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Jack White Announces New Tour Dates, Gives Alabama Shakes Seal of Approval

With a terrific SXSW show in his rear-view mirror, Jack White has announced additional tour dates in North America via his website. And his guests on some of those dates come straight from the SXSW buzz bin: He’s invited Alabama Shakes, arguably the hottest rock band to have ridden the hype waves out of Austin, to join him. Though there are officially eight dates that feature both Jack and the Shakes (per Paste), two of those are festival dates — Gulf Shores’ Hangout Fest and George, Washington’s Sasquatch! Fest &#8212. Here’s hoping the six Jack White-headlining, Shakes-opening dates, which span about a week in May, impress the guitarist-turned-label-head enough to invite them to Europe with him. If not, they always have their own exhaustive album promo tour to worry about.

In case you haven’t been keeping up on what Mister White has been up to in the past few months to build buzz for solo disc Blunderbuss, we can remind you quickly: He’s released a first single, a B-side to that single, and a second single, and has made a boys-versus-girls appearance on SNL. The full record drops April 24 via Third Man/Columbia; as his camp has announced, however, American fans can pre-order the record on iTunes starting tonight at 12:01 a.m. ET (European fans can already put their money down). Tickets for his tour will go on sale this Wednesday, March 21 at 9 a.m. local time for those signed up for Jack White’s mailing list, and at 1 p.m. local time for the rest of us.

Jack White 2012 Tour Dates
May 15 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium*
May 16 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium*
May 18 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Fest*
May 19 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel*
May 21 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom*
May 22 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom*
May 24 – Detroit, MI @ Scottish Rite Theater*
May 26 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival*
May 27 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 28 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Silva Concert Hall)
May 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
June 22 – London, England @ Hammersmith Apollo
June 23-24 – London, England @ Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend
June 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Heineken Music Hall
June 26 – Berlin, Germany @ Tempodrom
June 27 – Cologne, Germany @ E-Werk
June 29 – Werchter, Belgium 2 Rock Werchter
July 01 – Belfort, France @ Les Eurockeennes
July 02 – Paris, France 2 L’Olympia
July 05 – Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
July 27-29 – Niigata, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
* – with support from Alabama Shakes