May 7 [10:00 EST] -- Ben Folds will have to find a suitcase big enough for his Steinway baby grand piano. His Ben Folds Five has been added to the line-up of the H.O.R.D.E. tour, along with Soul Coughing, Kula Shaker, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers.
As we first reported Tuesday morning, the bands join an impressive H.O.R.D.E. line-up that already included Neil Young, Primus, Morphine, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Widespread Panic.
Rumors also continue to fly that Beck will soon join the sixth annual H.O.R.D.E. tour, but no official word about Beck's involvement has been released.
Summer festival tour aficionados may recall that Ben Folds Five played the second stage of Lollapalooza last year, and this year makes the jump to H.O.R.D.E. in support of its latest album, "Whatever and Ever Amen."
Once again, frontman Ben Folds will cart his Steinway out on the road with him, which the band sees as a necessary evil.
"A lot of people think we should
consider renting a piano," drummer Darren Jesse told MTV News.
"No, but that wouldn't be good," Folds said."If we rented it, it would be $500 a night, and as it is, it costs $50 a night to tune it. Plus another $300 for a bus, and then we have to take into account that we stop for food a couple of times, and people spend money on that. It actually comes out to the same amount, but it's a lot more work, which is better" [1.2 MB QuickTime].
The Squirrel Nut Zippers will warm up for the tour by playing a slew of radio festival shows, including the HFStival in Washington, D.C.
Soul Coughing meanwhile, generated positive reviews with its latest effort, "Irresistible Bliss," and the video for "Super Bon Bon."