The festival will pit Rock Band bands in a virtual battle of the bands where the winners will rock their way onto the main stage. Rock Band-ers will compete in head-to-head competitions for the chance to play on the main stage in-between the sets of the headline acts. The Rock Band bands that will get to be on stage will be chosen through a mix of local radio promotions, national contests and on-site competition at each Rock Band festival stop.
According to MTV, tickets for the tour will go on sale to the public on Friday, August 8th at 10:00AM local time. The tour will kick off on October 5th in San Diego, CA and continue through November 14th ending in Houston, TX.
"Rock Band Live brings together a terrific combination of artists for a night of rock 'n roll love," said Paul DeGooyer, MTV's Senior Vice President of Electronic Games & Music. "The bands are fantastic, the timing dovetails perfectly with the release of Rock Band 2, and the events will be tons of interactive fun for families."
The acts, just like the fans, are very excited at a tour combining music and videogames. "We're huge fans of Rock Band and feel honored to join the Rock Band 2 game disk setlist with some of our favorite artists like The Who, Bob Dylan and Journey!" said Panic At The Disco's Brendon Urie. "And what better way to celebrate our involvement with the game than joining the first Rock Band tour. We're definitely excited to be a part of things"
Dashboard Confessional's singer Chris Carrabba is also a fan of Rock Band. "I'm practicing my Rock Band drumming. With any luck I'll win a spot on stage to show what I can REALLY do."
Panic At The Disco will be featured on the Rock Band 2 game disk coming out this September. In addition, all Rock Band Live tour acts will be featured in a forthcoming downloadable content pack for the game.
The Rock Band Live tour will visit the following locations: Date, City, Venue
- Sunday, October 05, 2008 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
- Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
- Thursday, October 09, 2008 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Outdoors
- Friday, October 10, 2008 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
- Saturday, October 11, 2008 San Jose, CA SJ Events Center
- Sunday, October 12, 2008 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
- Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Seattle, WA Everett Event Center
- Thursday, October 16, 2008 Salt Lake City, UT The E Center
- Friday, October 17, 2008 Denver, CO Broomfield Events Center
- Saturday, October 18, 2008 Lincoln, NE Pershing Center
- Sunday, October 19, 2008 St. Louis, MO Scott Trade Center
- Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
- Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
- Thursday, October 23, 2008 Detroit, MI EMU
- Friday, October 24, 2008 Toronto, Canada Arrow Hall
- Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Bridgeport, CT Harbor Yard
- Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
- Friday, October 31, 2008 Washington, DC Patriot Center
- Saturday, November 01, 2008 Philadelphia, PA Spectrum
- Sunday, November 02, 2008 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
- Tuesday, November 04, 2008 Atlanta. GA Gwinnett Center
- Thursday, November 06, 2008 Tampa, FL USF Sundome
- Friday, November 07, 2008 Miami, FL U of Miami - Bank United
- Saturday, November 08, 2008 Gainesville, FL U of F - O Connell Center
- Sunday, November 09, 2008 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
- Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Bossier City, LA Century Tel
- Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Dallas, TX Nokia Theater
- Thursday, November 13, 2008 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
- Friday, November 14, 2008 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
About the Artists
Panic At The Disco released their sophomore album, Pretty. Odd. on March 25, 2008 through Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen. While the album is equally as catchy and infectious as their debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, the new album was created as an expansive pop album that channels the ghosts of Brian Wilson, The Beatles and The Zombies. The band’s previous album sold over 2.2 million copies, and their single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” became a #1 hit on MTV, snagging the Best Video award in 2006.
Dashboard Confessional, led by critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba, has had three consecutive gold records - The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most (2001), A Mark A Mission A Brand A Scar (2003), and Dusk and Summer (2006). The band toured with U2 and wrapped up their last headline run in 2006 with a sold out Madison Square Garden show. They are putting the finishing touches on a new album, which was produced by Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger.
Joining Panic At The Disco and Dashboard Confessional are very special guests Plain White T’s and The Cab. Plain White T’s are about to release Big Bad World the highly anticipated follow-up to the band’s platinum-plus-selling breakthrough release Every Second Counts. On the strength of mega-hit single “Hey There Delilah,” which rocketed to No. 1 in 10 countries and was the fourth song in history to sell over 3 million digital downloads, Every Second Counts sold over a million and a half copies worldwide and earned the Chicago quintet not one, but two Grammy nominations. The Cab are the next up-and-coming band that will soon become a household name. They released their debut album, Whisper War, on April 29th through Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen.