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04-22-2002Spring Tour officially kicks off; Red Rocks and other dates confirmed; John Popper sits in with moe. twice

After a sporadic beginning to the year with a pair of dates in Tahoe and the already-famous Stubb's gig, spring tour officially kicked off with a pair of high-energy shows at Foxwoods Casino and Clarkson University. Both featured new tunes originally debuted last month in Austin, while the Foxwoods gig boasted a 20+-minute Go Outside & Drive. After a week's trip through the Balkans in support of our troops on a USO tour, the band will return once more to New Orleans for the musical mecca that is Jazzfest.
After Jazzfest, it appears the group will have but a two-week break before hitting the road again. Quite a few headlining gigs will be interspersed among the typical festival shows that the summer tends to hold for the concertgoing fan; among these are two shows in southern Massachusetts, one in New Hampshire, and a return to the Snow King Center in Jackson Hole, WY for the first gig there in nearly eight years. After the Wyoming appearance, the band will reinitiate an old tradition of not one, but TWO full shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater. While no opener has been announced for the 3rd, old friend G-Love and Special Sauce is listed on Red Rocks' web site for the 4th. After what will surely be (at least) two special gigs in Colorado, the band looks to be staying on the road until at least mid-August, bouncing around the upper midwest from Illinois to Ontario to South Dakota and Wisconsin.

In the meantime, John Popper still manages to cram in even more music whenthe band is not playing out. In the few days between Clarkson and the USO tour, he sat in for the entire second set of two consecutive moe. shows at the Electric Factory. Reviews were all positive and some went so far as to say they were the "best segues of the year". These two shows were taped and should be circulated soon. Definitely worth watching out for!