Bright Eyes Plotting Two Distinct Tours

In addition to launching two albums on Jan. 25, Saddle Creek act Bright Eyes will stage two distinct U.S. tours in support of the releases.

In addition to launching two albums on Jan. 25, Saddle Creek act Bright Eyes will stage two distinct U.S. tours in support of the releases. Each outing will promote one specific album, with the second leg featuring Saddle Creek labelmates the Faint. Dates are still being confirmed for the tours.

The first outing will launch early next year, and support the album "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning," according to a label spokesperson. The "Wide Awake" tour will more closely resemble Bright Eyes outings of the past, with a core band in an intimate setting.

Come spring, Saddle Creek is planning a second trek to promote "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn." For the tour, which is expected to launch in May, Bright Eyes leader Conor Oberst will enlist lablemates the Faint as his backing band. "Digital Ash" is the more atypical Bright Eyes album, apparently containing some electronic experimentation.

As previously reported, the 10-track "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" is described by the label as a "country-tinged melange" that sports guest appearances by Emmylou Harris on three tracks and My Morning Jacket's Jim James on one other. "Digital Ash" boasts five tracks with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner.

Additional guest appearances spread across the two sets include the Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello, producer Mike Mogis and members of current and former Saddle Creek bands Rilo Kiley, Cursive, Now It's Overhead and the Faint, among others.

Bright Eyes recently overtook the top two slots on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart with the new tracks "Lua" and "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)." That feat had not been accomplished since 1997, when Puff Daddy was No. 1 with "I'll Be Missing You" featuring Faith Evans and featured with Mase on Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems" at No. 2.