Panic Disco Dashboard Confessional Co Headlinerock Bandlive Tour
You've been playing it in your basement for months, much to the chagrin of your parents and your girlfriend. Now, 'Rock Band' will be coming to an amphitheater near you, along with Panic at the Disco and Dashboard Confessional . And if you're any good at the game, there's a chance that you, too, could end up rocking out onstage.
Panic and Dashboard are set to co-headline the inaugural 'Rock Band' Live Tour, which kicks off October 5 in San Diego. The trek will hit 29 cities, wrapping up November 14 in Houston. Plain White T's and the Cab will be opening on all dates. Presale tickets go on sale August 1, and all remaining tickets will be available August 8.
On each date of the tour, 'Rock Band' devotees who think they're up to the challenge can compete for a chance to take the main stage in between the bands' sets, where they'll rock through an entire song.
'It's the tour of your life, man,' said Dashboard's Chris Carrabba, a self-professed 'Rock Band' fan. 'It's the greatest tour ever. We go and entertain you, but you also get a shot to get up onstage. The day you come to the show, you go to this area where they have gameplay, and you compete, head-to-head, against other players. And if you win, you get chosen to be onstage, playing in between bands, playing 'Rock Band.' '
Carrabba joked that he may even test his 'Rock Band' skills with fans by entering some of the competitions.
'I went and got a fake ID with a different name, and I have a pair of sunglasses and a hat,' he deadpanned. '[The game is] incredibly accurate. ... It's identical. And it's so intuitive for me, as a player, that I have become better at my instrument. It's gotten me a hotter girlfriend, it's made me better-looking, and I've made more money since playing it.'
'Rock Band' Live will be Panic's first experience co-headlining a tour, and they're not so sure how that's going to work. 'From what I hear, it's settled by the fist,' bassist Jon Walker joked of determining the lineup. 'That, or you pick out of a hat, which is not fun. We can run faster than Dashboard Confessional, so if it comes down to a foot race, it should be us.'
Panic, who recently finished the Honda Civic Tour , said they'll be bringing a bigger, louder show to the stage for 'Rock Band' and are hoping to go halfsies with Carrabba on a few backstage distractions.
'We're working stuff out with his management, and we're talking about splitting the cost of a Ping-Pong table to take out,' Walker said. 'Also, a Slurpee machine and a churro machine.'
Dates for the 'Rock Band' Live Tour, according to RockBandLiveTour.com :
10/5 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
10/8 - Glendale, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena
10/9 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Outdoors
10/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
10/11 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose State Event Center Arena
10/12 - Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
10/14 - Everett, WA @ Everett Events Center
10/16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The E Center
10/17 - Denver, CO @ Broomfield Events Center
10/18 - Lincoln, NE @ Pershing Auditorium
10/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
10/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
10/22 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
10/23 - Ypsilanti, MI @ EMU Convocation Center
10/24 - Toronto, ON @ Arrow Hall
10/28 - Bridgeport, CT @ Arena at Harbor Yard
10/29 - Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
10/31 - Washington, DC @ Patriot Center
11/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Spectrum
11/2 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
11/4 - Atlanta, GA @ Gwinnett Center
11/6 - Tampa, FL @ USF Sun Dome
11/7 - Miami, FL @ Bank United Center
11/8 - Gainesville, FL @ University of Florida O'Connell Center
11/9 - Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena
11/11 - Bossier City, LA @ CenturyTel Center
11/12 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theatre
11/13 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
11/14 - Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena