Bevy Of Bands Plan Barenaked Summer

As the Barenaked Ladies spend the summer touring North America, several acts will join in for the 31-date run. Most stops on the trek, due to kick off July 12 at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, wi

As the Barenaked Ladies spend the summer touring North America, several acts will join in for the 31-date run. Most stops on the trek, due to kick off July 12 at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, will feature three artists performing before the Ladies hit the stage.

Fellow Canadian Sarah Harmer will be on board for the entirety of the tour, opening the main stage each night along the way. The singer/songwriter is touring in support of her critically acclaimed Zoe/Rounder album "You Were Here." Harmer will join up with the Ladies following her stint opening for another Canadian act, the Cowboy Junkies, who will kick off a tour June 14 in Portland, Maine.

Vertical Horizon and Scottish pop duo the Proclaimers will be the other main stage acts on the Barenaked jaunt. Following May and June festival and club dates, Vertical Horizon will be part of the tour from July 13 through Aug. 3, although the group will not appear on a handful of stops late in the run. The Proclaimers will fill the slot from Aug. 6 through the tour's end.

The Proclaimers, who will also play a June 28 show in London and a July 2 gig in Birmingham, England, are touring in support of "Perservere," their first album in seven years, due May 22 via Nettwerk. Vertical Horizon is out behind its RCA album "Everything You Want," the title track from which hit No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 last summer. The group will follow the tour with a slate of festival and state fair appearances.

Action Figure PartyAction Figure Party is the fourth band that has been tapped to appear on the BNL tour. Led by former Geggy Tah member Greg Kurstin, AFP is currently on board for about half of the tour, while additional dates are possible. The band -- with a line-up yet to be determined -- will perform a 45-minute set on a second stage before Harmer goes on, and then return to play 20-minute sets in between the other bands.

Action Figure Party's self-titled debut is due May 22 via Universal's Blue Thumb imprint. The album features an impressive list of guest musicians backing Kurstin, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Sean Lennon on turntables, Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas, Buckcherry guitarist Yogi, and former Soul Coughing drummer Yuval Gabay, among many others.

Kirstin has strong ties to the Ladies, having first toured with the band while in Geggy Tah, and then later filling in on keyboards when BNL member Kevin Hearn was too ill to go on the road. Hearn, who has struggled since being diagnosed with leukemia in 1998, is back in action following successful stem cell transplant treatment.

The Barenaked Ladies' album "Maroon" (Reprise) debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 last September. Prior to the summer tour, the band is scheduled to play a few festival dates May 31 through June 2.

Here are Barenaked Ladies tour dates (venue and support in parentheses):
May 31: St. John's, Newfoundland (Mile One Stadium)
June 1: Wolfville, Nova Scotia (Acadia University)
June 2: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
July 12: Toronto (Molson Amphitheater; Sarah Harmer)
July 13: Darien Center, N.Y. (Darien Lake Six Flags PAC; Vertical Horizon/Harmer)
July 14: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheater; Vertical Horizon/Harmer/Action Figure Party)
July 16: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center; Vertical Horizon/Harmer)
July 17: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center; Vertical Horizon/Harmer)
July 18: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center; Vertical Horizon/Harmer/AFP)
July 20: Hartford, Conn. (ctnow.com Meadows Music; Vertical Horizon/Harmer/AFP)
July 21-22: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center; Vertical Horizon/Harmer/AFP)
July 24: Burgettstown, PA (Post-Gazette Pavilion; Vertical Horizon/Harmer)
July 27: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach; Harmer/AFP)
July 28: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center; Harmer/AFP)
July 29: Columbia, Md. (Merriweather Post Pavilion; Vertical Horizon/Harmer/AFP)
July 30: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater; Vertical Horizon/Harmer/AFP)
Aug. 1: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater; Harmer/AFP)
Aug. 2: Pelham, Ala. (Oak Mountain Amphitheater; Harmer)
Aug. 3: Atlanta (HiFi Buys Amphitheater; Vertical Horizon/Harmer)
Aug. 6: Maryland Heights, Mo. (Riverport Amphitheater; Proclaimers/Harmer/AFP)
Aug. 10: Englewood, Colo. (Fiddler's Green Amphitheater; Proclaimers/Harmer)
Aug. 11: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion; Proclaimers/Harmer/AFP)
Aug. 13: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheater; Proclaimers/Harmer)
Aug. 14: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater; Proclaimers/Harmer/AFP)
Aug. 15: Marysville, Calif. (Sacramento Valley Amphitheater; Proclaimers/Harmer/AFP)
Aug. 16: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheater; Proclaimers/Harmer/AFP)
Aug. 18: George, Wash. (the Gorge; Proclaimers/Harmer)
Aug. 19: Bozeman, Mon. (Brick Breeden Fieldhouse; Proclaimers/Harmer)
Aug. 21: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center; Proclaimers/Harmer)
Aug. 22: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheater; Proclaimers/Harmer)
Aug. 24: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center; Proclaimers/Harmer/AFP)
Aug. 25-26: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre; Proclaimers/Harmer)