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The National

We have exciting news for you this morning. We are very pleased to announce the first tour dates in support of our new album in April, May and June.

The as of yet untitled follow-up to Boxer will be released worldwide in May on 4AD (specific date TBA). The shows begin at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 28th followed in April by two special shows April 22nd and 23rd at the National in Richmond, VA. We will then play Royal Albert Hall in London on May 6th, Le Zenith in Paris with PAVEMENT on May 7, and Astra in Berlin on May 9 before starting a North American tour in Los Angeles at the Wiltern on May 22nd. Ramona Falls will be opening our US shows on the west coast. - The National

Their upcoming tour dates also include a headlining show at Radio City Music Hall on June 16th. All new dates go presale Tuesday morning (password = BloodBuzz). Radio City tickets are $39.50 and will also go on AmEx presale on Wednesday. ]

This will be the National's first album on 4AD which absorbed Beggars Banquet which is the label their last album was on. Other ticket links and all dates below...

The National - 2010 Tour Dates
26-28 MARCH: KNOXVILLE, TN - BIG EARS FESTIVAL 2010 / TENNESSEE THEATRE
22 APRIL: RICHMOND, VA @ THE NATIONAL
23 APRIL: RICHMOND, VA @ THE NATIONAL
06 MAY: LONDON, UK @ ROYAL ALBERT HALL
07 MAY: PARIS, FRANCE @ LE ZENITH w/ PAVEMENT
09 MAY: BERLIN, GERMANY @ ASTRA
22 MAY: LOS ANGELES, CA @ THE WILTERN
23 MAY: SAN DIEGO, CA @ SPRECKELS THEATRE
27 MAY: OAKLAND, CA @ FOX THEATRE
02 JUNE: BOSTON, MA @ HOUSE OF BLUES
05 JUNE: PHILADELPHIA, PA @ ELECTRIC FACTORY
06 JUNE: WASHINGTON, DC @ DAR CONSTITUTION HALL
08 JUNE: TORONTO, CANADA @ MASSEY HALL
16 JUNE: NEW YORK, NY @ RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

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Comments (41)

$50 after sc to see the National! Yikes!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 10:21 AM

More expensive than Spoon?!

looks like they will be playing Bonnaroo this year....

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 10:29 AM

Radio City wow! Great venue to see this band, and kudos to them for being big enough to play this place! Now please don't see out before i can get tix!!

Posted by brian roach | January 25, 2010 10:31 AM

I didn't they were big enough to play Radio City but good for them.

also, lol at them playing a venue called "The National"

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 10:36 AM

cortelyou road, holla!

Posted by @reidonthebeat | January 25, 2010 10:51 AM

And coming to London!! Yay!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 10:53 AM

The National opened for the Arcade Fire at RCMH a few years ago. It's great to see they are now headlining the venue.

I can't wait for this show and the new album.

Posted by Dan | January 25, 2010 10:54 AM

they should play the toronto island concert as well

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 10:55 AM

there you go...2 out of the first 4 comments are from hipster snobs complaining about ticket prices.

stop!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:03 AM

One of the most overrated indie bands out there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:11 AM

I'm pretty excited to see them with a new album on the way, regardless of cost. They've always been an intimate band that can count on making the biggest room feel like the quietest, tiny space. It feels like it's just you and them, and before you know it, you're able to ballerina on the coffee table, (thick, hipster) cock in hand being massaged to a Slow Show of self-gratification until you squeeze out a burst of hot gloppy cum onto the end tails of your flannel shirt doubling as a cum rag and hardening quicker than normal due its absorbent qualities. I feel the Dessner brothers have proven to be two innovative musicians in the indie spectrum over the past year and am looking forward to seeing how they've advanced The National's sound.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:11 AM

Stop complaining about ticket prices??????
FU!

Wow, someone must not know we are in a downward economic trend?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:12 AM

"One of the most overrated indie bands out there." No kidding.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:44 AM

11:03 lives in the upper east side

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:55 AM

Is 4AD a little unusual for The National. I haven't listened to them that much they seem pretty mellow. then again I probably don't know what I'm talking about.

