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The Decemberists Plotting 20th Anniversary Tour

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The Decemberists have announces plans to celebrate their 20-year anniversary by embarking on a North American summer tour.

The band, which formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, will be joined on tour by special guest Fruit Bats.

The anniversary tour will kick off on July 28 at the KettleHouse Amphitheater in Missoula, Montana, and run through Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois and more.

The 18-date tour will close out August 22 with a special performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

"Twenty years ago, in a basement practice space in Portland, Oregon, a bunch of musicians threw together under the name The December Brides, a name that lasted only a few hours before it was marginally improved to The Decemberists," frontman Colin Meloy said in a press release.

He added, "In the intervening years, that band has made nine records, six EPs, innumerable singles, a board game, and enough t-shirts, hoodies, and onesies to clothe a continent. On such occasions, it seems fitting to throw some kind of party. And so we're heading out on the road, we Decemberists, to celebrate the work we've made over the last two decades — playing the hits, naturally, but digging into the deep cuts as well. It'll be a kind of retrospective journey. Come along with us!"

Ticket and VIP package pre-sales are underway with a public on-sale beginning Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

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