Unconventional stops enliven White Stripes tour


NEW YORK -- The White Stripes have finalized plans for their North American summer tour, which will visit a number of unconventional locations beginning June 24 in Burnaby, B.C.

"For the 10th anniversary of this band, we're going to play the 16 states we've never played before," frontman Jack White tells Billboard.com. "And that way, we'd have played all 50 states in our 10th year. And, we're going to play every province and territory in Canada -- I don't know if it's ever been done. We're going to play all the places we haven't been, and that's really appealing to us."

U.S. dates get underway July 22 in Portland, Maine, and include a show two days later at New York's Madison Square Garden. The duo will be out in support of its upcoming album, "Icky Thump," due June 19 via Third Man/Warner Bros. The title track/first single is available at iTunes now.

Before visiting North America, the Stripes will play six shows in Europe in June and also drop by the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn.

Here are the White Stripes' North American tour dates:

June 24: Burnaby, B.C. (Deer Lake Park)
June 25: Whitehorse, Y.T. (Yukon Arts Center)
June 26: Yellowknife, N.W. (Yellowknife Multiplex)
June 27: Iqaluit, N.U.N. (Arctic Winter Games Arena
June 29: Calgary, A.B. (Pengrowth Saddledome)
June 30: Edmonton, A.B. (Shaw Conference Center)
July 1: Saskatoon, S.K. (TCU Place)
July 2: Winnipeg, M.B. (MTS Center)
July 3: Thunder Bay, Ont. (Community Auditorium)
July 5: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)
July 6: Montreal (Bell Center)
July 7: London, Ont. (Labatt Center)
July 8: Ottawa, Ont. (Cisco Systems Bluesfest)
July 10: Moncton, N.N. (Moncton Coliseum)
July 11: Charlottetown, P.E. (Civic Center)
July 13: Halifax, N.S. (Cunard Event Center)
July 14: Glace Bay, N.S. (Savoy Theatre)
July 16: Saint John's, N.F. (Mile One Center)
July 22: Portland, Maine (Civic Center)
July 23: Boston (Agganis Arena)
July 24: New York (Madison Square Garden)
July 25: Wallingford, Conn. (Chevrolet Theatre)
July 27: Wilmington, Del. (Grand Opera House)
July 28: Fairfax, Va. (Patriot Center)
July 29: Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House of Blues)
July 30: Birmingham, Ala. (Sloss Furnace)
July 31: Southaven, Miss. (Snowden Grove Park)

Additional reporting by Brian Garrity