Johnny Marr busy with The Cribs, Jim Fairchild takes spot in Modest Mouse

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    Apparently not even Johnny Marr’s absence can keep the Modest Mouse tour bus from hitting the road. Either that or the English guitarist’s role isn’t as permanent as we thought it to be. Whatever the result may be, one things for sure: come later this month, Modest Mouse will be embarking on a month-long North American tour without Mr. Marr.

    With the former Smiths’ guitarist currently busy with his obligations as a member of The Cribs, which currently includes work on a new album and tour, Isaac Brock and Co. have tapped another notable guitarist to fill in. Jim Fairchild, former Grandaddy guitarist turned solo artist (see: All Smiles), will tour with Modest Mouse on its upcoming 21-date endeavor, which kicks off February 20th in Eugene, Oregon. Of course, those fans of Fairchild and longtime Modest Mouse historians will tell you this isn’t the first time the two sides have gotten together; MM’s Johnny Plummer will appear on both Fairchild’s new EP and full-length album, Oh, For the Getting and Not Letting Go.

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    Modest Mouse 2009 Tour Dates:
    02/20 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
    02/21 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
    02/22 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
    02/23 – Visalia, CA @ The Fox Theatre
    02/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
    02/25 – Tempee, AZ @ The Maquee
    02/26 – Albuquerque, NM @ Albuquerque Convention Center
    02/28 – Boulder, CO @ Balch Fieldhouse
    03/02 – Kansas City, MO @ Upton Theater
    03/03 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
    03/04 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
    03/06 – Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford
    03/07 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
    03/08 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
    03/09 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
    03/10 – Mrytle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
    03/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo
    03/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
    03/13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    03/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
    03/15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5


    The Cribs 2009 Tour Dates:
    02/06 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
    02/08 – Bradford, UK @ St. George’s Hall
    02/10 – London, UK @ Heaven