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03-15-2004Spring tour rolling on and taking shape; Summer plans; BT on HDnet

A week into the spring tour, and the rust and dust are starting to come off! After a string of California dates to begin the band's spring travels (featuring the return of old-school segues like Dropping Some NYC>Crash Burn>Dropping Some NYC in Ventura, and guest vocals on "The Joker" by California opener Beth Hart), the band is heading eastward and homeward. Among the tour's surprises so far are a return of "12 Swords" and "Psycho Joe", the latter of which was the band's first playing of the tune with the new lineup (last play: November 15th, 1998).

The spring tour actually continues to round into shape even as the band is on the road; a show was recently confirmed for later this week in Lafayette, LA on March 20th at the Grant Street Dance Hall. Tickets are on sale now and cost $25. An additional show is slated for April 16th at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on Friday. Rumors of a show being added between the Danbury date on March 28th and the South Dakota date on April 1st have also proved true, as a third show was confirmed today at the Canopy Club in Urbana, IL. Another rumor has John Popper showing up at the New Orleans Jazzfest, possibly as part of the John Popper Project. No information is posted yet on the Jazzfest web site; more info will be posted when available.

Summer plans have yet to be formally announced but the band did confirm a return to Red Rocks on July 4th. According to Clear Channel's announcement and Red Rocks' web site, the openers will be southern blues-rockers North Mississippi All-Stars. Other shows leaking out through Pollstar and other sources include a July 21st gig at the Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA; July 23rd in Stillwater, MN and July 24th in Goddard, KS. Sources have indicated that the band will be back on the road as soon as June; more complete dates should follow over the next couple of months.

The band was also recently featured on the high-definition channel HDNet; the program featured footage from the 2003 Red Rocks concert - readers may recall from an earlier story that a camera crew was there to film for this show as well as the DVD. While it is not known if the show contains footage not included on the DVD, the show is sure to air again; stay tuned to HD.net's web site and this one for details.