Dr Dog is done with the road.
Or at least the Philadelphia psych-rock band will be, once they complete a final trip directly dubbed The Last Tour, which will end with four dates in Philadelphia at two venues at the end of 2021.
The home stretch for the band led by Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman, who grew up together in West Chest Grove, Pa., Begins August 20 at the Fred the Festival in Arlington, Vermont and concludes with two evenings at the Theater of Living Arts on December 28 and 29 and two at Union Transfer on December 30 and 31.
Tickets for the four Philadelphia shows go on sale Friday at noon with links to tickets on drdogmusic.com. Limited presales are available Tuesday at noon, with the code DRDOGLIVE.
Does that mean Dr. Dog is breaking up? No. In fact, that doesn’t even mean they’ve finished playing live. An ad posted on social media on Monday did not rule out future festival performances or isolated dates.
The band wrote: “You are done touring for good! … it is important to us that you understand that this is not a breakup or anything like that. We don’t know what Dr Dog will do, we just know it won’t include the tour except for this tour that we are announcing now which will prevail.
Before the pandemic’s forced layoff, Dr Dog had been on the road virtually non-stop since his album Easy Beat was released in 2005. They still identify as a band from Philly, but McMicken lives in Tucson, Arizona. , for years, and drummer Eric Slick, who launched a successful solo career, lives in Richmond, Va., with his wife, singer Natalie Prass.
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The Dr. Dog tour was part of a wave of music news this week.
Michelle Zauner from the group Philly Japanese Breakfast will see Crying in H Mart, his best-selling memoir about grief, food, and his Korean-American identity, made into a feature film by MGM’s Orion Pictures. Zauner herself will adapt the book for the screen. His three Japanese breakfast shows at Union Transfer from August 6 to 8 are sold out and a fourth on August 10 is now on sale.
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Meanwhile, Bruce Springsteen also announced on Monday that he is relaunching his solo show. Springsteen on Broadway, opening at the St. James Theater in New York on June 26 and through September 4 at the St. James Theater in New York. To enter, all ticket holders must prove that they are fully vaccinated. And New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that a “massive” concert booked by music director Clive Davis is scheduled for Central Park on August 21.