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America has just announced its full North American itinerary, adding 24 new dates to the previously announced eight dates on the books. The band, led by co-founders Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, will kick things off tomorrow night (Friday, January 11th) in Medina, Minnesota and, as of now, winds things down over two nights on October 25th and 26th in Steelville, Missouri.

We asked Dewey Bunnell if after all these years working with Gerry Beckley he ever thinks of it almost like a marriage: "People say that, of course, yeah, and Gerry and I have had a few marriages that didn't last as long, but nevertheless, we've worked together since we were teenagers -- y'know, we really went to high school together. Then, once we got established, made then first albums, had some success, moved to California -- then you set up your own lives a little. Y'know where the areas are in your lives that you want to keep private and you know where you can blend your work with your lives."

Gerry Beckley says that compared to the America's '70s and '80s tours, the band's extended road treks have been pared back slightly over the years: "It's a relative number. We say 100 but this year might really be about 85 or so. And to be honest, that's a lot for us. So you really put it at what you can handle. The hardest part is every part of it but the show. The show is just the release. You get there. . . and I think that's really a good thing, because you want the show to be the cool part. But I tell you, that contrast has been getting bigger and bigger."

UPDATED: America North American tour dates (subject to change):

January 11 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center
January 12 - Larchwood, IA - Grand Falls Casino Resort
January 18 - North Bay, ON - Capitol Centre
January 19 - Mississauga, ON - Living Arts Centre
January 22 - Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre
January 23 - Saint Catharines, ON - Brock University
January 25 - Richmond Hill, ON - Richmond Hill Centre For the Performing Arts
January 26 - Oakville, ON - The Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts
February 8 - Moncton, NB - The Centre at Casino New Brunswick
February 28 - Billings, MT - Alberta Bair Theater
March 2 - Pocatello, ID - Stephens Performing Arts Center
March 3 - Boise, ID - Velma V. Morrison Center For The Performing Arts
March 8 - Shelton, WA - Little Creek Casino
March 9 - Grand Ronde, OR - Spirit Mountain Casino
March 14 - Grand Junction, CO - Avalon Theatre
March 15 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
March 16 - Greeley, CO - Union Colony Civic Center
March 21 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
March 23 - Miami, FL - Casino Miami Jai Alai
April 11 - Tarrytown, NY - The Tarrytown Music Hall
April 13 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
April 14 - Beverly, MA North Shore Music Theatre
April 17 - Collingswood, NJ - Scottish Rite Auditorium
April 19, 20 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
June 27 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
June 28 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Center
June 29 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 12 - Emmetsburg, IA - Wild Rose Casino & Resort
July 20 - Fort Wayne, IN - Foellinger Theatre
August 23 - Wolfeboro, NH - Kingswood Arts Center
September 14 - Ocean City, MD - Inlet Beach
September 21 - Oklahoma City, OK - Fairgrounds Grandstand
October 25, 26 - Steelville, MO - Wildwood Springs Lodge

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