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06-06-2006Summer tour nearly finalized; Fall tour to be in theaters?; Promotional video for John Popper Project surfaces on YouTube with new album details

The summer tour appears to be very nearly set, according to the most recent "Gina sez..." email from the home office. The message, which was released yesterday, fills in the last few gaps of a tour that began in earnest in late April and will run through mid-August. The only break appears to be a week's interruption between a June 25th stop in Ashburn, VA, and the band's 13th appearance in 14 years at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to celebrate the 4th of July. In addition to the festivals mentioned in last week's message, notable stops include the band's first show in Tulsa in close to eight years, a recent home-state addition on June 20th at Asbury Park's Stone Pony, a July 20th gig opening for legendary rocker George Thorogood, and a two-night stand in Vicksburg, MS on July 28th and 29th.

Meanwhile, some tour dates have been booked for what appears to be a fall tour, stretching from early October into mid-November. While more dates are sure to be released in the weeks to come, signs and sources point to a long-awaited theater tour, the likes of which the band has not done in quite some time. The band will be visiting seated venues like Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, NY; the Community Theatre in Morristown, NJ; the Tilles Center in Greenvale, NY; and the Cerritos Center in Cerritos, CA. Ticket prices look to be a bit higher for the nicer surroundings, but if the experience is anything like the Ridgefield Playhouse date in July of 2005, fans are in for a treat. More fall tour dates will be added as they become available.

But in the meantime, the band will be playing for relatively inexpensive prices this summer - it is not uncommon to see tickets costing in the area of $20 and even lower. And for those who shell out for Bonnaroo tickets, the band will be closing out "This Stage" with a 90-minute set before everyone flocks to see Radiohead that Saturday night. But fans who show up early enough that day can also catch the band at the Sonic Stage, playing an acoustic set for XM Satellite Radio.

Finally, thanks to a source at Relix, a promotional video has surfaced on YouTube with some interviews and music clips from the upcoming album from John Popper, DJ Logic, Tad Kinchla and Marcus Bleecker. Rechristened "The John Popper Projic featuring DJ Logic", the group will be releasing the still-untitled album this summer, produced by Craig Street. A list of "featured tracks" at the end of the video reveals five song titles from the upcoming release: "All Good Children", "Lapdance", "Fire In Her Kiss", "Everything", and "Took". For a full playing of "Everything", visit the band's MySpace page; several full shows can be found on archive.org as well.