Ted Leo covers Abba with Ben Gibbard, talks Van Halen

March 7, 2008  |  8:45am

It's been a a little while since Ted Leo hit the road for a proper tour, but the head Pharmacist is about to do just that. After playing a pair of sold out St. Paddy's Day shows with Dropkick Murphys in Massachusetts, Leo will head overseas to spend April in Ireland, Scotland and England. Must be nice!

Not one to sit around, Leo's been staying busy in the non-touring season. Just the other day, he joined Ben Gibbard and Patton Oswalt (click for videos of, amongst other things, Leo, Gibbard, Oswalt and WFMU's Tom Scharpling covering Abba's "Take a Chance on Me") at Jersey City's WFMU. They were there to help aid the longest running non-commercial free-form radio station in the U.S. via its 50th Anniversary pledge drive. The fundraising marathon runs through Sunday, and those who pledge enough, aside from experiencing the satisfaction of giving to a good cause, get prizes.

But that's not all! We shot Leo an e-mail to see what else is going on in his world at the moment, and he was happy to oblige. He says that he is currently working on new material, but that it probably won't be debuted during the upcoming set of dates. However, the tentative plan is to get into the studio in late spring with the hopes of releasing the follow-up to last year's excellent Living With the Living this fall.

Leo also recently "played some percussion on Kristeen Young's forthcoming record, which will be amazing. The RECORD will be amazing, that is (though, if I can say so, my percussion playing was pretty decent as well)." And just in case you were wondering how Leo feels about the musical stylings of Van Halen, well, "I've finally started to enjoy Van Halen (Van Halen through 1984, that is)," he writes. "Especially 'Little Guitars,' off Diver Down."

If that doesn't fill your Ted Leo quota, we don't know what will. Except, perhaps, the following dates:

March
14 - Dorchester, Mass. @ IBEW Local 103 (solo) *
15 - Lowell, Mass. @ Lowell Memorial Auditorium *

April
13 - Dublin, Ireland @ Crawdaddy
14 - Cork, Ireland @ Cyprus Avenue
15 - Belfast, Northern Ireland @ Auntie Annie's
16 - Glasgow, Scotland @ Beat Club
17 - Leeds, England @ The Cockpit
18 - Nottingham, England @ The Maze
19 - Bristol, England @ Thekla Social
20 - London, England @ Borderline
21 - Leicester, England @ The Charlotte
22 - Brighton, England @ Barfly

* with Dropkick Murphys

Related links:
Review: Living With the Living
TedLeo.com
YouTube: "Since U Been Gone"/"Maps"

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