"I have a stellar band: Larry Taylor (upright bass), Patrick Warren (keyboards), Omar Torrez (guitars), Vincent Henry (woodwinds) and Casey Waits (drums and percussion)", says Waits. "They play with racecar precision and they are all true conjurers. I'm doing songs with them I've never attempted outside the studio. They are all multi-instrumentalists and they polka like real men."
The European tour will also be subject to new anti-scalper plans, thus attempting to ensure that every fan will pay only face value (plus normal service and handling fees) for the tickets. They will be limited to two per person with the purchaser's name - and name of their plus one - printed on the ticket. Ticket-holders will need photo ID corresponding to the names on the tickets to gain access to the venues. Ticket-holders will need photo ID corresponding to the names on the tickets to gain access to the venues.
European tour dates are as follows:
DATE - CITY - VENUE - ON-SALE INFO July 12 - SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - Auditorium Kursaal - Ticket Hotline 902 10 12 12. International enquiries +34 933 262 946. Tickets also available online from www.telentrada.com. Tickets on sale Monday 2nd June at 9.00AM.
July 14 & 15 - BARCELONA, SPAIN - Auditorium Forum - Ticket Hotline 902 10 12 12. International enquiries +34 933 262 946. Tickets also available online from www.telentrada.com. Tickets on sale Monday 2nd June at 9.00AM.
July 17, 18 & 19 - MILAN, ITALY - Teatro Degli Arcimboldi - Ticket Hotline - valid only in Italy - 892101. International enquiries +39 0584 46477. Tickets also available online from www.ticketone.it. Tickets on internet presale on Friday 23rd May at 9.00AM and all other outlets from Monday 26th May at 9.00AM.
July 21 & 22 - PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - KCP - Tickets available on www.ticketpro.cz with firstname.lastname@example.org handling enquiries from English and German speaking customers. Tickets on sale on Friday 30th May at 9.00AM.
July 24 & 25 - PARIS, FRANCE - Grand Rex - Ticket Hotline is 0890 39 01 00 - accessed from France only - with +33 (0)1 46 91 57 67 for international enquiries. Tickets on sale as an internet presale from http://www.gdp.fr/index2.php?idDirBill=1311 on Monday 26th May at 9.00AM, with all other outlets from Wednesday 28th May at 9.00AM.
July 27 & 28 - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - Playhouse - Ticket Hotline on +44 870 606 3424 and online from www.ticketmaster.co.uk. On sale at 9.00AM on Tuesday 27th May.
July 30, 31 and August 1 - DUBLIN, IRELAND - The Ratcellar, Phoenix Park - Ticket Hotline is 0818 719 300 - accessed from Ireland only - with 0870 243 4455 for the UK and +353 1 4 569 569 for international enquiries. Tickets also available online from www.ticketmaster.ie. On sale at 9.00AM on Tuesday 27th May.