Earlier this year, when the Raconteurs were preparing to release their debut album, Jack White attempted to silence those who doubted the validity of his new band by promising shows. Lots of them.
"A lot of people have this assumption that this is a side project or whatever, and the only way to solve that is to go out and play," White told MTV News back in April (see "Jack White: Don't Call The Raconteurs A Side Project"). "The only way to show you're a band is to be a band."
White proved to be a man of his word: Less than a month after that interview, the Racs announced their first-ever North American tour, a three-week run of shows that will see them hitting cities including Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland (see "Jack White Taking The Raconteurs Out For A Summer Spin").
But apparently there are still more naysayers to convince, because White and company have just confirmed a second leg of shows, scheduled to kick off on September 14 in Houston. The tour includes a stop in Austin, Texas, for the Austin City Limits Music Festival on September 16, and dates in Atlanta, New York and Boston. It wraps September 30 in Montreal.
The Raconteurs' album, Broken Boy Soldiers, debuted at #7 on the Billboard albums chart last month — not too shabby for a side project, or whatever you want to call it.
Raconteurs' tour dates, according to a spokesperson for the band:
- 9/14 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
- 9/15 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theater
- 9/16 - Austin, TX @ Zilker Park (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
- 9/19 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
- 9/20 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
- 9/22 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
- 9/24 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
- 9/26 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
- 9/28 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
- 9/29 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
- 9/30 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Check out "MTV News RAW: The Raconteuers" to find out how Jack White made magic by joining three friends in a sweltering attic.