[Edit] I've found The Pixies' US dates but no confirmation that Howling Bells are doing these dates too.
NOVEMBER 4 The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA 8 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA 9 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA 12 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 13 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 14 Hult Center, Eugene, OR 16 The Fillmore, Denver, CO 20 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL 21 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL 23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY 24 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY 25 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY 27 Wang Center, Boston, MA 30 Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.
The pixies - not my type of music but I know what you mean, especially the Killers are really awfull. When it comes to Snow Patrol I don't think they are the worst influence, if you leave out the latest album. And Coldplay - well you know what I think of them ;D - sadly they had a lot of their popular Viva stuff in their setlist - it was a tour for the masses, I'm aware of that.
However we should not forget that the Bells could reach a lot of people with these bands - at least their record company is happy with it and eventually give them more support. The band just enjoyed playing in the stadiums. I don't know if it had that much impact on their music.
Last Edit: Sept 29, 2009 18:59:24 GMT by velvetgirl
I don't think I agree with Lee, apart from that Radio Wars is not as good as Howling Bells. A step down and a step in the wrong direction? A step in a different direction definitely, but 'down' or 'wrong'? Only time will tell.
Neither do I think that the bands they have toured with have much (if any) influence on the music they make. They're too single-minded and independent for that to happen.
And don't forget that Juanita said that it's usually the third album that defines a band. It happens with lots of groups. First album -loads of songs already written and lots of pent-up emotions waiting to burst out. Second album - test the water with something a bit different. Third album - now we'll see how good you are.
I first noticed all but the warfield link about 10 days ago, and they've stayed consistent. The Warfield site first mentioned the Bells about 5 days ago.
But it's strange, even when the searches come up with the Howling Bells' name, the ticketmaster sales pages don't mention them, the Wiltern and House of Blues sites don't list them but list the Dustys and Living Things, the (other?) opening acts for the Bravery. there's no news on this site except for that one Australian article saying they are opening for the Pixies in the U.S. Nothing official from the band yet.
So I hope I'm seeing Howling Bells twice soon -- I'll be in Southern California Halloween weekend and could catch them in San Diego, and I live across the bay from San Francisco. But I still don't know for sure. If they do open for the Pixies, though, I can catch them here as well.
And note this entry from Vancouver, BC, that Howling Bells were originally scheduled to play with the Bravery but will not appear:
I have found these dates, most of which confirm what you have already got:
The Bravery @ The Opera House in Toronto with Howling Bells Host: Live Nation Ontario Type: Music/arts - Concert Network: Global Start Time: Tuesday, 06 October 2009 at 21:00 End Time: Wednesday, 07 October 2009 at 00:00 Location: The Opera House Street: 735 Queen Street East Town/City: Toronto, ON
Saturday 10 October 2009 Howling Bells and Living Things with The Bravery at Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA, US
Friday 23 October 2009 The Bravery with The Subjects, Bad Veins, and Howling Bells at Emo's Austin, TX, US
Sunday 01 November 2009 Howling Bells with The Bravery and Horrorpops at House of Blues Anaheim, CA, US
Thursday 05 November 2009 The Bravery with Howling Bells at The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA, US
Friday 06 November 2009 The Bravery with Howling Bells at The Warfield San Francisco, CA, US
You also found the San Diego gig on November 2nd. The first one, in Toronto, is tonight! It's rather annoying that we can't get confimration of these dates, with howlingbells.net dead and no updates on myspace.
But with the Vancouver cancellation just a few days after the Warfield show, I'm in doubt, even with all the weblinks. "originally scheduled guests Howling Bells will not appear" it says on that last link I posted, and I'm thinking that may be the more recent news, with it being so quiet no one really noticed when they were first announced, and perhaps the Pixies tour news would be why they would originally schedule with the Bravery and then cancel. As reviews of the Bravery shows show up on the net, we'll find out who is opening for now.
Indeed, some communication from the band would be much appreciated right now.
Here is a blog just posted today on Howling Bells' Myspace Blog:
"So here we find ourselves back in beautiful Oz yet again. October and dam cold at that, doesnt feel like we left the UK at all. After a few near US tours scheduled, we've decided to buckle down instead and start writing for our 3rd record. We've rented a beach house up the magnificent NSW Coast, gonna tune in and drop out for as long as possibly can and see what results. Dont wanna wait so long between records this time, had a pretty cool, but very weird year musically speaking, so wanna try and hone into all that energy and create something big and melodic and raw. Slinking away from machines more than ever....its a complex love affair this band has with technology. Will keep ya posted."
I am beyond excitied that they are finally back here, and doing a show in Sydney!
"Patience is all you need, that and the courage it takes just to be."
Been away for a few days so just catching up. Mattcambie has already cleared up what's happening with the (non) US tour but before I went away I sent the band a Myspace message and there was a reply waiting when I got back. It was sent October 11th and here's what they said:
"Hi there, Thanks for the email. Unfortunately we're not actually touring the US at all this year. Sometimes when you're sent proposed dates, the word gets around and it can end up being confirmed prematurely! We're spending the rest of this year shacked up at a beach house in Australia writing and recording demos for our third album. Will keep ya posted on the myspace page, xHB"