Ben Gibbard readies for "Former Lives" solo outing
Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has plotted a solo sweep of parts of North America this fall in support of his impending new album, "Former Lives."
The indie-rock frontman will begin the trek with an Oct. 9 hometown show in Seattle, followed by an Oct. 14 gig in Toronto. The tour gets into full swing in November, when he returns to the road for a Nov. 1 show in Minneapolis, and continues for another dozen dates scattered across the nation.
Nearly a half dozen European gigs finish up the musician's itinerary. Ticketing information for the entire club and theater outing is available now at Gibbard's website.
Gibbard is set to unveil "Former Lives," his solo debut, Oct. 16 via Barsuk Records. The 12-track release features "Broken Yolk in Western Sky," which he's been performing at solo acoustic gigs since 2004.
"These songs span eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking," Gibbard explained of the new effort on his website. "They're a side story, not a new chapter."
Gibbard's solo effort comes roughly 18 months after Death Cab for Cutie's seventh studio album, "Codes and Keys.". That collection peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.
"I'm doubtful I'll have another solo album for another 10 years because the health of Death Cab for Cutie has never been better," Gibbard said at his website.
9 - Seattle, WA - Chinese Room at Smith Tower
14 - Toronto, Ontario - The Danforth Music Hall
1 - Minneapolis, MN - Assembly Hall at The Women's Club
2 - Chicago, IL - Athenaeum Theatre
4 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theater
5 - New York, NY - Town Hall
7 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
8 - Washington, D.C. - Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
10 - Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom
11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
13 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
14 - Los Angeles, CA - Wilshire Ebell
16 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
17 - Seattle, WA - Washington Hall
18 - Portland, OR - McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom
29 - Hamburg, Germany - Kulurkirche Koln
30 - Berlin, Germany - Passionskirche
3 - London, United Kingdom - Union Chapel
4 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
5 - Paris, France - Cafe de la Danse