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Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls have announced a co-headlining tour that will be stopping mostly at amphitheaters in cities including Toronto, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles. Matchbox Twenty is touring in support of their 2012 album, North.  Meanwhile, the Goo Goo Dolls have a new release, Magnetic, which should be coming out on May 7.

Although the itinerary is amphitheater heavy, the tour does have a few large indoor shows.  The tour actually launches in Manchester, NH at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  A couple of other indoor engagements include the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk in Universal City and the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

The current tour schedule is as follows:

06/25/13 – Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH
06/26/13 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
06/27/13 – Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, Ontario
06/29/13 – First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA
06/30/13 – Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
07/02/13 – Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park in Highland Park, IL
07/03/13 – Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park in Highland Park, IL
07/06/13 – DTE Energy Music  Theatre in Clarkston, MI
07/07/13 – Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN
07/09/13 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St. Louis in Maryland Heights, MO
07/10/13 – I Wireless Center in Moline, IL
07/12/13 – Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
07/15/13 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater in Englewood, CO
07/17/13 – Gibson Amphitheatre At Universal CityWalk in Universal City, CA
07/20/13 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA
07/21/13 – California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, CA
07/23/13 – Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, CA
07/30/13 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
07/31/13 – Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, TX
08/02/13 – Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham, AL
08/03/13 – Aaron’s Amphitheater At Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
08/04/13 – Live Nation Amphitheater in Tampa, FL
08/06/13 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte, NC
08/07/13 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh, NC
08/08/13 – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, VA
08/10/13 – Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
08/11/13 – Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ
08/13/13 – Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT
08/14/13 – The Star Pavilion At Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
08/16/13 – PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
08/17/13 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
08/18/13 – Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA

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Pete Townshend, the legendary guitarist and frontman for the classic rock band, The Who, slammed Apple’s iTunes at the beginning of this month, calling them a “digital vampire.” Speaking in Manchester in northwest England, Townshend called on the online music giant to do more to assist the artists from whom they are making so much money from. Townshend was quoted as stating the following:

“Is there really any good reason why, just because iTunes exists in the wild west Internet land of Facebook and Twitter, it can’t provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire… for its enormous commission?”

He went on to describe how record labels and publishers had provided a range of services to artists, offering editorial guidance and how they would nurture artists creatively in the past. He did offer a possible solution though. He stated that he he feels Apple should hire 20 talent scouts “from the dying record business” to help new acts and provide financial and marketing support to the best of them.

Although I do feel that this is a great idea on one hand, I do not think that it would be a smart move for Apple overall. I feel that by doing so, Apple would open themselves up to a whole new industry that they know nothing about. Right now, they are riding a fine line, but they are still very much a computer company and not a music company. I say keep it that way and let’s try to find better ways of incorporating Apple’s iTunes into the music industry’s overall model. What are your thoughts?