Under dark clouds and a "monster-sized extraterrestrial spider looming over center field
," Florence Welch performed that catchy song from theEat Pray Love
trailer to close her opening set at last year's U2 concert at Sun Life Stadium.
The boisterous reception following the final note of "Dog Days Are Over" left a lasting impression in Welch's heart, one large enough to inspire a return to South Florida.
Yesterday, Florence and the Machine announced a 14-show tour extension. And on Wednesday, September 26, Ms. Welch and her eight backing musicians will play their first headlining show in South Florida at Sunrise's BankAtlantic Center.
See the cut for a list of tour dates.
This past November, Florence and the Machine released their second record, Ceremonials. It debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked atop the Rock and Alternative charts.
The response overseas has been even more overwhelming. In the UK alone, Florence and the Machine's debut album, Lungs, has sold over 1.4 million copies, having been certified quintuple platinum this past November.
Similarly, Ceremonials debuted atop the UK Albums Chart and has already been certified platinum in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, New Zealand, and Australia.
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It's safe to say that for Welch, the dog days are truly over.
Florence and the Machine Extended 2012 Tour Dates
September 14 Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
September 15 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
September 16 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
September 18 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
September 19 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
September 21 Raleigh Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
September 22 Midtown Music Festival, Atlanta, GA
September 25 USF Sun Dome, Tampa Bay, FL
September 26 BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, FL
October 1 Starlight Theater, Kansas City, MO
October 4 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
October 5 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
October 7 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
October 10 Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
Florence and the Machine. Wednesday, September 26. BankAtlantic Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 11, for $31.75 to $45.75 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Call 954-835-8000 or visit bankatlanticcenter.com.