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Arcade Fire Announce North American Tour

Montreal collective's 13 dates include headlining slot at New York's Madison Square Garden

June 2, 2010 1:13 PM ET

Fresh off announcing their new album The Suburbs, Arcade Fire have revealed the first 13 dates of their first North American tour in three years. In addition to headlining festivals like Lollapalooza, Montreal's Osheaga and the Ottawa Bluefest, Arcade Fire will be playing perhaps their biggest show yet: New York's Madison Square Garden on August 4th. While the U.S. leg doesn't kick off until August 1st in Boston, expect the band to unveil some new Suburbs material when they perform two shows next week (June 7-8th) at the Theater Granada in Sherbrooke, Ontario.

As an added bonus, Spoon will serve as the opening act for Arcade Fire's Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta shows. Tickets for select dates are on sale now. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Arcade Fire will release their third album The Suburbs on August 4th and two new tracks from the album ("The Suburbs," "Month of May") are available now.

Get the lowdown on more of the season's hottest festivals and tours in our Summer Rocks gallery, plus complete Arcade Fire tour dates below.

June 7 - Sherbrooke, ON @ Theater Granada
June 8 - Sherbrooke, ON @ Theater Granada
July 12 - Quebec, QUE @ Quebec City Summer Festival
July 13 - Ottawa, QUE @ Ottawa Bluesfest
July 31 - Montreal, QUE @ Osheaga
Aug. 1 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion
Aug. 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Centre for the Performing Arts
Aug. 4 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Aug. 6 - Washington DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 8 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Aug. 9 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Aug. 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 - Toronto, ON @ Olympic Island

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