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11-16-2005New Year's Eve 2005 announced!; Fall tour summary and highlights; John to tour Europe again with Operation Seasons Greetings; Band plans for 2006

New Year's Eve is back! For the first time in seven years, the band will be playing a New Year's Eve celebration. The countdown to Blues Traveler's 2006 will take place in Tempe, Arizona as part of the Fiesta Bowl Block Party. The Block Party itself is an eight-block extravaganza in downtown Tempe, and is a rain or shine event preceding the Fiesta Bowl, to be played the following day. TIckets are only $15 at your local Fry's Food Store, starting December 1st, or $20 plus service charges online. The band will take the stage following a 10pm fireworks show and play straight through the midnight countdown and beyond.

In the meantime, the fall tour is winding to a close. The final shows of a nearly five-month tour - beginning in Texas back in late June and running through November 19th, but for a 10-day window in August - will be played this weekend in the midwest. Supporting act Carbon Leaf has been getting in on Blues Traveler's set with great regularity - guitarist Carter Gravatt has sat in on several tunes over the past month, and at Monday's show, the entire band joined Blues Traveler for a ten-man jam on "Fool In The Rain". Coincidentally, "Fool In The Rain" also served as the last full-band jam, when Big Head Todd & The Monsters segued their set into Blues Traveler's last July in New Hampshire.

John will be keeping himself busy between the end of the fall tour and the New Year's Eve show, however - a recent press release from the United States Air Forces in Europe reveals a weeklong jaunt to Europe around Thanksgiving. John will once again be traveling to Ramstein, Germany; Incirlik, Turkey; Spangdahlem, Germany and Keflavik, Iceland, to bring some seasonal cheer to members of the USAFE. Instead of performing as the main act, John will be playing with country band Trick Pony, as well as sitting in with the USAFE and Air Force Reserve Bands. Also accompanying the traveling show will be the New England Patriots Cheerleaders to entertain between acts.

And then, finally, the band can rest. According to John and Chan's recent interview on HDNet's Sound Off with Matt Pinfield, they will be taking the winter off, hitting the road again in the spring, summer, and fall. After that, it's likely back to the studio for yet another record, but time will tell.