Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Elbow, Imelda May, Yes & Styx announce upcoming tour dates

Elbow, who blew me away when they performed at Coachella earlier this year, has announced a number of North America tour dates in the U.S. this fall.

09/18/11 - Austin City Limits, Zilker Park - Austin, TX
09/20/11 - Center Stage - Atlanta, GA BUY TICKETS
09/22/11 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC BUY TICKETS
09/23/11 - FDR Park - Philadelphia, PA
09/25/11 - Terminal 5 - New York , NY BUY TICKETS
09/26/11 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA - BUY TICKETS
09/28/11 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ON BUY TICKETS
10/01/11 - The Greek Theater - Los Angeles, CA

Following the success of build a rocket boys!, Manchester’s multi-award, Mercury Music Prize winning five-piece are pleased to announce a North American tour this fall in support of their 5th critically acclaimed studio album.

Since the release of build a rocket boys! this spring, the band made a whirlwind trip to perform at this year's Coachella Festival. As the sun set, the band wowed the crowds and critics alike with their powerful performance, complete with strings on stage and an impressive catalogue of songs, garnering impressive reviews hailing them as the highlight act of this years festival by many major publications.

Now, due to an overwhelming response, the band has decided to honor the demand and set their sights across the Atlantic again. The tour kicks off in the sunny south at the prestigious Austin City Limits, then up to the north-east for select shows including New York City's Terminal 5 before venturing all the way west, ending up at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

Earlier this year, elbow completed their first headlining UK arena tour, including 2 sold out nights at London’s O2 arena, confirming them as one of the worlds most treasured live and studio artists of our time. Later this month, the band will also be performing alongside Coldplay on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and support to Muse at Reading and Leeds festivals this summer.

Be sure to catch the band perform live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.



“Powerhouse…”—Dallas Morning News

“…an exceptional revivalist who is as retro-comley as she is robustly gifted…”—The Orange County Register

Decca is set to release Imelda May’s Mayhem on July 19. The release marks her second album in the states and her first on the label. America is already well acquainted with May through her performances on “The Tonight Show” in April, the 2010 Grammy Awards and a PBS Concert Special with Jeff Beck. With the release of Mayhem, she will embark on a string of summer dates including a July 21 album release party at New York’s Mercury Lounge, Central Park Summer Stage with Wanda Jackson and Lollapoolaza. (See dates on back)
May has achieved triple-platinum status in her native Ireland and gold status in the U.K., along with receiving numerous awards including Best Breakthrough Artist at the 2010 Classic Rock Awards, Best Female Artist of 2010 at the Irish Meteor Awards In the mean time, she’s graced TV screens in the U.K. performing on “Graham Norton” and a second time on “Jools Holland.” Mayhem has received four-star reviews from MOJO, The Daily Mirror, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. The album reached number seven on the U.K. chart, remained in the Top Ten for two weeks and remained in the Top 50.
On Mayhem, May wrote 13 out of the 14 tracks including the title track and first single and U.K. hits “Inside Out” and “Psycho.” The album also contains a rendition of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.” Her accomplished band includes husband Darrel Higham on guitars, Al Gare on double-bass, Dave Priseman on trumpet, and Steve Rushton on drums.
Performing a fusion of surf guitars, blues and rockabilly, May self-released her debut Love Tattoo, which went Triple Platinum. The album was picked up and released by Decca abroad and through Verve Forecast here. Since that time, May has shared stages with Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, David Gilmore, Shane Macgowan, Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, Wanda Jackson, Paul Brady, Jamie Cullum and Meatloaf. In 2009, Love Tattoo knocked Bruce Springsteen off the number one spot on the Irish album charts making May the first woman to grace the top spot in nearly 20 years. May feel in love with rockabilly and the blues at the age of nine. She went onto perform in burlesque clubs and was part of a swing troupe before breaking out on her own. She caught people’s attention not only musically but with her 50s look that has led her to grace the front cover of the Irish Sunday Times Style Magazine.

July 19 El Rey Theater Los Angeles
July 21 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
July 26 9:30 Club Washington, DC
July 27 Central Park Summerstage New York, NY
July 28 Trocadero Philadelphia
July 30 Brighton Music Hall Brighton, MA
August 7 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
August 9 The Independent San Francisco, CA
August 11 Oregon Zoo Amphitheater Portland, OR
August 12 The Neptune Seattle, WA


The world's most quintessential prog-rock band YES joins forces with multi-platinum rock band STYX for a summer tour extravaganza. These two monster rock bands will embark on a 22-city summer tour starting July 4, 2011 and concluding August 3, 2011 in Mountain View, CA. Tickets are now on sale.

