Grammy Nonimated Plain White T's To Headline Music Stage At Cleveland's Right Guard Open
NEW YORK - June 11, 2008 - The AST Dew Tour, the world's premier season-long action sports tour, today announced that alternative pop-punk band Plain White T's will headline the Verizon Wireless music stage on Friday, July 18, at the second stop of the 2008 AST Dew Tour, Cleveland's Right Guard Open.
Two-time Grammy nominee Plain White T's rose to critically acclaimed international superstars with their hit song "Hey There Delilah," which earned a nomination for Song of the Year at the 2008 Grammy Awards and was number one in the United States for two weeks. The band's major label debut album, Every Second Counts, had two additional hit singles, "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)" and "Our Time Now."
"We are very excited to have Plain White T's play at the Right Guard Open in Cleveland," said Wade Martin, AST President. "With the band's hit songs and enthusiastic live performances, Friday's Verizon Wireless music stage is sure to be a huge success with the fans."
"Cleveland has always been one of our favorite cities to play in, and we can't wait to be back this summer," said Tom Higgenson, lead vocalist of the Plain White T's.
Tickets for the all five stops of the 2008 AST Dew Tour are now available through Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster.com, and select Ticketmaster retail outlets, with the exception of the Wendy's Invitational, where tickets are available through the Rose Quarter.
The complete 2008 AST Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event Date Location Panasonic Open June 19-22 Baltimore, Md.-Camden Yards Sports Complex Right Guard Open July 17-20 Cleveland, OH-North Coast Harbor Wendy's Invitational Aug. 21-24 Portland, Ore.-Rose Quarter Toyota Challenge Sept. 11-14 Salt Lake City, UT-EnergySolutions Arena PlayStation® Pro Oct. 16-19 Orlando, Fla.-Amway Arena
Entering its fourth year, the AST Dew Tour is the most watched and attended action sports property in the world. Attendance for the 2007 AST Dew Tour totaled 280,000 and an average of 41 million viewers tuned in via NBC and USA each year. The top athletes in the world will take part in this year's Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded in Orlando at season's end to champions in each of the six disciplines. The 2007 Dew Cup winners include Nate Adams (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Ryan Nyquist (BMX Dirt), Daniel Dhers (BMX Park), Shaun White (Skateboard Vert) and Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park).
AST The Action Sports Tour (AST), owned by NBC Sports and MTV Networks, is the recently created umbrella brand and organization of the world's most prestigious action sports events. Currently the AST consists of two national tours, one international event and an amateur series: AST Dew Tour (debuted in 2005), AST Winter Dew Tour (debuting in 2008), AST China (debuting in 2008), and Free Flow Tour (debuted in 2005). The AST properties are home to 280,000 spectators each year and broadcast in 100 countries and 280 million homes worldwide. The AST Dew Tour consists of five major, multi-sport events spanning across the country, with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse - the largest in action sports - and an additional $1 million bonus pool. Each event features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert, and dirt) and freestyle motocross. At seasons end, the overall point's leaders in the six disciplines are crowned year-end champions and awarded the prestigious Dew Cup. Key lifestyle elements at each Tour event include the Festival village, specialty competitions, and live cutting edge music. The AST Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor); and Panasonic, Right Guard Xtreme, Wendy's, Toyota and PlayStation® (event title sponsors). Associate partners include Ball Park, Mongoose®, Nike 6.0 and Verizon Wireless. More information can be found at www.ast.com.
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