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
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.