ENTERTAINMENT: Bands Plan For Tours This Spring

By Alexis Christy – News Editor    

It’s fair to say the weather this winter has been milder than expected, but who can complain about an early spring? That is, especially with the promise of so many band tours to look forward to.

One of the biggest by far, will be Blink-182. After almost a four year hiatus, the band is now back in their third year of release and reformation. Their sixth and most recent album, released last September, is titled “Neighborhoods” and features 10 tracks.

On their world tour commencing in May, fans can expect to hear a mix of hits old and new. East coast fans should purchase their tickets quickly, as the band are only expected to play five dates in the US, including Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. (More information can be found at www.blink182.com/tour)

Fans of John Mayer can expect some action in early April through May. With a new release called “Born and Raised,” expected for May 22, Mayer has set up a tour which begins this month, extending from Oklahoma to Arizona. Lucky for his east coast fans, he’s included dates in Wallingford, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. (Tickets can be found at johnmayer.com/tour/)

For the more indie-rock listeners, the “Pioneer World Tour” from The Maine, Lydia, and Arkells can be anticipated for April 14 through June 9. The Maine will be singing fans from spring to summer and appearing locally at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT, on May 20. (For more local dates and ticket information, please visit www.wearethemaine.net/)

Go Radio, promoting their album, “Lucky Street” has embarked on a spring tour which will begin this month, on the 16th. The band will make a quick stop at Mohegan Sun on the March 29 and then move on to New York. (Fans interested can check out the tour information on their website: http://www.wearegoradio.com) .

More mainstream speaking, The All American Rejects will also make an appearance at Mohegan Sun, later in May. Fans of A Rocket to the Moon may also consider purchasing a ticket or two, as they will be opening for AAR, who will perfom as the headliner. ( More information here: http://www.allamericanrejects.com/events )

Lastly, with last summer’s hit raisers “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Don’t Stop,” Foster the People will begin their American tour with the first date on May 29 at Central Park in New York. Joining them, will be British band, “The Kooks.” Two bands for the price of one is not a deal to be beat. However, tickets may be hard to find now. Fans may check the FTP website and other ticket sites for extras.

Fans of The Kooks will also have an opportunity to see them live on their own at Toads Place March 9. Listeners can also take advantage of the ticket opportunities offered by radio station 104.1 WMRQ and win meet-and-greet passes to the pre-show.

Music fans can rest assured; the birds won’t be the only things singing this spring.

(Photo courtesy of commonrevolt.com)

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