Posted in music | tour dates on July 7, 2010

Phoenix @ Hammerstein Ballroom in December (more by Tim Griffin)
Phoenix

The 'indie rock' takeover of MSG continues. Arcade Fire and Spoon play there two nights in August. And on October 20th, Phoenix will headline Madison Square Garden with support coming from... Dirty Projectors (weird?). Tickets go on general sale Saturday, July 17 at 10am.

It's not a big surprise that Phoenix are going for it. This past Coachella everyone was talking about how, unlike Pavement, Phoenix may have had the biggest crowd at the festival, they're considered a headliner at Lollapalooza, they won a Grammy, and their last quickly-selling-out NYC shows have been multiple nights in places like Hammerstein Ballroom, Summerstage, and Terminal 5. They were on SNL over a year ago (the Arizona city is still crushing them in Google results though) (there's a boycott joke in here somewhere).

Who's next? Passion Pit? MGMT? Band of Horses? The Black Keys? (opening doesn't count) Empire of the Sun? (kidding)

In related news, congratulations to Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars on the birth of their second child. Cosmina will be less than 6 months old when her daddy plays the big show.

Dirty Projectors also have a now-cozy-looking show at Terminal 5 in September.

A Phoenix video with all tour dates below..


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Phoenix - 2010 Tour Dates

Jul 15 - MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL 2010 Montreux, Genève, SWITZERLAND
Jul 16 - LES FRANCOFOLIES La Rochelle, Poitou-Cha, FR
Jul 17 - LES VIEILLES CHARRUES Carhaix, Bretagne, FR
Jul 18 - MUSILAC Aix-les-Bains, Rhône-Alpe, FR
Jul 28 - LES VOIX DU GAOU Six-Fours, PACA, FR
Jul 29 - FESTIVAL DE CARCASSONNE Carcassonne, Languedoc-, FR
Jul 30 - iTunes Festival (Roundhouse) London, UNITED KINGDOM
Jul 31 - FIELD DAY FESTIVAL London, London and, UK
Aug 6 - Lollapalooza Chicago, Illinois, US
Aug 9 - The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri, US
Aug 10 - 7 FLAGS EVENT CENTER Des Moines, Iowa, US
Aug 12 - STATE THEATER Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Aug 13 - HARRAH'S Council Bluffs, Iowa, US
Aug 14 - MILE HIGH MUSIC FESTIVAL Denver, Colorado, US
Aug 15 - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival San Francisco, CA
Aug 27 - Reading Festival Reading, UK
Aug 28 - HMV Picture House Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM
Aug 29 - Leeds Festival Leeds, UK
Sep 18 - Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, California, US
Sep 19 - SANTA BARBARA BOWL Santa Barbara, CA
Sep 21 - Open Air Theatre San Diego, CA
Sep 22 - THE PEARL CONCERT THEATRE Las Vegas, NV
Sep 23 - The Rail Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 26 - PNE Forum Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Sep 28 - Sports Palace Mexico City, ME, MEXICO
Oct 20 - Madison Square Garden New York, NY,

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Comments (39)

weird indeed. couple of years and phoenix will only dream of opening for dp

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 6:19 PM

Dirty Projectors suck

Phoenix sucks even more

wow

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 6:28 PM


I wonder how Bud Light sales at the Garden will be on this night?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 6:31 PM

are they married yet?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 6:31 PM

re: who's next...

The Strokes

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 6:32 PM


Can my band play 1st of 3? We had a show at the Trash Bar totally cancel and need a show on this night.

Posted by Das Shit Holes | July 7, 2010 6:34 PM

I heard Vivian Girls are working the Merch table for this one

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 6:35 PM

"The Strokes"

doesn't count

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 6:38 PM


Whats next The Stokes are going to play Hammerstein, shiitt

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 6:42 PM

the joke is, why did phoenix boycott arizona?

to support 1070

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 6:48 PM

Next will probably be Vampire Weekend. Or CocoRosie. But definitely not Ted Leo!

Posted by J | July 7, 2010 6:56 PM

um, what?
since when can Phoenix fill an arena?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 6:58 PM

I knew it would happen.

June last year, Phoenix played 2 NYC shows, one in MHOW and the next night in Terminal 5. Then they had the 2 Summerstage shows, both sold out.

