UPDATE: John Popper Talks About H.O.R.D.E. ’98

November 11 [7:55 EDT] — While attending last week’s premiere of the “Free Tibet” documentary, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper told MTV News that his band will be back on next year’s H.O.R.D.E. tour in a full-time capacity, along with Ben Harper and the Barenaked Ladies.

“I’m giving you a little scoop here,” Popper told MTV News. “Ben Harper, Barenaked Ladies have been confirmed, and we’re going to do the whole tour. Blues Traveler is going to do it this summer. We feel like schmucks for not having done it last year.”

Speaking about the few select dates that his band played on this summer’s tour, Popper said, “It was awesome. The three shows we went to, we were like, ‘We’re idiots.’ [800k QuickTime] We were busy trying to tour Europe, but you know what, we love H.O.R.D.E. We love the musicians. We love what it does, and I think it’s a great opportunity for a lot of musicians
to play together. We want to keep it going.”

The tour will line-up some 35 to 40 shows next summer, and will kick off in July, most likely after the band’s annual July blow-out at Red Rocks.

Popper and his Blues Traveler bandmates launched the H.O.R.D.E. tour six years ago, and will apparently return to a low-key approach after mounting a gargantuan outing this summer. The ’97 version of the festival featured a revolving lineup of performers that included Beck, Soul Coughing, Kula Shaker, Ben Folds Five, Primus, Morphine, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers among others, with Neil Young and Crazy Horse headlining the affair.

Before this year, the tour had an earthier tone with bands like the Black Crows, the Dave Matthews Band, Lenny Kravitz, and, of course, Blues Traveler playing past outings.