Decemberists May-June Tour Set


to cap it off with a Bonnaoroo blowout…



By Blurt Staff



In addition to their high-profile,
album-unveiling SXSW show
set for March 18 in Austin, the Decemberists have now announced the first leg of their
Spring 2009 North American tour in support of The Hazards of Love, their ambitious new album to be released
by Capitol Records on March 24th. The 16-date run will kick off May 19th at the
Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, and include
a June 10th performance at Radio City Music Hall
in New York, as well as a set at the 2009
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee.





On tour, The Decemberists
will present a full performance of the album, a 17-song suite that tells the tale of
a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover,
William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake. Joining the band on stage will be Lavender
Diamond’s Becky Stark and My
Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden
who deliver
the lead vocals for the female characters. The band announced last week that they will give the debut live
performance of The Hazards of Love when they headline NPR Music’s South
by Southwest showcase at Stubbs in Austin
on March 18th.




With their fifth full-length album, the Portland-based quintet of Colin
Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query and John Moen solidifies its
standing as one of the most innovative creative forces in music today. In an
age when singles rule and the death of the album has been pronounced by many, The
Decemberists have fashioned an anomaly: a record that demands to be listened to
from start to finish and reveals more with each subsequent play. NPR All
Songs Considered
has already declared it an “epic adventure,” while Rolling
recently wrote that “[The] Hazards of Love is The Decemberists’ full-on classic-rock
move, with pretty Zep-style fingerpicking punctuated by crushing stoner-metal



Tour Dates:



May 19            Hollywood Palladium                          Los Angeles, CA

May 20            Fox Theatre                                         Oakland, CA

May 21            McDonald Theater                               Eugene, OR

May 24            Wilma
Theatre                         Missoula,

May 26            Fillmore Auditorium                            Denver, CO

May 27            Uptown Theater                                   Kansas City, MO

May 29            Riverside Theater                                 Milwaukee, WI

May 31            The Pageant                                         St. Louis, MO

June 1              Lifestyle Communities Pavilion           Columbus,

June 3              Tabernacle                                           Atlanta, GA

June 4              Memorial Auditorium                          Raleigh, NC

June 5              The National                                        Richmond, VA

June 6              Tower Theatre                         Upper Darby, PA

June 9              Bank of America
Pavillion                  Boston, MA

June 10            Radio City Music Hall                         New York, NY

June 11-14       Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival          Manchester,





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