Going back to the clubs to launch his band's sophomore album in August is neither foreign nor unwelcome for Chris Daughtry.
Before he became a finalist on "American Idol," Daughtry tells Billboard.com, "we played the clubs all the time, just like so many other bands. All I ever wanted to do was be in a successful rock band and play shows, so we really feel at home in (the clubs)."
The Daughtry quintet starts a 13-date club (and theater) run on Aug. 2 at the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla., wrapping up Aug. 22 at Pure in Las Vegas. General public tickets for the jaunt go on sale July 11, with VIP packages available for pre-sale from July 8-10. Daughtry is also offering a free concert ticket to the first 50 fans in each market who pre-order the group's new album, "Leave This Town," at the DaughtryOfficial.com web site starting today (June 30).
"Leave This Town" was produced by Howard Benson, who also helmed 2006's five-times-platinum "Daughtry." Songwriting collaborators on the album include NIckelback's Chad Kroeger, and Evanescence founder Ben Moody, with a guest appearance by Vince Gill on the track "Tennessee Line." Exclusive versions of the album with bonus tracks will be available from iTunes, Target, Wal-Mart and on the Daughtry web site.
"You just want to make sure that people are aware of what you're doing now and...that you're putting out quality stuff and developing yourself as an artist and a songwriter and putting out great music," notes Daughtry, who hopes that a second album will further establish Daughtry as a band and not a solo act.
"We've tried to make sure that it's know that it's not just me," he says. "I've never been a solo artist. When the band doesn't get the credit that they deserve, it kinda bums me out a little bit. They're working just as hard as I am, if not more, up there. I think most people get it and others will...get it over time."
Daughtry's upcoming club tour dates are:
August 2: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
August 4: Boston (Showcase Live)
August 7: Columbus, Ohio (LC Pavilion)
August 9: Minneapolis (The Cabooze)
August 11: Nashville (Cannery Ballroom)
August 12: Memphis (Minglewood Hall)
August 14: Houston (Warehouse Live)
August 16: Denver (The Gothic Theatre)
August 18: Phoenix (Marquee Theatre)
August 19: Los Angeles (Henry Fonda Theatre)
August 20: San Francisco(The Fillmore)
August 22: Las Vegas (Pure)