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!

 

Dennis DeYoung Rocks Annapolis
Styx co-founder Dennis DeYoung brought his crowd-pleasing set of Styx classics to the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis Friday. DeYoung was animated and talkative as he led his band of stellar musicians through hits such as "Babe", "Lady", "The Best of Times", as well as classic FM radio staples "Too Much Time On My Hands", "Fooling Yourself", and "Blue Collar Man." Leading off with the title track to 1977’s "The Grand Illusion," DeYoung’s voice hasn’t declined at all. Both he and his band were highly enthusiastic, clearly enjoying themselves onstage. The current touring version of Styx, which is led by Tommy Shaw and James Young, exclude any Dennis DeYoung-penned songs. DeYoung, however, plays the Styx classics fans want to hear regardless of who wrote it. Highlights included the rarely played "Crystal Ball", a Tommy Shaw-penned song that was brought out for the first time this tour, and fan-favorite "Mr. Roboto", which saw DeYoung doing the robot and holding up the famous "Kilroy" mask from the 1983 video. DeYoung only played one song from his solo career, the 1984 hit "Desert Moon." It is hard to believe that DeYoung turned 70 this year, as he ran around the stage more than many frontmen half his age. The band took a bow, and then closed the show with fan favorites "Renegade" and "Come Sail Away."
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U2, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga Cancel Shows
The rock band U2 cancelled their September 16th concert in St Louis, citing security issues. Protests in the city after news that a white police officer was acquitted in the shooting of a black driver threw the city into disarray and put a strain on local security personnel, many of whom are off-duty officers. Plans for a make-up show have not been announced. Ed Sheeran similarly cancelled his Sunday night St. Louis show at the Scottrade Center, also due to safety concerns stemming from the protests. Lady Gaga also had to cancel a show recently. The pop queen canceled her Friday show at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil due to “severe pain” and was taken to the hospital last week. The singer suffers from fibromyalgia, a musculoskeletal illness. Lady Gaga also has postponed her upcoming European tour, which was to begin this week and run through the end of October. Dates will be rescheduled for 2018.
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Rolling Stone Magazine Up For Sale
Fifty years ago Jann Wenner co-founded Rolling Stone magazine, which The New York Times is reporting is going up for sale. Starting as a small counter-culture magazine, Rolling Stone quickly became the music industry standard for its interviews, reviews, topical articles. Wenner is 71 years-old and feels that RS should be headed by “young people.” It’s no secret that the internet has changed the publishing business, and changed the way people consume news. With instant access to news media via smartphones, a story coming out in any magazine may be outdated by the time it hits the presses. Online versions of magazines are commonplace, even essential extensions of today’s successful print magazines. Wenner and his son Gus, who works for Wenner Media, say they’d be willing to still play some role in the magazine after ownership changes hands, but that would be up to the new owners.
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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.

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Passes Away at 73
WWE manager and personality Bobby “The Brain” Heenan passed away Sunday at the age of 73. Coming up in the formative era of modern professional wrestling, Heenan was one of the early great managers in WWE history, with stars such as Andre The Giant, Ravishing Rick Rude, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, King Kong Bundy, Mr. Perfect, and a host of others in his stable. Known for his sarcastic and antagonistic banter, Heenan went on to be one of the great WWE announcers, working alongside “Mean” Gene Okerlund and Gorilla Monsoon for years. He briefly had his own show on the USA Network. Throat cancer forced him from the announcer booth in recent years.
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Fox To Phase Out Late Night Comedy Reruns
With competition from many streaming services such as Hulu, Crackle, and Netflix to contend with, Fox-owned stations plan to stop running syndicated comedy reruns such as “30 Rock” or “Seinfeld” in the late-night time slots and instead run programming created by local news operations. Fox has aired sitcoms in the 11:30 pm slot for two decades to compete with rival stations original programming, most of which has been late-night talk shows such as “The Tonight Show” or “Late Night with David Letterman.” When these certain syndicated programming contracts come back up, Fox will not be renewing them. The stations, which now share advertising revenue with the syndicators will now receive full shares of the monies generated from their new original programming.
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Netflix Continues To Sign Top Comics to Specials
Patton Oswalt has signed on with Netflix for a new stand-up comedy special to air on October 17th. Titled “Annihilation”, the special is about how Oswalt has handled the sudden death of his wife, Michelle McNamara, as well as the topic of him raising his seven-year-old daughter alone. His last Netflix special won an Emmy, and the audio release won a Grammy. Recently Netflix has released specials by many of the industry’s top comedians, including Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, and Tracy Morgan.
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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.

 

Sherwin Williams Not Honoring Promotion After Upton Home Run
The Los Angeles Angels announced that a home run hit by Justin Upton last night for a promotion they have been running with paint company Sherwin Williams will not be honored. In center field is a giant paint can with a "Angels Home Run In The Can" sign. If a player hits a home run into the can, Sherwin Williams said they will donate one million dollars to the Angels Baseball Foundation. Upton’s 9th inning 444-foot blast cleared the center field fence, and bounced once before landing in the ten foot tall can. Team representatives said that for the homer doesn’t count for the promotion because it did not land in the can on the fly, but bounced first. The Angels lost the game 6-3.
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JJ Hardy Returns From Injury
Orioles shortstop JJ Hardy returned to the lineup this weekend after a long stay on the disabled list. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Saturday loss to the New York Yankees. Hardy was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist after being hit with a pitch by Lance Lynn of the Cardinals in June. The 34-year old was having a rough year prior to his injury, batting only .195 with poor on-base and slugging percentages. He has a $14 million team option for 2018, but it seems doubtful that the option will be picked up. Part of the reason is Tim Beckham, who has been a stellar addition to the Orioles’ roster, filling in for the injured Hardy after being picked up from the Tampa Bay Rays. Beckham’s hitting has made him as essential part of the lineup, so essential that with Hardy’s return, Beckham stayed in the lineup in the DH slot. Defensively, however, Beckham is no JJ Hardy, committing 9 errors in just 44 Oriole games. That’s how many errors Hardy had in the 2015 and 2016 seasons combined. However, in the short time he’s been with the team, Beckham has become beloved by fans. It is easier to improve a player’s fielding than to improve his hitting.
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Houston Rockets Sell For $2.2 Billion
The Houston Rockets were sold to businessman (and reality TV host) Tilman Fertitta this month for a record sum of $2.2 billion. The previous record was the $2 billion that Steve Ballmer paid for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014. Fertitta inherits an all-star backcourt after the recent trade that brought Chris Paul to Houston to join with 2017 mvp candidate James Harden.
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