Bad Lieutenant, circa 2009

Bad Lieutenant, the new band from New Order’s Bernard Sumner, will make its belated U.S. debut this April with an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and club dates in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, the group announced Monday.

The band — Sumner, late-era New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham and singer-guitarist Jake Evans, plus, in its touring incarnation, New Order drummer Stephen Morris and bassist Tom Chapman — will play San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom on April 16, Coachella on April 17, Chicago’s Park West on April 19 and New York’s Webster Hall on April 21.

Monday, Sumner issued a statement saying, “We are really looking forward to playing our songs live for our fans in the U.S. It’s been some quite time since I have played in America, and we are all very excited about the prospect.” As for what fans can expect, Sumner added, “The bulk of the set will be Bad Lieutenant songs, but we’ll also play some songs from my past, some New Order songs, some Joy Division, and a few other surprises.”

The New York and Chicago dates are rescheduled from November, when Bad Lieutenant canceled its short debut tour of the U.S. — which also was to include two dates opening for the Pixies in New York and Chicago — over immigration issues. At the time, Sumner blamed the cancellations on “more stringent immigration laws and changing visa parameters (that) resulted in an inability to process the necessary paperwork.”

It’s unclear whether this will be the extent of Bad Lieutenant’s U.S. tour; the October announcement of the original New York and Chicago dates reported that “a major North American tour is being planned for 2010” in support of the band’s debut album, Never Cry Another Tear. The band also just announced a five-date U.K. tour in March.

See Bad Lieutenant tour dates after the jump…

Bad Lieutenant tour dates:

March 15: Leadmill, Sheffield, UK
March 16: Garage, Glasgow, UK
March 18: Electric Ballroom, London, UK
March 20: 53 Degrees, Preston, UK
March 21: Masque, Liverpool, UK
April 16: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA (on sale Feb. 14)
April 17: Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, CA
April 19: Park West, Chicago, IL (on sale Feb. 13)
April 21: Webster Hall, New York, NY (on sale Feb. 12)

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