Summer concert season is just around the corner. It is time to take a break and make plans to relax with all your favorite artists. Some of our favorites are Guns N Roses, Justin Bieber and Bruce Springsteen, all headed across the country this month. New tours like Adele, Ryan Adams and The Lumineers are also drawing a lot of attention. Classics such as Luke Bryan, Elton John and Dave Mathews are also around all summer long. Get started on that summer vacation by buying tickets today!
Mary J. Blige is setting up a late summer tour, with dates just starting to trickle out now. And it looks like D?Angelo and Melanie Fiona are along for the ride on this roadtrip.
Dubbed the ?Liberation Tour,? the schedule starts August 18 at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, and includes stops at Jones Beach in New York, Boston, Jersey, Washington, DC, and Miami. More dates are expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks. Blige most recently appeared at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans last weekend.
The Latin music world will get a huge exposure boost this summer when Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Wisin Y Yandel hit the touring circuit together.
The three acts embark on their dance music spectacular in July, starting off with 2 nights in Montreal July 14-15. They have several cities where they’ll stay for multi-night gigs, notably Toronto (7/17-18), Newark (7/20-21), Anaheim, Calif. (8/11-12) and Los Angeles (8/16-17). In between, they’ll stop in Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston, and Atlanta, among others, before finishing up in Miami on August 31.
Neil Young will be courting the harvest moon with Crazy Horse on a fall tour this October and November - their first together since 2004. One dollar of every ticket sold will be donated to Young’s charitable endeavor, The Bridge School.
Dates kick off October 3 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and crisscross the country before finishing off in the familiar Bridgeport, Conn., on Dec. 4. Key stops along the way include Cleveland, Oh., Chicago, a gig during the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, Boston, and Philadelphia. Los Lobos is the special guest for all the dates through Nov. 19 (except Oct. 13). The equally legendary Patti Smith joins the tour Nov. 23-Dec. 4.
After taking time off of the touring circuit for most of 2011, the Dave Matthews Band is back in full swing this summer with a full roster of dates coast to coast. And they’ll be helping volunteers register voters along the way.
Known never to miss an opportunity for social activism, DMB will have a group of volunteers at every show registering people to vote. Dubbed “The Great American Roadtrip,” the effort is headed up (no pun intended) by HeadCount, and you can follow their adventures on the HeadCount blog, where they will be reporting on their activities from every show.
Il Divo, the hunky classical/opera crossover quartet, have set their sights on North America this summer, scheduling 45 performances that will take them throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico well into August 2012.
The band–Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, baritone Carlos Marin from Spain, the French pop artist Sebastien Izambard and tenor David Miller from the USA–is promoting their fifth studio album, Wicked Game, which has a cover version of the Chris Isaak original of the same name, as well as a version of “Crying” by the late, great Roy Orbison.
What did Simon Le Bon recently say would be “one of the highlights of the last decade” for Duran Duran? Why playing to kick off the 2012 Summer Olympics in London this summer, of course!
Duran Duran is among a roster of headlining acts secured to play in London’s Hyde Park on July 27, across town from the Olympic Stadium and the games’ opening ceremony where the concert will be broadcast live. Too cool, and quite the coup for the 80’s heartthrobs who have had some pretty amazing experiences in their 3 decades of life in the music scene.
The American Idol finalists from this season-Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine- are going to give their vocal cords an Olympic-sized work out this summer when they set out on the “American Idols Live” tour starting July 6 in Detroit.
The 45-date itinerary has this cadre of talent making its way to many cities coast-t0-coast. Other stops include St. Louis (7/11), Seattle (7/18), Los Angeles (7/23), Dallas (7/29), Orlando (8/2), Washington, DC (8/8), Pittsburgh (8/14), Newark (8/28), Atlantic City (9/7) and finishing up in Milwaukee (9/11), just to name a few.
Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solis and Chayanne– three giants in the world of Latin music– are joining forces for a 14-date tour, appropriately named “GIGANT3S,” during the months of August and September.
The outing kicks off in Miami, Fl., at the American Airlines Arena on August 3, and continues up the coast to New Jersey and Connecticut, swings west to Illinois and far west to California, and ends with several dates in various Texas cities before crossing the finish line in Las Vegas on September 14.
It looks like Maxwell took off in 2011 to rest up for 2012. He has just announced a six-date tour comprised of 2-night stays in three cities: Los Angeles (June 20-21), Atlanta (July 27-28), and Newark, NJ (Aug. 3-4). The cherry on top - he’ll perform his four studio albums in their entirety.
The first night, Maxwell and his band will perform the 1996 Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and the 1998 Embrya. On night two, fans will be treated to Now from 2001 and BLACKSsummers’night from 2009.
The Beach Boys have upped the ante on their 50th anniversary reunion this year. In addition to launching their massive U.S. tour, the original surf bums have been back in the studio recording their first new album in over 15 years.
All the original surviving members of the band, including the once resistant Brian Wilson, are on board for the tour and the record, which is as yet untitled but scheduled for release June 5. The first single is, “That’s Why God Made The Radio.”
Gentlemen may prefer blondes, but the Zac Brown Band prefers festivals! Their summer schedule is full of festival and fair dates, where they’ll be combining their two favorite things: music and barbecue.
ZBB will start their road trip with a handful of dates before the fests, including Greenville, SC (5/10), Atlanta, GA (5/12), Columbia, MD (5/31) and Bangor, ME (6/2). They have only one festival date in May, but it’s a biggie: the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 4.
For two days in May, you get to indulge your glam and metal fantasies at the M3 Rock Festival taking place at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., on May 11-12.
The M3 Kix-Off Party on Friday night pairs Kix with Night Ranger as the headliners, but they are joined by special guests Enuff Z’Nuff, In The Pink and Let There Be Rock. Saturday’s festivities include a whole roster of bands on two non-overlapping stages for maximum viewing enjoyment. Dokken, Lynch Mob, Stryper, Quiet Riot, Warrant and Skid Row are just a few of the names who’ll be there. Ratt and Queensryche share the spotlight as co-headliners for Day 2.
Police in Southern California have announced the recovery of Tom Petty’s guitars, stolen last week apparently by a security guard who has been arrested.
Petty’s heart was broken when five guitars were stolen from a soundstage at The Culver Studios in California. The thief has been apprehended and identified as Daryl Emmette Washington, a private security guard at the studio lot where Petty and his band were rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Washington pawned one of the guitars in Hollywood for $250, which tipped off police.
Dude! They’re getting the band back together! “They” being Aerosmith, who has announced plans for an outing this summer dubbed the “Global Warming” tour, starting mid-June. And they are bringing Cheap Trick along for the ride.
"The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with your mothers," frontman Steven Tyler said.
The NCAA Men’s Final Four, taking place next weekend in New Orleans, is pulling all the stops to treat basketball fans to come great music as well.
The annual championship weekend will include a free “Big Dance Concert Series” in Woldenberg Park, which features KISS on March 30, The Black Keys on March 31, and Jimmy Buffett on April 1. The concert series has become a part of the annual festivities, and also includes a Block Party, a Viewing Party and a JamFest. Past performers included Kings of Leon, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift.
Although the bands are all gone and the venue lights are out, the buzz about Bruce Springsteen’s keynote speech at this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) conference is still humming.
‘The Boss’ reaffirmed every bit of that moniker with an address that many audience members exclaimed was the greatest keynote they’d ever seen. He was at once philosophical, humorous, humble, awestruck (especially when he talked about his encounter with James Brown), and downright professorial, as he spoke about the history and his love of music, drawing direct comparisons and parallels with his own musical career and the influences on it.
