The quartet’s “Class of 2009” trek kicks off October 27 at Scout Bar in San Antonio, Texas, and, so far, will work its way through clubs and theatres across the country through the end of November, with additional dates to be announced.

Organizers of “Class of” said the idea behind the tour is to “bring together rock artists who have achieved substantial Top 10 hits at radio in the current calendar year” with an unsigned, or “Freshman,” act.

“I love the idea of this tour,” explained guitarist Jason Null of headliner Saving Abel. “Not only do we get to tour with some of the other hit makers of 2009, we also get a chance to help break a new artist.”

Saving Abel is the first act in more than three years to have three top five hits off a debut release, with “Addicted,” “18 Days” and “”Drowning (Face Down)” all scoring with fans.

Unsigned acts who wish to be considered as “Freshman” for the “Class of 2010” tour should keep their eyes open. Guidelines for eligibility will be unveiled in the coming weeks.