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Live! Daily, National
Apr 24th, 1998



H.O.R.D.E Festival organizers officially announced dates for the 1998 edition of the trek, now in its seventh year, on Wednesday. The Smashing Pumpkins will appear on five of the announced dates as they roll out their own support tour in support of Adore, their upcoming Virgin Records release.

While tour founders Blues Traveler are committed to the festival through Labor Day, it's noteworthy that most tour participants, including Paula Cole, the Smashing Pumpkins and Fastball, will appear only on small batches of dates. In many ways, that booking philosophy has made tours like H.O.R.D.E and the Lilith Fair attractive to artists, who often rely on the summer tour season to design their own tour itinerary for their particular audience. Cole, for example, will play dates on both tours this summer in addition to her current theatre and club dates. This flexibility factor has spelled trouble for the ailing Lollapalooza tour, which has traditionally asked artists to commit to much longer stretches of dates.

In addition to Blues Traveler, the mainstays of the announced dates will be Ben Harper, Barenaked Ladies and Alana Davis. Smashing Pumpkins will play the July 9th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd dates. Paula Cole will play from July 24th through August 12th, and Fastball will join from August 14th through September 5th. The fifteen acts named for the second stage will vary almost from show to show, and will be listed for each date at the H.O.R.D.E Festival web site.

Tickets for six dates (Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Mansfield and Buffalo) go on sale this weekend. Details will be listed in Live! Daily on Friday's Weekend Report.

July
9 - Somerset, WI - River's Edge
10 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley
11 - Tinley Park, IL - The World
12 - Maryland Heights, MO - Riverport Amphitheatre
14 - Bonner Springs, KS - Sandstone Amphitheatre
15 - Oklahoma City, OK - All Sports Stadium
17 - Noblesville, IN - Deer Creek
18 - Clarkston, MI - Pine Knob
19 - Clarkston, MI - Pine Knob
21 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Theatre
22 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Amphitheatre
24 - Columbus, OH - Polaris Amphitheatre
25 - Burgettstown, PA - Star Lake
26 - Canandaigua, NY - Finger Lakes
28 - Toronto, ONT - Molson Park
30 - Mansfield, MA - Great Woods
31 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
August
1 - TBA
2 - Saratoga Springs, NY - SPAC
4 - Hartford, CT - The Meadows
5 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheatre
7 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lakes
8 - Camden, NJ - Blockbuster E Center
9 - TBA
11 - Virginia Beach, VA - GTE Amphitheatre
12 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek
14 - Antioch, TN - Starwood Amphitheatre
15 - Charlotte, NC - Blockbuster Pavilion
16 - Atlanta, GA - GA Int'l Horse Park
18 - TBA
19 - Live Oak, FL - Suwanee Park
20 - Birmingham, AL - Oak Mounatin
22 - Austin, TX - South Park Meadows
23 - Dallas, TX - Starplex
25 - Phoenix, AZ - Desert Sky
27 - Irvine, CA - Irvine Meadows
28 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
29 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
30 - TBA
September
1 - TBA
3 - Boise, ID - Idaho Center Amphitheatre
4 - George, WA - The Gorge
5 - Portland, OR - Portland Meadows