Neil Young drafts indie bands for tour

8:52 AM PST 08/19/2008 by Jonathan Cohen, Billboard, AP

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NEW YORK -- Neil Young has snared two of alternative rock's biggest bands to open for his fall North American tour. Death Cab for Cutie will open the first portion, beginning Oct. 14 in Minneapolis, while Wilco jumps aboard Nov. 29 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Young wraps a European tour Saturday in Coburg, Germany, and will appear as usual with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and others Sept. 20 outside Boston for the annual Farm Aid benefit. Yet to be announced are the dates for his annual Bridge School Benefit, traditionally held in late October.

As reported yesterday, Wilco is expected to spend the time before the Young dates to continue work on its seventh album, due next spring.

Death Cab for Cutie finishes an Australian run Friday in Brisbane and starts a short North American headlining run Oct. 3 in Boston.

Here are Neil Young's fall tour dates:

Oct. 14: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Oct. 16: Winnipeg, Manitoba (MTS Center, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Oct. 18: Regina, Saskatchewan (Brandt Center, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Oct. 19: Calgary, Alberta (Pengrowth Saddledome, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Oct. 21: Everett, Wash. (Comcast Arena, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Oct. 22: Vancouver (GM Place, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Oct. 29: San Diego (Cox Arena, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Oct. 30: Los Angeles (Forum, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Nov. 1: Reno, Nev. (Events Center, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Nov. 4: Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Nov. 5: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center, with Death Cab for Cutie)
Nov. 29: Halifax, Nova Scotia (Metro Center, with Wilco)
Dec. 1: Montreal (Bell Center, with Wilco)
Dec. 2: Ottawa, Ontario (Scotia Bank Place, with Wilco)
Dec. 4: Toronto (Air Canada Center, with Wilco)
Dec. 7: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills, with Wilco)
Dec. 9: Chicago (Allstate Center, no opener specified)
Dec. 12: Philadelphia (Wachovia Spectrum, with Wilco)
Dec. 15: New York (Madison Square Garden, with Wilco)
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