FATBOY’S BREAK FROM THE NORM

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The UK dates were announced yesterday - now we can bring you details of the DJ's American shows...

Fatboy Slim has added a string of US tour dates to his schedule in November to support the release of new album ‘HALFWAY BETWEEN THE GUTTER AND THE STARS’ on November 6 through SKINT.

According to US website [url=]www.billboard.com, Slim will embark on a US tour around the time of the album’s release, which in the US is November 7 through Astralworks. The tour includes a show at the New York Union Square Virgin Megastore on the night before the album hits the shops (November 6).

Slim will play: New York Virgin Megastore (November 6) Denver Fillmore (7) Seattle Showbox (8) San Francisco 1015 (10) Los Angeles Club Soho (11)

Cook is also this week’s NME cover star, taking part in an NME Fanish Inquisition. In the interview, he talks about the new album, and his decision to sample the late Doors vocalist Jim Morrison on his new single ‘Sunset (Bird Of Prey)’ – a decision which has upset Doors fans.

Responding to the question ‘Every Doors fan I know hates you now’, he said: “I did it because it sounded nice. Sorry! I just thought it was a lovely bit of singing that the rest of the world hadn’t heard yet…

“We got in contact with the president of the Jim Morrison fanclub who very kindly sent me a CD of the samples…and obviously Jim Morrison‘s estate agreed so his family will get lots of money. I’m very sorry if I have offended you.”

‘Sunset (Bird Of Prey)’ was released in the UK yesterday (October 16) through Skint.

As revealed yesterday on nme.com, Slim will also play a series of UK shows following the US dates in support of the album’s release. Cook will DJ at: Glasgow Slam (November 24) Liverpool Cream (25) Leeds Back 2 Basics (26) Nottingham The Bomb (30) London Fabric (December 1) Reading Matrix (2) Brighton Big Beat Boutique (8)

The string of DJ dates, dubbed ‘…The Stakes Are Too High For You To Stay At Home Tour’, will mark the DJ’s first concerted tour of venues around Britain.