Good Records / Hollywood Records recording artists The Polyphonic Spree are packing their robes for a string of North American dates with rock icon David Bowie. The highly anticipated trek kicks off on March 29 in Philadelphia and continues through April 30 in New Orleans. (See below for a complete list of tour dates.)
The tour holds very special meaning for the 24-member choral symphonic pop group, who credit Bowie with playing an instrumental role in their phenomenal success. The story dates back to 2002, when word of the band's triumphant performance at Austin's South by Southwest prompted an invitation from Bowie to play his Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall. "We completely freaked out when we got the call," remembers frontman Tim DeLaughter. "At the time, we had only been together for about a year and a half, had never played anywhere outside of our home state of Texas, and didn't have the money to fly the entire group overseas. But his people told us not to worry; they took care of everything, which was incredibly generous of them. So we went to London, compliments of David Bowie, and the show was a huge success. Everyone was talking about it. It got us one gig after another and was a major turning point in the band's career."
The Polyphonic Spree have been on a roll ever since, playing sold out shows to ecstatic crowds around the world while their euphoric live show and stunning debut album (The Beginning Stages Of...) have garnered widespread critical acclaim. Blender magazine called the band's live show "...one of the most spectacular live acts..." while Esquire magazine said, "...the Spree is easily the most original and genuine idea ever to hit a rock 'n' roll stage." The Los Angeles Times wrote, "...the Texas troupe's percolating Pepperlandish power of positive singing is the perfect tonic in troubled times," and The New York Times wrote, "The Polyphonic Spree revived the blissful, elaborate pop of 'Penny Lane,' 'Pet Sounds' and 'Happy Together.'"
As the band preps for the Bowie tour, the video for lead single "Light & Day" has gone into "Blowtorch" rotation on MTV2. They're heating up the radio airwaves as well with airplay across the country with major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Dallas coming in early. The Polyphonic Spree's irrepressibly sunny sound has also illuminated New York's Madison Avenue, who made "Light & Day" the focal point of a Volkswagen/iPod television commercial.
The group recently finished recording its sophomore album. The much-anticipated record is due for release later this year.
During a recent interview with The Dallas Morning News, Bowie was asked for his thoughts on The Polyphonic Spree. "I love them," he said. "They can do no wrong in my book."
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The Polyphonic Spree tour dates:
3.29.04 Wachovia Center | Philadelphia, PA
3.30.04 Fleet Center | Boston, MA
4.01.04 Air Canada Centre | Toronto, ON
4.02.04 Corel Centre | Ottawa, ON
4.04.04 Colisee Pepsi | Quebec City, QC
4.07.04 Winnipeg Arena | Winnipeg, MB
4.09.04 Rexall Place | Edmonton, AB
4.11.04 Skyreach Place | Kelowna, BC
4.13.04 Rose Garden Arena | Portland, OR
4.14.04 Key Arena | Seattle, WA
4.16.04 Berkeley Comm. Theatre | Berkeley, CA
4.25.04 Budweiser Events Center | Loveland, CO
4.27.04 The Backyard | Austin, TX
4.29.04 C.W. Mitchell Pavilion | The Woodlands, TX
4.30.04 Saenger Theatre | New Orleans, LA
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