The Shins plot lengthy summer 2012 tour
Alternative pop-rockers the Shins are enhancing their current U.S. tour roster. The guys have just announced that they are adding another leg of tour dates in support of their new album, “Port of Morrow.” The new dates for the North American jaunt set off on Sept. 22 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle and hit Nashville’s celebrated Ryman Auditorium and Los Angeles’ popular Gibson Amphitheater before wrapping on Oct. 13 in Austin, Texas, at Austin City Limits.
Frontman James Mercer recently told VH1 that 2012 simply seemed like the right time to put out a new album with the Shine. “During the Broken Bells project, everything that I did creatively, I did on the spot with Brian [Burton, aka Danger Mouse],” he explained. “Since I made that conscious decision that I wouldn’t be bringing ideas I made up at home into the studio, all of the stuff that I came up with on my own went to The Shins. I just had a build-up of ideas for songs, and parts, and choruses and verses.”
The new dates will feature an extended Shins lineup, including James Mercer having added Mark Watrous on guitars and lap steel to the previous live Shins lineup of Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jessica Dobson (guitar), Richard Swift (keyboards) and Joe Plummer (drums).
The Shins’ 2012 Tour Dates:
05/31/12 — Council Bluffs, Iowa — Harrahs Council Bluffs
06/01/12 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Orpheum Theatre
06/02/12 — Kansas City, Kan. — Livestrong Sporting Park
06/04/12 — St. Louis, Mo. — The Pageant
06/05/12 — Columbus, Ohio — LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
06/06/12 — Detroit, Mich. — Fillmore Detroit
06/08/12 — Cleveland, Ohio — Masonic Auditorium
06/09/12 — Louisville, Ky. — Iroquois Amphitheatre
06/10/12 — Manchester, Tenn. — Bonnaroo
09/22/12 — Paramount Theatre — Seattle, Wash.
09/25/12 — Orpheum Theatre — Vancouver, B.C.
09/26/12 — Keller Auditorium — Portland, Ore.
09/30/12 — SDSU Open Air Theatre — San Diego, Calif.
10/02/12 — Gibson Amphitheatre — Universal City, Calif.
10/03/12 — Rialto Theatre — Tucson, Ariz.
10/04/12 — Kiva Auditorium — Albuquerque, N.M.
10/07/12 — Ryman Auditorium — Nashville, Tenn.
10/08/12 — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre — Atlanta, Ga.
10/10/12 — House of Blues — Houston, Texas
10/11/12 — House of Blues — Dallas, Texas
10/13/12 — Austin City Limits — Austin, Texas