fun. To Up The Ante On New Tour
January 17, 2013

With the wild, run-away success of fun.'s Some Nights album, the band is getting back on the road with a whole new visual presentation. Now that they are multi-format stars and Grammy nominees, the group is ready to up the ante with a more elaborate light show to complement the larger venues they are playing.

"I guess we can afford things like a light show, that type of stuff," frontman Nate Ruess told "I've been watching DVDs of other bands, seeing how they figure out their set list, how they do their light show and stuff like that, kind of like music history. I like seeing what my favorite bands have done before as far as putting sets together and putting lights together. For us to get to do that and get to bring out a lighting package and all that other type of stuff, that's the stuff that success... it's just amazing that it affords you the opportunity to do that, to take our live show, something we take so much pride in, and put our spin on it."

fun.'s North American tour kicks off January 23 in St. Paul, MN and is scheduled to run through February 16 in Nashville. The band will then spend the spring touring Australia, Japan and Europe, and they expect to be on the road throughout the summer, too, with a June 14 show at the U.K.'s Isle of Wight festival already on the books.

"I think we're going to have the month of May off, which I'm really excited about, but other than that we're gonna be around," fun.'s Andrew Dost said. "We're going to be touring quite a bit."
Meanwhile, the band is starting to think about the follow-up to Some Nights, although it will be quite a while before a new album is released. Ruess told Billboard that he's written one song that he feels "will definitely be on the next album," however, he added: "I think when you write too far in advance, you don't get those lightning-in-a-bottle type of moments. That's what made Some Nights special -- it was so very in an inspired moment. So I'd rather take it as it comes rather than plan something out."

fun. also will be performing at the February 10 Grammy Awards where the band is nominated for six trophies, including
Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monáe); Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Some Nights; and Best New Artist.

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