Yes, that’s a lot of SSSS’s, but it’s a smashing tour from Sarah McLachlan this summer! The Canadian chanteuse is heading out with the backing of The National Philharmonic.
Sarah did a similar tour last summer and had such success that she’s returning this summer to recreate the symphonic magic. The stops include mostly amphitheatres, so you’ll be enjoying the music under the stars and out in the fresh air. They include Toronto; Toledo, OH; Nashville; Atlanta; Columbia, MD; Boston; and Atlantic City, NJ, just to name a few.
Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks had such a good time on last year’s “Heart & Soul” tour, they’ve decided to give it another go this summer.
Right now, there are only 4 dates slotted, starting July 20 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, but more shows can’t be far behind. Last year, the two stars played for over three hours to elated fans, and sets included favorites from Nicks’ and Stewart’s individual catalogs of music, in addition to some duets sprinkled in the mix.
Last night’s Grammy Awards show was epic for Adele, who not only walked away with the most awards, but also performed live for the first time since her vocal cord surgery.
There was A LOT of love in the room for Adele, who had to make her way onstage six times to claim the night’s biggest prizes: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music video (all for “Rolling in the Deep”), Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (both for 21), and Best Pop Solo Performance (for “Someone Like You”). From the beginning, the odds were almost all solidly in her favor to win, despite the stiff competition from her fellow nominees, many of them repeat offenders for the top awards, such Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Mumford and Sons, and Lady Gaga.
Scotland’s latest and most popular musical export, Snow Patrol, will be touring in the U.S. this spring, for a slate of dates between March and mid-May.
Before heading to this side of the pond, the boys –Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn and Tom Simpson, all originally from either Scotland or Northern Ireland– will strike out on a UK-Ireland tour. Then they’ll land on our shores to kick off in North America with their first show March 29 in Orlando, Fla. Other stops on the tour include Atlanta, Nashville, Washington, DC, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle, just to name a few. They finish plowing across the country May 18 in Houston.
U.S. fans are rejoicing as Anthrax has announced a second set of shows in support of their September 2011 album Worship Music.
The new 15 city tour kicks off on Jan. 22 at the Las Vegas House of Blues and wraps up on Feb. 8 at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. Anthrax tickets can also be had for Jan. 23 at the Anaheim House of Blues, Jan. 24 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Jan. 27 at Indianapolis' Old National Centre, Jan. 28 at Pieres in Fort Wayne, Jan. 29 at Expo Five in Louisville and Jan. 30 at the Orange Peel in Asheville.
It's official: Madonna is scheduled to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
The Material Girl is obviously no stranger to gigantic performances. Total, she has sold over 300 million records and performed countless concerts, but this might be her most viewed performance yet. More than 162 million people will be tuning in to NBC on Feb. 5 to watch the two remaining NFL teams go head to head. The Super Bowl XLVI will be held at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and Madonna will be joined by amazing performers Cirque du Soleil.
Congratulations to Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott who wed her long-time boyfriend, Chris Tyrrell, over the weekend in upstate New York. The happy couple made a personal announcement on the Lady A official website because they wanted to be the first to tell the fans.
Miss Hillary Scott Tyrrell wore a custom-made Vera Wang wedding gown for an intimate ceremony of family and close friends. Tyrrell donned a gray Ermenegildo Zegna suit. In their video message to fans, however, they were totally informal in cute matching t-shirts.
Donning what can only be described as ‘outrigger chic’ overalls and cap, David Lee Roth and the other members of the reformed Van Halen– brothers Eddie and Alex, plus Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass–took to the stage in a small NYC club last night to announce their 2012 tour.
The supergroup performed at Roth’s uncle’s Cafe Wha? in New York’s West Village to an intimate and oh so lucky crowd, which included several notable celebs, like Bob Dylan and John McEnroe. Roth joked with the crowd, "I'm more nervous about this gig than I would ever be in the Garden,” and “The last time I stood on a stage this low, I had to get the car home by midnight."
