Semisonic Explains Origins Of Grammy-Nominated Song, Slates Mini-Tour

After helping Semisonic rise from relative obscurity to alt. rock hitmakers with its 1998 effort, "Feeling Strangely Fine," frontman and songsmith Dan Wilson might have even more to boast about when February rolls around.

The band's end-of-show and barroom anthem, "Closing Time," has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of "Best Rock Song," an award which recognizes the songwriters behind the singles.

Wilson told the MTV Radio Network that he originally composed "Closing Time" specifically so Semisonic could play the song at the end of its shows, but that in 1998, the number grew into something much more.

"I was kind of feeling like it would be great to write something that just said how we relate to fans," Wilson said, "and what I think about at the end of the night when we're playing." [28.8 RealAudio]

Semisonic is still enjoying a little holiday downtime, but the group

plans to head back out on the road towards the end of January for a couple of weeks worth of shows. The dates just announced for Semisonic's upcoming mini-tour:

  • 1/26 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
  • 1/27 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
  • 1/28 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
  • 1/29 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Live
  • 1/30 - Austin, TX @ Liberty Lunch
  • 2/2 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
  • 2/4 - Nashville, TN @ 328 Performance Hall
  • 2/5 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre
  • 2/6 - Birmingham, AL @ Five Points Music Hall
  • 2/7 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
  • 2/9 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon Concert Club
  • 2/10 - Columbus, OH @ Mekka
  • 2/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
  • 2/12 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
  • 2/13 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave

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