Red Hot Chili Peppers plot first U.S. dates behind 'By the Way'
By: Jon Zahlaway - Livedaily.com
February 11th 2003 6:01pm
Funk-rock icons the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose album "By the Way" hit stores last year, this spring will finally launch the U.S. leg of their tour in support of the release.
The outing is scheduled to kick off on May 1, and tickets to a number of shows will hit the box office this Friday and Saturday (2/14-15). Members of the group's fan club will have an early shot at tickets, according to details posted at the band's official website.
A handful of mid-May Canadian dates are sandwiched between the first and second legs of the U.S. run, which happen in early May and June, respectively. Venues for many of the shows have not yet been announced.
Rapper Snoop Dogg will open for the Chili Peppers during the second U.S. leg, according to a journal entry that bassist Flea posted to the group's website on Monday (2/10).
"Snoop Dogg is gonna play with us on the 2nd leg of our U.S. tour," he wrote. "That is gonna be cool....SNOOP!!!! Snoop rocks. I love Snoop. He is my favorite rapper ever with the possible exception of Chuck D."
"By the Way," the Chili Peppers' eighth studio album, surfaced last July. The music video for the album's latest single, "Can't Stop," is streaming at the group's website, as are the album's previous singles, "Zephyr" and the title-track.
To date, "By the Way" has sold about 1.4 million copies in the U.S., according to industry sources. The album's predecessor, 1999's "Californication," is certified quadruple platinum, signifying U.S. shipment of 4 million copies.
[Note: The following tour itinerary has been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of 11-Feb-2003. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist web sites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]
Check for tickets:
1 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
2 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
7 - St. Louis, MO - TBA
9 - Moline, IL - Mark Of The Quad Cities
10 - Grand Rapids, MI - TBA
12 - Ottawa, Ontario - TBA
13 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
15 - Montreal, Quebec - TBA
17 - Albany, NY - TBA
19 - East Rutherford, NJ - TBA
2 - West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre
3 - Orlando, FL - TD Waterhouse Centre
5 - Raleigh, NC - TBA
6 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amp. Charlotte
8 - Atlanta, GA - TBA
10 - Shreveport, LA - TBA
11 - New Orleans, LA - TBA
12 - Bossier City, LA - CenturyTel Center
13 - Selma, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
14 - Houston, TX - C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
18 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Ford Center
20 - Denver, CO - TBA
21 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
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