With the legal battles with the record company behind him, Tim McGraw is ready to move forward and finally release his latest studio album, Emotional Traffic. The date has been set for January 24.
Music from the new album has already hit the airwaves, notably the No. 1 single “Felt Good on My Lips,” but there are 11 more tracks to keep the fans happy with new tunes. What makes them even happier is to hear them performed live, which they’ll be able to do very soon.
Longtime GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot has died.
Smoot, 34, was best known as Flattus Maximus in the band GWAR. After a performance in Minneapolis on Nov. 3, Smoot retired to the tour bus where his bandmates found him already dead.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are on fire! They will be celebrating the release of their tenth studio album, I’m With You, with a sweeping North American tour dubbed the same.
The “I’m With You” tour kicks off shortly after the New Year on 1/20/2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. They’ll slink around the southeast during January, hitting Tampa, Charlotte, NC, Columbia, SC, and Duluth, GA, among others. Then they’ll emerge in Memphis and New Orleans before jumping to over for several dates on the West Coast in February– Oakland, two nights in LA, San Diego. March finds them still sticking close to warmer weather, with stops in Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Check out the full tour schedule at redhotchilipeppers.com.
As the weather gets warm, comedians are also warming up for shows around the country. Comics like Lewis Black and Bill Maher command the stage and have audiences bursting with laughter. Jay Leno and Adam Sandler 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.
Comedian Bill Maher has been a lifelong baseball fan, and a NY Mets fan in particular. So when the struggling baseball franchise announced the opportunity to purchase shares in the team to help offset serious debt, Maher jumped at the chance.
Although his is only a minority stake, Maher thinks it?s a good investment and is banking on the fact they are turning out to be a good team this year. Maher said he decided to invest in the team after reading last year Mets? COO Jeff Wilpon and dad Fred — in financial trouble because of their relationship with Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff — were putting 12 minority-ownership shares up for sale at $20 million each. The fact that the move has horrified some right-wing commentators is simply icing on the cake for Maher.
Brian Regan is embarking on a massive U.S. tour after the New Year to bring his brand of comedy to the masses.
The tour kicks off on Jan. 5 at the Walton Art Center in Fayetteville and runs all the way through June 9 at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, Calif. Additional Brian Regan tickets are available for the Palace Theatre in Albany on Jan. 13, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City from Jan. 18-21 and 25-28, Denver's Wells Fargo Theatre on Feb. 25, Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on March 3 and many more.
Louis C.K. has been staying busy with his latest endeavor, Live at the Beacon Theater.
The video is unlike anything Louis has done in the past, as he's packaged everything together and put it up for sale online for just $5. Earlier this week, Louis C.K. posted on his official website that after just 12 days of having the video up for sale he has raised just over 1 million dollars. Just about half of the cost will go toward paying for the cost of production, website development and staff. Another $280,000 will be given to five charities throughout the world, leaving the smallest amount of money to the man who put the whole project together.
Comedian Mike Epps is going to be very busy in 2012, starting with his “I’m Still Standing” comedy tour.
This outing takes him back and forth across the country during most of the first part of the year, but Epps will kick things off in style with a performance New Year’s Eve in Miami at the James L Knight Center. Other tour stop highlights include Indianapolis, IN, Houston, TX, Washington, DC, Greenville, SC, New York, NY, Cleveland, OH, Milwaukee, WI, Baltimore, MD and Birmingham, AL. You can find the complete tour schedule at mikeepps.com.
Its playoff time for NHL Hockey. Perennial favorites like Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals top the Eastern Conference with the Western Conference led by The Dallas Stars and St Louis Blues. For the NBA playoffs, the Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers lead the pack, although the San Antonio Spurs may disagree. Major League Baseball is now in full swing with surprising front runners such as the Baltimore Orioles alongside the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees.
With the first round of the NHL playoffs just about done, sports fans are shaking their heads at some of the surprises that have surfaced, reinforcing why we love this game.
