Franz Ferdinand Announce North American Tour

Franz Ferdinand Announce North American Tour
With all the details now firmed up for Franz Ferdinand’s upcoming new album, the pop-rockin’ Scots are taking the next logical step: announcing a tour. Next month, the Franz are due to play several U.S. cities, as well as deliver a trio of live dates in Canada, hitting up Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.

The dates come in support of the band’s follow-up to 2005's You Could Have It So Much Better, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, an album that’s "much more of a dance floor record,” front-man Alex Kapranos recently told Exclaim!

Kapranos went on to explain: "The drums and the bass guitar, they really lead on a lot of songs; I think the bass is the lead instrument on most of this record.

"I mean our first one was supposed to be a dance record but this one is in a different kind of way. The tempos are a little slower, which makes things heavier, and things swing a bit more. And there are a few different sounds as well, more electronic noises than on the last record."

Franz Ferdinand’s new Tonight single, "Ulysses,” is due out early next month on December 2, while the album will hit U.S. and Canada on January 27 via Domino USA/Epic.

Now, here are all those live dates:

11/27 Rotterdam, Netherlands - WATT (Main Hall)
12/3 Montreal, Quebec - La Tulipe
12/4 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
12/6 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre (WFNX show)
12/8 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom (KNRK show)
12/9 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
12/11 Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena (Live 105 show)
12/12 Las Vegas, NV - The Joint (KVGS show)
12/14 Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre (KROQ show)
12/15 San Diego, CA - Canes
12/29 Gisborne, New Zealand - Rhythm & Vines Festival
12/30 Marion Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
12/31 Lorne, Australia - Falls Festival
1/3 Busselton, Australia - Southbound Festival
1/5 Melbourne, Australia - Palace Theatre *
1/6 Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre *
1/8 Brisbane, Australia - Sunset Sounds Festival
1/14 Edinburgh, Scotland - The Picture House
1/20 London, England - Heaven

* with the Cribs, Red Riders

Franz Ferdinand "Ulysses”