Stereophonics, Charlatans U.K. Join Forces For Tour

In the wake of the recently announced Oasis-Travis tour, two other top level British acts, Stereophonics and the Charlatans U.K., have just released dates for their own joint North American outing, beginning on March 27 in Los Angeles.

For the Charlatans U.K., the concerts will mark the first time the band has toured American shores to support its sixth album, "Us And Us Only," which was released on MCA Records last fall.

The Stereophonics briefly toured the U.S and Canada in October and spent the last part of 1999 on the road in the U.K., where the band's second album, "Performance & Cocktails," was one of the biggest sellers of the year.

Earlier this month, Stereophonics returned to North America to launch a Canadian tour with Our Lady Peace. During a recent interview with MTV News, the group talked about its thoughts on scaling back its sound from the kind of festivals it typically plays in the U.K. to the club scene here in the states.

"We know that we've got more control in a small place, and we know that it is sounding good," offered frontman Kelly Jones. "In a festival, you've got no idea of what people are hearing out front.

"And you [may] think it's the greatest show in the world," he continued, "then you come up to somebody afterwards and ask, 'What was it like?' And they say, 'I don't know, I couldn't f***in' hear you." [RealVideo]

"A lot of U.K. and European acts, they just stand on the stage and stare at their shoes,"

added (unrelated) bassist Richard Jones. "So, when we play a show... we try and get a bit of that vibe going as well as try and entertain. 'Cause not a lot of people do that from Europe... [We like] to give a bit of energy." [RealVideo]

Stereophonics will release a new single, "Roll Up And Shine," to radio on February 21, while the Charlatans U.K. have already issued their new single, "My Beautiful Friend."

Dates for the upcoming Stereophonics/Charlatans U.K. tour:

  • 3/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
  • 3/28 - San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater
  • 3/30 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
  • 3/31 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
  • 4/3 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
  • 4/4 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic
  • 4/5 - Toronto, ON @ The Warehouse
  • 4/7 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
  • 4/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
  • 4/9 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
  • 4/10 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

  • 4/12 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live