Former Morphine Members To Tour North America

Two expand roster, and sound, with Orchestra Morphine for 17-date trek.

Orchestra Morphine, featuring former Morphine members Dana Colley (saxophone) and Billy Conway (drums), have announced more dates for their upcoming spring tour.

After a five-date tour in the Northeast this February, the upcoming 17-show spring tour will start Sunday in Cambridge, Mass., and wrap up in San Diego May 20.

The decision to expand the group's lineup follows the untimely death of bassist/frontman Mark Sandman last summer while touring Europe. The 46-year-old Sandman's heart attack occurred just following the completion of the band's most recent album, The Night, released Feb. 1.

The album features more varied arrangements than the band's earlier work, which was created with a spare drum, sax and bass lineup. The murky "Rope on Fire" (RealAudio excerpt), featuring strings flowing seamlessly into dusky organ chords, expands its tonal palette while maintaining its distinctly cinematic sound.

Orchestra Morphine tour dates:

April 2; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Club

April 13; Boston, Mass.; Orpheum Theatre (Boston Music Awards)

April 30; Woodstock, N.Y.; West Strand Grill

May 1; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Metropol

May 2; Columbus, Ohio; Newport Music Hall

May 3; Cleveland, Ohio; Agora Ballroom

May 4; Pontiac, Mich.; Clutch Cargo's

May 5; Toronto, Ontario; Phoenix Concert Theatre

May 7; Chicago, lll.; Metro

May 8; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

May 10; Boulder, Colo.; Fox Theatre

May 13–14; Seattle, Wash.; Showbox

May 15; Portland, Ore.; Crystal Ballroom

May 17; San Francisco, Calif.; Fillmore

May 18; Los Angeles, Calif.; El Rey Theatre

May 20; San Diego, Calif.; 4th & B