John C. Reilly, the star of the upcoming Judd Apatow produced comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, will tour the country in character as his alter ego Dewey Cox, the mythic rock & roll icon whose music influenced a nation. Reilly will perform live as Dewey Cox with his band, The Hard Walkers, the scorching rock ensemble, for the year\'s most anticipated concert series, the "Cox Across America Tour" Dewey Cox & The Hard Walkers will hit the road for a select seven city run of rare live performances to support the December 21 opening of the comedy, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story."

Cox, the legendary showman and his mind-blowing band will launch their historic concert tour tonight at the world famous The Roxy of the Sunset Strip. Next up, the band will continue to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Wednesday, December 5 with subsequent shows in Chicago, Austin, Nashville, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York\'s fabled Knitting Factory (see full itinerary following).

During the "Cox Across America Tour," Dewey Cox & The Hard Walkers will perform classic tracks from "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," the soundtrack album from the film of the same name. The definitive career-spanning collection of Dewey Cox hits, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (Columbia Records) will be in stores and online on Tuesday, December 4.

Each of Dewey\'s concerts will be preceded by special screenings of "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story." Tickets to the events will be made available through local radio promotions in each of the markets where Dewey and his band are performing. Tickets to these extraordinary Dewey Cox events are being offered to members of the Dewey Cox Fan Club (For information on all the benefits of Dewey\'s fan club, please visit:

Dewey Cox & The Hard Walkers - "Cox Across America Tour" - Itinerary
Wednesday, 12/5 Cleveland, OH Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Thursday, 12/6 Chicago, IL The Cubby Bear
Friday, 12/7 Austin, TX Stubb\'s
Saturday, 12/8 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Monday, 12/10 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Thursday, 12/13 Los Angeles, CA Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd
Wednesday, 12/19 New York, NY The Knitting Factory

"I have loved Cox from the beginning and I will be at every show worshipping Cox from the foot of the stage." - John C. Reilly

"Not since Duran Duran toured America in 1984 have people been so excited about a rock tour." - producer Judd Apatow

"You\'re welcome, America." - Dewey Cox

America loves Cox! In Columbia Pictures\' new comedy "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," John C. Reilly stars as larger-than-life musician and songwriter Dewey Cox. Behind the music is the up-and-down-and-up-again story of a legend whose songs would change a nation. On his rock \'n\' roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 stepkids, stars in his own \'70s TV variety show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to - and then kicks - every drug known to man... but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman - longtime backup singer Darlene (Jenna Fischer).

Columbia Pictures presents in association with Relativity Media a Nominated Films production, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story." The film stars John C.Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows, and Kristen Wiig. Directed by Jake Kasdan. Produced by Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan, and Clayton Townsend. Written by Judd Apatow & Jake Kasdan. Executive Producer is Lew Morton. Director of Photography is Uta Briesewitz. Production Designer is Jefferson D. Sage. Editors are Tara Timpone and Steve Welch. Costume Designer is Debra McGuire. Music is by Michael Andrews. Music Supervision by Manish Raval and Tom Wolfe.

"Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for Sexual Content, Graphic Nudity, Drug Use and Language.