2008 Honda Civic Tour Featuring Panic At The Disco Announces Nationwide Performance Dates


    Access to Special Pre-sale Tickets Beginning Jan. 30 Can Be Found On

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 /CNW/ -- For the past seven years, the Honda Civic
Tour (HCT) has been acclaimed as a "must see" music tour, and this year is no
exception. Following the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album,
Pretty. Odd., on March 25, Panic At The Disco will be ready to take the wheel
as 2008 HCT headliners. They begin their nationwide tour April 10 in San
Francisco at the Warfield (see all dates below). Panic will be joined on the
annual spring outing by Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound and Phantom
    Honda Civic Tour general on-sale begins Feb. 2 in select cities.
Beginning Jan. 30, fans will have a chance to scoop up be pre-sale tickets by
visiting www.hondacivictour.com.
    "Last year we actually did a spur-of-the-moment acoustic set at the Vegas
date of the Civic Tour," said Ryan Ross of Panic At The Disco. "So it's
awesome to be playing every show this year."
    A key perk of the HCT headlining gig is the opportunity to customize a
Honda Civic Hybrid that's subsequently won by an extremely lucky fan. Panic At
The Disco unveiled their one-of-a-kind creation at a press event held at
American Honda headquarters earlier this month. This special car -- which has
been autographed by the band, making it the ultimate in memorabilia -- will be
showcased at each stop along the HCT, where concertgoers can enter to win it.
Starting in February, fans will also be able to register for a shot at Panic's
green machine by visiting www.hondacivictour.com. No purchase is necessary to
enter.  Entry is limited to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States
and the District of Columbia 18 years or older.
    This year's Honda Civic Tour is rolling out an environmental action plan
in which tickets themselves will equal action: For every Honda Civic Tour
Panic At The Disco ticket purchased, $1 will go into a fund designated for
nonprofit tour partners Reverb and Global Inheritance. Selected by Panic At
The Disco, Reverb (a leader in the "greening" of concert tours) and Global
Inheritance (a champion of progressive causes with a tight connection to youth
subcultures) are collaborating to engage audiences in fun, fan-friendly,
interactive exhibits during the tour. Additionally, this collective will make
a substantial contribution -- in the name of The 2008 Honda Civic Tour with
Panic At The Disco -- to a cause to be determined by the end of the tour. The
beneficiary will be selected on merit and its potential to have a lasting
impact on the generation-defining environmental movement.
    Panic at the Disco
    Their upcoming release, "Pretty. Odd." was recorded in Las Vegas' Studio
at the Palms, with additional production and mixing at the world-renowned
Abbey Road Studios in London.  Produced by Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated
arranger/composer Rob Mathes, the album sees Panic At The Disco embracing a
melodic, classic rock-inspired aesthetic while still maintaining the visionary
pop modernism that made its debut among the new millennium's most popular and
successful releases. The album will be heralded by the first single, "Nine In
The Afternoon," which is slated to impact at radio outlets nationwide later
this month and will go on sale digitally on Jan. 29. In addition, a companion
video clip -- directed by Shane Drake, who also helmed the band's 2006 MTV
Video Music Award-winning Video of the Year, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" --
will have its world premiere shortly.
    Motion City Soundtrack
    Motion City Soundtrack (Epitaph Records) perfect their trademark blend of
indie rock riffs, bittersweet melodies, driving synths, and droll-yet-earnest
lyrics on Even If It Kills Me, out now. Produced in parts by the duo of
Fountain of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger & Girls vs Boys' Eli Janney, and by pop-
rock legend Ric Ocasek, Even If It Kills Me is a heartfelt examination of the
human condition, at turns both comic and tragic. Contagiously clever,
buoyantly catchy, and featuring the instantly memorable single "This Is For
Real," Even If It Kills Me is the year's most anticipated record.
    The Hush Sound
    Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen band The Hush Sound will release Goodbye
Blues, their follow up to 2006's Like Vines, on March 18. Produced by Kevin
Augunas (Cold War Kids), the album is the Chicago-based band's most ambitious
work to date, a mature and masterful album which displays its distinctive gift
for melding emotional depth, intellectual vigor, and catchy pop buoyancy.
Goodbye Blues will first be available for pre-orders on the band's website,
www.thehushsound.com, beginning January 29th. Fans who preorder the album will
receive an exclusive digital download of the album's first single, "Honey." In
addition, Fueled By Ramen webstore customers who pre-order Panic At The
Disco's upcoming album, Pretty. Odd. will receive a limited $2 discount
applicable to the purchase of Goodbye Blues.
    "I can't wait to get back on the road with Panic again," said Greta
Salpeter of The Hush Sound. "The 2006 tour with them was my favorite tour
we've done and this Honda Civic Tour is looking to be even better. We are all
psyched to start playing new songs from Goodbye Blues. We'll see YOU there!"
    Phantom Planet
    Los Angeles-based band Phantom Planet has joined the Fueled By Ramen
family for their fourth full-length collection. Produced by Tony Berg (Aimee
Mann, Pete Yorn, Nickel Creek), the power-pop combo's label debut, "RAISE THE
DEAD," is set for release on April 15. The band has earned a reputation as a
hard-touring live act, traveling the globe as both headline act and as support
to such artists as Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Guided By Voices,
Travis, Pete Yorn, the Vines, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Donnas,
Incubus, and Rilo Kiley.  A 4 song digital EP -- previously only available as
a physical CD on their recent tour with Maroon 5 and, later, the Fueled By
Ramen webstore until all copies sold out in a matter of weeks -- is being
released wide on January 29.  The band can also be found on tastemaker
DJ/producer Mark Ronson's latest single, "Just" (featuring Phantom Planet) --
a brilliant reconfiguration of the Radiohead classic. For more information
about Phantom Planet, visit their MySpace page at
    Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda now
employs more than 30,000 associates in North America. Honda currently has 12
manufacturing plants in North America, producing automobiles, light trucks,
motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, engines, transmissions
and other components. Nearly 8 of 10 Honda and Acura cars and light trucks
sold in America are assembled in North America as well. Many of these products
are now designed and developed at one of Honda's U.S. R&D centers. Honda
annually purchases more than $12 billion in parts and materials from suppliers
in North America.
    Produced by Marketing Factory, the Honda Civic Tour brings innovation and
environmental consciousness to the masses by combining the hottest in
automotive technology with the hottest in music.

