BRMC 'Takes On' North America
Rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has set a month-long North American tour in support of its...Rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has set a month-long North American tour in support of its upcoming Virgin album "Take Them On, On Your Own," due Sept. 2 from Virgin. The trek begins Sept. 3 in Sacramento, Calif., and wraps Oct. 6 in Seattle. As previously reported, BRMC will then travel to Australia for the three-date Livid tour.
Beforehand, the group will step in for the White Stripes at the U.K.'s annual Reading/Leeds festival on Aug. 23-24. As previously reported, White Stripes guitarist/vocalist Jack White broke a finger in a recent car accident, forcing the postponement of several live dates.
BRMC guitarist Peter Hayes tells Billboard.com the setlist is partially dictated by the alternate tunings in which many of the group's songs are written. "On this album, I wound up using the same guitar in three different tunings," he says. "So, placing things sometimes doesn't work during shows and it gets complicated. I try to at least play a couple of songs in a row with the same guitar."
The band's hard-touring ways are documented in a video for first single "Stop," shot by friend Charles Mehling. "What we wanted to do was drive across country and just document in three minutes getting in a car and going straight through," Hayes says. "All it is us in a car, but he's thrown in some other weird things to make it more interesting."
"Stop" is picking up steam at U.S. radio outlets and is getting regular airplay at KFSD San Diego, WWCD Columbus, Ohio, and KHRO El Paso, Texas.
Here are BRMC's tour dates:
Aug. 23: Reading, England (Reading Festival)
Aug. 24: Leeds, England (Leeds Festival)
Sept. 3: Sacramento, Calif. (Harlow's)
Sept. 4: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Sept. 5: San Diego (Casbah)
Sept. 6: Los Angeles (Henry Fonda Theatre)
Sept. 8: Tempe, Ariz. (Nita's Hideaway)
Sept. 10: Austin, Texas (Emo's)
Sept. 12: Dallas (Trees)
Sept. 13: Houston (Engine Room)
Sept. 14: New Orleans (House of Blues)
Sept. 17: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
Sept. 18: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Sept. 19: Philadelphia (TLA)
Sept. 20: Boston (Axis)
Sept. 23: New York (Irving Plaza)
Sept. 25: Toronto (Guvernment)
Sept. 26: Detroit (Majestic Theatre)
Sept. 27: Chicago (Metro)
Sept. 28: Louisville, Ky. (Headliner's)
Sept. 29: St. Louis (Mississippi Nights)
Oct. 1: Lawrence, Kan. (Bottleneck)
Oct. 2: Denver (Gothic Theatre)
Oct. 3: Salt Lake City (DV8)
Oct. 5: Vancouver (Richard's on Richards)
Oct. 6: Seattle (Showbox)
Oct. 11: Sydney (Moore Park, Livid Festival)
Oct. 12: Melbourne (Melbourne Park, Livid Festival)
Oct. 18: Brisbane, Australia (RNA Showgrounds, Livid Festival)