Fountains Of Wayne Tap Imperial Teen, Owsley For Tour

After wrapping a string of appearances at various radio-sponsored shows across the country, the Fountains of Wayne will strike on its own for a summer tour beginning on July 2 in Ortley Beach, New Jersey.

The Fountains of Wayne will be joined by Imperial Teen and newcomers Owsley for the month long, 17-date tour. When the tour winds down, The Fountains will then head over to Japan in order to take part in this year's Fuji Festival, slated for August 1.

Playing in front of the kind of crowd that the Fuji rock festival annually draws will be nothing new for the Fountains, as the band opened for the Smashing Pumpkins back on its ill-fated tour in 1996. And as the band's Chris Collingwood recently told MTV, the group actually feels more comfortable at the large shows than the kind of club gigs the Fountains will hit on its upcoming tour.

"I don't think that either one of is particularly uncomfortable playing in front of giant crowds,"

Collingwood said. "We kind of got thrown into that pretty early on the Smashing Pumpkins tour."

"And in a way," he continued, "it's kind of less intimidating than playing in front of small audiences, because it's just this blanket of people, and you really can't see any of their faces. They can't see you either, to be honest. There's something oddly more anonymous about that than playing in a small club. It's a little bit easier." [RealVideo]

Dates for the Fountains of Wayne's upcoming North American tour:

  • 7/2 - Ortley Beach, New Jersey @ Joey Harrison's Surf Club
  • 7/4 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ Summerfest
  • 7/8 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 7/9 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 7/10 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
  • 7/12 - Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Music Hall
  • 7/13 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
  • 7/14 - Detroit, MI @ Shelter

  • 7/15 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
  • 7/16 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
  • 7/19 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
  • 7/20 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Grill
  • 7/22 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
  • 7/23 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Coach House
  • 7/24 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubador
  • 7/26 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Concert Theater
  • 7/27 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick