Having confirmed the April 20 release of sophomore album Red Light Fever (Shanabelle/RCA), Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders have now announced both U.S. tour dates and an April 21 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The first salvo of roadwork to support Red Light Fever will be April 19 at the Casbah in San Diego and will include a day of release show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, as well as dates in Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Boston, Toronto, Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia. Further dates will be announced as they are confirmed.
The upcoming tour will feature Hawkins on vocals and a variety of instruments, joined by veteran Coattail Riders Chris Chaney (bass), Gannin Arnold (guitar), Nate Wood (guitar), as well as Foo Fighters touring percussionist Drew Hester. The Coattail Riders coterie will unveil the first ever live interpretations of the brand new Red Light Fever material as well as tracks from the band’s eponymous 2006 debut album.
The genesis of Red Light Fever can be traced back to an early 2009 break from the Foo Fighters’ grueling touring schedule that freed up time for Hawkins to begin demoing tracks for a second Coattail Riders record. However, Hawkins’ providing drums and vocals on all tracks among other instruments soon became the only thing Red Light Fever would have in common with its homespun predecessor. The record snowballed into full on sessions at the Foo Fighters’ state of the art 606 studio complex, with Hawkins was joined by Chaney, Arnold, Wood, and a stellar supporting cast including Elliot Easton of the Cars, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, and last but by no means least, Hawkins’ bandmate Dave Grohl.
Red Light Fever could be considered a labor of love – if the sheer joy exuded in every note, influence and nuance of every song didn’t make the entire affair seem so effortless. Hawkins’ increasingly accomplished vocals and world renowned drumming skills recall and pay tribute to Hawkins’ vast spectrum of classic rock heroes – from the vintage 70s glam stomp of “Way Down,” the hard rock rave up “Not Bad Luck,” a nod to Beatlesque balladry in the form of “Hell To Pay,” and many more. Virtually every track evokes memories of the respective heydays of the Chinn-Chapman hit factory, The Move, Sweet, and even a little 10cc for good measure – all imbued with Hawkins’ unmistakable musical personality.
See below for a complete list of confirmed dates. On sales will begin Friday 10 a.m. EST. For further information, specific on sale info, new dates, etc.,
TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS ON TOUR
April 19th San Diego / Casbah
April 20th Los Angeles / Troubadour
April 21st Jimmy Kimmel Live
April 24th Santa Barbara / Velvet Jones
April 25th Las Vegas / Wasted Space @ the Hard Rock Hotel
April 26th Salt Lake City / Urban Lounge
May 2nd Boston / Great Scott
May 3rd Toronto / Horseshoe Tavern
May 4th Baltimore / Sonar Small Room
May 6th New York / Gramercy Theatre
May 7th Philadelphia / The Note