YES – The Legendary, Grammy® Award winning prog-rock band that has defined many a generation -- will be on tour in support of their new album FLY FROM HERE on Frontiers Records releasing July 12, 2011.

YES features a lineup of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, and lead singer Benoit David. YES will be reuniting with keyboard player Geoff Downes for this tour.

STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—has an unmistakable sound all their own, and they continue to prove that they’re one of the hardest working bands in the music world thanks to a vigorous tour schedule that keeps them constantly on the road all across the globe.

“We are excited to have STYX on tour with us. I consider them to be in the vein of YES and the cutting edge of prog-rock in America,” says YES founder/bassist Chris Squire.

"When I first heard YES, I knew that the music world was forever changed,” says STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw. “They took progressive rock to a place that had never been expressed in such an impressive yet accessible way. Who among you didn't make it a point to learn the acoustic guitar intro to ‘Roundabout?’ We're very excited to tour with them for the very first time."

FLY FROM HERE is the first album YES has recorded for close to a decade and was produced by the legendary Trevor Horn in the spirit that YES was founded. The return of Horn along with the Maestro’s that make up YES has brought back the fluid freedom that their music’s ingenuity is best known for. YES holds a shrewd insight and creative vision that challenges audiences as they stretch the boundaries of music.

STYX is currently putting the finishing touches on REGENERATION, VOLUME 2, the follow-up to 2010’s seven-song EP, REGENERATION, VOLUME 1, which contains six newly re-recorded classics--"Come Sail Away,” "Crystal Ball," "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Lorelei,” “The Grand Illusion” and “Sing For The Day”—and a brand new track, “Difference In The World.” The track listing for REGENERATION, VOLUME 2 is: “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Queen of Spades,” “Coming Of Age” (Damn Yankees), “High Enough” (Damn Yankees), “Snowblind,” “Miss America.” Both volumes will be available for sale at every stop along the tour route.

YES’ performance will feature the title track from their new album FLY FROM HERE as well as the hugely successful and indelible catalogue of music from hit albums such as DRAMA, FRAGILE, CLOSE TO THE EDGE and 90125. Classics such as “Roundabout,” a seminal hit which consistently appears on “the best songs of all-time” lists, and the group’s #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart” are sure to be featured for an evening of music not to be missed.

YES’ remarkable career has served to re-define the boundaries of rock for more than four decades, YES has played the role as a dominant driving music force selling over 30 million albums, reaching platinum status multiple times worldwide. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical styles have made each of the group’s player’s a virtuoso in his own right.

Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, STYX would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Over the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, 6 best-of compilations and 4 live albums, garnering 8 Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Throughout their illustrious career, they’ve performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar box office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon and Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.


**The tour kicks off with a July 4th show at Susquehanna Bank Center
in Camden, New Jersey.**

Tues, July 5 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel , NJ+

Thur, July 7 CMAC Performing Arts Center Canandaigua , NY+

Fri, July 8 MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Mashantucket , CT *

Sat, July 9 Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion Gilford , NH *

Mon, July 11 Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater Wantagh , NY+

Tues, July 12 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel , NY+

Thur, July 14 Verizon Wireless Amp at Encore Park Alpharetta , GA *

Fri, July 15 Amphitheater at the Wharf Orange Beach , AL+

Sat, July 16 The Woods at Fontanel Nashville , TN *

Mon, July 18 Starlight Theatre Kansas City , MO *

Tue, July 19 Verizon Wireless Music Center Noblesville , IN *

Wed, July 20 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI+

Fri, July 22 Winstar Casino Thackerville , OK+

Sat, July 23 Zoo Amphitheatre Oklahoma City , OK *

Sun, July 24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Maryland Heights , MO *

Tue, July 26 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO*

Thur, July 28 Eagle River Pavilion Boise , ID *

Fri, July 29 Chateau Ste. Michelle Woodinville , WA+

Sat, July 30 Maryhill Winery Goldendale , WA+

Tue, August 2 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA+

Wed, August 3 Shoreline Amphitheater Mountain View, CA*

+ Denotes YES closes

* Denotes STYX closes

For additional ticket information please visit: www.yesworld.com or www.styxworld.com.

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