Daughtry announces tour dates

Kicks off Oct. 19 in Topeka, Kan.

NEW YORK -- Chris Daughtry and the rock band that bears his name are only halfway through a string of summer club dates celebrating the chart-topping album "Leave This Town," but the next extended jaunt through North American arenas is already set. The big-room leg of the tour kicks off Oct. 19 in Topeka, Kan. and winds up on Dec. 20 in Evansville, Ind.

Ticket information about the upcoming shows can be found at daughtryofficial.com.

As Chris Daughtry previously told Billboard, the band has some surprises planned for the fans as the show gets upgraded to the larger venues. "It's the first time where we actually get to use some big production," he said, "so maybe some pyro, who knows. It would be kind of fun to mess around with that. We're working on it right now, designing some different stage ideas and maybe try to incorporate some of the artwork of the record. We're messing around with the concept right now, so...it's gonna be a surprise."

The success of Daughtry's sophomore album is undeniable: "Leave This Town was released in mid-July, entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 and has remained in the top ten ever since. In the latest tally released earlier today the album sits at No. 8, having already sold a total of 514,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The full Daughtry tour schedule is:

Oct. 19: Topeka, KS (Kansas ExpoCentre)
Oct. 21: Omaha, NE (Omaha Civic Auditorium)
Oct. 22: Ames, IA (Hilton Coliseum)
Oct. 24: Madison, WI (Alliant Energy Center)
Oct. 25: Peoria, IL (Peoria Civic Center)
Oct. 26: Ft. Wayne, IN (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum)
Oct. 28: Lansing, MI (Breslin Events Center)
Oct. 29: Saginaw, MI (Dow Events Center)
Oct. 31: Toledo, OH (Lucas County Arena)
Nov. 2: Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
Nov. 4: Youngstown, OH (Covelli Centre)
Nov. 5: Reading, PA (Sovereign Center)
Nov. 6: Atlantic City, NJ (Trump Taj Mahal)
Nov. 12: Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)
Nov. 13: Highland Heights, KY (The Bank of Kentucky Center)
Nov. 14: Huntington, WV (Big Sandy Superstore Arena)
Nov. 16: Wilkes-Barre, PA (Wachovia Arena)
Nov. 17: Bridgeport, CT (Arena at HarborYard)  
Nov. 19: Fairfax, VA (Patriot Center)
Nov. 20: Charlottesville, VA (John Paul Jones Arena)
Nov. 30: Gainesville, FL (Stephen Connell Center)
Dec. 1: Tallahassee, FL (Tallahassee County Civic Center)
Dec. 2: Pensacola, FL (Pensacola Civic Center)
Dec. 4: Birmingham, AL (BJCC Arena)
Dec. 5: Louisville, KY (Broadbent Arena)
Dec. 7: Tupelo, MS (BancorpSouth Arena)
Dec. 8: Bossier City, LA (CenturyTel Center)
Dec. 9: Lafayette, LA (Cajundome)      
Dec. 11: Corpus Christi, TX (American Bank Center)
Dec. 12: San Antonio, TX (Freeman Coliseum)
Dec. 13: Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center)
Dec. 15: Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
Dec. 16: Jonesboro, AR (ASU Convocation Center)
Dec. 18: Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena)
Dec. 19: Southaven, MS (DeSoto Civic Center)
Dec. 20: Evansville, IN (Roberts Stadium)