Westerberg Readies West Coast Tour

Paul Westerberg has confirmed his first tour dates in support of his latest Vagrant album, "Folker."

Paul Westerberg has confirmed his first tour dates in support of his latest Vagrant album, "Folker." So far, eight West Coast shows are on tap, beginning Feb. 17 in Vancouver and wrapping Feb. 26 in Anaheim, Calif. According to his official Web site, the artist will be backed by His Only Friends, also known as the Painkillers.

The former Replacements frontman has played a handful of shows in his Minneapolis hometown since the September release of "Folker," including three last month at the Pantages and an October appearance at a benefit for Soul Asylum's Karl Mueller, who is battling cancer.

Westerberg told Billboard.com this fall that being home with his six-year-old son has taken precedence over extended time on the road. "It's slowed down my traveling and it's made touring or the question of touring more difficult, because he doesn't like it when I leave and it makes it tough for me," he explained.

"I've gotta find a new word for 'tour,' he added. "Will I tour? I don't know. Will I appear? Yes. I will be appearing places. Whether its television or big shows or little shows, I don't quite know yet."

Here are Paul Westerberg and His Only Friends' tour dates:

Feb. 17: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
Feb. 18: Seattle (Showbox)
Feb. 19: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theatre)
Feb. 21: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
Feb. 22-23: Los Angeles (Henry Fonda Theatre)
Feb. 25: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
Feb. 26: Anaheim (House of Blues)