North American Doors Open For Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand is planning a return to North America next month.

Franz Ferdinand is planning a return to North America next month. The Scottish rock act will cross the Atlantic to kick off a tour Sept. 9 in New York, with shows on its schedule through an Oct. 1 gig in Toronto. An opening act has not yet been named.

The band is in the midst of a handful of European dates that will take in such festivals as Germany's Monsters of Spex (Aug. 20) and England's Carling Festivals in Reading (Aug. 28) and Leeds (Aug. 29). A larger slate of European tour dates will follow the North American schedule through October and November, according to the band's official Web site.

The activity comes in support of the band's self-titled Domino/Epic debut album. Currently No. 39 on The Billboard 200, the set has risen as high as No. 32 on the tally, where it has spent 18 weeks. It has sold 350,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The band has a hit single in "Take Me Out," which is No. 5 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. It is also No. 10 on the Hot Digital Tracks chart, which reflects paid downloads, as well as No. 85 on the Hot 100 overall singles chart.

"Take Me Out" is up for a pair of MTV Video Music Awards: breakthrough video and the MTV2 Award, while the album is among the albums shortlisted for the United Kingdom's Mercury Music Prize.

Album cut "Michael" is scheduled for an Aug. 16 release as a U.K. single, with the non-album B-sides "Love and Destroy" and "Missing You."

Here are Franz Ferdinand's upcoming tour dates:

Aug. 6: Odemira, Portugal (Festival Sudoeste)
Aug. 8: Benicim, Spain (Heineken Festival)
Aug. 20: Cologne (Monsters of Spex Festival)
Aug. 21-22: Dronten, Holland (Lowlands Festival)
Aug. 24: Prague (Roxy)
Aug. 28: Reading, England (Carling Festival)
Aug. 29: Leeds, England (Carling Festival)
Sept. 4: Bologna (Independent Days Festival)
Sept. 9: New York (Roseland)
Sept. 10: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Sept. 11: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
Sept. 14: Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room)
Sept. 15: Houston (Verizon Wireless Theater)
Sept. 17: Austin, Texas (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
Sept. 22: San Francisco (Concourse)
Sept. 24: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
Sept. 26: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
Sept. 29: Minneapolis (Quest Club)
Sept. 30: Chicago (Riviera Theatre)
Oct. 1: Toronto (Docks)
Oct. 11: Belfast (Ulster Hall)
Oct. 12-13: Dublin (Olympia)
Oct. 15-16: Glasgow, Scotland (Barrowlands)
Nov. 1: Lille, France (Festival Des Inrockuptibles)
Nov. 3: Paris (Festival Des Inrockuptibles)
Nov. 4: Paris (Zenith)
Nov. 10: Berlin (Columbiahalle)
Nov. 11: Dresden, Germany (Schlactof)
Nov. 12: Munich (Townhalle)
Nov. 14: Hamburg (Docks)