Aside from perhaps Glasvegas, Franz Ferdinand may take the prize for the most international gigs this year. The band have already been through North America and Japan once in 2009 and they will return to the US next week supporting Green Day and playing festivals before returning to Japan and then Europe again.

Franz launched their 3rd album in January Tonight: Franz Ferdinand and in June the band released Blood: Franz Ferdinand, a dub version of Tonight, which was included in the deluxe and box-set versions with the original album release, but is now available as a stand alone album in the US.

Last year the band spoke with Vic Galloway about how the dub/reggae elements were introduced to their music.

More information at www.franzferdinand.co.uk . Tour dates and ticket details below for the US and Canada legs of the tour. The European dates can be seen towards the bottom of the Scotland On Tour page for now.