Posted in music | tour dates on May 1, 2009

by Bill Pearis

The Dears

The Dears' tour bus was stolen Wednesday night in Montreal as the band was home packing for their six-week North American tour. The coach was taken from the parking lot of the Comfort Inn at 700 Blvd. in St. Jean, Pointe-Claire while the driver was asleep in the hotel, prior to their 6 a.m. scheduled departure. Fortunately, no luggage or gear was on board at the time of the theft and the band's trailer was left behind. True to The Dears' resilient nature, the veteran band isn't letting this minor mishap slow them down and will kick off the tour tonight in Toronto. All shows are planned as scheduled.

If anybody has any information about the stolen tour bus or knows of its whereabouts please contact your local authorities. Bus model: Prevost, Series 60. Accuride Alcoa; license plate: V957YW [press release]

The Dears [whose bus was probably stolen by their publicist... just kidding!] will be playing their first NYC show since CMJ last year when this mostly-new iteration of the group were still getting their sea legs. And they were good then, but I'd have to imagine The Dears are a lot tighter now. Their most recent album, Missles, is another fine blast of epic-ness as only Murray Lightburn could give. Apparently they've written already written almost a whole new album's worth of songs since October, so hopefully they'll play a few while they're here. If you can't go tonight (5/1) at The Bell House, The Dears also play Bowery Ballroom on Monday (5/4). Eulogies and Great Northern open both shows. All dates below...

The Dears, Eulogies & Great Northers - 2009 Tour Dates
May 1, 2009 || Bell House || Brooklyn, NY
May 2, 2009 || Valentines || Albany, NY
May 4, 2009 || Bowery Ballroom || New York, NY
May 5, 2009 || Johnny Brenda's || Philadelphia, PA
May 7, 2009 || Black Cat || Washington D.C.
May 8, 2009 || Diesel || Pittsburgh, PA
May 9, 2009 || Grog Shop || Cleveland, OH
May 10, 2009 || Skully's || Columbus, OH
May 11, 2009 || Magic Stick || Detroit
May 13, 2009 || Lakeshore Theater || Chicago, IL
May 14, 2009 || Blue Note || Columbia, MO
May 16, 2009 || Hailey's || Denton, TX
May 17, 2009 || Warehouse || Houston, TX
May 18, 2009 || Parish || Austin, TX
May 22, 2009 || Casbah || San Diego, CA
May 23, 2009 || Echoplex || Los Angeles, CA
May 24, 2009 || Independent || San Francisco, CA
May 26, 2009 || Douglas Fir Lounge || Portland, OR
May 27, 2009 || Crocodile Cafe || Seattle, WA

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Comments (8)

i'm not sure how a band playing venues of this size can realistically afford a tourbus in the first place

Posted by economic professor | May 1, 2009 3:35 PM

These all look like fine venues to me.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2009 3:50 PM

That's quite the feet to steal a tourbus. Kudos to that thief.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2009 4:00 PM

all these canadian bands get tour support from their gov't. that's probably how they can afford a bus. gov't support for the arts ftw.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2009 4:09 PM

i've played at most of these venues and many are indeed quite lovely. however, a sell out at all of these stops would not really pan out to turn this into a bus tour. gov-mint money sounds likely. blame canada.

Posted by canadian economic professor | May 1, 2009 7:31 PM

montreal is the car theft capital of north america.

Posted by tom | May 2, 2009 11:52 AM

And after the old guitarist had his studio robbed... OUCH.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2009 1:33 PM

obviously the same people that stole The Stooges gear?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2009 5:20 PM

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