Robin Williams’ rescheduled comedy tour and Tori Amos’ latest venture are two of the stories featured in the daily tour recap for May 14, 2009.
After undergoing emergency heart surgery earlier this year for aortic valve replacement, comedian Robin Williams is on the mend and has rescheduled his previously postponed shows to fall 2009. Meanwhile, quirky rock pianist Tori Amos has set out plans for her first North American tour in about two years to support her 10th studio album, “Abnormally Attracted to Sin.”
In other concert news, the Counting Crows will headline a traveling music extravaganza this summer with Augustana and Michael Franti & Spearhead along for the ride. Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz has announced his own headline dates for the so-called Gratitude Café Tour. Finally, Dave Matthews Band will perform an invitation-only benefit concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on June 1.
Those are the complete concert and tour reports for this Thursday, as compiled by TicketNews. And what better way to close the day than with some itinerary updates in brief? Read on:
David Cook, last season’s American Idol winner, has new solo concerts lined up in the U.S. over the coming weeks and months. His itinerary stands at about 25 dates, most of which are performances at fairs and festivals. However, about 10 of those shows are solo gigs, including May 22 at New York University in New York, NY; May 24 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT; May 31 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC; and July 24 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN.
Lisa Lampanelli, the self-professed Queen of Mean, has 26 stand-up performances booked at clubs and theaters across the country. The gigs run from May 15 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino, Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA, through December 4 at Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. New stops for the comedienne include June 13 at Terrace Theater in Long Beach, CA; July 18 at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH; August 8 at Majestic Theatre in Dallas, CA; October 3 at Crest Theatre in Sacramento, CA; and November 14 at Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA.
Kylie Minogue has two more gig stops inked for her first-ever North American tour. The Aussie pop sensation opens her tour on September 30 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, where she is now booked for a second performance on October 1. Minogue is also pushing out the boundaries for her tour-closing engagement at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY, which now stands at three nights from October 11-13. She will stop for single-night shows in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto during the outing.
The Pretenders, led by Chrissie Hynde, will launch a summer tour of Europe on June 12 at the Where The Action Is music festival in Stockholm, Sweden. Concerts follow across the mainland continent and British Isles through a July 17 show at Latitude Festival in Suffolk, England. Afterwards, the rockers return to North America for at least three late summer concerts set for August 4-5 at Casino Rama Entertainment Centre in Rama, ON, and August 9 at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NY.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs updated the calendar for their early summer concerts in the U.S. with two more dates. The recently confirmed gigs have been set down for June 7 at Oceanside Amphitheatre in Oceanside, CA, and June 8 at The Marquee in Tempe, AZ. Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ first concert of the season is coming up this weekend on May 16 at the KRQQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA, and their national itinerary wraps with a June 12 performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN.
KC & The Sunshine Band will be a fixture on the North American tour circuit this year with more than 30 concerts booked through December. The group’s schedule picks up with a May 22 show at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA, and continues on-and-off through a December 31 year-ending gig at Spotlight Showroom in Coachella, CA. Other performances include a July 4 show at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL, an August 5 session at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH, an August 14-16 run at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, and an August 28-29 stand at Resorts International in Atlantic City, NJ.
3 Doors Down has three new concerts lined up on its summer 2009 itinerary. The recently announced dates are set for May 30 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL; June 18 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN; and August 12 at Casino Rama Entertainment Centre in Rama, ON. The band will hit the stage next on May 15 at the Southeast Kentucky Agriculture & Exposition Center in Corbin, KY.