Full tour reports are in from the likes of Heaven and Hell, Melissa Etheridge and more, so let’s dive right in to the stories...

Full tour reports are in from the likes of Heaven and Hell, Melissa Etheridge and more, so let’s dive right in to the stories for May 8.

Heaven and Hell, a collaboration of Black Sabbath members past and present, have announced plans for a summer tour with progressive metal titans Coheed and Cambria. If you like your rock with a little less edge, Melissa Etheridge will also hit the road this summer for a series of concert dates that she’s calling her “Live and Alone 2009” tour.

Some sad news broke for fans of Southern rock veterans Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band’s bassist Donald “Ean” Evans died this week at the age of 48 after a battle with cancer. But there’s good news for the fledgling Richmond Folk Festival, which will return for a second year despite economic difficulties.

Those are the complete concert and tour reports, as compiled by TicketNews. Be sure to check back next week for more of the latest concert and ticketing industry news. And before you go, read on for some of the day’s other itinerary highlights in brief:


David Byrne will continue to tour behind his latest work with Brian Eno, the 2008 album “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.” The next leg of the tour picks up June 1 at The Green at Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, and includes one recently confirmed concert: June 10 at Charlottesville Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA. The North American dates wrap June 29 at Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. Only two shows in Europe are set for later in the summer: July 30 at Grand Theatre Romain in Lyon, France, and August 2 at Melkweg in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Seal is expanding the international plans for this summer’s “Soul” tour dates. The vocalist’s overseas plans pick up June 22 at The NIA in Birmingham, England, and continue across the UK and over to mainland Europe through a July 31 appearance at the Cool Jazz Festival in Cascais, Portugal. After a break in his calendar, Seal returns to the road with a six-show venture in Australia from November 5-6 at Hamer Hall in Melbourne through November 20 at Kings Park & Botanic Garden in Perth.

Paula Cole is keeping busy this year with 16 concerts scheduled for the U.S. and Canada, including five new dates. The concerts come in bursts from May 23 at The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough, ME, through December 19 at the Center for Arts in Natick, MA. The recently confirmed shows are June 26 at Alderney Landing in Halifax, NS; July 25 at Pershing Square in Los Angeles, CA; July 26 at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA; August 21 at Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, MA; and October 17 at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD.

Misfits, who have a handful of international dates scheduled this summer, also have plans for concerts in the United States. Five national shows have been inked so far: August 7 at Modjeska Theatre in Milwaukee, WI; August 8 at Harpo’s Concert Theatre in Detroit, MI; August 9 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL; October 16 at Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA; and October 17 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.

Great Lake Swimmers are currently in the middle of a spring tour of Europe to support their latest album “Lost Channels,” but they have a couple new gigs waiting for them when they return to North American shores in summer. The new dates kick off a summer of multi-date festival engagements that the band has lined up across the Great White North: June 13 at Oakes Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls, ON, and June 18 at Gordon Best Theatre in Peterborough, ON. The Swimmers’ next show is tonight (May 8) at the Strand in Stockholm, Sweden.