The New Rivalry: Texas vs. Michigan
Tue., Oct. 10. 2006 12:50am EDT
Never mind the Buckeyes and the Sooners. Michigan and Texas have new rivals -- each other -- at least in the land of ApologetiX.
We predicted it would happen. Back in late June, we remarked that with all the concerts we'd played in the Great Lakes State this year, Michigan had passed Texas for fourth place on the list of states where we've played the most.
However given the Lone Star State's reputation for competition, we told you not to be surprised if it made a comeback. This weekend, we'll play three concerts in Texas, putting it back in a tie with Michigan, with 32 concerts apiece.
Not to be outdone, Michigan will host its 33rd concert next weekend. However, rumor has it there are yet more Texas concerts in the works for 2006. Everything is bigger in Texas, including our fan base, which has more members there than any other state, including our home state of Pennsylvania.
Because it's so close and we've played there for almost 15 years, Pennsylvania will probably always remain our most-played state, but the rest of the list is up for grabs. For example, Wisconsin held a narrow two-concert advantage over Ohio for second place at the end of 2005, but Ohio has surged ahead in 2006.
Here's the current top 10, after the concerts of October 13-15:
2. Ohio (66)
3. Wisconsin (47)
4. TIE: Michigan and Texas (32)
6. Missouri (28)
7. Indiana (27)
8. California (23)
9. TIE: Illinois and Kentucky (20)