Posted by iamtheangel.com | January 25, 2010 11:59 AM

Yeah, I was gonna say, Radio City seems kind of big for these guys, no? I would think like, Terminal 5 or a couple nights at Webster. RCMH is cavernous!

Posted by M | January 25, 2010 11:59 AM

Is anyone placing odds on them later announcing several smaller venues, as when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played Radio City? Or like Vampire Weekend playing United Palace (although those were at least all announced at the same time). Thoughts on this? I want to see them this go-round, but it would be great to see them someplace smaller than Radio City. There's certainly space on the schedule surrounding the RCMH date.

Posted by jesse | January 25, 2010 12:47 PM

11:03 lives in the upper east side

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:55 AM

hahahaha

Posted by classic bv | January 25, 2010 12:57 PM

it was kind of awkward when the national played dark was the night at radio city. the whole place swallowed up their sound... there was just way too much reverb and i really couldn't pick any of the intstruments apart.

that said, it looks like the national has andrew bird-itis, and theyre going to have a new york times magazine piece talking about how good they think they are and how much money people should be paying, etc. their album will make the top ten on billboard in response, and the album will be good i guess.

also, i'm looking at my tickets to see wilco, a band that is bigger and has been around for longer than the national, and they charge less for shows. so yes, the tickets are pricey

Posted by someone who likes the national | January 25, 2010 1:02 PM

shows at radio city are always expensive.

but yeah... i would expect there to be a smaller show added to the tour. probably MHOW.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 1:24 PM

i love their studio stuff but they have to be the most disappointed band live. berringer's voice sounds like garbage and they have no oomph..... boring.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 2:09 PM

When Boxer was released, The National did a 5 night residency at Bowery Ballroom. Those shows were excellent.

Posted by Dan | January 25, 2010 2:09 PM

Huh, guess it's great news for them to be playing Radio City, but really it's not my favorite venue. Kind of stuffy for anything remotely indie (yeah yeah, flame away for saying they're indie--whatever), IMHO.

Posted by Billy | January 25, 2010 3:57 PM

OK, I was seeing the trend before and suspecting something, but now I know something is up with Terminal 5 (well we know it sucks) when *these* guys are playing RCMH instead. I'm not complaining though...

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:01 PM

are they sold out already???? insane

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 10:03 AM

1st mezzanine was the best offered at 10:00am?

lame.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 10:04 AM

pre-sales are such BS. they offered 2nd to last row 1st mezz, that seemed to be it. i'm waiting for the rest to go onsale than sit there for 50 bucks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 10:06 AM

i am too... that is ridiculous

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 10:06 AM

I got right in and pulled row D all the way on the right. Kinda lame, really.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 10:11 AM

just got orchestra row LL

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 10:12 AM

putting money in five months in advance, that's stupid.

Posted by me | January 26, 2010 10:17 AM

took a while but got row A orchestra. mostly pulled up nothing or mezz.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 10:20 AM

nuts to that. I'm not paying $100 for a pair to see The National unless I'm in the first 10 rows. I've never had to be further back than that to see the before, and I've only ever paid about $50 for a pair!

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 10:25 AM

I agree with you anon 10:25am

Posted by michaelways | January 26, 2010 10:36 AM

just pulled Orch Row OO. Not too bad. Still going to wait until Friday and see what I pull then!

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 10:38 AM

people also need to remember they now tour with a horn section an extra keyboard player and sometimes strings. all of the extra musicians need to get paid too. that adds to the cost. 3/4 years ago they didn't play with those people always, some shows yes, but not always.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 10:55 AM

nuts that the presale sold out already.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2010 11:15 AM

Hmm. I think I'll take a trek down to Richmond to see them there. The National Theatre is pretty much the best music venue I know of. Cheap (also no ticketmaster!), stunningly beautiful facility, great acoustics, and good sightlines across the entire room.

They also manage to book a pretty impressive selection of acts, considering Richmond's population is less than half that of Staten Island.

Highline is the only NYC venue that comes close.

Posted by andrew | February 8, 2010 3:05 PM

if anybodies interested they just released great seats to this show

Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2010 5:47 PM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 3:41 PM

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