RED LETTERMAN DAY FOR IDLEWILD

And we're pleading with frontman Roddy Woomble to comb his hair and wear a decent jumper...

IDLEWILD are being lined up for an appearance on American TV chat show the DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The band, who have now completed seven songs for their as-yet untitled third album, with Smiths producer Stephen Street, are about to embark on their biggest US tour to date.

A date for the Letterman appearance has not yet been confirmed, but it is thought it could take place as they wind-up their tour (see below for dates).

The Edinburgh-based quartet have also been tipped to join the line-up for Scotland’s T In The Park festival. A spokesperson for promoters DF Concerts could not say whether their appearance had yet been confirmed, but said that full line-up information is expected to be announced in the next few weeks. If the band play, it would be their fourth consecutive appearance at the festival.

As revealed on NME.COM earlier today (February 28), Beck has confirmed an appearance at T In The Park on July 8.

They are also set to support Catatonia and Toploader at the ‘Campaign For A Living Wage’ gig at Manchester Evening News Arena on April 28.

Meanwhile, Idlewild play a low-key warm-up gig at Cardiff Coal Exchange, with Scots rockers Desalvo and local outfit Big Leaves, next Wednesday (March 7), before they embark on a tour of the US and Canada to mark the release of their album, ‘100 Broken Windows’ Stateside on March 13 through Odeon/Capitol.

The dates, with support from Manchester band Brassy, are:

Vancouver, Starfish Room (March 9)

Seattle, Graceland (10)

Portland, Berbati’s Pan (11)

San Francisco, Bottom Of The Hill (13)

Los Angeles Knitting Factory (14)

Austin, La Zona Rosa (16)

Chicago, Double Door (20)

Cleveland, Beachland Ballroom (21)

Washington, 9.30 Club (22)

Philadelphia, Upstage (23)

New York, Bowery Ballroom (24)

Cambridge, Middle East (27)

Montreal, Cabaret Music Hall (28)

Toronto, Lee’s Palace (29)

Detroit Magic Stick (30)

Madison, Club 770 (31)

Minneapolis, 7th Street Entry (April 1)

They are expected to finish recording their album around June, but a spokesperson said that with an emphasis on America this year, it looked unlikely that the album will be released before the end of 2001.