Ben Harper Hitting The Road This Summer

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals have begun lining up summer European festival appearances. The group will hit the road beginning May 28 at Festimad in Madrid, Spain, and will play 11 additional dates, including Rock in Rio – Lisbon on May 29 and the Werchter Festival in Belgium on July 3.

Later in the summer, Harper and company will open for Dave Matthews Band Aug. 28-29 at the Home Depot Center in Carson City, Calif. Black Eyed Peas will also be on the bill. Harper is touring in support of his 2003 Virgin album “Diamonds in the Inside.”

According to a spokesperson, Harper will hit the studio this month with the Blind Boys Of Alabama and in the near future with his own band. As previously reported, the artist guests on upcoming albums by blues artist Charlie Musselwhite and veteran reggae combo Toots and the Maytals, due April 6 from Real World Records and V2, respectively.

Here are Ben Harper’s tour dates:

May 28: Madrid, Spain (Festimad)

May 29: Lisbon, Portugal (Rock in Rio – Lisbon)

June 1: Cournon, France (Zenith D’Auvergne)

June 3: Dresden, Germany (Alter Schlachthof)

June 4: Hamburg, Germany (Freilichtbuhne Stadtpark)

June 5: Nuremberg, Germany (Rock Im Park)

June 6: Nurburgring, Germany (Rock Am Ring)

June 11: Bayonne, France (Arenes)

June 16: Naples, Italy (Flegrea Arena)

June 17: Pisa, Italy (Piazza De Cavalieri)

June 22: London (Carling Apollo Hammersmith)

July 3: Werchter, Belgium (Rock Werchter Festival)

Aug. 28-29: Carson, Calif. (Home Depot Center, w/ Dave Matthews Band)


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