And now MSG. Capacity is more than all of their previous NYC shows in 2009 combined. Hammerstein doesn't count because it wasn't their show.

MHOW: 550
T5: 3400
Summerstage: 6000
Summerstage: 6000
Apple store in SoHo: 250
PC Richard Theater - 250

Total: 16,450

MSG: 20,000

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 7:07 PM

707, this is why we can't have nice things.

Posted by thomas malthus | July 7, 2010 7:14 PM

@7:07

mhow: 675
t5: 2800
msg: 12,000

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 7:30 PM

These concerts at MSG are never at full 20,000 capacity... its always scaled down to 15,000 or 10,000..

Phoenix are huge. They have big radio hits , songs in big movies / TV shows , commercials, etc.. girls love them ..they write catchy songs.. its hard not to like them a little as seem like a fun band with no annoying agenda..

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 7:31 PM

I remember thinking it was funny when The Liars played MSG a few years back (opening for interpol.)

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 7:36 PM

Forget Phoenix, I know damn well they can play Arena shows well, how will Dirty Projectors sound at MSG?

Also hoping to hear the Strokes eventual Fall tour schedule, fingers crossed they`ll play smaller venues, but I know in my heart it`ll be big arenas :(

Posted by Mr bojangles | July 7, 2010 7:48 PM

the strokes will definitely play the garden.

i am personally looking forward to the Wavves / Screaming Females / Total Slacker triple bill at MSG happening later this year. i heard instead of a merch table, there will be a hummus trough.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 8:28 PM

Speaking of cozy shows, Dirty Projectors are also playing at Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA
Mon, Sep 13, 2010. Floor section still available so can't be even close to sold out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 9:00 PM

neutral milk hotel could sell out the garden.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 9:08 PM

"neutral milk hotel could sell out the garden."

maybe, but i think mangum has enough sense to not ever attempt that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 9:15 PM

neutral hummus motel confirmed as direct support

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 9:36 PM

"maybe, but i think mangum has enough sense to not ever attempt that."

really? didn't nmh play the garden in '89? doesn't jefe love attention?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 10:32 PM

i think it would be really cool if neutral milk hotel did a one off show in a field outside of new york (Randall's island like the arcade fire) or something and just see how many people would come. i bet the first show back would get at least 40-50 thousand. it would be crazy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 11:05 PM

all that math 7:07 and you still don't have a fucking clue what you are talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 2:37 AM

neutral milk hotel: 14 nights JUST ANNOUNCED at terminal 5. jeff is friends with sound guys there and says the acoustics will suit the "noise" of their new rekord.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 3:10 AM

the national are next for msg, right? they gotta headline it sometime. opening for MM & REM don't count

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 3:11 AM

^the natl was banned from msg. for sodomy. and gomorrahy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 9:00 AM

I'd be shocked if they sell out MSG. Having a big festival crowd vs. paying $50 to see them are two very different things.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 9:01 AM

curious to see how much tix will be

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 9:44 AM

this phoenix success is so weird. good for them though

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 9:55 AM

good for phoenix..glad saw them in a 300 person venue before blowing up

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:34 AM

9:44 - 29.50, 39.50, 49.50. That's right, a $60 (with fees) Phoenix ticket.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 11:07 AM

The Strokes already played MSG; the theater in MSG....

Radiohead played in the theater too.

Neither played the main arena.

I wonder which Pheonix will be playing; arena or theater. Strangely, I'd think arena, since they have much more pop appeal.... which should never be underestimated...

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 11:12 AM

Radiohead played the MAIN MSG arena in the summer of 2001. I was there...too many rookies / people that have no clue what they are taliking about on this board. Math is not that hard and 99% of most gigs at MSG are in the 12K to 15K range.

the Strokes will proably play 2 shows at MSG (15K per) sometime in the next year. That is a lock...

Posted by radiohead | July 8, 2010 11:25 AM

indeed 11:25. fuckin' amateurs. radiohead also played 2 sold out dates in the arena behind Hail To The Thief in October 2003.

Posted by MSG | July 8, 2010 1:56 PM

Let's face it: Phoenix are rock stars. They made a terrific album with pop sensibility that happened to get insanely popular. I saw them at Summerstage last year and they put on a great show that could certainly work in an arena setting. The crowd will get a nice nap during Dirty Projectors.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 5:18 PM

I wear tight jeans and hate music...

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 5:24 PM

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