SWITCHFOOT will kick off its fall headlining tour in San Diego on November 8 for 94.9’s Anniversary Bash. The band will then appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” performing on the outside stage on November 12th.

The tour will feature SWITCHFOOT playing Hello Hurricane in its entirety, followed by fan favorites from its previous records. The band will be collecting donations for local food banks along the tour route, so fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to the concerts. (See below for tour itinerary and a list of food banks that will receive donations.)

SWITCHFOOT is also launching a new website, http://www.theworldyouwant.com, which will spotlight goodness, beauty, and truth in everyday life. Fans are invited to contribute stories about people they know who are making this world a better place.  The band will read some of these contributions from stage during the tour.

Recorded with producer/bassist Mike Elizondo (Rilo Kiley, Eminem, and Pink), Hello Hurricane is the group’s seventh full-length album and its first on Atlantic Records. Lead single “Mess of Me” is getting airplay at Modern and Active Rock radio stations and is climbing the Modern Rock radio chart.  “The Sound,” another track from the album, has been tapped by Verizon Wireless for its national ad campaign for the BlackBerry® Storm™ 2.

Fans who pre-order Hello Hurricane will immediately receive a free download of “Mess of Me” and four videos. They have five pre-order options to choose from: the standard CD edition; deluxe CD/DVD edition with approximately 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and studio performances; vinyl with CD; the Collector’s edition (Hello Hurricane CD, deluxe DVD, an additional CD with studio outtakes and more, limited edition poster and 84-page hardcover book); and the digital download edition. The deluxe CD/DVD and Collector’s edition are also available at Christian retailers nationwide.  For additional information or to pre-order, visit ITunes or the band’s web site http://www.switchfoot.com. Fans can also enter to win a “flyaway” contest through the WAY-FM radio network to meet and surf with the band in San Diego.  For more details, visit www.morningswithbrant.com.

At the end of October, SWITCHFOOT – comprised of Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar) – will take the stage for Yahoo! Music’s new live concert program, “Maximum Performance Guitar Hero 5.” Jon and Chad will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Road Trip Nation” airing on PBS stations in November. Check local listings or watch the episode at http://www.roadtripnation.com/watch/ anytime after its November 5th debut on KLCS TV in Los Angeles and Orange County. MySpace will premiere Hello Hurricane the week before its release and the band will be interviewed on “The MySpace Music Feed” on Monday, November 9th.

SWITCHFOOT is the subject of an upcoming Rolling Stone “In the Studio” feature and will be on the cover of Relevant Magazine’s November/ December issue. Jon has also penned two articles recently: his piece on charity in your own backyard will be in the November issue of Alternative Press and he’s written on the nature of heroism for The Huffington Post.

He also recently participated in filming an innovative online game called “The Climate Challenge,” for Oxfam (http://www.oxfamamerica.org/music). “When you play the game, you will feel the urgency. We have to start acting now on climate change. There is literally no time to waste,” says Foreman. The game will launch in late October at http://www.theclimatechallenge.org.

Hello Hurricane, SWITCHFOOT’s first studio album since 2006’s Oh! Gravity, which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200, acknowledges life’s storms while managing to find an element of hope in them. The band tracked more than 80 songs at its self-built home studio before narrowing it down to the 12 that appear on the new album. (Fans can check out the four-minute trailer, “The Making of Hello Hurricane,” at http://www.switchfoot.com.)


Date City/State Venue Food Bank

11/8                         San Diego, CA                      E.C Performing Arts Center                N/A

11/11                       Los Angeles, CA                 The Roxy Theatre                                L.A Regional FB
11/13                       Scottsdale, AZ                     Martini Ranch                                       St. Mary’s FB Alliance
11/14                       Tucson, AZ                          The Rock                                               Community FB of Tucson
11/16                       Oklahoma City, OK              Diamond Ballroom                               Regional FB of Oklahoma
11/17                       Dallas, TX                             House of Blues                                     North Texas Food Bank
11/18                       Austin, TX                            The Parish                                             Capital Area Food Bank
11/20                       Houston, TX                         Warehouse Live                                   TBA
11/21                       New Orleans, LA                  The Parish                                             Second Harvest FB
11/22                       Nashville, TX                        Exit In                                                     Second Harvest FB
11/24                       Atlanta, GA                           The Loft                                                 Atlanta Community FB
11/27                       Anaheim, CA                        House of Blues                                     Second Harvest FB
11/28                       Ventura, CA                          The Majestic                                         Food Share

12/3                         Charlotte, NC                        Amos’ Southend                                  TBA
12/5                         Richmond, VA                      The National – WDYL Snowball        N/A

12/7                         Baltimore, MD                      Rams Head Live                                   TBA
12/8                         New York, NY                       The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza         Bowery Mission

12/9                         Boston, MA                          Paradise Rock Club                              TBA

Facebook – www.facebook.com/switchfoot

Twitter – http://twitter.com/switchfoot

BroAm – www.switchfoot.com/bro-am/

MySpace – http://myspace.com/switchfoot

You Tube – www.youtube.com/switchfootpodcast

The World You Want – www.theworldyouwant.com

Band Site – www.switchfoot.com

Fan sites – http://landofbrokenhearts.org; http://wereawakening.blogspot.com


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