Archive for the ‘Tours’ Category

Dylan & Willie to Join Mellancamp Tour

March 23, 2009

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It looks like Bob Dylan may be hitting the road with John Mellencamp for a run of minor league ballpark gigs this summer. Nothing has been confirmed, but recently Joan Baez let the word slip at a recent concert with John Mellencamp.

Mellencamp also recently posted this on his Website: “A special tour is in the works, slated to start in early July and run through the end of August. It will play at minor league baseball fields, with John sharing top billing with two other major artists.” According to the usually reliable Dylan fansite Bob Links, the third artist in the bill will probably be Willie Nelson.Stay tuned for more info…

Another Reason to hate TicketMaster

March 23, 2009

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A week before tickets for Phish’s four-night stand at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre were supposed to go on sale, a Ticketmaster glitch allowed Phish fans to scoop up four-day passes to the event last night, Glide Magazine reports. However, the feeding frenzy was short-lived as Ticketmaster quickly halted the sale and canceled all orders, further angering fans who were already frustrated over Live Nation’s failed Phish ticket release last month.

U2 Reveal Revolutionary 360 Stage Design

March 13, 2009

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U2 confirms that the U2 360 Tour will open at the Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona on 30th June. The U2 360 Tour is sponsored by BlackBerry and is the band’s first stadium outing since the Vertigo Tour 05/06 and follows the release of their new album, No Line On The Horizon.

Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, U2 360 will visit 14 cities across Europe including dates in Milan,  Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, London, and Glasgow. The European tour will be followed by dates in North America beginning at Chicago’s Soldier Field on September 12th, 2009.

Long-time U2 Show Director Willie Williams has worked again with architect Mark Fisher (ZooTV, PopMart, Elevation and Vertigo), to create an innovative 360 design which affords an unobstructed view for the audience. U2 360 also marks the first time a band has toured in stadiums with such a unique and original structure (which can be viewed at 360.U2.com).

“U2 has always been at their best when surrounded by their audience, this staging takes a giant leap forward. With 85 percent of the tickets priced at less than $95.00, general admission floor tickets priced at $55.00 and at least 10,000 tickets at every venue priced at the $30.00 price range, we have worked very hard to ensure that U2 fans can purchase a great priced ticket with a guaranteed great view,” says U2’s manager Paul McGuinness.

That is until TicketMaster gets involved.Let’s see what kind of problems they create with this one.

Jeff Beck Announces Tour

March 10, 2009

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After his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 4th, guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck has booked a series of intimate shows throughout the U.S., where he’ll play small clubs like  New York’s Irving Plaza.

Expect Beck to play old favorites from Wired and Blow by Blow. If you don’t know these albums I recommend you buy them today.

A complete list of tour dates are available at JeffBeck.com

Free Phish Downloads

March 9, 2009

If you weren’t able to score tickets to any of Phish’s three concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia this weekend, you can still here the show: Phish is offering free downloads of all three of their Hampton shows as  256kbps MP3s on the livephish.com Website.

“We really wanted to show our gratitude to all the Phish fans for their support and the overwhelming response they’ve had to these shows. It’s going to be an amazing celebration and we only wish everybody could be there,” Trey Anastasio said in a press release. The downloads will only be available for a limited time, so hurry. Phish will also offer FLAC quality recordings of the Hampton shows for $12.95 per night, or fans can drop $23 for a three-disc recording of each concert.

Phish will also be headlining the Bonnaroo festival later this summer.

When times get bad, so do the tours.

March 1, 2009

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As the summer concert tour season ramps up and the economy continues its downward spiral,  their seems to be no shortage of washed-up rock bands hitting the road to try to grab a share of whatever money fans have left. This summer Def Leppard, Cheap Trick and Poison will join forces for a spandex splitting summer tour that is sure to fill a few more seats than they could on their own.

In case that tour doesn’t fill your 80’s rock needs, a trio of classic wimp rock bands are also teaming up for the “Can’t Stop Rockin’ Tour:” REO Speedwagon, Styx and .38 Special. I don’t know about you, but I am saving my money for the Twisted Sister reunion.

NIN & Janes Addiction Plan Summer Tour

February 20, 2009

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The rumors are true: Trent Reznor will produce the new Jane’s Addiction album, and take Perry Farrell’s band on tour when Nine Inch Nails hit the road this summer for a U.S. tour. In a long post on the NIN.com Website, Reznor writes that early in Nine Inch Nails’ career, he toured with Jane’s Addiction and the experience was “truly the best times I’ve had.” Reznor goes on to reveal how a friend told him that Jane’s recent L.A. club performances were “unbelievable,” which inspired him to contact the band and discuss the possibility of collaborating.

While fans are likely excited about the Jane’s Addiction news, it’s the second part of Reznor’s post that most likely concerns the diehards: “I’ve been thinking for some time now it’s time to make NIN disappear for a while.” This looks like the last tour for a while so get you tickets early before TicketBastards sells them all to the scalpers.

Clapton to Join Allman’s at Beacon

February 17, 2009

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This year the Allman Brothers are celebrating their 40th anniversary with an all star run at New York City’s Beacon Theatre from March 8 – 21  The event will serve as a tribute late guitar wizard Duane “Skydog” Allman and marks 20 years since they began ripping shit up at the Beacon. Although most of the special guests have remained a surprise it was recently announced that Eric Clapton will be sitting in with the Brothers on March 19th and 20th!!!

Ozzfest 2009 Canceled

February 13, 2009

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Ozzy Osbourne has put his annual Ozzfest on hold for 2009, opting instead to spend more time working on his 10th studio album. Like Lalapalooza, 2008 saw Ozzfest  reduced to a one-day event rather than the traveling festival it has been known for in previous years.

In other news the “Prince of Darkness” and family have a  new Osbournes variety show Osbournes: Reloaded due out on Fox soon, which may have complicated matters in terms of planning a  festival. This year marks the first time since 1996 that there will be no Ozzfest, but a statement said Ozzy hopes to bring the fest back in 2010. The new Ozzy album is due to be released by Thanksgiving 2009.

Ticketmaster You Suck!

February 5, 2009

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It looks like I am not the only one who is fed up with Ticketmaster’s unfair business practices.

Last month I eagerly awaited the on sale date for tickets to “The Dead” reunion. Ticketmaster advertised on television & local radio that tickets would go on sale at 10:00am Saturday January 23rd. I went online at exactly 10:00am that morning; got immediately into the site; somehow managed to quickly get through Ticketmasters horrible captcha implementation; then was surprised to see a message that no tickets were available. I immediately tried again several times with the same results.

I find it hard to believe that Ticketmaster sold over 16,000 tickets in less than 1 second. The thing that makes me hate those Ticketbastards even more is that they have the balls to provide a link to their TicketsNow (scalping) site which offers tickets starting at $400. So there are no face value tickets left, but Ticketmaster’s secondary site has plenty of tickets available for $400-$1000. Something is so wrong with that.

This week Bruce Springsteen spoke out against Ticketmaster  following Ticketmaster’s problem-laden sale of his Working on a Dream tour tickets. Countless fans reported technical malfunctions during the onsale, while others complained that Ticketmaster forwarded them to the company’s secondary ticket site, TicketsNow, even though seats were still available through Ticketmaster. The New Jersey Attorney General has also announced an investigation into the sale.

If you have had a bad experience with Ticketmaster please do something. Write your attorney general and lets put an end to this once and for all.