Decemberists Announce First Leg of Hazards of LoveTour

The Decemberists have 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.



The Decemberists’ confirmed Spring 2009 tour dates are as follows:


May 19          Hollywood Palladium                      Los Angeles, CA

May 20          Fox Theatre                                Oakland, CA

May 21          McDonald Theater                        Eugene, OR

May 24          Wilma Theatre                             Missoula, MT

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, OH

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, TN

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