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05-03-2001A&M Interscope confirms May 8th schedule; More spotlight deals for Blues Traveler; Second Ford Amphitheater show cancelled

A press release from A&M Interscope today solidified the band's plans for the record release day May 8th, confirming several rumors that had been swirling around for some time. The text of the press release follows:

NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 8 Blues Traveler will release Bridge, their fifth studio album, on A&M Records. Bridge is the band's most emotionally complex album to date with punchy deliveries and tight arrangements complementing their familiar, jam-happy feel. With the addition of keyboardist Ben Wilson and new bassist Tad Kinchla to the Blues Traveler line-up (lead vocalist John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla and drummer Brendan Hill), Bridge's 12 tracks include "Girl Inside My Head," the first single and video.

"As we only have one day to release a record we thought the best place to release it would be back in our old home of New York. And being that we only have one day in New York, we wanted to see as much of the city as we could," jokes Blues Traveler's Chan. And see the city they will.

The morning of Bridge's release John Popper will guest on the "Howard Stern Show." That afternoon the band will tape an episode of the "Late Show with David Letterman" which will air later that evening. Immediately afterwards Blues Traveler will head straight to the VH1 studios for an interview and acoustic performance for VH1. That night Blues Traveler will play a special show at the Supper Club in New York City. And as if that wasn't enough, the Blues Traveler boys will head over to CBGB's for a 1:00am jam, proving there is no rest for a band ready to show the world their never-ending spirit.

As part of the upcoming push for promotion of the new release, House Of Blues has made Blues Traveler their band of the month. Visit the House of Blues web site for downloadable desktop wallpaper, audio postcards, a review of Bridge and a profile of the band. In two weeks, HOB.com will also be running a 24-hour webcast of the April 14th gig played at the NorVa; the webcast will repeat later on the 30th. Possibilities are good for more upcoming webcasts as well, since HOB.com is also affiliated with Los Angeles' John Anson Ford Amphitheater, San Diego's 4th and B, and Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom.

In related news, the May 20th show at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater has been cancelled, according to the concert's listing on ticketmaster.com. Refunds are available at point of purchase; no reason for the cancellation was given.