With Heaven is Whenever scheduled for release in just a few short weeks, on May 4th, it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise yesterday when The Hold Steady announced their first NYC show of the year. But then that show turned out to be at the Beacon Theater of all places. And on October 7th. So, yeah, we’re expected to believe that the band is putting out a record in May, and not playing a hometown show until October. Seems unlikely, no? Presale tickets for the Beacon show went on sale this morning at 10, and the regular sale starts on Friday at 10.
Whenever they wind up playing, it will be with a couple new band members. Along with yesterday’s show announcement, the band welcomed third guitarist Steve Selvidge and keyboard player Dan Neustadt, who’s faced with the unenviable task of replacing Franz Nicolay.
The band also announced two upcoming television appearances: Letterman on 4/30 and The Colbert Report on 5/14.