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Meese back on the road with a modified lineup

After six weeks off the road spent working on new music and revamping its live show, Meese is back on tour. The outfit is kicking off its upcoming series of shows tonight with a gig at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, followed by nearly two dozen dates across the country -- including a Halloween date at the Gothic with tour mates, the New Heathers and Ha Ha Tonka, and the Northern Way and DJ Hot to Death providing local support. During the time off, the act has undergone a minor lineup change. Longtime drummer Ben Haley has parted ways with the group. On the upcoming tour, his slot will be filled by Joe Richmond, a friend of the unit who also keeps time for the band Churchill and was previously running front of the house sound for Meese. The reason for Haley's exodus is unclear and the outfit won't get into specifics, Patrick Meese assures us that Haley and the rest of the band split ways very amicably, and Ben will continue to pursue music on his own. Although Broadcast, the act's major label debut, was well received locally and is seemingly stocked with a number of potential singles, Meese doesn't really seem to have gained major traction yet, so the continued road work will certainly help create greater exposure. Follow the jump for a full list of dates.

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Winter 2009

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10/16/09 - Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
10/17/09 - Highline Ballroom, New York NY
10/22/09 - The Pageant, St Louis MS
10/23/09 - The Bottom Lounge, Chicago IL
10/24/09 - The Blue Note, Columbia MS
11/06/09 - Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
11/07/09 - The Glass House, Pomona CA
11/13/09 - The Door, Dallas TX
11/14/09 - Warehouse Live, Houston TX

with The New Heathers

10/18/09 - Harpers Ferry, Allston MA
10/20/09 - The Basement, Columbus OH
10/21/09 - Mac's Bar, East Lansing MI
10/25/09 - Sokol Underground, Omaha NE
10/16/09 - Granda, Lawrence KS
10/27/09 - The Picador, Iowa City IA
10/28/09 - Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN
11/01/09 - The Black Sheep, Colorado Springs CO
11/04/09 - V2, Salt Lake City UT
11/09/09 - Martini Ranch, Scottsdale AZ
11/10/09 - Club Congress, Tucson AZ
11/12/09 - Emo's, Austin, Texas

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