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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, whose critically-acclaimed album Raising Sand continues to perform well on the charts, have confirmed an additional 17 North American dates.
The duo will kick off the first set of dates April 20 at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, K.Y., with other stops including Knoxville Coliseum in Tennessee (April 22) and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tenn., and BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Ala. (April 26).

The first run of shows will be followed by a U.K. and European tour.
Destinations outside the States include The NIA in Birmingham, U.K. (May 5), Philipshalle in Dusseldorf, Germany (May 10), Grand Rex in Paris (May 13), Hovet in Stockholm, Sweden (May 16), and Wembley Arena in London (May 22).

The second set of U.S. and Canadian dates begins June 2 at Roanoke Civic Center in Virginia.
Other stops on the itinerary include Bake of America Pavilion in Boston (June 5), the Theatre at Madison Square Garden (June 10), the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. (June 15), Red Rock Amphitheatre near Denver (June 21), the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif. (June 27), and the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix (July 1).

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The Foo Fighters have rolled out the first set of dates for their upcoming summer tour as the band continues to back its multiple Grammy-winning set from last year.

Currently in the midst of a long winter/spring run that continues Wednesday night (3/5) in Los Angeles, the group has revealed a partial summer schedule that kicks off July 9 in Seattle and currently includes visits to five cities. The full itinerary is shown below.

The Foo Fighters scored five Grammy nods in December for their sixth studio effort, “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,” which surfaced in September, claiming wins at last month’s 50th annual awards ceremony for Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance for the album’s first single, “The Pretender.”

The song spent a record 18 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Alternative/Modern Rock chart, with the second single, “Long Road to Ruin,” also reaching the top of the modern rock pile.

“Echoes” follows the Foo Fighters’ 2005 platinum-selling double-album, “In Your Honor,” which spawned the No. 1 mainstream- and modern-rock hit “Best of You” and led to the band’s biggest-selling tour to date, according to a press release. The new set reunites the band with Gil Norton (Pixies, Counting Crows), who also handled production work on the group’s highly regarded 1997 debut as a full band (rather than a Dave Grohl solo project), “The Colour and the Shape.”

Rod Stewart, who is keeping himself busy with tour dates around the world, recently announced a North American jaunt that covers the US, Canada and Mexico.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is scheduled to play a handful of Mexican arenas beginning later this month, followed by a couple of shows in South America. His itinerary then skips to late July, when he’ll kick off an 18-city tour that traverses the US, stops in two Canadian provinces and ends with a concert in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bryan Adams will open several shows on the outing, which rolls out July 30 at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles. North American dates are listed below and those overseas can be found at Stewart’s website.

This time around, the rock icon is expected to play hits from his more than four-decade career. Stewart, who cultivated a new and growing audience with his “Great American Songbook” series, returned to his rock-and-roll roots with his latest chart-topping album, 2006’s “Still the Same … Great Rock Classics of Our Time.” The set, which marks the singer’s first rock record in more than eight years, features covers of ’60s and ’70s classics originally performed by Bob Dylan (“If Not For You”), Van Morrison (“Crazy Love”) and Bob Seger (the title song), among others.

The four-part “Great American Songbook” collection was released between 2002 and 2005, and has sold 15 million copies worldwide, according to Stewart’s bio. The corresponding tour, dubbed “From Maggie May to the Great American Songbook,” sold out for three consecutive years and made the Grammy winner one of the top-grossing musical artists in the world.

Robert Plant has said no to an offer of 100 million pounds — about $200 million U.S. — for Led Zeppelin to tour, saying he prefers to leave the band’s November reunion in London as the final word on its legacy, according to England’s Sunday Mirror.

Robert Plant of LedĀ Zeppelin The paper quotes sources close to the band saying that while guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones were supportive of a hotly anticipated Zeppelin reunion tour on the heels of last fall’s performance, Plant would rather focus on, among other non-Zeppelin interests, his recent collaboration with Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand,” for which the two will be on tour starting April 19 in Louisville, Ky.

The tour stops in L.A. at the Greek Theatre on June 23 and 24 and at the Santa Barbara Bowl on June 25.

According to the report, Plant has nixed any additional performances by Led Zeppelin. “Despite the enormous offer, the decision did not come down to money,” the Sunday Mirror quoted an anonymous source. “They always said they would do the one-off show and then see how they felt…. [Plant] has other commitments and is happier looking forward to those.”

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My Chemical Romance, who traveled the globe last year in support of their platinum-selling album “The Black Parade,” will return to the U.S. in March for a six-week tour, the last series of dates before the band takes time off to write a new album. The tour, which features support from Billy Talent and Drive By, begins March 28 in Tempe, AZ, and will hit mid-size theaters, many for multiple nights, across the country winding down May 9 in New York City. Additional shows are expected to be added.

For this tour, My Chemical Romance made a deliberate decision to play more intimate venues after spending months performing in U.S. arenas on the Projekt Revolution tour last summer with Linkin Park and Taking Back Sunday.

“We are really excited about the tour,” the band said in a statement posted on its website. “Our good friends Billy Talent and Drive By are coming with us. We could not think of a better tour to go away from ‘The Black Parade.’ We wanted to come to these places. We selected them. We wanted to get away from big shows for a while. When we started this thing, we could feel you guys right in front of us. It is time for that to happen again.”

My Chemical Romance is also putting the finishing touches on an upcoming CD/DVD titled “The Black Parade is Dead!” which was filmed over several weeks last October. Released in October 2006, “The Black Parade” album shot to No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, selling more than 240,000 copies its first week of release.

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