Concert Tickets

Winter concert season is about to begin and many of your favorite artists are getting ready to hit the road. Some of our favorites are Bon Jovi, Joe Bonamassa and Sting, all headed across the country over the next few months. Hot upcoming tours like Coldplay, Green Day and Shawn Mendes are also drawing a lot of attention. Classics such as Art Garfunkel, Neil Diamond and Styx are also around all winter long. Good times start by buying Great Seats today!

 

Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Dead of Apparent Suicide
Chester Bennington, 41-year old lead singer of the American rock band Linkin Park was found dead yesterday in his Los Angeles home. The death is being investigated as a suicide by hanging. The band debuted in 2000, releasing the album Hybrid Theory, an album that mixed rap and rock featuring shredding screaming vocals of Bennington. It sold 4.8 million copies. This year the band released One More Light, which took the band in a different musical direction. The release is more of a pop album than a rock album. The album received mixed reactions from fans, ranging from lukewarm to downright angry. Many were upset at the direction the band was going in, especially with the lead single leaning more towards modern r&b than anything the band previously released. Bennington spoke out against accusations that the band had “sold out”, and gave interviews in several major music magazines trying to explain that the band was evolving. Bennington also filled in as the frontman for the band Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015. He is survived by a wife and six children.
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Joe Walsh Organizes Show to Aid Veterans
Eagle Joe Walsh is doing his part this fall to help provide aid for American veterans. Walsh has founded a non-profit organization called “Vetsaid”, which will fund several national veterans-based charities that provide care to soldiers and their families. He has also organized the VetsAid concert, an all-star show taking place at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia on September 30th. Gary Clark Jr., Keith Urban, and the Zac Brown Band are a few of the acts Walsh has recruited for the show so far. No stranger to all-star lineups, Walsh was part of Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band for several tours, both as a member of the band and later as a regular guest performer. Walsh said of the show, “I stopped counting the number of friends I lost in the Vietnam War or that came home forever scarred mentally or physically or both. We’ve only just begun to appreciate the long-term impacts on our troops home from Iraq.” Walsh further stated that “I had to do something.”
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Horror Movie Pioneer George A. Romero Passes At 77
Horror movie producer and director George A. Romero, best known for his ground-breaking work “Night of the Living Dead,” passed away this Sunday after being diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Romero’s 1968 film invented the modern zombie film which is now seeing peak popularity with the television series “The Walking Dead.” The movie was influential in many ways; not only was it a quality film made on a very low budget, a film that revitalized a campy and clichéd drive-in movie industry, but it was one of the first movies that cast an African American as the protagonist without any racial stereotyping. Romero went on to make several sequels, including “Dawn of the Dead”, “Day of the Dead”, and “George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead.” In addition to his zombie franchise, Romero also wrote 1978’s “Martin”, the screenplays for Stephen King’s “Creepshow 2” and “The Dark Half”, and 1988’s “Monkey Shines.” He also worked on the “Tales from the Darkside” tv series. He appeared uncredited in several of his own movies as well as appearing as a Memphis FBI agent in “The Silence of the Lambs.”
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Comedy Tickets

Warm up your funny bone with tickets to see comedians touring around the country. Comics like the enraged Lewis Black and puppet master Jeff Dunham command the stage and have audiences bursting with laughter. Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld have taken a leave from television and film to go out in front of live audiences as well. Lastly, Michael Carbonaro and Jeff Foxworthy are certainly "worthy" of your attention. Come laugh with us with tickets from GreatSeats.com.

New Comedy Girls Trip Opens Today
Girls Trip is a new comedy directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who brought you Undercover Brother and Roll Bounce. The new film follows four friends reconnecting with each other at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah star. The R-rated film opens today and is getting good reviews on social media, where it is being compared to 2011’s Bridesmaids.
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Two New Comedies Bomb
Two recent comedies have failed at the box office. The Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler vehicle “The House”, and Scarlet Johannsson’s raunchy “Rough Night” both opened under $10 million dollars. “The House” features Ferrell and Poehler as a couple who open an underground casino to put their daughter through college, while “Rough Night” was another bridesmaids-gone wild escapade. A few other recent R-rated comedies have also failed, including the movie remake of the tv show “Baywatch” and the Amy Schumer movie “Snatched.” It is theorized that some of the blame is on scripts that were written before the political climate changed this year. Another theory is that social media is so tuned in these days, that even a single unfavorable review can drastically change a movie’s chances at the box office.
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New Jason Alexander Comedy Coming This Fall
The Audience Network announced casting has been completed for “Hit The Road”, an original comedy series starring Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander. The show is about a dysfunctional family band traveling the country in a van on tour seeking fame and fortune, balancing family life with band life while obsessed with the dream of claiming their place in pop history. The half-hour show was co-created by Alexender with comedy writer Peter Tilden and British screenwriter Dean Craig. Alexander stars as Ken Swallow, the family patriarch. Amy Pietz from “The Office” is the wife. Nick Marini, Tim Johnson Jr, and Maddie Dixon-Poirer fill out the rest of the family. The 10-episode series is set to release this fall.
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Sports Tickets

Fall and winter means sports and more sports. Perennial favorites like Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are fun to watch in the Eastern Conference, while Western Conference darlings include The Dallas Stars and St Louis Blues. For the NBA season kick off, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are still something to see.

 

Simpson Granted Parole
Former star running back O.J. Simpson has been granted parole by a board in Nevada after serving the minimum nine years of his 33-year old sentence for a 2007 Las Vegas incident in which he led a group of men into a casino to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint. He claimed the memorabilia and other items were his personal property. Simpson denied ever holding a gun or threatening the victims. He was charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. Simpson has requested to live in Florida, where he has family. He has two months to serve before his release and has been moved to a separate part of the prison away from the general population as a precautionary step.
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New York Rangers Sign Shattenkirk
The New York Rangers have signed top free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. The Rangers signed the 28-year old to a four year, $26.6 million contract on July 1st. He will partner with Ryan McDonagh as the top defensive line and is also expected to log time on the power play. Shattenkirk last played for the Washington Capitals who acquired him as a partial season rental from the St. Louis Blues last NHL season. He had 13 goals and 43 assists over 80 games last year but failed to impress the Capitals enough for them to make him part of their future. The Rangers also acquired 21-year-old defenseman Anthony DeAngelo from the Arizona Coyotes. The team was knocked out of the second round of playoffs this year by the Ottawa Senators.
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NBA Summer League Popularity Increases
The NBA Summer League, which is a series of off-season games which allows the teams to try out lineups made of rookies, bench players, and others hoping to make the teams, has gained more attention than normal this year as fans clamor to get their first look at the much-hyped Lonzo Ball, this year’s No. 2 overall draft pick selected by the Lakers. The Lakers rookie was named Summer League MVP for his flashy play and for the stats he put up, which include over 16 points per game, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds. He also averaged 2.5 steals and 1 block per game. The Lakers have been starved for a player to rejuvenate the franchise, and it seems they have found the right person. The local UCLA talent has received tons of exposure thanks to the constant marketing of his father LeVar Ball, who is a regular Don King-like promotor of his son and his fledgling shoe company, Big Baller. Lonzo has taken the first step to becoming an NBA superstar, winning the MVP of the league’s preseason rookie practice league.
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