Fitz and the Tantrums played Central Park Summerstage in June with Lee Fields, (which you can see my photos over at BrooklynVegan), and now they announced Fall tour dates. They will be playing Terminal 5 on November 10th in New York City. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now. Read the rest of the news and tour dates below:
Just when you thought it was safe to sit down, Fitz and the Tantrums announce another headlining tour of the states. The dates will cover up to 3,000 capacity venues across the country, kicking off in Dallas on October 26th at the House of Blues and wrapping with two nights at Chicago’s Metro on November 19th and 20th.
All told, it’s been an amazing year or so for Fitz and the Tantrums. The 6-member outfit bounded from obscurity, honing their uber-infectious penchant for classic, soul-infused pop music at packed out hometown haunts like Hotel Café, Spaceland and the Echo.
Just a few months later, their debut album, Pickin’ Up The Pieces is released on Dangerbird Records, and FATT would become an undeniable megaforce, soon after selling out LA’s famed El Rey Theatre, well-chronicled by Last Call With Carson Daly, featuring fearless leader Fitz with nearly 1,500 pogoing fans in the palm of his hand, literally “getting down” to their runaway hit “Moneygrabber,” a song they would soon after perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, then The Conan Show, then Lopez Tonight, then the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the list goes on. In between, accolades from Rolling Stone, Spin, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly—that list goes on, too.
No less than 8 absolutely flawless, gloriously over-attended shows at South By Southwest in March, along with VH1 You Ought Know honors and chart-topping radio play for the aforementioned “Moneygrabber” (the single peaked at #2 on the AAA chart and broke the Top 40 at Hot AC), prompted 2 sold out tours of the States and Canada, successful European and Australian jaunts, then another sold out tour stateside including a jammed-to-the-rafters Fonda Theatre show in Hollywood.
Spectacular festival sets further cemented FATT’s status as Vogue’s “Hardest Working Band of the 2011 Summer Festivals,” most recently including, Lollapalooza—truly a milestone performance, prompting USA Today to report, “The verdict’s still out on which band puts on the best show this year, but Fitz and the Tantrums are certainly in the running,” The Vinyl District to proclaim, “Holy mother of all that is, well, holy. If Fitz and the Tantrums soulful grooves don’t move you, you must be dead,” and pop culture phenom, Perez Hilton to simply post, “Oh hell to the yes!” No-frills music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz put it plainly when he said: “Get clued in. You want to be able to tell your buddies you were there first. Before the whole country goes Fitz and the Tantrums crazy.”
And while the hard work pays off, Fitz and company, singer, Noelle Scaggs, saxophonist James King, keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna, drummer John Wicks and bassist Joseph Karnes never stop giving, knowing full well that it’s all about the fans. Blistering hot sets routinely prompt a communal frenzy not often experienced in your typical rock venue, but despite the adulation, the band always manages to make it to the merch table to say hey afterwards.
In addition to the upcoming fall tour dates, with more to be added, (see below for the full routing), fans can catch Fitz and the Tantrums, once again, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno performing their next single, “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” on September 1st, at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle on September 6th, and the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, TX on September 17th.
Wednesday, October 26 House of Blues Dallas, TX
Thursday, October 27 House of Blues Houston, TX
Friday, October 28 Voodoo Festival New Orleans, LA
Saturday, October 29 Center Stage Atlanta, GA
Sunday, October 30 The Beacham Theatre Orlando, FL
Tuesday, November 01 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wednesday, November 02 The State Theatre St. Petersburg, FL
Thursday, November 03 40 Watt Club Athens, GA
Friday, November 04 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
Saturday, November 05 The National Richmond, VA
Monday, November 07 Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, November 08 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
Thursday, November 10 Terminal 5 New York, NY
Friday, November 11 House of Blues Boston, MA
Saturday, November 12 TLA Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, November 15 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, November 16 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
Friday, November 18 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Saturday, November 19 Metro Chicago, IL
Sunday, November 20 Metro Chicago, IL