Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on June 2, 2010

photos by Chris Graham

Matt Berninger waves hi to the Sasquatch crowd
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In order to the play the main stage, the lead singer of every band is contractually obligated to compliment the scenery: At least it seemed that way.

In fact, Damian Kulash of OK Go did it twice, calling the rolling desert vistas carved by the Columbia River "unbelieavable" and "amazing" before two different songs.

The National's Matt Berninger, the gangly embodiment of deep-voiced New York cool, at least waited until the last song to gush briefly about The Gorge Amphitheatre's majesty.

But who could blame them? Tens of thousands of years in the making, The Gorge is, rain or shine, one of the nation's most breathtaking concert venues. [OregonLive]

Remember The National's newly added show at NJ's Wellmont Theatre on Septermber 24th? That date is part of what you might call the band's third leg of North American touring in 2010 (they'll get to Europe at least three times this year too). Starting in NJ, the National will be on the road with Owen Pallett for shows across North America into mid-October. (Before that, Owen opens for Dirty Projectors at T5 on September 11th.) European shows are planned after that (which bring the band's schedule into December).

The National played Sasquatch Music Festival in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend. More pictures from that set and all tour dates (with openers) are below...

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The National - 2010 Tour Dates
Jun 02 House Of Blues (Boston), Boston #
Jun 03 House Of Blues (Boston), Boston #
Jun 04 Electric Factory, Philadelphia #
Jun 05 Electric Factory, Philadelphia #
Jun 06 Dar Constitution Hall, DC #
Jun 08 Massey Hall, Toronto #
Jun 09 Massey Hall, Toronto #
Jun 10 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester
Jun 16 Radio City Music Hall, New York #
Jun 18 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York 14222-1096
Jun 26 Glastonbury Festival, Somerset
Jul 01 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde
Jul 06 Paradiso, Amsterdam
Jul 07 Tivoli Oudegracht, Utrecht
Jul 08 Stadtpark Freilichtbuehne, 22303 Hamburg
Jul 09 Dome, Brighton
Jul 12 Les Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon
Jul 13 Les Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon
Jul 14 Rathausplatz, Munich
Jul 16 Latitude Festival, Southwold
Jul 17 Super Bock Super Rock 2010, Aldeia do Meco
Jul 27 Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn &
Jul 31 Osheaga Festival, Montreal
Aug 02 LC Pavillion Outdoor, Columbus #
Aug 03 Royal Oak Theatre, Detroit #
Aug 04 Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee #
Aug 05 First Avenue, Minneapolis #
Aug 06 First Avenue, Minneapolis #
Aug 07 Lollapalooza 2010, Chicago
Aug 11 OYA Festival, Oslo
Aug 13 Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg
Aug 14 Haldern Pop, Haldern
Aug 15 La Route Du Rock, Saint-Pere
Aug 17 Kasematten, Graz
Aug 18 Arena (Vienna), Vienna
Aug 20 For Noise Festival, Lausanne
Aug 21 Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt
Aug 22 Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen
Sep 03 Electric Picnic Festival, Portlaoise
Sep 09 Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC !
Sep 10 Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC !
Sep 11 Marymoor Amphitheatre, Redmond ^
Sep 12 Music Fest NW, Portland
Sep 24 Wellmont Theater, Montclair *
Sep 25 Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh 15120 *
Sep 27 Brown Theater, Louisville *
Sep 29 Uptown Theater, Kansas *
Sep 30 The Pageant, MO *
Oct 02 Murat Egyptian, Indianapolis *
Oct 03 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville *
Oct 04 Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill *
Oct 05 The Fox Theater, Atlanta *
Oct 06 House of Blues (Orlando), Orlando *
Oct 08 House Of Blues (Houston), Houston *
Oct 09 House Of Blues (Dallas), Dallas *
Oct 10 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin
Oct 13 Rialto Theatre, Tucson *
Oct 14 Marquee Theater, Tempe *
Oct 16 Fox Theater, Los Angeles *
Oct 18 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver *
Nov 21 Ancienne Belgique, 1000 Brussels
Nov 23 L'Olympia, Paris
Nov 24 O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
Nov 25 Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Nov 26 O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
Nov 27 O2 Academy (Manchester), Manchester
Nov 30 O2 Academy Brixton, London
Dec 01 O2 Academy Brixton, London
# w/ The Antlers
$ w/ Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Atlas Sound
& w/ Beach House
! w/ The Walkmen
^ w/ Okkervil River
* w/ Owen Pallett

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Comments (13)

Neil Patrick Harris has a band?

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 2:18 PM

Nice wedding ring on the bearded one.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 2:46 PM

yes! Owen Pallett, that's such a bonus.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 2:51 PM

holy fuck me! YES YES YES OWEN MATT IN MY HOME STATE YES<3

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 3:01 PM

the only way this could get better is if Beach House was added. then I would literally explode.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 3:02 PM

The National's Sasquatch! set was one of the better live performances I've seen in the past few years

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 3:17 PM

this band is so boring

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 3:39 PM

@3:17, your reasonable claim perfectly reflects the band's reasonableness

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 3:48 PM

Sucks to have a backdrop behind them...can't see the Gorge in the background.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 3:58 PM

I heard it was just GORGES.

HI-YO

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 4:06 PM

"Sucks to have a backdrop behind them...can't see the Gorge in the background."

yeah this was a real bummer, i think they had issues with the wind in past which is why they put up the backdrop

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 4:09 PM

Someone's voice is going to suck come December 1. Lots o' shows indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 4:13 PM

New record is beautiful. They are in Boston tonight but I choose not to go because the House of Blues sucks bad.....

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2010 4:57 PM

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