Young the Giant are the home boys that sneakily made good--Morrissey loves them, they've played the Weenie Roast, are opening for Incubus on tour this year...and today MTV announced that Young the Giant will make their VMA performance debut at the 2011 Video Music Awards.
The lineup for VMA performers include Adele, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown, and the show will air live from Nokia Theater on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 9 p.m.
If you remember, Morrissey was so impressed by Young The Giant's performance onLater With Jools Holland
that he expressed his fandom via a note posted on a Morrissey Zine website: "I could break down with happiness at the new debut CD by Young The Giant. It is the whole thing ... it is the perfect tone ... and Sameer's voice is unbreakable. If there is any justice in the world (and we all know there isn't) Young The Giant will own most of it by August... Every three thousand years, a band comes along who restore that precious component of faith."
The band will also put out a free Remix EP later this month though their Facebook page, which will feature remixes by Two Door Cinema Club, Tokyo Police Club, Ra Ra Riot, and more. You can still remix Young the Giant songs; stems for six tracks can be downloaded here. The band will choose one winner from all of the submissions and have that remix included on the EP.
Young the Giant will be the only band to support Incubus on their first tour in three years; tour dates below.
8/30/11 Promowest Pavilion Columbus, OH
8/31/11 AE Stage Pittsburgh, PA
9/1/11 SPAC Saratoga, NY
9/3/11 Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY
9/4/11 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
9/7/11 Mohegan Sun Hartford,CT
9/9/11 Comcast Center Boston, MA
9/10/11 Susquehanna Bank Center Philadelphia, PA
9/11/11 Merriweather Post Pavilion Baltimore, MD
9/13/11 Virginia Beach Amphitheatre Virginia Beach, VA
9/16/11 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC
9/18/11 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
9/20/11 Bayfront Park Amphitheater Miami, FL
*9/22/11 The Social Orlando, FL
*9/25/11 Exit/IN Nashville, TN
9/29/11 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX
9/30/11 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX
10/1/11 The Backyard at Bee Cave Austin, TX
10/5/11 Comerica Theatre Phoenix, AZ
10/7/11 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
10/8/11 The Joint at the Hard Rock Las Vegas, NV
10/9/11 Shoreline Amphitheatre San Francisco, CA
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*10/12/11 Vogue Vancouver, BC
*10/14/11 The Gateway Calgary, AB
*10/15/11 Starlite Edmonton, AB
(The starred dates refer to Young the Giant's headlining shows.)