Taproot Eye 'Mine' As Next Single

Band to tour behind Welcome for most of 2003.

UNIVERSAL CITY, California — With "Poem" still rising on the modern rock singles chart, Taproot are eyeing their next single and it looks like "Mine" will likely be it.

Not that any other track from their second album, Welcome, would not be, well, welcome.

"It might sound cliché, but we wanted to write an album of all singles, so no matter what the label or management suggested — obviously we have say in what the single is, too — but no matter what they suggested, we can say, 'Oh, that'll work,' " drummer Jarrod Montague said at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas (see "Audioslave Deliver Like Santa Claus, Creed Booed At Radio Show").

Taproot are so proud of the follow-up to their 2000 debut, Gift (see "Taproot's Second Album Is Really Their Third … Kind Of"), that the Ann Arbor, Michigan, rockers are planning to tour behind the album for most of 2003, beginning with a European outing with Pulse Ultra in January. The group is then slated to join Disturbed and Chevelle on the Music as a Weapon 2 Tour in March.

"We are way happier with this record than we were with the first one," singer Stephen Richards said. "We spent a lot more time on it and I think the music is a little bit more mature. We spent a lot more creative energy on this record … and luckily for us it's doing really good right now."

In the meantime, the group will finish its current tour with Mudvayne.

Taproot tour dates with Mudvayne, according to Atlantic Records:

  • 12/16 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

  • 12/17 - Sparks, NV @ New Oasis

  • 12/18 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore