For the past seven years, the Honda Civic Tour (HCT) has been acclaimed as a "must see" music tour, and this year is no exception. Following the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Pretty. Odd.
, on March 25, Panic At The Disco
will be ready to take the wheel as 2008 HCT headliners. They begin their nationwide tour April 10 in San Francisco at the Warfield (see all dates below). Panic will be joined on the annual spring outing by Motion City Soundtrack
, The Hush Sound
and Phantom Planet
Honda Civic Tour general on-sale begins Feb. 2 in select cities. Beginning Jan. 30, fans will have a chance to scoop up be pre-sale tickets by visiting www.hondacivictour.com
"Last year we actually did a spur-of-the-moment acoustic set at the Vegas date of the Civic Tour," said Ryan Ross of Panic At The Disco. "So it's awesome to be playing every show this year."
A key perk of the HCT headlining gig is the opportunity to customize a Honda Civic Hybrid that's subsequently won by an extremely lucky fan. Panic At The Disco unveiled their one-of-a-kind creation at a press event held at American Honda headquarters earlier this month. This special car – which has been autographed by the band, making it the ultimate in memorabilia – will be showcased at each stop along the HCT, where concertgoers can enter to win it. Starting in February, fans will also be able to register for a shot at Panic's green machine by visiting www.hondacivictour.com. No purchase is necessary to enter. Entry is limited to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia 18 years or older.
This year's Honda Civic Tour is rolling out an environmental action plan in which tickets themselves will equal action: For every Honda Civic Tour Panic At The Disco ticket purchased, $1 will go into a fund designated for nonprofit tour partners Reverb and Global Inheritance. Selected by Panic At The Disco, Reverb (a leader in the "greening" of concert tours) and Global Inheritance (a champion of progressive causes with a tight connection to youth subcultures) are collaborating to engage audiences in fun, fan-friendly, interactive exhibits during the tour. Additionally, this collective will make a substantial contribution – in the name of The 2008 Honda Civic Tour with Panic At The Disco – to a cause to be determined by the end of the tour. The beneficiary will be selected on merit and its potential to have a lasting impact on the generation-defining environmental movement.
Panic at the Disco
: Their upcoming release, "Pretty. Odd." was recorded in Las Vegas' Studio at the Palms, with additional production and mixing at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios in London. Produced by Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated arranger/composer Rob Mathes, the album sees Panic At The Disco embracing a melodic, classic rock-inspired aesthetic while still maintaining the visionary pop modernism that made its debut among the new millennium's most popular and successful releases. The album will be heralded by the first single, "Nine In The Afternoon," which is slated to impact at radio outlets nationwide later this month and will go on sale digitally on Jan. 29. In addition, a companion video clip – directed by Shane Drake, who also helmed the band's 2006 MTV Video Music Award-winning Video of the Year, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" – will have its world premiere shortly.