Piano-based rock trio Ben Folds Five will tour North American clubs and
theaters beginning Tuesday.
The group begins the monthlong jaunt with a show at Roseland in Portland,
Ore. From there the tour continues on through the Northwest, the Midwest and
the Northeast before ending Oct. 31 at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans,
The band, known for groove-heavy rock 'n' roll built around bandleader
Ben Folds' piano playing, released its third studio album, The
Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, in April. The album
continues to build on 1997's Whatever and Ever Amen, which put
an emphasis on vocals with such songs as the hit "Brick."
The new album contains ballads and midtempo songs that give Folds a
chance to croon. The vocals, in several cases, are overdubbed.
Messner's tracks include "Don't Change Your Plans"
excerpt) and "Your Redneck Past" (RealAudio
Last year Folds' side project, Fear of Pop, released Volume One,
an album that included guest vocals by William Shatner on the song "In
"The kid-in-the-candy-store vibe of [Fear of Pop] may be carried into
the studio with me now," Folds said in January.
Ben Folds Five Tour Dates:
Sept. 28; Portland, Ore.; Roseland
Sept. 29; Seattle, Wash.; Moore Theatre
Sept. 30; Vancouver, British Columbia; Rage
Oct. 2; Salt Lake City, Utah; Utah State Fair Park
Oct. 4; Omaha, Neb.; Sokol Auditorium
Oct. 5; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue
Oct. 6; Columbia, Mo.; Jesse Auditorium
Oct. 8; Atlanta, Ga.; Alexander Memorial Coliseum
Oct. 9; Boston, Ma.; Boston City Hall Plaza
Oct. 10; Rochester, N.Y.; Harrow East Theatre
Oct. 12; Toronto, Ontario; Warehouse
Oct. 14; Chicago, Ill.; Riviera Theatre
Oct. 15; Cincinnati, Ohio; Taft Theatre
Oct. 16; Columbus, Ohio; Newport Music Hall
Oct. 17; Detroit, Mich.; Clutch Cargo
Oct. 19; Bloomington, Ind.; Indiana University Auditorium
Oct. 22; Philadelphia, Pa.; Electric Factory
Oct. 2425; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club
Oct. 27; New York, N.Y.; Hammerstein Ballroom
Oct. 30; Baltimore, Md.; Reitz Arena
Oct. 31; New Orleans, La.; Tad Gormley Stadium