FUN. unveils epic schedule
fun. – who recently adorned the cover of Billboard – will return to TV in late June, including a rare indoor acoustic rendition of “We Are Young” on the Thursday, June 21st installment of NBC’s TODAY and also on June 22nd visit NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The appearances follow a prior array of TV performances, including CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman, TBS’ Conan, and VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live.
The NYC-based band is currently in the midst of a worldwide headline tour, with most dates already long sold out. The trek’s current leg will culminate with a pair of instant hometown sell-outs at New York City’s Terminal 5 on June 16th and 17th, following a special performance at Bonnaroo on June 10th. After a brief respite, July will see fun. traveling to London, Scotland, and Australia for a series of headline shows and festival appearances. A new North American itinerary will begin August 2nd at Philadelphia’s River Stage at Great Plaza. Among the leg’s just-announced highlights is an August 19th date at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, added after shows slated for August 17th and 18th proved instant sell outs.
The tour will also feature a number of festival performances, including Lollapalooza (slated for Chicago’s Grant Park on August 4th), Osheaga Festival Music Arts (set for Montreal’s Jean Drapeau Parc on August 3rd), and Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on August 12th). The trek will conclude with two Canadian radio-sponsored festival appearances, X92.9’s “XFEST” at Calgary’s Fort Calgary on September 1st and SONiC 102.9’s annual “SONiC BOOM” at Edmonton’s Northlands Park on September 2nd.
As if all that weren’t enough, fun. is then set to embark on their first-ever full-scale European tour. The September/October schedule features headline dates and festival appearances across the Continent, including shows in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. Full details and ticket availability, please see.
Having earned widespread acclaim with their 2009 debut album, “AIM AND IGNITE,” fun. decided to raise the stakes with “SOME NIGHTS” by teaming with noted producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Drake). The band and Bhasker have worked to evolve the idiosyncratic fun. sound by marrying their robust melodies with elements of hip-hop.
Fueled by “We Are Young,” the band’s smash Fueled By Ramen debut album, “SOME NIGHTS” entered Billboard’s “Top Current Albums” chart at #2 upon its February release, while also making a top 3 entry onto the Billboard 200. In addition to its spectacular popular success, the album has also earned ecstatic critical praise, with Rolling Stone applauding its blend of “classic bubble-pop tunefulness with rococo rock & roll” as well as singer Nate Ruess’ “huge voice, all snarl and Broadway panache.” SPIN hailed the album’s “combination of record-collector bravado and lyrical vulnerability,” singling out “the towering, thrilling ‘One Foot’” and “the do-the-robot opening-to-the-car-with-the-windows-down anthem ‘It Gets Better.’” The New York Times praised the band for their “grandiose pop tunes with complex structures, soaring hooks, and pensive verses.”
“We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe)” quickly catapulted fun. to the forefront of modern pop. The top-selling track of 2012 thus far, the single spent six consecutive weeks atop Billboard’s “Hot 100,” earning 4x RIAA platinum for sales in excess of 4 million. What’s more, “We Are Young” made history with seven successive weeks of sales in excess of 300,000, toppling the previous record held by Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie (Feat. Rihanna),” the only other title ever to have five straight weeks with sales over 300,000.
fun. North America Tour 2012
2 Mountain View, CA LIVE 105 BFD @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
4 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues Sunset (Free Show)
5 Flagstaff, AZ Pepsi Amphitheatre – NOTE NEW VENUE
6 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Railyard Park (Free Show)
8 Oklahoma City Diamond Ballroom– SOLD OUT!
9 St. Louis, MO The Pageant – SOLD OUT!
10 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo 2012
11 Covington, KY Madison Theatre– SOLD OUT!
13 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room– SOLD OUT!
14 Cleveland, OH House of Blues – SOLD OUT!
15 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE – SOLD OUT!
16 New York, NY Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT!
17 New York, NY Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT!
29 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
2 Philadelphia, PA River Stage @ Penn’s Landing
3 Montreal, QC Osheaga Music et Arts Festival
4 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
8 Kansas City, MO 96.5 THE BUZZ Buzz Under The Stars
9 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre – SOLD OUT!
12 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
15 San Diego, CA SDSU Open Air Theatre
16 Las Vegas, NV The Pool @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
17 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern – SOLD OUT!
18 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern – SOLD OUT!
19 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
23 Jacksonville, OR Britt 2012
24 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
26 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
28 Billings, MT Babcock Theatre
30 Regina, SK Conexus Convention Hall
31 Saskatoon, SK The Odeon
1 Calgary, AB X92.9’s XFEST
2 Edmonton, AB SONiC 102.9’s SONiC BOOM