Monday, June 10 2013 21:20

THE WIGGLES are TAKING OFF in North America this Summer...

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takingoffwigglesBefore I became a parent, I dreaded THE WIGGLES... and it wasn't because of anything that The Wiggles did. It was because of some parents I'd run across that made The Wiggles sound like a terrible plague that had infected their children. In fact, I think it was a trendy thing to do - to knock The Wiggles - much like some of the hangers-on that bash Caillou just to be a part of the in-crowd. Truth be told, there's good reason why The Wiggles are such a Global phenomenon: They've written some great pop songs... and if you don't believe me, check out ReWiggled - A Tribute to The Wiggles. There's some gems that transcend genres, and if The Living End covering "Hot Potato" doesn't snag you, check out Oh Mercy doing "Toot, Toot, Chugga, Chugga Big Red Car." Now, in 2013 - I have a Wiggle-loving little one (and a baby who will probably rock some Wiggles), and the Australian supergroup has been re-energized with a new lineup for a new generation. From August-October, North American Audiences will get their first taste of the new show first-hand when THE WIGGLES - TAKING OFF! Tour arrives.

The TAKING OFF! Tour will be the first interaction between new members, Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle), Emma Watkins (Yellow Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle) and their North American fans. The new show features 21 new songs including “Do The Propeller!, "Beep! Beep! Buckle Up!," "Emma (with the Bow in Her Hair)" and past favorites like “Rock-A-Bye Your Bear” and “Get Ready To Wiggle.”  

“The new cast will truly connect with today’s generation. Their energy and dedication to the brand is invigorating, and we are especially thrilled to add our 'First Lady' Emma who, literally, has been a fan since she was a little girl. It was her dream come true."  Anthony Field, Founding Member and Blue Wiggle

Check out a new Wiggles tune, "I've Got My Glasses On":



8/17, Sat. — Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
8/18, Sun. — Hershey PA Hershey TH
8/21, Wed. — Hyannis MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
8/22, Thu. — Cohasset MA South Shore Music Circus
8/24, Sat. — Buffalo, NY University of Buffalo Center for the Arts
8/25, Sun. — Madison WI Capitol Theater
8/27, Tue. — Winnipeg MB Burton Cummings Theatre
8/28, Wed. — Saskatoon SK TCU Place
8/30, Fri. — Calgary AB Southern Alberta Jubilee
8/31, Sat. — Edmonton AB Northern Alberta Jubilee
9/3, Tue. — Vancouver BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9/4, Wed. — Portland OR Newmark Theatre
9/5, Thu. — Santa Rosa CA Wells Fargo Theatre
9/6, Fri. — San Jose CA Santa Jose Civic Auditorium
9/7, Sat. — Thousand Oaks CA Fred Kavli Theatre
9/8, Sun. — Los Angeles CA The Wiltern Theatre
9/10 Tue. — Anaheim CA The Grove of Anaheim
9/11, Wed. — Phoenix AZ Comerica Theatre
9/13, Fri. — Houston TX Bayou Music Theatre
9/14, Sat. — Dallas TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
9/15, Sun. — Austin TX Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
9/16, Mon. — Oklahoma City OK Rose State Performing Arts Theatre
9/18, Wed. — St Louis MO Peabody Music Hall
9/19, Thu. — Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium
9/20, Fri. — Indianapolis IN Murat Theatre
9/21, Sat. – -Chicago IL Rosemont Theatre
9/22, Sun. — Detroit MI Fox Theatre
9/24, Tue. — London ON Centennial Hall
9/25, Wed. — Ottawa ON Centre Point Theatre
9/26, Thu. — North Bay ON Capitol Centre
9/27, Fri. — Toronto ON Ricoh Coliseum
9/28, Sat. — Toronto ON Ricoh Coliseum
9/29, Sun. — Hamilton ON Hamilton Place Theatre
10/1, Tue. — New York, NY Best Buy Theater
10/2, Wed. — Wallingford CT Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
10/4, Fri. — Westbury NY NYCB Theatre
10/5, Sat. — Rahway NJ Union County PAC
10/6, Sun. — Washington DC Warner Theatre

The Wiggles' latest album, TAKING OFF! was released last month, and a new television series is slated to arrive on Sprout later this Fall. For more on what The Wiggles are up to, check out their official site.

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