After tantalizing fans with a list of cities for their upcoming tour in support of the two-disc set Stadium Arcadium (out May 9) last month, the Red Hot Chili Peppers finally revealed just which stadiums (OK, arenas) they'll be hitting in the fall.
The first three legs of the tour will kick off with a show at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, on August 11 with dates currently running through a November 5 show at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tickets for the trek go on sale May 13, though members of the group's fan club can buy them starting May 7 and anyone who preorders the album on iTunes can hop in line May 9.
The opening act on the tour is the Mars Volta.
"An exciting part of our existence right now is [the prospect of] getting to go out and play from 28 new songs," frontman Anthony Kiedis told MTV News recently. "Normally you go out on the road and have 14 new songs to integrate into your set list, and now we have twice that, which really makes the whole thing different and more unpredictable and wild."
"Right now, getting out on the road seems like such a simple and beautiful thing to me," bassist Flea added. "It's often been something I dreaded because it can be so physically draining. But I guess, partly because I am so happy in my life right now, it seems like such a great thing to do — to just get out there and travel, play, travel, play, travel, play."
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The funk-fueled Stadium Arcadium, which is spread out over two discs nicknamed "Jupiter" and "Mars," was produced by longtime studio collaborator Rick Rubin (see "Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium Has Some 'Retardedly Painful Funk' "). The album features Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez on the tune "Especially in Michigan" and the Peppers said they might ask Rodriguez to join them onstage during the tour. Additional North American dates are expected to be announced soon. The band will also headline the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans on October 28.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' North American tour dates, according to the band's spokesperson:
- 8/11 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
- 8/15 - Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
- 8/16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center
- 8/18 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
- 8/21 - Glendale, AZ @ Glendale Arena
- 8/22 - San Diego, CA @ iPay One Center at the Sports Arena
- 8/24 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
- 8/27 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
- 9/14 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
- 9/16 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
- 9/17 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
- 9/19 - Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
- 9/20 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
- 9/25 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
- 9/28 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
- 10/1 - Quebec City, QC @ Pepsi Coliseum
- 10/17 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
- 10/20 - Boston, MA @ TD Banknorth Garden
- 10/21 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
- 10/23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
- 10/26 - Atlanta, GA @ Gwinnett Center
- 10/30 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
- 10/31 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
- 11/2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
- 11/3 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
- 11/5 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center