Journey Taps Frampton, Waite For Summer Tour

A revitalized Journey will launch a 56-city U.S. tour June 2 in Las Vegas, with fellow veteran artists Peter Frampton and John Waite in tow. Tickets to most dates on the tour -- launched in support of

A revitalized Journey will launch a 56-city U.S. tour June 2 in Las Vegas, with fellow veteran artists Peter Frampton and John Waite in tow. Tickets to most dates on the tour -- launched in support of Journey's 18th studio album, "Arrival," due April 3 via Columbia -- go on sale April 6 via Ticketmaster. Journey recently wrapped a brief Japanese outing, its second with singer Steve Augeri (Tall Stories, Tyketto) fronting the band in place of longtime singer Steve Perry, who is not able to participate in band activities due to health concerns, according to the band's official Web site. Along with Augeri and original Journey members Neal Schon (guitar/vocals), Ross Valory (bass/vocals), and Jonathan Cain (keyboards/vocals), the band also features new drummer/vocalist Deen Castronovo. "After almost 30 years with Journey, I can honestly say I have never been this amped to get out on the road and play in front of our fans, " Schon said in a statement. In an online chat with USA Today yesterday (March 20), Frampton said that after playing a wide variety of venues over the last few years, he's excited for this upcoming tour. "You name it, we've been there -- casinos, state fairs, amphitheaters. The tour with Journey is something I've been looking forward to -- playing at amphitheaters." For his part, Frampton is planning to release a new album of his own sometime next year. "If it weren't for the Journey/Frampton tour we'd be doing it a little quicker," he said during the chat. "Until June, I'm writing like crazy! We're planning to block September/October/November to go into pre-production mode [for a new studio album]." In other Journey news, the band's New Year's Eve performance at Las Vegas' Madalay Bay Resort & Casino will premiere April 6 via satellite provider DirecTV and air throughout the month. Here are Journey/Peter Frampton/John Waite tour dates: June 2: Las Vegas (Junefest/Silverbowl Party) June 5: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion) June 6: El Paso, Texas (Haskins Center at UTEP) June 8: Dallas (Smirnoff Amphitheatre) June 9: San Antonio, Texas (South Texas Amphitheatre) June 10: Woodlands, Texas (the Woodlands) June 12: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena) June 13: Pensacola, Fla. (Civic Center) June 14: Tampa, Fla. (Ice Palace) June 16: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Mars Music Amphitheatre) June 17: Ft. Myers, Fla. (Peco Arena) June 19: Birmingham, Ala. (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre) June 20: Antioch, Tenn. (Starwood Amphitheatre) June 22: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Amphitheatre) June 23: Charlotte, N.C. (Blockbuster Amphitheatre) June 24: Atlanta (Chastain Park) June 26: Raleigh, N.C. (Walnut Creek) June 27: Virginia Beach, Va. (GTE Amphitheatre) June 29: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center) June 30: Camden, N.J. (E Center) July 1: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach) July 3: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (SPAC Amphitheatre) July 4: Manchester, N.H. (Singer Park) July 6: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center) July 7: Hartford, Conn. (Meadows Music Theatre) July 8: Canadaqua, N.Y. (Fingerlakes Amphitheatre) July 10: Clarkston, Mich. (Pine Knob) July 11: TBA July 13: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheatre) July 14: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavillion) July 15: Cincinnati (Riverbend Amphitheatre) July 17: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless) July 18: Cleveland (Gund Arena) July 20: Tinley Park, Ill. (New World Music Theater) July 21: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheatre) July 22: Minneapolis (Target Center) July 24: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks Amphitheatre) July 25: TBA July 27: Maryland Heights, Mo. (Riverport Amphitheatre) July 28: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheatre) July 29: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Zoo Amphitheatre) July 31: Salt Lake City (Delta Center) Aug. 1: Boise, Idaho (Idaho Center Ampitheatre) Aug. 3: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden) Aug. 4: George, Wash. (the Gorge) Aug. 6: Reno, Nev. (Hilton Amphitheatre) Aug. 7: Fresno, Calif. (Selland Arena) Aug. 8: Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial Garden) Aug. 10: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre) Aug. 11: Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre) Aug. 12: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion) Aug. 14-15: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre) Aug. 17: San Bernadino, Calif. (Blockbuster Amphitheatre) Aug. 18: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheatre)