Cake Eyes Dates With Violent Femmes, May Tour With Ben Folds Five

Cake's is winding down its spring tour, but the Sacramento-based band is already considering who it would like to tour with later in the year.

Cake has been on the road in U.S. and Europe since late January, and the group plans to take some well-deserved time off after its current tour ends (on June 20 with a set at the Big Adventure radio show in Commerce City, Colorado) so frontman John McCrea can concentrate on the pilot for the TV show he's been developing, "Freedom of Speech" (see "Cake's John McCrea Solicits Help For Potential Game Show").

In a recent interview with MTV News, Cake said it will play a few dates with quirky rockers the Violent Femmes, and McCrea indicated there's also some talk of possibly teaming up with Ben Folds Five for an extended outing.

"There has been some talk about that," McCrea said. "We just played a pretty nice gig with Ben Folds Five in Kansas City, so we're

thinking about maybe doing that."

"We talked about it,"
continued trumpeter Vincent Di Fiore, "but we've been touring a lot longer than they have been on ['Prolonging the Magic']. Their album came out maybe nine months after ours did, so they're kind of at a different pace right now. I don't know if we're really gonna hook up, but we considered it, and we're still talking about it."

McCrea added, "We have a couple of shows in Seattle and Portland with the Violent Femmes, and we may do a show with the Violent Femmes and Billy Bragg in the Bay Area. But stuff like that would be good for a change." [RealAudio]

Cake and the Violent Femmes are set to play together at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle on September 4, followed by a show the next evening at the Rose Garden Amphitheater in Portland. In the meantime, the band has just released "Let Me Go" as the third single from

"Prolonging the Magic."

Ben Folds Five is currently headlining its own North American tour, which concludes on June 24, and will then head overseas for road stints in Australia and Japan in August and September.