    The Honda Civic Tour is scheduled to visit the following cities (dates
and venues subject to change):

    DATE       VENUE                       CITY                   ON SALE
    April 10   Warfield                    San Francisco, CA      February 2
    April 12   Soma                        San Diego, CA          February 2
    April 13   Mesa Amphitheatre           Phoenix, AZ            February 2
    April 15   Brady Theatre               Oklahoma City, OK      February 2
    April 17   Thomas Assembly Center
                at Louisiana Tech          Ruston, LA             February 16
    April 18   Palladium Ballroom          Dallas, TX             February 2
    April 19   Stubb's BBQ                 Austin, TX             February 16
    April 20   Verizon Wireless
                Amphitheatre               Houston, TX            February 2
    April 22   Ruth Eckerd Hall            Tampa, FL              February 2
    April 23   The Fillmore Miami Beach
                at the Jackie Gleason
                Theatre                    Miami, FL              February 2
    April 24   House of Blues - Orlando    Orlando, FL            February 2
    April 26   The Tabernacle              Atlanta, GA            February 2
    April 29   House of Blues -
                Myrtle Beach               Myrtle Beach, SC       February 16
    April 30   Constitution Hall           Washington, DC         February 2
    May 2      Alfond Arena  at the
                University of Maine        Orono, ME              February 16
    May 3      RPI Field House             Troy, NY               February 16
    May 6      Gordon Fieldhouse -
                Rochester Institute
                of Technology              Rochester, NY          February 16
    May 7      Roseland Ballroom           New York, NY           February 2
    May 9      Festival Pier
              Philadelphia, PA       February 2
    May 10     Chevrolet Theatre           Wallingford, CT        February 2
    May 11     Bank of America Pavilion    Boston, MA             February 2
    May 13     Metropolis                  Montreal, QC           February 16
    May 14     The Sound Academy           Toronto, ON            February 2
    May 16     Tower City Amphitheatre     Cleveland, OH          February 16
    May 17     PromoWest-Outdoor
                (LCPavilion)               Columbus, OH           February 16
    May 18     Egyptian Room at
                Murat Centre               Indianapolis, IN       February 16
    May 20     The Fillmore Theatre        Detroit, MI            February 2
    May 23     Congress Theatre            Chicago, IL            February 2
    May 25     Eagles Ballroom             Milwaukee, WI          February 16
    May 27     Myth                        Minneapolis, MN        February 2
    May 30     The Pageant                 St. Louis,  MO         February 2
    May 31     Westfair Amphitheatre       Omaha, NE              February 16
    June 1     Uptown Theatre              Kansas City,  MO       February 16
    June 3     The Fillmore Auditorium     Denver, CO             February 2
    June 4     Salt Air Theatre            Salt Lake City, UT     February 16
    June 6     PNE Forum                   Vancouver, BC          February 16
    June 7     Paramount Theatre           Seattle, WA            February 16
    June 8     Portland Exposition Center  Portland, OR           February 16
    June 13    The Pearl                   Las Vegas, NV          February 16
    June 14    The Theater at the
               Honda Center                Anaheim, CA            TBD

For further information:

For further information: Fran Curtis, +1-212-445-8423, 
fcurtis@rogersandcowan.com, or Lauren Ceradini, +1-212-445-8418, 
lceradini@rogersandcowan.com, both of ROGERS & COWAN, for Honda Civic Tour; 
or Christina Kotsamanidis, +1-212-707-2241, 
Christina.Kotsamanidis@atlanticrecords.com, for Panic At The Disco; or Sue 
Marcus, +1-718-222-8963, sue@stuntcompany.com, for Motion City Soundtrack; or 
Ashley White, +1-212-707-2050, Ashley.White@atlanticrecords.com, for The Hush 
Sound; or Glenn Fukushima, +1-818-238-6833, 
Glenn.Fukushima@atlanticrecords.com, for Phantom Planet; or Chris Martin, of 
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., +1-310-783-3164, chris_martin@ahm.honda.com; 
or Matthew Berkson, of Marketing Factory, +1-310-314-8008, 
matt@marketingfactory.com Web Site: http://www.hondacivictour.com

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