FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tickets Go On-Sale on Friday, August 8th
New York, NY – July 30, 2008 – The musical video game phenomenon of Rock Band™ is coming to a city near you. This fall Rock Band Live ( http://www.rockbandlivetour.com) will travel across the country with headline acts Panic At The Disco and Dashboard Confessional, together on stage, with very special guests Plain White T’s, The Cab, and possibly YOU!
The concert tour will let Rock Band bands rock their way onto the main stage with a truly interactive experience that allows fans to compete in head-to-head competitions for the chance to play on the main stage in-between the tour acts’ sets. Bands will be selected through local radio promotions, national contests and on-site at each show.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the public on Friday, August 8th at 10:00AM local time. The tour will kick off on October 5th in San Diego, CA and continue through November 14th ending in Houston, TX.
“Rock Band Live brings together a terrific combination of artists for a night of rock 'n roll love,” said Paul DeGooyer, MTV's Senior Vice President of Electronic Games & Music. “The bands are fantastic, the timing dovetails perfectly with the release of Rock Band 2, and the events will be tons of interactive fun for families.”
“We’re huge fans of Rock Band and feel honored to join the Rock Band 2 game disc setlist with some of our favorite artists like The Who, Bob Dylan and Journey!” said Panic At The Disco’s Brendon Urie. “And what better way to celebrate our involvement with the game than joining the first Rock Band tour. We're definitely excited to be a part of things”
"I'm practicing my Rock Band drumming," deadpanned Dashboard Confessional singer Chris Carrabba, "With any luck I'll win a spot on stage to show what I can REALLY do."
Panic At The Disco will be featured on the Rock Band 2 game disc coming out this September. In addition, all Rock Band Live tour acts will be featured in a forthcoming downloadable content pack for the game.
About the Tour
The Rock Band Live tour will visit the following locations:
Date City Venue
Sunday, October 05, 2008 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Thursday, October 09, 2008 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Outdoors
Friday, October 10, 2008 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Saturday, October 11, 2008 San Jose, CA SJ Events Center
Sunday, October 12, 2008 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Seattle, WA Everett Event Center
Thursday, October 16, 2008 Salt Lake City, UT The E Center
Friday, October 17, 2008 Denver, CO Broomfield Events Center
Saturday, October 18, 2008 Lincoln, NE Pershing Center
Sunday, October 19, 2008 St. Louis, MO Scott Trade Center
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Thursday, October 23, 2008 Detroit, MI EMU
Friday, October 24, 2008 Toronto, Canada Arrow Hall
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Bridgeport, CT Harbor Yard
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
Friday, October 31, 2008 Washington, DC Patriot Center
Saturday, November 01, 2008 Philadelphia, PA Spectrum
Sunday, November 02, 2008 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Tuesday, November 04, 2008 Atlanta. GA Gwinnett Center
Thursday, November 06, 2008 Tampa, FL USF Sundome
Friday, November 07, 2008 Miami, FL U of Miami - Bank United
Saturday, November 08, 2008 Gainesville, FL U of F - O Connell Center
Sunday, November 09, 2008 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Bossier City, LA Century Tel
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre
Thursday, November 13, 2008 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Friday, November 14, 2008 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
Rock Band Live is an MTV event and sponsored by Hot Topic and Pepsi Stuff. Each will offer exclusive consumer promotions later this fall. For more information on the tour and ticket sales, please visit www.rockbandlivetour.com.
Rock Band Live is being produced by MTV and AEG Live.
About the Artists
Panic At The Disco released their sophomore album, Pretty. Odd. on March 25, 2008 through Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen. While the album is equally as catchy and infectious as their debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, the new album was created as an expansive pop album that channels the ghosts of Brian Wilson, The Beatles and The Zombies. The band’s previous album sold over 2.2 million copies, and their single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” became a #1 hit on MTV, snagging the Best Video award in 2006.
Dashboard Confessional, led by critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba, has had three consecutive gold records - The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most (2001), A Mark A Mission A Brand A Scar (2003), and Dusk and Summer (2006). The band toured with U2 and wrapped up their last headline run in 2006 with a sold out Madison Square Garden show. They are putting the finishing touches on a new album, which was produced by Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger.
Joining Panic At The Disco and Dashboard Confessional are very special guests Plain White T’s and The Cab. Plain White T’s are about to release Big Bad World the highly anticipated follow-up to the band’s platinum-plus-selling breakthrough release Every Second Counts. On the strength of mega-hit single “Hey There Delilah,” which rocketed to No. 1 in 10 countries and was the fourth song in history to sell over 3 million digital downloads, Every Second Counts sold over a million and a half copies worldwide and earned the Chicago quintet not one, but two Grammy nominations. The Cab are the next up-and-coming band that will soon become a household name. They released their debut album, Whisper War, on April 29th through Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen.
About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 150 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN/THE N, VH1 CLASSIC, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 300 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.
About MTV Games
MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.
About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit: www.harmonixmusic.com.
About AEG Live:
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring for a variety of programming and multi-media production. AEG Live, the nation’s second largest concert promotion and touring company is comprised of special event, broadcast and exhibition divisions, fourteen regional offices and numerous state of the art venues nationwide.
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