Mayer Flies With Crows For Summer Tour

As tipped here last month, recent Grammy winner John Mayer and the Counting Crows will link up to hit the road on a co-headlining U.S. tour this summer.

As tipped here last month, recent Grammy winner John Mayer and the Counting Crows will link up to hit the road on a co-headlining U.S. tour this summer. The run will kick off July 7 in Englewood, Colo., and close Sept. 2 in Charlotte, N.C. Mayer's official Web site suggests that "a few great support acts" will be added to the bill as the tour's launch nears.

Mayer is planning to roadtest material for a new album during the tour. "I'll want to work the new songs out on the road," he told backstage at last month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York. "That's how I wrote all the songs from my first record."

The artist only has a handful of shows scheduled prior to heading out with the Counting Crows. After an April 26 appearance at the Songbird Foundation Benefit concert in Boston with Bonnie Raitt, he'll be seen at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (May 1), Memphis' Beale St. Music Festival (May 2), SunFest in West Palm Beach, Fla. (May 3), and the River Stages festival in Nashville (May 4).

In February, Mayer picked up his first Grammy Award, winning the best male pop vocal performance honor for his song "Your Body Is a Wonderland," from his Aware/Columbia album "Room for Squares." Originally issued in September 2001, the set peaked last month at No. 8 on The Billboard 200.

The Counting Crows are currently touring U.S. theaters and halls, mostly on college campuses, playing tonight (April 4) in at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. After this stretch closes April 30 at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., the band will take a month off before tackling a string of European dates. While there, the group will, as previously reported, open for the Rolling Stones June 18 in Vienna.

The band is touring in support of its latest Geffen/Interscope album "Hard Candy," which in July debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. The album re-enters the chart at No. 186 this week, bolstered by the group's cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" featuring Vanessa Carlton, which is No. 7 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.

Here are the Mayer/Counting Crows tour dates:

July 7: Englewood, Colo. (Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre)
July 8: West Valley, Utah (USANA Amphitheatre)
July 10: Portland, Ore. (Clark County Amphitheatre)
July 11: George, Wash. (The Gorge)
July 13: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
July 14: Marysville, Calif. (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
July 17: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
July 18: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 19: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheatre)
July 21: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)
July 22: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
July 24: Selma, Texas (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 25: The Woodlands, Texas (C.W. Mitchell Pavilion)
July 26: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Centre)
July 28: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
July 29: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)
July 31: Minneapolis (Target Center)
Aug. 1: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheatre)
Aug. 2: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Aug. 4: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
Aug. 5: Columbus, Ohio (Germain Amphitheater)
Aug. 6: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 8: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Aug. 9: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 11: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)
Aug. 12: Darien Center, N.Y. (Darien Lake Six Flags PAC)
Aug. 14: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavilion @ Star Lake)
Aug. 15: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
Aug. 16: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center at the Waterfront)
Aug. 18: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
Aug. 19: Scranton, Pa, (Montage Mountain Amphitheater)
Aug. 20: Hartford, Conn. ( Meadows Music)
Aug. 22: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 25: Wantagh, N.Y. (Tommy Hilfiger Theatre at Jones Beach)
Aug. 28: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 31: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre)
Sept. 1: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek)
Sept. 2: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte)