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Bloc Party, Panic! At The Disco Make Unlikely Touring Team
In an unlikely pairing, U.K. rock act Bloc Party and platinum-selling pop/rock combo Panic! At The Disco will tour together in North America this fall.In an unlikely pairing, U.K. rock act Bloc Party and platinum-selling pop/rock combo Panic! At The Disco will tour together in North America this fall. The month-long outing will begin Nov. 7 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and play theaters and mid-sized arenas through Dec. 9 in San Diego.
"We hope that our audience and their audience can each discover a great new band," Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke says by way of explaining the co-billing.
Bloc Party has spent the past few months bearing down on its sophomore album, due in early 2007 via Vice/Atlantic. "One thing that we've learnt from touring over the last two years is that there are other ways to be powerful whilst making music, rather than being completely full on, 100 miles per hour," Okereke told Billboard.com in April. "This next record is hopefully going to be a lot more intricate and layered. We learnt so much about the power of arrangements. I know it sound cheesy, but I guess it is going to be a more grown up Bloc Party."
Two new songs have already been played live: "Waiting for the 7:18," which Okereke wrote after watching his post-college friends lose more and more of their lives to work, and "Hunting for Witches," which was influenced by last summer's terrorists attacks on London's transportation system.
As for Panic! At The Disco, the band has ascended to mainstream visibility in the past year thanks to its debut album, "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out," and the top 10 Hot 100 single "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."
"The past six months have been just so much crazy and amazing for our band," drummer Spencer Smith recently told Billboard.com. "It's been moving so fast that we've been trying to keep a hold of the situation and really just keep our feet on the ground."
Here are Bloc Party/Panic! At The Disco's tour dates:
Nov. 7: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Bank Atlantic Center)
Nov. 8: Orlando, Fla. (UCF Arena)
Nov. 9: Atlanta (Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre)
Nov. 10: Charlotte, N.C. (Cricket Arena)
Nov. 11: Fairfax, Va. (Patriot Center)
Nov. 13-14: New York (Theatre at Madison Square Garden)
Nov. 16: Toronto (Ricoh Coliseum)
Nov. 17: Rochester, N.Y. (Gordon Field House)
Nov. 18: Lowell, Mass. (Tsongas Arena)
Nov. 19: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Nov. 21: Auburn Hills, Mich. (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
Nov. 22: Chicago (UIC Pavilion)
Nov. 24: Minneapolis (U.S. Bank Theatre)
Nov. 25: St. Charles, Mo. (Family Arena)
Nov. 26: Council Bluffs, Iowa (Mid America Center)
Nov. 28: Denver (Magness Arena)
Nov. 29: Salt Lake City, Utah (E Center)
Dec. 1: Portland, Ore. (Memorial Coliseum)
Dec. 2: Vancouver (Pacific Coliseum)
Dec. 3: Seattle (Everett Events Center)
Dec. 5: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion)
Dec. 6: Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Arena)
Dec. 7: Glendale, Ariz. (Glendale Arena)
Dec. 8: Las Vegas (Orleans Theatre)
Dec. 9: San Diego (ipayOne Center)