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

Get the 2008 North American tour dates for the New York Dolls and Umphrey's McGee, plus get the rundown on a ton of North American and international dates for Megadeth.

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.”



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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