickets under forced Will Call pick-up, while another arena is restricting potential buyers to a specific geographic region, based on billing address.

In other tour news, Big & Rich will tour again this summer after a brief hiatus while “Big” Kenny Alphin recuperated from a pre-existing injury. Former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson has postponed a few concerts while she recuperates from vocal chord strain. Progressive metal band Dream Theater has announced plans for a 24-city tour of the U.S. and Canada. Finally, Italian actor Roberto Benigni will make his stage debut in North America in the form of his one-man show “TuttoDante.”

Those are the complete reports for this Thursday. Check back in with TicketNews tomorrow for more of the latest updates from the concert and ticketing industries, or read on for more artist itineraries in brief, if that’s your cup of tea:


Kylie Minogue just announced plans for her first-ever North American tour, But according to Pollstar the Aussie pop singer has added another date to her fall 2009 tour itinerary. Instead of six-show, six-city run previously planned, the outing has been pushed out to seven shows with the addition of a second night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY. Minogue will now take the stage at the venue on October 11-12.

Melissa Etheridge will rock across the U.S. and Canada on two summer tour legs. The first jaunt comprises just seven dates, beginning June 13 at San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, CA, and ends June 27 at Harrah’s Event Center in Robinsonville, MS. The second outing, set for a more robust 11 concerts, runs from August 9 at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA, through August 31 at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra has extended its plans for a late fall 2009 tour. The outing now stands at a full 25 dates, from the November 20 opener at MotorCity Casino & Hotel in Detroit, MI, through December 29 at Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, WA. Including the closing date, eleven concerts were recently added to the itinerary, including a November 28 concert at Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, and a December 23 gig at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

The Toadies will hop across the pond for a brief tour of the UK this summer, bookended by the band’s U.S. tour itinerary. The rockers have nearly 20 U.S. concerts left in the States, though, including a May 8 concert at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre in Austin, TX. The UK tour has only five gigs inked from June 18-22 at the moment. When the Toadies return to the U.S., they’ll have two new U.S. shows to look forward to, as well: July 17 at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, and July 19 at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA.