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!

 

Scorpions Cancel Remaining US Dates
The German rock band Scorpions are canceling the remaining tour dates of the North American tour. Singer Klaus Meine has a severe case of laryngitis and has been advised to rest his voice. The band released an official statement this week. A top throat specialist in Los Angeles told the frontman “If he continues the tour, he could risk permanent vocal damage.” The Crazy World Tour, which has them paired up in the United States with friends Megadeth opening, will continue in Russia at the end of the month, with other European dates to follow. Klaus told fans on Facebook that “It breaks my heart to let you down for the remaining shows in the U.S.” The band said it hoped to return to North America in 2018. Guitarist Matthias Jabs said “it’s stupid” for a rock act to announce its retirement. Jabs recently told the Arizona Republic the recent farewell tour was their manager’s idea. Apparently, each member of the band mistakenly thought their bandmates wanted to retire, and they all went along with it. Jabs: “So we postponed the end of everything and now we don’t know. It’s kind of stupid to announce it. It’s getting a bit ridiculous when you say it and don’t do it, so we won’t do it again.” Earlier this month the Los Angeles City Council declared it “Scorpions Day.” The Scorpions are still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is one of the biggest Hall of Fame snubs considering the global recognition the band has. At the height of their popularity the band went and played the Soviet Union. They were the second foreign rock band to visit the country and developed a massive Russian following. The band goes back to Russia for a series of shows starting in Sochi on October 28th.
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Marilyn Manson Postpones Dates After Accident
Marilyn Manson has postponed nine shows of his American tour after a stage prop fell on him. The controversial singer was pulling on a giant gun prop during the song “Sweet Dreams” at his show in New York City this weekend. The prop collapsed on him and he lay on the stage in pain. The show was cut short and Manson was taken to the hospital and treated. Just the night before, Manson broke his ankle during the Pittsburgh show as he played the encore song, “The Beautiful People.” His actual Saturday night injuries have not been disclosed but video of the incident shows Manson grabbing his right ankle after stagehands lifted the prop off him. Shows from October 2nd to October 14th are being rescheduled. This includes shows in Boston, MA (10/02), Huntington, NY (10/03), Toronto, ON (10/05), Camden, NJ (10/07), Columbus, OH (10/08). Chicago, IL (10/10), and Milwaukee, WI (10/11), Kansas City, MO (10/12), and Houston, TX (10/14). He will resume the tour in Grand Prairie, Texas at the Texas’ Freaker’s Ball on October 15th. Manson is currently recuperating from his injuries at home in Los Angeles. He had just started his “Heaven Upside Down” tour, which began in North America last Wednesday in Silver Spring, Maryland. Manson’s upcoming album is set to be released this week on October 6th. The album was originally slated for release on Valentine’s Day of February 2017, but Manson was not happy with the album. He recorded three additional tracks which went on to be the cornerstones of the album. Manson recently appeared on the third season of the WGN America television series Salem. His character was barber/surgeon/sociopath Thomas Dinley.
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Tom Petty Passes Away At 66
Tom Petty passed away this weekend from a heart attack at the age of 66. He was found unconscious in full cardiac arrest Sunday at his Malibu home. He was rushed to the hospital and briefly put on life support but could not be revived. Petty wrote countless hits as a solo artist and with his band, The Heartbreakers. “Refugee”, “Breakdown”, “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “American Girl”, “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” are just a handful of tracks that still play daily on FM radio across the country. Petty and the Heartbreakers accepted Bob Dylan’s invitation to both open and be his backing band on Dylan’s 1986 True Confessions tour. In 1988 the prolific musician joined the Traveling Wilburys, a supergroup that included industry veterans Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. This led to Petty working with Lynne as he recorded Full Moon Fever in 1989. The album was the first of three solo Tom Petty albums. Full Moon Fever went 5x platinum, and other than the 12x platinum Greatest Hits release, is his biggest album. Petty embraced the video format from the start and rode the wave of popularity that MTV brought to acts that regularly released videos to the channel. One such video was the iconic Alice in Wonderland-themed “Don’t Come Around Here No More” from the 1985 Southern Accents album. Petty appeared in a few movie roles in the late 80’s, including the Kevin Costner movie The Postman. He also voiced a character on the animated comedy King of the Hill. Petty historically fought with record companies over the rights of artists. He prevented MCA from raising the cost of his 1981 Hard Promises album a dollar more than other releases. Petty was not retiring from playing live, but finished what he said would be his last world tour just days ago. He is survived by his wife Dana, and two daughters from a previous marriage.
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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.

 

Gordon Hayward Breaks Leg In Season Opener
Boston Celtic Gordon Hayward suffered a terrible, crowd-silencing injury last night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. While coming down from an alley-oop, Hayward landed awkwardly and broke his leg. Players and spectators alike averted their eyes from the horrific sight of his leg and foot facing the wrong way. Players from each team took a knee, huddled up, put their hands on their faces, grimaced and prayed for Hayward and he struggled with the intense pain. The arena went from raucous noise to a low humming murmur from the crowd. The injury cast a black cloud over the opening game of the 2017-18 NBA season. Trainers quickly raced to secure Hayward and rush him to the hospital. He will undergo surgery today to repair the fractured tibia and dislocated ankle. The distracting injury sapped the spirit from both teams, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to win the game, 102-99. LeBron James was one assist short of a triple-double, with 29 points, 16 rebounds, and 9 assists. Skip Bayless, a host of the Fox Sports “Undisputed” show, has rightly come under attack for his heartless response to the accident. Bayless tweeted “If Gordon Hayward is gone, maybe for the season, LeBron’s path to losing a sixth finals gets even easier.” Thousands of Twitter users have called Bayless heartless and disrespectful, as well as a number of implied expletives. Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan replied: “You’re a clown for that tweet after a man gets hurt with a potential career ending injury!” The loss of Hayward is a big blow to the Celtics, who spent the off-season improving an already impressive lineup. The team signed Hayward in the summer and traded an injured Isaiah Thomas for star point guard Kyrie Irving. Combined with center Al Horford and multiple promising young players including Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics were positioned to contend for the Eastern Conference. The Hayward injury now throws that into question. The Celtics play their home opener tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Redskins Defensive Injuries Continue
The Washington Redskins announced that defensive lineman Jonathan Allen suffered a Lisfranc injury Sunday. Lisfranc injury occurs when a metatarsal bone is displaced from the tarsus in the foot. Much worse than a sprain, healing for this type of injury is measured in months. Allen left Sunday’s game against the 49ers in a walking boot. Coach Jay Gruden said “hopefully” Allen comes back in three to four weeks. The rookie is part of a vastly improved Redskin defensive line. Allen is the team’s number one overall 2017 draft pick. He’s notched 10 tackles and one sack this season as an interior pass rusher. More importantly, he’s part of the reason teammates Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan have combined for eight sacks this year. Gruden said Allen is “A young player, but he plays it like a veteran. He has great fundamentals, great idea of run-pass and how to get off blocks.” A rotation of players, including Stacy McGee, Matthew Ioannidis, and Terrell McClain are possibilities to fill in for Allen. Ziggy Hood and Anthony Lanier may also log time filling in. Allen will miss upcoming games against the Eagles, Cowboys, Seahawks, and possibly the Vikings. The true severity of the injury will be clearer after Allen meets with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson today. Allen’s injury adds to the defense’s list of recent bad luck. Also injured in Sunday’s game was cornerback Bashaud Breeland, and safeties Montae Nicholson and Stefan McClure. Breeland sprained his left MCL, Nicholson injured his shoulder, and McClure hyperextended his left knee. The team’s much-improved secondary seems to all be injured. Star cornerback Josh Norman has been out with fractured ribs, and safety Deshazor Everett was out with a hamstring injury. Breeland had an MCL injury two years ago but returned in half the time. He may play next week. In his press conference, Gruden said: “Breeland’s always been a fast healer.” The Redskins face division rival Eagles next Monday night.
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Strasburg Overcomes Illness To Dominate Cubs
The Washington Nationals won Game 4 of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs 5-0 last night at Wrigley Field. Stephen Strasburg made the start and notched the win after 2 days of drama. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to weather. This gave Strasburg, who started Game 1, an extra day of rest, making it possible for him to get the start. However, it was announced he would not be pitching because he was sick. The reason varied depending on who was asked, manager Dusty Baker, GM Mike Rizzo, and Strasburg himself. Strasburg said he was simply depleted after throwing his bullpen session. Dusty Baker said the hotel had mold. Other reports said he had acute sinusitis. Whatever the reason, the Nationals were set to start Tanner Roark, but mid-Wednesday it was announced that Strasburg would make the start. He went on to completely dominate the Cubs hitters, notching 12 strikeouts over 7 shutout innings. Hanging on to a one-run lead, Michael A. Taylor hit an 8th-inning, 2-out grand slam to seal the victory. The series-deciding Game 5 is tonight at Nationals Park in DC. The Nationals will pitch Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark, or both. Every pitcher but Strasburg is actually available, which includes Max Scherzer. Game time is 7:08pm.
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