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THIRD ANNUAL NINTENDO FUSION TOUR
Exhibition of New Music and Video Games Will Hit Dozens of Cities
REDMOND, Wash., July 27, 2005 – The country’s best blend of cool music, hot video games and raw energy soon will visit a city near you. The 2005 NINTENDO FUSION TOUR kicks off its fall tour on Sept. 28 in Detroit, and will play nearly 40 other U.S. dates before the tour wraps up on Nov. 23. Each venue on the tour will be outfitted with video game stations, where concertgoers can check out new Nintendo products like The Legend of Zelda®: Twilight Princess for Nintendo GameCube™, the hot new Game Boy® Micro and games for the hot-selling Nintendo DS™.
“We’re giving both music and video game fans an incredible fusion of entertainment,” says George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications.
Fall Out Boy headlines the tour, and joins other bands The Starting Line, Motion City Soundtrack, Boys Night Out and Panic! At the Disco. Fall Out Boy’s new album, From Under the Cork Tree, has recently been certified gold since its release two months ago. The first single, “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” has been racing up the modern rock charts, while the video has been getting heavy play on MTV, including a No. 1 rank on TRL. Chicago’s favorite sons have come a long way since their indie debut on Fueled by Ramen Records in 2003.
“We’ve been fans of Nintendo since the days of Excitebike and Kid Icarus,” said Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. “We are excited to be a part of the Nintendo Fusion Tour because of the diverse offerings it gives our fans. While they check the bands out, they also get the chance to check out some new video games. Besides, we have all always been video game nerds anyway.”
The Starting Line credits their success to building a rabid fan base through relentless touring. All that road-work paid off when their debut, Say It Like You Mean It, released in 2002, earned them a No. 1 spot on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart and has since sold nearly a third of a million copies, a feat even more impressive when one considers that they did it without radio airplay. In 2005, the band released its much-anticipated sophomore collection, Based On A True Story. That CD debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 18 with more than 40,000 copies sold in its first week, and Alternative Press magazine gave it a 5 out of 5 review. After their summer tour, The Starting Line will play a week of dates in Japan and then headline clubs in the UK prior to joining the Nintendo Fusion Tour. The band’s video for “Bedroom Talk” can be seen on MTV’s All Things Rock, Fuse and mtvU.
The highly charged second full-length album from Minneapolis’ Motion City Soundtrack, Commit This To Memory (Epitaph), is a blitz of indie rock, pop and punk. Produced by Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Commit This To Memory “…is an inspired, mature sophomore disc chock full of catchy, intelligent pop-rock that will sound as good as the soundtrack to a long car ride as it will for spooning with your significant other.” (Alternative Press). Featured guest spots include Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) on the first single, “Everything is Alright,” as well as Hoppus on “Hangman.” The video for “Everything is Alright” is airing on Fuse and mtvU. Motion City Soundtrack filmed spots for Fuse’s Steven’s Untitled Rock Show and are slated for mid-August appearances on MTV’s Advance Warning and 10 Spot Drop. These appearances will be followed by full tours of Australia and the UK prior to the start of the Nintendo Fusion Tour.
One of Alternative Press’ most anticipated releases of 2005, Boys Night Out’s Trainwreck hit stores Tuesday, July 26. A close second to the band’s anticipation of this release is their excitement for this fall’s Nintendo Fusion Tour. “We’re super excited to be touring with four awesome bands, and we’re all big video gamers,” says Jeff Davis of Boys Night Out. “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend this fall than on this tour, because we definitely plan to play our fans in video games each day!”
Panic! At the Disco is one of the first signings to Decaydance Records, which is the label of Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy. There is a great buzz on this Las Vegas band, whose debut album, The Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, comes out Sept. 27.
The Nintendo Fusion Tour is produced and marketed by branded live entertainment specialists Clear Channel Entertainment Properties, which also produced the last two Nintendo Fusion tours. The music magazine Blender is signed on as an exclusive sponsor of the tour. The 2004 Nintendo Fusion Tour featured My Chemical Romance and Story of the Year, while the 2003 headliner was Grammy-winners Evanescence.
During the tour, Nintendo will host an exclusive sweepstakes to win a limited-edition, Nintendo Fusion Tour-branded Game Boy Micro. For ticket availability, up-to-date tour dates, and news about the Nintendo Fusion Tour, visit www.nintendofusiontour.com. Current tour dates are as follows with more to be announced soon.
DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 9/28 Detroit, MI State Theater
Thurs 9/29 Columbus, OH Promo West Pavilion
Fri 9/30 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
Sat 10/1 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheater
Wed 10/5 Rochester, NY ESL Sports Club
Sat 10/15 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
Thurs 10/20 St Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
Sat 10/22 Dallas, TX Nokia Live
Sun 10/23 Austin, TX Stubbs
Mon 10/24 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless
Wed 10/26 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
Thurs 10/27 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Fri 10/28 San Diego, CA Soma
Sat 10/29 Tuscon, AZ Coconuts
Mon 10/31 Anaheim, CA Bren Events Center
Tues 11/1 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Wed 11/2 Sacramento, CA Cal State Sacramento
Thurs 11/3 San Francisco, CA Warfield
Fri 11/4 Chico, CA CSU-Chico
Tues 11/8 Salt Lake City, UT Promontory Hall
Wed 11/9 Denver, CO Fillmore
Thurs 11/10 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
Fri 11/11 Omaha, NB Sokol Underground
Sat 11/12 Minneapolis, MN Myth
Sun 11/13 St Louis, MO Pageant
Tues 11/15 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
Wed 11/16 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
Thurs 11/17 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Fri 11/18 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
Sun 11/20 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Tues 11/22 Providence, RI Lupo’s
The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy® Advance SP, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems extend Nintendo’s vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 2 billion video games and more than 353 million hardware units globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario™ and Donkey Kong® and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid®, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s Web site at www.nintendo.com. Nintendo press materials are available at press.nintendo.com. Note that press.nintendo.com is a password-protected site; to receive a password, please contact Paula Adams at (213) 438-8837 or email@example.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment:
Clear Channel Entertainment Properties, a division of Clear Channel Entertainment, markets the organization’s vast network of assets – venues; music, motor sports, action sports, and theatrical properties; exclusive special events, exhibitions, and Emmy® award-winning television production services – to corporations seeking unique brand positioning. In addition, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties specializes in creating custom, high-impact marketing programs and special events that provide flexibility for client budget and timing parameters. Services include advertising, strategic marketing and content development, national and local sales programs, product and service launches, and television/broadcast programming. The resources and reach of Clear Channel Entertainment Properties have already made them among the most sought-after partners for business and consumer marketing in live entertainment today. Clear Channel Entertainment is a division of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE:CCU), a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events, promotes and/or produces over 32,000 events, attended by more than 69 million people. The company currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including more than 100 in North America and 30 in Europe. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.
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