Confirmed dates for the third Virgin College Mega Tour are beginning to trickle in. Headlined by Yellowcard, the Dentyne Soft Chew-sponsored outing will also feature sets by Mae and Reeve Oliver.

Confirmed dates for the third Virgin College Mega Tour are beginning to trickle in. Headlined by Yellowcard, the Dentyne Soft Chew-sponsored outing will also feature sets by Mae and Reeve Oliver.

A half-dozen of the tour's planned 20 dates are set: the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (April 7), Pennsylvania's Lycoming College (April 8), Colorado State University (April 22), the University of Massachusetts (April 28), Maryland's Towson University (April 29) and Ohio State University (May 6) will all host shows. When complete, the full itinerary will be posted on the tour's Web site.

Local artists will be seen on the Emerging Artist stage within the tour's interactive village. Other activities there will include karaoke, Major League Baseball's "Access to the Show" and product demos including vehicles from Pontiac, sponsor of the tour's free Virgin Recommends sampler.

Yellowcard, who last week released its latest Capitol album, "Lights and Sounds," has been out on a small club tour, with Mae supporting. Friday's (Jan. 27) show in Boston was canceled because vocalist/guitarist Ryan Key is still suffering from potentially damaging throat problems that forced the band to cancel U.K. dates in December.

"I have to see a doctor about the nodule on my vocal chord," Key wrote in a message board post last week on the band's official Web site. "Something is still wrong and it needs to be fixed now. We are all more apologetic than you could possibly know [about the cancellation], we just want to have a great year touring on this new record and pretending like everything is all better isn't going to help."

Key says tickets for the Boston show will be refunded and the band plans to "be back to play in Boston as soon as we possibly can." The tour progressed to Philadelphia and Rochester, N.Y., over the weekend and is slated to continue Wednesday (Feb. 1) in Chicago. It will close Feb. 11 in Las Vegas, although planned shows Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., and Sunday in Phoenix, Ariz., were removed from the itinerary prior to the cancellation of the Boston gig.

Prior to the Virgin College Mega Tour, Yellowcard will tour Europe (Feb. 22-March 13), Australia (March 18-23) and Japan (March 26-29).