The Ataris Hit the Road on Headline Tour Featuring Sugarcult, Autopilot Off & Rufio

Eagerly Awaited Columbia Records Debut Album Coming in March 2003


The Ataris, one of the most successful independent rock bands of recent years, will commence a six-week North American headlining tour on November 4 in Salt Lake City (see itinerary following).

Opening for the Ataris are Sugarcult, Autopilot Off and Rufio, all of whom have built up strong live followings of their own.

News of the Ataris' tour comes as the band finishes work on So Long, Astoria, the group's eagerly-awaited Columbia Records debut. Produced by Lou Giordano (Goo Goo Dolls, Sunny Day Real Estate, Samiam, Paul Westerberg), So Long, Astoria is slated for release in March 2003.

A virtual touring machine since the band's inception, the Ataris have shared bills with Jimmy Eat World, Alkaline Trio, Social Distortion, Blink 182, The Hives, 311 and many others. The group has been a main stage attraction on the Van's Warped Tour and has sold out shows in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

"After months of writing and recording our new album, we are very excited to be getting back on the road to see all of our loyal fans again," says the Ataris' Kris Roe. "We are especially excited about being able to bring some great bands out with us." This tour features a particularly close-knit bill as Sugarcult guitarist Marko 72 was formerly a member of the Ataris, and Chris Hughes of Autopilot Off grew up with Ataris' guitarist Johnny Collura in Orange County, New York.

The Ataris are: Kris Roe (lead vocals/guitar), Johnny Collura (guitar/vocals), Mike Davenport (bass/vocals), and Chris "Kid" Knapp (drums). The group was first discovered in 1997 when songwriter Kris Roe passed along his demo tape to Joe Escalante, bassist for the Vandals and owner of Kung Fu Records. Moving from Anderson, Indiana, to Santa Barbara, California, Roe assembled The Ataris' line-up and recorded the group's first full-length offering, Anywhere But Here, for Kung Fu. The Ataris subsequently recorded an EP, Look Forward To Failure (1998 - Fat Wreck Chords), as well as the additional Kung Fu releases: Blue Skies, Broken Hearts ... Next 12 Exits (1999), Let It Burn (2000), and End Is Forever (2001), each of which has sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S. and has achieved similar sales successes around the world. So Long Astoria is the Ataris' major label debut.

                        The Ataris Tour Itinerary

   Nov 4          Salt Lake City, UT       X-Scape
   Nov 5          Denver, CO               Ogden Theatre
   Nov 6          Lawrence, KS             The Bottleneck
   Nov 7          St. Louis, MO            Mississippi Nights
   Nov 8          Chicago, Il              Metro
   Nov 9          Minneapolis, MN          First Avenue
   Nov 11         Indianapolis, IN         Emerson Theatre
   Nov 12         Detroit, MI              Clutch Cargo's
   Nov 13         Cleveland, OH            Agora Ballroom
   Nov 14         Pittsburgh, PA           Club Laga
   Nov 15         Buffalo, NY              Showplace Theatre
   Nov 16         Toronto, Ontario         Phoenix Concert Theatre
   Nov 17         Montreal, Quebec         Club Soda
   Nov 18         Albany, NY               Valentines
   Nov 19         Boston, MA               Axis
   Nov 20         New York, NY             Irving Plaza
   Nov 22         Poughkeepsie, NY         The Chance
   Nov 23         Old Bridge, NJ           Birch Hill Nightclub
   Nov 24         Philadelphia, PA         The Trocadero
   Nov 25         Washington DC            9:30 Club
   Nov 27         Atlanta, GA              Cotton Club
   Nov 28         Jacksonville, FL         The Marquee Theatre
   Nov 29         Ft. Lauderdale, FL       The Factory
   Nov 30         Orlando, FL              The Social
   Dec 1          St. Petersburg, FL       State Theatre
   Dec 3          Houston, TX              Engine Room
   Dec 4          Dallas, TX               Deep Ellum Live
   Dec 5          Austin, TX               Emo's
   Dec 6          San Antonio, TX          White Rabbit
   Dec 7          El Paso, TX              Club 101
   Dec 8          Albuquerque, NM          Sunshine Theater
   Dec 9          Scottsdale, AZ           Cajun House
   Dec 10         San Diego, CA            Canes Bar & Grill
   Dec 11         Pomona, CA               The Glass House
   Dec 12         Los Angeles, CA          The Palace
   Dec 13         San Francisco, CA        Slim's
   Dec 14         Eugene, OR               WOW Hall
   Dec 15         Seattle, WA              Graceland
   Dec 16         Portland, OR             Crystal Ballroom


SOURCE: Columbia Records

CONTACT: For more information on the Ataris - Neil Lawi, Media, New
York, +1-212-833-5858,; Tour press - Renee Pfefer,
Media, +1-212-833-4424,; Online press - Lisa
Linder, Online & Emerging Technologies, +1-212-833-6666,, all of Columbia Records; For press materials
online, please visit:

Web site: