Tour News: Megadeth, New York Dolls and Umphrey's McGee

Glam rockers the New York Dolls are back together and back on tour.

Thirty-five years into their existence (31 since they disbanded down in Florida in a haze of smack withdrawal and managerial anarchy), the Dolls are not the same band they were in the beginning. Replacement members have stepped into the stack heels of departed legends like Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan and Arthur "Killer" Kane, and they are getting comfortable in their roles.

"It won’t be very long that we’ll be together longer than the original band was," lead singer David Johansen quipped.

The New York Dolls’ scheduled early 2008 tour dates, cities and venues are:

Feb 12, Baltimore, Ram’s Head Live
Feb. 14, Philadelphia, The New Alhambra
Feb. 15, Asbury Park, N.J., The Stone Pony
Feb. 16, Boston, Paradise Rock Club
Feb. 18, Toronto, The Phoenix Theater
Feb. 19, Buffalo, N.Y., The Tralf
Feb. 20, Cleveland, Beachland Ballroom
Feb. 22, Detroit, Majestic Theatre
Feb. 23, Chicago, Double Door
Feb. 24, Minneapolis, Fine Line Music Cafe
Feb. 26, Englewood, Colo., Gothic Theatre
Feb. 28, Boise, Idaho, Big Easy Concert House
Feb. 29., Portland, Ore., Berbati’s Plan
Mar. 1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, The Plaza
Mar. 2, Seattle, El Corazon
Mar. 5, San Francisco, The Fillmore
Mar. 7; Los Angeles, Henry Fonda Theatre
Mar. 8, Las Vegas, Jillian’s/Neonopolis
Mar. 9, Anaheim, Calif., House of Blues (OC)
Mar. 10, Solana Beach, Calif. Belly Up Tavern

For more information, visit the band’s Web site www.nydolls.org

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Guitarist Chris Broderick is set to make his live debut with Megadeth on the first date of their international tour on Feb. 4, 2004.

Broderick, formerly of Nevermore and Jag Panzer, replaced Glen Drover. The lineup now consists of Broderick, drummer Shawn Drover, bassist James Lomenzo and guitarist/singer Dave Mustaine.

“I’ve noticed [on the Internet] that people are pissed with me over the way things were handled with Glen quitting the group,” Mustaine said, “but they’re gonna be pissed even more when they hear how fierce we are with Chris! Megadeth is playing at a new level.”  

Click here now to see Broderick in action

Megadeth has announced 29 North American tour dates for the 2008 Gigantour traveling heavy music festival, which it will headline. In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire all are confirmed for Gigantour in North America.

The philosophy behind Gigantour is easy, Mustaine said.

"If the bands and the fans are treated well, then the entertained and the entertainers go home happy — it’s a win-win situation,” Mustaine said.

Since its inception in 2005, Gigantour has galvanized bands that emphasize musicianship and virtuosity and offers them a new opportunity to showcase their talents, Mustaine said.

“I think that in a small way, we are cleaning up the environment of crappy bands,” Mustaine said. “All of the people that really love this kind of music know that they can count on these bands to deliver the goods this year.”

Megadeth’s scheduled international tour dates, cities and venues are:

Feb. 4: Helsinki, Finland, Old Ice Hall
Feb. 6: Stockholm, Sweden, Arena
Feb. 7: Oslo, Norway, Sentrum Scene
Feb. 8: Copenhagen, Denmark, KB Halle
Feb. 10: Berlin, Germany, Columbiahalle
Feb. 11: Dortmund, Germany, Westfa

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