Billboard Bits: Weezer, Dar Williams, Sarah Harmer
News on Weezer, Dar Williams, Sarah HarmerAlthough a spokesperson could not confirm any dates, sources tell Billboard.com that Weezer will kick off a long-awaited North American headlining tour Sept. 6, with fellow Interscope labelmates Cold supporting through Sept. 29. Weezer's lone confirmed date for the time being is an Aug. 25 appearance at the KROQ Inland Invasion Concert in Devore, Calif. Cold, Offspring, Incubus, Social Distortion, and Pennywise will also be on the bill.
Weezer will be out in support of its self-titled third Interscope/Geffen set, which debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 in May and has sold 822,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. Cold will be out behind the album "13 Ways to Bleed On Stage," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart in May.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Razor & Tie will on Sept. 25 release "Out There Live," the first concert album by acclaimed singer/songwriter Dar Williams. Recorded during the artist's fall 2000 U.S. tour, the 16-track set features songs from Williams' four studio albums, as well as a spirited duet version of the Kinks' "Better Things" with tour bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.
"I always thought about doing a live album after four albums because I thought that I would have enough material then. I thought I would earn it after four," Williams says of the project. "Then I kind of forgot about it and when I was out with the band [in support of last year's "The Green World" album] I called my manager and said, 'We've really got to tape this band. We're never going to get this lucky again with such an amazing band.'" That band featured Dorsey (a veteran of David Bowie's touring band) on bass, as well as guitarist Steuart Smith (Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill), keyboardist Jeff Kazee (Southside Johnny), and drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker).
Williams will take to the road next month in support of "Out Here Live," kicking off a 17-date tour Sept. 28 at Monmouth University in Long Branch, N.J. The run will close Oct. 20 with a performance at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Following a short rest after wrapping up her current support slot on the ongoing Barenaked Ladies summer tour, singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer will hit the road for a handful of September headlining club dates. Harmer, who is touring in support of her Zoe/Rounder album "You Were Here," wraps up the BNL tour Aug. 28 in Winnipeg, and will kick off the club run Sept. 19 in London, Ontario. Further North American dates are expected, as is the announcement of a two-week European tour.
The first four dates of the trek will also feature Sarah Slean, who last month released her self-titled Atlantic debut EP.
Here are Sarah Harmer's upcoming headlining tour dates:
Sept. 19: London, Ontario (Centennial Hall; w/ Sarah Slean)
Sept. 20: St. Catherines, Ontario (Sean O'Sullivan Theatre; w/ Slean)
Sept. 21: Montreal (Le Spectrum; w/Slean)
Sept. 22: Rochester, N.Y. (Water Street Music Hall; w/ Slean)
Sept. 24-25: Philadelphia (North Star Bar)
Sept. 26: Boston (Paradise Rock Club)
Sept. 27: New York (Village Underground)
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.