Incubus, whose song "Drive" from 1999's Make Yourself helped pave the way for their success, will take the wheel for almost three months on the Civic Tour 2002, beginning April 11 in Portland, Oregon.
Officially titled Civic Tour Presents Incubus Morning View, the 50-date arena tour, announced Friday, traverses North America to wrap up July 3 in San Antonio, Texas.
Longtime Incubus friends Hoobastank, who have played with the Calabasas, California, quintet several times before, will open the first leg of dates. A second-leg opener has yet to be chosen.
Like last year's inaugural trek which featured Blink-182 heading its first leg and Everclear atop the marquee for the second (see "Blink-182 To Kick Off Civic Tour 2001"; "Everclear To Headline Civic Tour, Offer Custom Coupes") the Civic Tour 2002 gives fans the chance to win six new Honda Civic Si cars that have been autographed and customized by Incubus. (Click here for a photo.)
The band's elaborately ornamented vehicle makes Blink-182's mostly gray car and Everclear's orange-and-black-striped Civic seem modest by comparison. Originally envisioned by drummer Jose Pasillas as a tattoo, which he and singer Brandon Boyd now sport on their arms, the paintjob on Incubus' sporty hatchback is purple with a gold, fish-scale design that evokes the artwork adorning the disc of their latest album, Morning View. The word "Incubus" is stripped along the back bumper, and the band's autographs are emblazoned on the doors. True fans will especially appreciate the car's floor mats, which depict an embroidered image of Chuck, the band's mustachioed mascot of sorts.
Two of the cars will be displayed on all of the tour stops. Details on the contest are available at www.civictour.com.
All tickets for the tour are priced at $25. The band said their partnership with Honda lets them keep tickets relatively cheaper than most arena tours, while allowing them to present a full-scale visual experience. However, guitarist Mike Einziger warned that anyone looking for a pyrotechnic blowout might want to reconsider.
"We're not having huge, exploding volcanoes nothing over the top," he said, seated beside his bandmates at a press conference. "It'll be something really cool and tasteful. Maybe a pretty ocean-view background." Though reserved, the stage show promises to be more of a spectacle than Incubus' intimate fall club tour.
Presale tickets will be available on the Civic Tour Web site beginning Saturday, while tickets officially go on sale February 23.
Boyd, Einziger, Pasillas, bassist Dirk Lance and DJ Chris Kilmore are hitting the road in support of their fourth album, Morning View, which has sold more than 1.2 million copies since its October release, according to SoundScan.
A home video titled The Morning View Sessions, taken from a radio concert recorded at New York's Sony Studios in November, will be released after the tour concludes in mid-June. It originally carried a release date of February.
Hoobastank's self-titled debut was released in November.
Civic Tour 2002 dates, according to the tour's publicist:
- 4/11 - Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum
- 4/12 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
- 4/14 - San Jose, CA @ Event Center
- 4/15 - Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
- 4/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
- 4/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Great Western Forum
- 4/19 - TBA
- 4/20 - San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
- 4/21 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay
- 4/23 - Albuquerque, MN @ Tingley Coliseum
- 4/24 - Wichita, KS @ Kansas Coliseum
- 4/25 - Lincoln, NE @ Pershing Auditorium
- 4/27 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ U.S. Cellular Center
- 4/28 - Peoria, IL @ Civic Center Arena
- 4/29 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Memorial Coliseum
- 5/1 - Birmingham, AL @ Boutwell Auditorium
- 5/3 - TBA
- 5/4 - TBA
- 5/5 - TBA
- 5/7 - Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
- 5/9 - Roanoke, VA @ Civic Center Arena
- 5/10 - Washington, DC @ Patriot Center
- 5/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Spectrum
- 5/13 - Worcester, MA @ Centrum
- 5/14 - TBA
- 5/15 - Wilkes-Barre, PA @ 1st Union Center
- 5/24 - Minneapolis, MN @ TBD
- 5/25 - Milwaukee, WI @ TBD
- 5/26 - Detroit, MI @ TBD
- 5/27 - Indianapolis, IN @ TBD
- 5/29 - Chicago, IL @ Rosemont Allstate
- 5/31 - Grand Rapids, MN @ Van Andel Arena
- 6/1 - Toronto, ON @ Copps Coliseum
- 6/3 - Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
- 6/4 - Cleveland, OH @ Convocation Center
- 6/5 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
- 6/11 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic
- 6/12 - TBA
- 6/13 - TBA
- 6/15 - TBA
- 6/21 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 6/23 - Richmond, VA @ Coliseum
- 6/24 - Raleigh, NC @ Entertainment & Sports
- 6/25 - Charlotte, NC @ Cricket Arena
- 6/27 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Coliseum
- 6/28 - Orlando, FL @ T.D. Waterhouse Centre
- 6/29 - Pensacola, FL @ Civic Center
- 7/1 - New Orleans, LA @ UNO
- 7/2 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
- 7/3 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum