.@ @ we’ll announce new @ 2013 dates once this tour is over in early November. Gonna be a great year.
After sending out the above tweet, for the past hour Umphrey’s McGee (@umphreysmcgee) keyboardist Joel Cummins has been fielding an impromptu Q & A session via his Twitter account. Cummins, who tweets from the @goldlikejoel account, has been responding (but not using the easy to follow “reply” button) to questions about possible tour plans for the band in 2013 as well as taking inquiries about various other aspects of the band. So far it’s been quite insightful, especially when shedding background on how the band books its gigs and what all goes into the process. Curious about where the band might be playing next year? Tweet Cummins a question, he just might respond…
@ Show 200 coming up in Milwaukee mm/! Any chance of a request or shout out?
.@ it depends – is your request a good one?
@ does Umph have any European tours? I’m about to go to Germany with the Army for 3 years. Can’t go that long without the Umph.
.@ I hope we get back to Europe sooner than later. Japan & Australia again too.
@ With an announcement like Beacon already in the books, should we expect bigger venues in 2013 as a while or just a few dates?
.@ I think we’ll see a few bigger venues in 2013 along with some old favorites. Trying to sell every winter show out this year!
@ @ @ and hopefully a Saturday night show somewhere in NYC as well?
.@ @ @ probably not — somewhere in NE on Saturdat but the Beacon is our NYC play.
@ can we count on 2 nights in urbana this year?!
.@ don’t hold your breath – will have to cram two nights of Rawk into one.
@ @ @ for the love of god, please do the murat or the bird next tour!!
.@ @ @ noted. We have mad love for Indiana.
@ will these 2013 dates have any Chicago shows???
.@ no Chicago shows in these 2013 dates but at least 4 shows within 250 miles of Chicago.
@ @ Good to hear re: 2013 dates. Hope your new hometown of LA is in the plans. El Rey? ;)
.@ @ got some big plans for LA in 2013. SoCal fans will be very happy.
@ ill help sell out a couple of those shows. Maybe a two night run at the @ ?? Or manns center or tower?!?
.@ @ ya never know but I think we have some summer 2013 plans for Philly.
Hey @ are there plans for a return to Summerfest in 2013??
.@ we are submitted for SummerFest every year, hopefully they’ll have us back this year, would love to play the new stage there.
@ Any chance your timing could be perfect and you play an AZ show on my spring break again?
.@ if you time your spring break correctly, then yes.
@ Big event for work preventing me from heading to @. Any chance of some South FL love afterwards?
.@ @ just BC this time around but have a few Florida dates in the works for 2013.
@ Any word on the Fort Wayne Coliseum date?
.@ aren’t we a little too big for that club?
@ @ @ @ The Taft in Cincinnati needs some UM love in 2013
.@ @ @ @ I agree – you might get your wish!
@ who wrote last night’s set list? It looked like an interesting show.
.@ last night was Pone, Port Chester Kris wrote set 1, I wrote set 2. We’re tryin to mix it up every way possible.
@ Guessing you can’t say anything until after 10/31, but will DC be included on the 15th anniversary UM ter in Jan or Feb?
.@ no DC in winter dates – we rarely play a city more than once a year as that’s what most markets can handle.
@ any chance you guys come anywhere near Albuquerque or Santa Fe for a show? Have you ever? #wastelandlove
.@ we did play in ABQ in 2011. Would love to come back, cool town.
@ @ It’s ok. I’m happy that my favorite band is too big for Chicago now. Evolution.
.@ @ actually the opposite – as we play bigger places & grow Chicago the market dictates more space btwn plays.
@ @ Fair enough. I hope this something special is something like Pritzker Pavilion aka The Holy Grail of Chicago.
.@ @ we’d love to play Chi more but those who have the longevity & growth of the band in mind know better than us
@ I’ve heard this sentiment a few times. What is it about fewer Chi shows that fuels growth?
.@ this is true for most bands in most markets, but particularly for us because we played Chicago so much from ’99 – ’08.
@ So it’s essentially all about diversifying your bonds? I suppose fewer shows just makes each one potentially more monumental.
.@ that’s part of it. As we’ve grown around the USA we have more markets to play in 2013 than we ever have. It’s a good problem.
@ bummer to hear no Chicago shows lined up for the first set of the tour. Hopeful I have enough FedNotes to make those shows
@ does this mean #Chicago is in store for a big run later in 2013? Lord willing you guys make it back here soon.
.@ Chicago will have something special next summer, we’re working on that now.
@ any mashups gonna go down in Kalamazoo next week?
.@ only in rehearsal & soundcheck. The mashups are for the Milwaukee shows only. Got some more good ones this year!
@ so Detroit is likely, right?
@ how come you guys don’t play Padgetts profile more often?
.@ we have so many instrumental originals that it’s hard to keep them all in the rotation. I’d love to play Padgett’s more.
.@ I’ll see what I can do.
@ Do you remember playing Anson Ford Amph years ago in LA? Surprised more bands don’t stop there? http://t.co/qY4KXuHV
.@ I do & love that place. But I don’t think it’s booked by our LA promoter. I want us to do a Halloween show at Hollywood Cemetery.
Umphrey’s McGee plays tonight in Pittsburgh at Stage AE. Their current tour ends Nov. 3 at the State Theater in Portland, Maine – expect a full announcement of 2013 tour dates shortly after. Next year will mark the band’s 15th anniversary and they have already confirmed their first show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on January 18, 2013.