Old 97's To Open For Cake

After building up steam with its own club tour, Dallas quartet the Old 97's plans to derail from some of its previously announced shows in order to open a string of dates with Cake, beginning on June 6 in Detroit.

The Old 97's are currently riding the rails in support of its new album, "Fight Songs," and the first single, "Murder (Or a Heart Attack)," which is beginning to earn some heavy rotation from such rock outlets as KROQ in Los Angeles.

With its mix of jangle-pop guitars and three-part harmonies, "Fight Songs" is not as roughhewn as the band's previous punk-tinged albums, but the Old 97's recently told MTV News that its concerts will remain as raucous as ever.

"When we were making the record," offered guitarist-vocalist Rhett Miller, "we knew we were making a studio record and that it was gonna be less of the 'rock' record that we've been making... So we knew that this record was gonna

be a little quieter and that people might get a little freaked out. But we talked about it, and there's no way we could pull off a live show that has much subtlety."

"Live [we're] the same old thing," added bassist Murry Hammond.

"We're a sledgehammer of a live band," [RealAudio] Miller said. "That's what we do. We jump around and we get sweaty and we gradually turn our amps further and further up." Dates for the Old 97's club tour:

  • 5/20 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
  • 5/21 - St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room
  • 5/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
  • 5/25 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
  • 5/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe's
  • 5/28 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
  • 5/29 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
  • 5/30 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Grill
  • 6/1 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
  • 6/2 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's

  • 6/3 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
Shows where you can catch the Old 97's and Cake:

  • 6/6 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater
  • 6/7 - Toronto, ONT @ Music Hall
  • 6/10 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
  • 6/11 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 6/12 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 6/13 - Richmond, VA @ Mayo Island
  • 6/16 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle