Karl's Corner - 08/05/2008
08/05/08 US TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEEZER ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR;
Tour In Support of latest album Weezer featuring #1 song Pork And Beans
Weezer announced today a North American tour in support of their top ten album Weezer (referred to as the Red Album). Starting September 23 at the Tsongas Center in Boston, the band will embark on a five week tour including dates in New York City at Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Great Western Forum. This is the band’s first tour in three years. Drummer Pat Wilson announced, “if you want to rock, you know where to find us!”
Weezer (Red Album) is the band’s boldest album, sonically and lyrically, fearlessly reaching places never before heard in popular music. The Red Album’s first single “Pork and Beans” just spent 11 weeks at #1 at Modern Rock radio (the longest streak for a song in 2008) and it’s accompanying video has been viewed on Youtube over ten million times. The song is about self-empowerment, where people are urged to follow their instincts as exemplified by the lyrics “I’m a do the things that I want to do/I ain’t got a thing to prove to you.”
Recently Weezer, with the help of local radio stations, has been reaching out to musicians to create “Hootenannys” across the country. An idea hatched by lead singer Rivers Cuomo (after his mom explained how music was often spread in the good ole days) fans were hand-picked and told to bring their instruments to an unusual location where audience and band become one and jam on Weezer classics and cover songs.
Opening Weezer’s tour are Angels and Airwaves and Tokyo Police Club.
San Diego-based Angels and Airwaves are currently headlining all of Warped Tour 2008 in support of their sophomore release I-Empire, which debuted in the top ten and spawned the hit single “Everything’s Magic”. Singer and guitarist Tom Delonge says, “the Weezer tour is an amazing event, not only for us as a band, but its going to be the best tour of the year for fans, we’re excited to be a part of it”.
Tokyo Police Club is a 4-piece band from Toronto, Ontario. Following one of the most successful 16 minutes in recent history (2006's A Lesson in Crime EP) is back and currently on the road supporting their critically acclaimed debut full length Elephant Shell. Tokyo Police Club couldn't be more thrilled to join Weezer on their North American Tour playing to crowds they've never experienced before.
The following are the dates for Weezer’s North American tour:
Sep 23 Boston, MA - Tsongas Arena
Sep 24 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Sep 26 Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Casino
Sep 27 Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Center
Sep 29 Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sep 30 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center
Oct 2 Chicago, IL - All State Arena
Oct 3 St. Paul, MN - Xcel Arena
Oct 5 Denver, CO - Broomfield
Oct 7 Salt Lake City, UT - E Center
Oct 9 Portland OR - Memorial Coliseum
Oct 10 Vancouver, BC - GM Place
Oct 11 Seattle, WA - Key Arena
Oct 13 San Jose, CA - Events Center
Oct 14 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Oct 17 San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
Oct 18 Phoenix, AZ - Arizona State Fair
Oct 20 Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
Oct 21 Dallas, TX - Nokia Theater
Oct 23 Houston, TX - Reliant Arena
Oct 25 Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Arena