The Maine Kicks Off Free Tour

Over the weekend The Maine launched its “Free For All Tour,” offering fans the chance to see the band perform for absolutely free. The alternative rock group has 16 more stops to make, including tonight’s gig in Salt Lake City for the low, low price of zero dollars and zero cents.

Drummer Pat Kirch says the tour was “an idea that we have had for years now and we finally pulled the trigger on it. It’s a way for us to say thank you to the people that have supported us for the past eight years.”

Fans who’d like to help the band cover gas money can donate via Square Cash’s website – but a note from the band says, “We appreciate your donations but this is not required! Your support has been enough.”

The tour is stopping by some unique venues including shopping malls and parks, along with Fresno’s very own Strummer’s.

Lead singer John O’Callaghan told CNN, “There have been a lot of questions like, ‘Do we need tickets?’ And it’s kind of weird to say, ‘No, just show up.’”

Here’s the routing for “The Free For All Tour”

Aug. 31 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Club at 50 West     
Sept. 1 – Westminster, Colo., Orchard Town Center            
Sept. 3 – Minneapolis, Minn., Mill City Nights         
Sept. 4 – Godfrey, Ill., Hathaway Cultural Center   
Sept. 6 – Westland, Mich., Westland Shopping Center        
Sept. 8 – Niagara Falls, N.Y., Rapids Theatre           
Sept. 11 – Howell, N.J., Gamechanger World         
Sept. 14 – Foxboro, Mass., Patriot Place
Sept. 18 – Saint Petersburg, Fla., Jannus Live           
Sept. 19 – Lake Buena Vista, Fla., House Of Blues
Sept. 20 – Atlanta, Ga., The Masquerade      
Sept. 22 – Dallas, Texas, House Of Blues     
Sept. 23 – Mission, Texas, Las Palmas Race Park     
Sept. 28 – San Diego, Calif., Quartyard        
Oct. 1 – Fresno, Calif., Strummer’s   
Oct. 2 – Tustin, Calif., The District At Tustin LeGacy

The band has also lined up a run of ticketed shows featuring their fifth studio album, American Candy, performed in its entirety. A second set will be made up of tunes from throughout the band’s eight-year career. Here’s the plan:

Sept. 5 – Chicago, Ill., Lincoln Hall  
Sept. 7 – Toronto, Ontario, Mod Club          
Sept. 13 – Cambridge, Mass., The Sinclair    
Sept. 15 – New York, N.Y., The Bowery Ballroom
Sept. 24 – Austin, Texas, The Parish
Sept. 26 – Tucson, Ariz., The Rock   
Sept. 29 – West Hollywood, Calif., Troubadour       
Sept. 30 – San Francisco, Calif., Bottom Of The Hill          

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