The Strokes to Begin Six-Week Tour in March

By | February 5, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Fresh off a stint on the Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Strokes have unveiled plans for a six-week spring outing in the United States, with an excursion to Mexico City.

Dates get underway March 9 in Washington, D.C., and are confirmed through April 25 in Minneapolis, although Strokes manager Ryan Gentles told the tour is expected to run through May 19. Support acts have not yet been announced.

The New York rock quintet is touring in support of its sophomore RCA album, “Room on Fire,” which debuted in October at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 406,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Second single “Reptilia” bowed last week at No. 40 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, which is based on radio airplay.

A commercial single for the cut will be released in North America in March, backed by what Gentles describes as “the Strokes’ first real B-side,” the song “Modern Girls and Old Fashioned Men.” Recorded during a fall tour stop in Seattle, the cut features up-and-coming artist Regina Spektor.

The Strokes will perform Feb. 5 at the House of Blues in Hollywood as part of a series of shows to benefit VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. Upon returning home, the band will shoot a video next weekend for “Reptilia” with director Jake Scott (U2, R.E.M.).

Gentles says the Strokes’ summer plans are not yet fully finalized, but that the group is weighing offers from a number of major European festivals.

Here Are The Strokes’ Tour Dates:

  • March 9 – Washington, D.C. – Nation
  • March 10 – Norfolk, Va. – NorVa
  • March 12 – North Myrtle Beach, S.C. – House of Blues
  • March 13 – Charlotte, N.C. – Grady Cole Center
  • March 15 – Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – House of Blues
  • March 16 – Miami Beach, Fla. – Mansion
  • March 19 – Mexico City – Palacio De Los Deportes
  • March 21 – Houston – Verizon Wireless Theater
  • March 23 – Austin, Texas – Austin Music Hall
  • March 24 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Coca Cola Bricktown Event Center
  • March 26 – El Paso, Texas – Club Xcape
  • March 28 – Tempe, Ariz. – Marquee Theater
  • March 30 – San Diego – Soma
  • April 1-2 – Universal City, Calif. – Universal Amphitheater
  • April 12 – Seattle – Paramount Theater
  • April 15 – Portland, Ore. – Roseland Theater
  • April 20 – Denver – Fillmore Auditorium
  • April 22 – Madison, Wisc. – Orpheum Theater
  • April 23 – Chicago – Aragon Ballroom
  • April 25 – Minneapolis – First Avenue

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