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The Dresden Dolls Announce First Tour in 3 Years

After a long hiatus, The Dresden Dolls are thrilled to announce their first live tour in 3 years! The pioneering and influential "punk cabaret" duo comprised of Amanda Palmer (piano, vocals) and Brian Viglione (drums, guitar, bass) will be kicking off a few weeks of dates starting on Halloween at Irving Plaza in NYC. The date marks the exact 10th anniversary of the birth of the band (Viglione met Palmer on Halloween night of 2000, at an art/salon party at Palmer's house, at which she was playing her solo songs on piano.) "Amanda's songwriting was so brilliant and raw, I couldn't have designed a more perfectly suited counterpart. I knew then I'd found my musical accomplice.", says Viglione. They will also make a stop in New Orleans for a special gulf oil spill relief-benefit for BTNEP, an organization that is working to preserve, protect, and restore the Barataria and Terrebonne estuaries of Louisiana.

Since The Dolls' last performance (which was at Rock The Vote in DC on the Inauguration Day of President Obama), Palmer has been tirelessly busy building her solo career and online empire, centered around the 2008 release of her Ben Folds-Produced solo album "Who Killed Amanda Palmer". The album was accompanied by a hardback-book of the same name and included a collection of dead photographs of Palmer and short stores by author Neil Gaiman (to whom Palmer recently became engaged). Palmer also recently released a donation-based Radiohead covers ukulele EP titled "Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele", setting the tech community abuzz about how a donation-based model can earn a mid-level artist a living wage.  Before they embark on tour, Palmer will be starring as the Emcee in the American Repertory Theater’s production of Kander & Ebb's dark weimar musical "Cabaret". The production opened August 31, 2010 and runs through October 29. Many of the dates are already sold out. More information can be found HERE on A.R.T.'s site.

"The time apart has done nothing but given both of us an appreciation of how incredibly special and powerful our band is," says Palmer. "Our live musical chemistry is completely unique, almost magical, and we don't take that for granted. I can't wait to get on a stage with Brian again. Nobody hits the drums like that man - he's in a class all his own. And when we play together live, we create an entire world we can't otherwise create."

Meanwhile, drummer/producer and talented musical jack-of-all-trades Brian Viglione has appeared on 30 albums since 2008, most notably, Nine Inch Nails' "Ghosts I–IV". Viglione's latest hard-hitting album, "Face Of The Sun", which he produced and co-wrote, is available digitally via Bandcamp and will be featured on his new website , www.brianviglione.com. Amidst the busy recording and teaching schedule, he's toured internationally with The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Franz Nicolay, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Martin Bisi, Botanica, and The Cliks.  "A great strength of the band has always been that we've always given each other time to explore creative areas outside The Dresden Dolls, then bring what we've learned back to the table. Our love for the music and playing together is mirrored by the continual support of our fans, and we're more than ready to deliver the goods to them."

The current wave of theatrical artists are citing The Dolls and their flamboyant emotional and theatrical antics as an inspiration, from up-and-coming theatrical-pop artist and Dolls’ fan Marina & The Diamonds to Lady Gaga (who lists The Dresden Dolls as an influence on her MySpace).

"It's been really inspiring to see an evolution towards theatrical freedom among indie bands over the last ten years", says Palmer. "When we were starting out in 2000, we were surrounded by the likes of The Vines and The Strokes. People often wrote us off as a gimmick because of our weird theatrical bent. Now we're surrounded by comrades...Antony, The Scissor Sisters, The Decembrists, Arcade Fire, CocoRosie, the list goes on and on. People aren't as afraid take risks onstage. It's inspiring, and I'm proud we've played our little part in the continuum of empowered freaky people."

Dates Are As Follows:

Oct 31 - NEW YORK CITY, NY@ Irving Plaza (w/ Surprise Guests)

Nov 12 - NEW ORLEANS, LA@ Tipitina's (w/ Jason Webley)

Nov 13 - ATLANTA, GA@ The Buckhead Theatre (w/ Lille)

Nov 14 - LEXINGTON, KY@ Buster's Billiards & Backroom (w/ Chico Fellini)

Nov 16 - ST. LOUIS, MO@ The Pageant (w/ Sleepy Kitty)

Nov 17 - CHICAGO, IL@ The Vic Theatre (w/ Mucca Pazza)

Nov 19th - DALLAS, TX@ Granada Theatre (w/ Girl In A Coma)

Nov 20 - HOUSTON, TX@ Fitzgerald's (w/ Girl In A Coma)

Nov 21 - AUSTIN, TX@ La Zona Rosa (w/ Girl In A Coma)

Viglione Tours in March & April with Fellow Bostonians, HUMANWINE

Dresden Dolls- for the Grateful Web

Dresden Dolls' drummer Brian Viglione keeps busy while the band takes a rare break from touring.  Look for him this spring sitting in with gypsy punkers HUMANWINE.

Brian Viglione, the dramatic, spot-on drummer of punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, has been playing music plenty - despite a rare respite from the Dolls' typically non-stop touring schedule.  On the heels of a winter run starring and playing drums in the American Repertoire Theatre's production of The Onion Cellar (Cambridge, MA) and a residency at Boston's Lilypad with The Gil Aharon Trio (Gil Aharon/piano and Andrew DiMola/upright bass), Viglione today announces an even busier spring, packed with guest tour appearances, drum clinics, and even the filming of an online instructional DVD (to be released on disc and online this spring).

Look for Viglione on tour in March and April with fellow Bostonians, and comrades in the city's underground gypsy-music scene, HUMANWINE.  Much like The Dresden Dolls a few year's back, HUMANWINE was voted "Best New Act" at the 2006 Boston Music Awards and in the Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll 2006. The brainchild of M@ McNiss and Holly Brewer, the duo are the Conductors of a rotating band they dub "The army that isn't here to fight." Viglione will tour this spring as the band's drummer, alongside Paul Dilley [Reverend Glasseye] on contra bass.  Brian's drumming is also featured on HUMANWINE's debut album, Fighting Naked, to be released on Warner Brother's Cordless Records this spring.

The list of confirmed HUMANWINE dates to feature Brian Viglione is as follows:

March 27  Johnny Brenda's  Philadelphia, PA
March 28  Club Café  Pittsburgh, PA
March 29  Little Brother's  Columbus, OH
March 30  The Grog Shop  Cleveland, OH
March 31  Subterranean  Chicago, IL
April 01  Shank Hall  Milwaukee, WI
April 03  7th Street Entry  Minneapolis, MN
April 05  Grand Emporium  Kansas City, MO
April 07  Mercy Lounge  Nashville, TN
April 10  The Five Spot  Atlanta, GA
April 11  Local 506  Chapel Hill, NC
April 12  The New York Howl  Richmond, VA
April 15  DC9  Washington, DC
April 20  The Paradise  Boston, MA
April 21  Tonic  New York, NY w/ Nervous Cabaret

For more information visit www.humanwine.org.

The Dresden Dolls are a Boston based keyboard/drum duo now famous around the globe.  After signing with Roadrunner Records in early 2004, the band re-released their self-titled debut The Dresden Dolls to worldwide acclaim and recently made their Billboard chart debut with their equally applauded follow up Yes, Virginia. The band's live audiences continue to grow exponentially, as The Dresden Dolls have completed sold-out tours on four continents, supported Nine Inch Nails, and performed at prestigious world festivals including Reading, Leeds, Coachella, Fuji Rock, Roskilde, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Glastonbury.  Locally they have won numerous awards ranging from multiple Boston Music Awards to topping the Boston Phoenix/FNX Best Music Poll.  The Dresden Dolls will hit the road in June for an exciting summer tour.