The Red Hot Chili Peppers have begun lining up a North American summer tour, due to launch in May. While many venues have yet to be confirmed, and dates will be added in coming weeks, Snoop Dogg and t

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have begun lining up a North American summer tour, due to launch in May. While many venues have yet to be confirmed, and dates will be added in coming weeks, Snoop Dogg and the Mars Volta are confirmed as openers, according to representatives for each act. According to reports, Queens Of The Stone Age will also play at least some of the shows; a spokesperson for the group was unavailable at deadline.

On-sale information and special fan club ticket offers can be accessed from the Chili Peppers' official Web site.

As previously reported, the Chili Peppers are also planning a March European tour with the Mars Volta. Additionally, Chili Peppers bassist Flea is lending his skills to the debut album from the group, which features former At The Drive-In members Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez. Originally slated for an April release, the Mars Volta's debut is now due in June via Universal, according to a spokesperson.

Later in the summer, the Chili Peppers will headline the U.K.'s V2003 Festival (Aug. 16-17) and multi-act events in Berlin (Aug. 19) and Duisburg, Germany (Aug. 21). All the activity comes in support of the Chili Peppers' latest Warner Bros. set, "By the Way," which debuted last summer at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.37 million units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The title track spent 14 weeks atop Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Snoop Dogg, touring in support of his recent Capitol/Priority album "Paid Tha Cost to be Da Bo$$," will join the tour sometime in June. Snoop Dogg and the Red Hot Chili Peppers first performed together in 1999 at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The rapper joined the group on stage for a rendition of Chili Peppers' hit single "Scar Tissue."

Here are the Red Hot Chili Peppers' tour dates:

May 1: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
May 2: Madison, Wis. (Alliant Energy Center)
May 4: Omaha, Neb. (TBA)
May 5: Kansas City, Mo. (TBA)
May 7: St. Louis (TBA)
May 9: Moline, Ill. (Mark of the Quad Cities)
May 10: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
May 12: Ottawa (TBA)
May 15: Montreal (TBA)
May 17: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)
May 19: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
June 2: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Coral Sky Amphitheater)
June 5: Raleigh, N.C. (TBA)
June 6: Charlotte, N.C. (TBA)
June 8: Atlanta (TBA)
June 11: New Orleans (TBA)
June 12: Bossier City, La. (Bossier City)
June 13: Selma, Texas (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
June 14: The Woodlands, Texas (C.W. Mitchell Pavilion)
June 16: Dallas (TBA)
June 18: Oklahoma City (The Ford Center)
June 20: Denver (TBA)
June 21: Salt Lake City (TBA)

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