'Flock' Of Ages

Dublin rock troupe Bell X1 will celebrate the American release of the top-selling Irish album "Flock" with its first extensive North American tour, which begins March 12 in Toronto.

Dublin rock troupe Bell X1 will celebrate the American release of the top-selling Irish album "Flock" with its first extensive North American tour, which begins March 12 in Toronto.

The tour comes on the heels of Bell X1's first U.S. album release this week via Yep Roc. "Flock," the band's third full-length, was released in Ireland in 2006 has since gone five-times platinum there.

"We've reached a tipping point with America," frontman Paul Noonan says. "We live in an online era where music is devalued, so doing shows and making the live experience more special is the place for us to win over new crowds."

A strong live show has fueled the band back home. In Ireland, Bell X1 is behind only U2 when it comes to audience draw. (The gap, though is substantial. U2's last gig in Ireland was in 2005 at the 82,000-capacity Croke Park; Bell X1's biggest was at the 10,000-capacity Malahide Castle.)