It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Gary Lightbody and the boys from Snow Patrol. Sure, they’ve been busy opening up for Coldplay in America and touring Europe, and the most recent record, A Hundred Million Suns, is making solid returns with the help of the new single, “The Planets Bend Between Us.” But for those of us longtime fans and watchers of the Glasgow-based band, the announcement this week that the Patrol will finally take to the open road on a headlining trek was met with genuine excitement. Kicking off September 10th in St. Paul, Minnesota, the tour will coincide with several dates supporting U2′s 360° Tour in Chicago, Toronto and Boston, and wrap on October 20th in Los Angeles.

For more Snow Patrol coverage, check our review of the December 2008 show at Bowery Ballroom, and a lengthy interview with “calamity magnet” Lightbody on the recording of A Hundred Million Suns, his love of Belfast, love itself and his willful self-destructive streak.

(Live photo by Carrie Alison)

Full Snow Patrol tour itinerary:

9/10 St. Paul, MN Myth (on-sale June 27)
9/12 Chicago, IL Soldier Field (with U2)
9/13 Chicago, IL Soldier Field (with U2)
9/14 Detroit, MI Fillmore (on-sale June 27)
9/16 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre (with U2)
9/17 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre (with U2)
9/18 Montreal, QC Metropolis (on-sale June 27)
9/20 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium (with U2)
9/21 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium (with U2)
9/22 New York, NY Beacon Theatre (on-sale June 27)
9/25 Washington, DC Constitution Hall (on-sale July 10)
9/26 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre (on-sale June 27)
9/27 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion (on-sale June 27)
9/29 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater (July 11)
9/30 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian (on-sale June 26)
10/2 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (on-sale now)
10/3 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle (on-sale June 27)
10/5 Houston, TX Warehouse Live (on-sale June 27)
10/6 Austin, TX Stubb’s Bar-B-Que (on-sale June 27)
10/7 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom (on-sale June 27)
10/9 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium (on-sale June 27)
10/10 Salt Lake City, UT McKay Events Center (on-sale June 27)
10/11 Boise, ID Knitting Factory (on-sale June 26)
10/13 Portland, OR Schnitzer Concert Hall (on-sale June 27)
10/14 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater (on-sale June 27)
10/16 Oakland, CA Fox Theater (on-sale June 28)
10/17 San Diego, CA Open Air Theatre (on-sale June 27)
10/20 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre (on-sale June 27)