Sparks’ Busy Year Ahead: Films, 2022 Tour

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Sparks have unveiled plans for a 2022 North American headline tour. “Sparks Tour 2022” begins February 7 for two previously announced, sold out nights at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall and then continues into early April. A fan club presale begins July 13 at 10 a.m. local time. General on-sales begin July 16 at 10 a.m. local time. A European tour follows. (See the dates below.)

Now entering their sixth decade, the Los Angeles-based brothers Ron Mael and Russell Mael remain as innovative as ever. A new documentary film, The Sparks Brothers, from director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver), opened last month. The feature-length film, with a 98% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, “takes audiences on a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades” with Sparks joined by such celebrity fans as Flea, Björk, Beck, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and others. The Sparks Brothers is now playing in select theaters across North America; visit here for showtimes. Its availability via on-demand will be announced soon.

Watch the trailer for The Sparks Brothers

Sparks 2022 Tour (Tickets are available here)

Feb 7-8 – Los Angeles, CA – Walt Disney Concert Hall
Mar 11 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
Mar 13 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Mar 14 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Mar 15 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Mar 18 – St. Paul, MN – Fitzgerald Theatre
Mar 19 – Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center
Mar 21 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
Mar 22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Mar 24 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival*
Mar 25 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
Mar 26 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
Mar 28 – New York, NY – The Town Hall
Mar 29 – New York, NY – The Town Hall
Mar 30 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Apr 01 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Apr 02 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Apr 10 – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
Apr 11 – Belfast, UK – The Limelight
Apr 14 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
Apr 16 – Bexhill on Sea, UK – De La Warr Pavilion
Apr 17 – London, UK – Roundhouse
Apr 27 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Apr 29 – Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus

* On sale at a later date

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In addition, Annette, the new musical film written by Sparks, directed by French director Leos Carax (Holy Motors, Pola X), and starring Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, and Simon Helberg, had its acclaimed world premiere earlier this month as the opening film at the 74th Cannes Film Festival. (It has a 90% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) Annette will arrive in U.S. theaters on August 6 before streaming in the U.S. exclusively via Amazon Prime beginning August 20.

Annette – which began life as an intended Sparks album but was transformed into a musical film after the Maels met Carax – was heralded this spring with the soundtrack’s “So May We Start,” performed by Sparks, Driver, Cotillard and Helberg. A special Annette – Cannes Edition (Selections From the Soundtrack) arrives July 16 via Sony Soundtracks/Milan Records.

Watch the video for “So May We Start”

Watch the Annette trailer

Sparks’ 2022 tour continues a milestone season for the brothers Mael, following last year’s release of their acclaimed 25th studio album, A Steady Drip, Drip Drip, via BMG. The album includes such singles as “iPhone,” “One For the Ages,” “Lawnmower,” and “Left Out in the Cold.”

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