When most bands hit the road, they tend to lose touch with reality. Current events and news bulletins whiz by the tour bus window with all the speed and blurriness of a passing street sign.
Which could explain why Green Day — noted critics of President George W. Bush — are continuing their American Idiot tour: Perhaps they figure that by staying on the road for the next four years, W's second term will rush by in one quick blur.
Well, they're already heading toward 2006 now, thanks to a just-announced string of North American dates. And though they're a band known for taking up-and-coming acts on the road with them (see "Green Day Taking My Chemical Romance On Tour This Spring "), Green Day have changed things up this time around, picking emo pioneers Jimmy Eat World to serve as their opening act.
The juggernaut kicks off on August 10 outside of Chicago and will hit arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums in 28 cities (including a couple of massive shows at Giants Stadium in New Jersey and SBC Park in San Francisco) before coming to a close on October 2 at the Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California. Green Day have also confirmed two shows at the Home Depot Center near Los Angeles on October 8 and 9, but a scheduling conflict could knock Jimmy Eat World off those bills.
But it's not like that matters to Jimmy frontman Jim Adkins, though — he's just super-psyched that he'll finally be able to catch the platinum-plus punkers live and in person.
"The thing about being on the road all the time is that you never really get to see any other bands play. And now we're going to be able to see Green Day play every night," he said. "American is great, and there are few people who can work a big crowd like Billie Joe. He's awesome."
The dates for the Green Day/ Jimmy Eat World tour, according to an Interscope spokesperson:
- 8/10 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
- 8/12 - Barrie, ON @ Molson Park
- 8/13 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
- 8/14 - Dayton, OH @ Ervin J. Nutter Center
- 8/15 - Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
- 8/17 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Ford Center
- 8/19 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
- 8/20 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
- 8/21 - San Antonio, TX @ SBC Center
- 8/23 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
- 8/24 - Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center
- 8/26 - Sunrise, FL @ Office Depot Center
- 8/30 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post
- 9/01 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium
- 9/04 - Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
- 9/05 - Ottawa, ON @ Corel Centre
- 9/07 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
- 9/11 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
- 9/14 - Moline, IL @ Mark Of The Quad Cities
- 9/16 - Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
- 9/17 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
- 9/19 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
- 9/24 - San Francisco, CA @ SBC Park
- 9/26 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
- 9/27 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
- 9/30 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
- 10/01 - Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
- 10/02 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre