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05-01-2001Spring tour starts in earnest; Acoustic sets make their return; Red Rocks tickets on sale this Friday; West coast dates and venues finalized

In the first of three Boston-area shows this spring, the band ended their brief show at MIT's Johnson Athletic Center with the second-ever playing of Pretty Angry, dedicated to the young victims of a bus crash in Canada, who hailed from a local school. After a meet-and-greet with fans at Boston's Hatch Shell on Saturday, bassist Tad Kinchla let on that the band was going to try to resurrect the fan favorite acoustic set, last showcased on the fall 1997 tour. And lo and behold, for their encore on Saturday night in Hartford, the members cozied up on the front lip of the stage and gave a three-song acoustic session, including a new cover - Alabama 3's "Woke Up This Morning", better known as the theme song from "The Sopranos". The practice continued the following night at Washington DC's 9:30 Club and should be a mainstay of their sets for the remainder of the tour.

On the other end of the tour schedule, KBCO-FM out of Boulder, Colorado, announced yesterday that tickets for the July 4th show at Red Rocks would be going on sale this Friday, May 4th. No opener has been announced but a rumor is floating around that local favorites Leftover Salmon may return to the post they occupied in 1997. Indications are also good that the band will be playing somewhere in the area on the 5th as well, though no plans have been finalized as of yet. Based on last year's experience at the Fox Theatre, however, it would seem to behoove travelers to stick around for an extra day, as the band will make every effort to make the trip worthwhile.

After several weeks of shuffling, it appears that the dates and venues have finally been nailed down for the last three shows of the tour. While the Seattle show remains at the Moore Theatre on May 29th, the Vancouver show has moved from the Vogue Theatre to the Commodore Ballroom, where the band last played in the fall of 1995. The tour-ending show will take place at Portland's Crystal Ballroom rather than the Roseland Theatre. Tickets for the two US shows are on sale through TicketMaster, while Commodore Ballroom tickets can be obtained through the House Of Blues web site at hob.com. One additional post-Red Rocks tour was recently uncovered - the band will now be stopping in Minneapolis on July 7th to play the Basilica Block Party. A special thanks goes out to fellow traveler, Amy Sutrick, for finding this one for us! More information on the show can be found at www.basilicablockparty.org; tickets go on sale on May 28th.