Daft Punk Postpone ‘Alive’ Release; Foo Fighters Add North American Tour Dates
Plus news on Pete Doherty and St. Vincent.
Daft Punk fans who braved the turkey-stuffed crowds on Black Friday (Nov. 23) in order to snatch up hard copies of the electro duo’s previously detailed live offering, Daft Punk Alive 2007,may have run into a slight problem the new set was no where to befound. The album, which is available now via iTunes and originallyscheduled to drop as a hard copy Nov. 20, will now arrive Dec. 4. Countthe days; only one week from tomorrow until you can cognitively jointhe 18,000 fans dancing to Parisians Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s beats during their first hometown show in 10 years.
Foo Fighters Add North American Tour Dates
In continual support of sixth LP Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace, Foo Fighters — cover subjects of Spin’s November issue — have added a string of dates to the band’s previously announced North American tour.The fresh spattering of gigs, though chiefly north-of-the-border, willroll through stateside cities like Rosemont, IL and Minneapolis beforestrapping on the snow shoes and heading into Toronto, Edmonton, andVancouver. But don’t fret U.S.-based fans, Dave Grohl and crew’s nextgig is slated to hit London in June, leaving roughly three months toadd more Red, White, and Blue tour stops.
Foo Fighters tour dates:
2/25, Rosemont, IL (Allstate Arena)
2/27, Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
3/19, Ottawa, ON (Scotiabank Place)
3/20, London, ON (The John Labatt Centre)
3/22, Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
3/25, Winnipeg, MN (MTS Centre)
3/27, Saskatoon, SK (Credit Union Centre)
3/28, Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
3/30, Vancouver, BC (P.N.E. Pacific Coliseum)
6/6, London, UK (Wembley Stadium)
6/7, London, UK (Wembley Stadium)
Pete Doherty Preps Solo Debut
On the heels of releasing Shotter’s Nation, Babyshambles’ sophomore set, drug-addled frontman Pete Dohertyhas pushed forward on his much-mooted solo debut, completing threesongs of the album’s tentative 12 tracks alongside producer Jake Foir.”We’re recording it piecemeal between two studios in London. We go infor two or three hours at a time, usually at about two in the morning,and get stuff down,” Foir told NME.com.”It sounds slower and more intimate [than Babyshambles]. Pete’s writingis more universal, rather than about personal experiences.”
Featuringan eclectic pool of collaborators, including his Babyshambles bandmateson the track “Cuckoo,” plus members of the band the Thirst andLondon-based rapper Klashnekoff, the forthcoming opus will tentativelydrop courtesy of Parlophone, also home to Babyshambles. But currently,Foir states, the label giant is upset with Doherty’s solo recordingefforts, which are currently outside of contract. Maybe Doherty will “do a Radiohead,” too.
St. Vincent Taps Foreign Born for 2008 Dates
Brooklyn-based songbird Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, will return to the open roads of American in 2008 following a lengthy European jaunt in support of her solo debut, Marry Me.St. Vincent, a past member of the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens’touring band, will, following the holiday season, hit cities like SanFrancisco, Chicago, Washington, DC, and New York with openers and CMJ rockers Foreign Born.
St. Vincent tour dates:
2/17, San Francisco, CA (Great American Music Hall) *
2/18, Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge *
2/23, Chicago, IL (Schubas/two shows) *
2/24, Columbus, OH (Wexner Center/Ohio State University) *
2/26, Washington, DC (The Rock and Roll Hotel) *
2/29, New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom) *
(* w/ Foreign Born)