Passion Pit will hit the road later this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the indie electro-rock outfit’s 2009 debut album, Manners. The 18-show tour will begin on April 30th with a performance at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ, and continues throughout the month of May before wrapping on May 25th in Washington, DC. The band did not state who would be joining them throughout the tour as support to go with Monday’s announcement.The run of spring performances will make a point to visit primarily major U.S. and Canadian cities. Some of the venues included on the band’s spring tour schedule include The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA (5/1); The Masonic in San Francisco (5/5); Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC (5/8); the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO (5/12); the Riviera Theater in Chicago, IL (5/15); Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON (5/17); Pier 17 at South Street Seaport in New York, NY (5/21); House of Blues in Boston, MA (5/23); and The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA (5/24).The band’s lead singer, Michael Angelakos, also shared a statement about what the album still means to him 10 years later:“One of the greatest challenges for me, has been attempting to listen back to Manners and not relive the terror, confusion, and euphoria that it was so vividly informed by. For most of my life, I’ve ignored or dismissed it as a type of coping mechanism. It always seemed to play back like an audible dream journal I can’t even remember writing. And, the years we spent touring in support of it were never easy, especially in the beginning, as though playing the songs every single night were a form of exposure therapy in front of an audience. Ten years later, Manners seems to finally feel like the moment that it was: a tectonic shift during the strangest, most defining year of my life. To me, and to many of the people closest to the project, Manners has always been the most deeply misunderstood Passion Pit album. Eleven years after I began writing it, and ten more struggling to comprehend it, it suddenly does not seem so frivolous or self-absorbed to celebrate Manners—to celebrate surviving it, to get another chance to shine a certain light on it, but without the fear and the pain that went into making it. I can’t think of a better way of doing so than performing it live, doing both the album and one of the most significant moments of my life, a healthy justice.”Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the public starting this Friday, February 8th, at 10 a.m. local time. Fans can head to the band’s website for ticket info. A full listing of tour dates, cities, and venues can also be referenced below.Passion Pit Tour DatesApril 30 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee TheatreMay 1 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North ParkMay 3 – Las Vegas, NV – House of BluesMay 5 – San Francisco, CA – The MasonicMay 7 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDoMay 8 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore BallroomMay 9 – Portland, OR – Roseland TheaterMay 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – The ComplexMay 12 – Denver, CO – Ogden TheatreMay 14 – Saint Paul, MN – Palace TheatreMay 15 – Chicago, IL – Riviera TheaterMay 16 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music TheatreMay 17 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music HallMay 19 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids TheatreMay 21 – New York, NY – Pier 17 at South Street SeaportMay 23 – Boston, MA – House of BluesMay 24 – Philadelphia, PA – The FillmoreMay 25 – Washington, DC – The AnthemView All Tour Dates
Press Association “You expect when you play so many games with that much intensity that you will lose one or two players. “We have so many games that I always knew I’d have to make changes. Full-back is a demanding position.” Lukas Podolski is expected to return to training this week having recovered from his own hamstring injury with the trip to Manchester City on December 14 the earliest possible date for the German forward’s return. “Lukas Podolski should be back in normal training after the Hull game,” Wenger said. “He will then be available but he lacks match fitness. It will take at least a week with normal training to consider him fit for the squad.” Wenger denied reports that he has agreed a six-month loan deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and that a £6million bid for Brazilian marksman Alexandre Pato has been rejected by Corinthians. Sagna is expected to be out for one match with Carl Jenkinson set to replace the French full-back as the Gunners seek to increase their lead at the top of the table. “I believe we will lose Sagna who has a slight hamstring problem and he should be out for tomorrow’s game,” manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna will miss Wednesday night’s Barclays Premier League clash with Hull at the Emirates Stadium with a hamstring injury.