Hold Steady & War On Drugs Tour

The War On Drugs to tour with The Hold Steady

The War On Drugs
The Hold Steady's Craig Finn has not been quiet about his love for The War On Drugs, saying "I still haven't seen this band live... but they made an amazing record that I was obsessed with for most of the year." Well, Craig and his bandmates will finally get their chance; twelve of them actually, as The War On Drugs will be opening a string of dates starting March 31 for The Hold Steady.

This will mark the most extensive U.S. tour The War On Drugs have taken since the release of their critically acclaimed debut Wagonwheel Blues as the band spent the bulk of 2008 across the pond playing what Uncut's Allan Jones described as "a frantic 30 minutes or so, packed from floor to ceiling with moments of startling rapture and abandoned mayhem, is as good as anything I've seen all year." As such, The War On Drugs will return to Europe in February.

The War On Drugs opening for The Hold Steady Tour:

3/31 Albany, NY - Valentine's
4/01 Buffalo, NY - Traif Music Hall
4/03 Urbana, IL - Illini Courtyard Cafe
4/04 Bloomington, IN - Jake's Nightclub
4/06 St. Louis, MO - The Gargoyle
4/07 Iowa City, IA - Picador
4/08 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
4/10 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
4/11 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
4/13 Reno, NV - The Underground
4/14 Stateline, NV - Harrah's Tahoe South Shore
4/15 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's

The War On Drugs European Dates:
2/19 Oostende, Belgium - Manuscript
2/19 Oostende, Belgium - Manuscript
2/20 Lille, France - L'Aeronef
2/21 Clermont Ferrand, France - Nuits de Alligator @ La Cooperative Club
2/22 Bordeaux, France - Le St X
2/24 Paris, France - Maroquinerie
2/25 Evreux, France - Nuits de Alligator @ L'Abordage
2/26 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
2/27 Groningen, NL - Vera
2/28 Den Bosch, NL - W2
3/01 Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
3/02 Brussel, Belgium - Botanique
3/04 Munchen, Germany - Orange House
3/05 Leipzig, Germany - NATO
3/06 Hannover, Germany - Cafe Glocksee

Complete Hold Steady Tour Dates available here.

"Needle In Your Eye" by The War On Drugs


[Published on: 12/16/08]

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AintNoFreedom starstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 01:58PM
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granola Tue 12/16/2008 01:58PM
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War On Drugs is the worst band name ever.

TheJuice starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 02:02PM
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war on drugs is the worst period

RichardHaley Tue 12/16/2008 02:05PM
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Wow, love the band and LOVE the name. A nice bit of Dylan in the delivery and great, instrumental sections.. i think sometimes those get referred to as "jams." Anyway, sick band, and Hold Steady are amazing, Finn is one of the best storytellers around... what a great tour!

SOAM84 starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 02:25PM
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Hold Steady...mediocre....i think you have been listening to much mindless trust fund hippie music...

LisforLATHAM starstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 02:27PM
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AintNoIntelligence...how the christ are The Hold Steady mediocre?????

minguslax35 Tue 12/16/2008 02:36PM
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i never listened to the band(war on drugs) before i read this article, mostly because i dont like the name, but based on the song in that video and the one up top, i think they sound pretty cool

megustaphish star Tue 12/16/2008 02:53PM
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mikemac9317 Tue 12/16/2008 03:04PM
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STS9 is not music compared to the Hold Steady. Mediocre? I agree with SOAM84 on the trust fund hippie comment

gmoo Tue 12/16/2008 03:10PM
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Your music is not music compared to my music.

AintNoFreedom Tue 12/16/2008 05:44PM
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Ha. Trust fund? Please! I work for my money.

I don't know, I like all kinds of music but with songs like that "Hood Rat Friend" tune drive me crazy. Prove me wrong though, I'd be glad to be converted... What's their best song and I'll look it up.

SOAM84 starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 09:15PM
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yo AintNoFreedom, check out the album "Boys and Girls in America" came out last year and blew the doors off! You really can't go wrong with any song on there. As a jamband fan I'm sure you will get a kick out of "chill out tent" we can all relate to that story in some way or another....The new album Stay Positive is incredible too...but you gotta catch'em live to get the (reggie and the) full effect

KudzuHug starstarstarstar Tue 12/16/2008 11:43PM
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You don't have to deal with the dealers

cam0083 starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/17/2008 09:55AM
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let your boyfriend deal with the dealers

cam0083 starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/17/2008 09:59AM
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When I first bought it I thought Boys and Girls was my favorite album but after going back to Separation Sunday I've changed my mind again. Maybe I just burnt out on it after listening to it a million times, but I like Sunday more. Just bought the new one though and think it is probably the worst out of all of them but it will probably grow on me as they all have

nuke_ticketbastard starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/17/2008 12:29PM
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hmmm THS is my favorite new band so i am feeling obliged to defend them against such foolish statements as above , but then i think.... "do i really want everyone to know how good they are? it will just make it harder to get tickets and harder to get a good spot on the floor."

maybe its better to leave some people in the dark. of course if its not your cup o' tea .. well thats fine too. by the way i like all 4 albums and listen to them all in heavy rotation.

so , do you want me to tell it like its "boy meets girl and the rest is history" yeah or do want it like a murder mystery?

i'm gonna tell it like a comeback story

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/17/2008 09:23PM
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never heard of these guys... thansk SOAM im gonna check that out

-always love me some new grooves

cavemandan Thu 12/18/2008 03:21PM
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wow its like a clusterflucked bob dylan wannabe band.... maybe LESS drugs would help this band?????/

music_man86 Thu 12/18/2008 05:06PM
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all i know is that the hold steady is far and away becoming one of my favorite bands. "Stay Positive" is probably my #1 album next to tv on the radio's "dear science." I just saw THS with the drive by truckers in louisville and it was probably the best thing i've ever witnessed. Love to hear both will be playing in st. louis

mattynape starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/5/2009 03:22PM
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the hold steady is alright. but hell, i can't wait for the war on drugs! so glad they'll be in iowa city!

people who enjoy them should check out kurt vile's solo album too.