The Philadelphia Flyers eliminated Pennsylvania’s long-time favorite hockey sons, the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 2. The San Jose Sharks started the year off strong, but have crashed and burned 4 - 1 against the up-and-coming powerhouse that is the St. Louis Blues. And the Predators in Nashville, not exactly your iconic hockey town, have exceeded all expectations and statistical analyses with a 4-1 smashing against the burly Detroit Red Wings.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is battling more sobriety issues after he was seen having numerous drinks at a bar and restaurant.
Hamilton actually called one of his teammates to come hang out with him, though he didn’t drink while second baseman Ian Kinsler was in his presence.
The Duke Blue Devils overcame a very sloppy first half to eventually pull away for a 75-58 victory over the Maryland Terrapins.
Duke trailed for a significant portion of the first half and it appeared as though they might be suffering from a hangover following their big win over North Carolina.
The Maryland Terrapins built a big second half lead and then nearly threw it all away in a 64-62 victory over the Clemson Tigers.
For Maryland, it was their first road win of the season, which is hard to believe considering we are well into the thick of the conference schedule.
The New York Giants won the Super Bowl over the New England Patriots, 21-17, thanks to a late fourth-quarter rally engineered by quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning engineered a drive from inside his 15-yard line with the game on the line, including a 38-yard strike to wideout Mario Manningham.
The Oakland Raiders are exploring possible trades with running back Darren McFadden this offseason.
The Raiders have to decide what they are going to do with McFadden and fellow running back Michael Bush for next season and beyond.
Leave it to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall to start a quarterback controversy just weeks into the offseason.
Marshall caught four touchdown passes in a dominant Pro Bowl performance and wasn’t afraid to give the credit to his quarterbacks.
The Detroit Tigers came out of virtually nowhere to sign first baseman Prince Fielder to a nine-year contract worth $214 million.
While Fielder will be a menace in Detroit’s lineup for years to come, it’s certainly a huge risk to lock him up for such a long, lucrative deal.
The Texas Rangers waited until the last possible moment before agreeing to a deal with Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish.
The team had just minutes to agree to a deal with Darvish before they would lost their rights to work out a contract agreement with him.
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard added the Los Angeles Clippers to the list of teams to which he would accept a trade.
The Magic seem intent on holding on to Howard for the entire season despite the fact that he will become a free agent at the end of the year.
The New England Patriots took down Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, 45-10, to advance to the AFC championship game.
Quarterback Tom Brady threw for 361 yards and six touchdowns to go along with just one interception in a game that was never really in doubt.
The New York Jets are off to a tumultuous offseason thanks to comments being made by some players about their quarterback.
Several Jets players have come out and said that they think the team should try to pry Peyton Manning away from the Indianapolis Colts.
In somewhat of a surprising move, the Polians have been fired by the Indianapolis Colts after their 2-14 season.
The Polians helped build the Colts into one of the league’s top franchises and were known as some of the most shrewd talent evaluators in the business.
The New York Jets slim playoff hopes were dashed in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, but the actions of wideout Santonio Holmes seemed to be the bigger story afterward.
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson was quick to throw Holmes under the bus, saying he didn’t have a good demeanor in the huddle and other players weren’t happy about it.
The St. Louis Rams have fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Bill Devaney after winning just two games this season.
Spagnuolo has only been with the Rams for a couple of years now, and it seems like a bit of a quick trigger to fire him already.
The Cincinnati Bengals are asking their fans for support as they head into one of their biggest regular season games of the past decade.
The Bengals will clinch a playoff berth at home with a win over the Baltimore Ravens, one of the NFL’s top teams.
The Maryland Terrapins made their first big offseason move, hiring Mike Locksley to be their new offensive coordinator.
Locksley previously spent time with the Terps, helping to bring in the recruiting classes that lead to three straight 10-win seasons under Ralph Friedgen.