Archive for May, 2006

New Orleans Jazz Fest Ends on High Note

May 25, 2006

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Fats Domino tipped his hat to thousands of cheering fans, briefly appearing on stage during the final day of Jazz Fest. But the headliner did not perform.

“He wasn’t feeling well, so we took him to the doctor. He’s OK, but he doesn’t feel up to performing,” longtime friend Haydee Ellis said Sunday.

Domino lost his home, his pianos, his gold and platinum records, and much of the city he loves during Hurricane Katrina.

His scheduled performance at the 37th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was to be his first since he was rescued by boat from his flooded home in the Ninth Ward after Katrina struck Aug. 29.

Last week, Domino, 78, canceled an autograph session for his latest album “Alive and Kickin’,” saying he was fatigued and wanted to rest up for the Sunday performance.

Heinz Tumeltshamer flew from Austria to see the Hall of Fame performer. The 63-year-old Tumeltshamer, wearing a T-shirt that read “Fats Forever,” first saw Domino as a teenager and was disappointed Domino did not perform.

Still, he was grateful for the appearance.

“It was a pleasure just to see him,” Tumeltshamer said.

Local musicians and others including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett and Paul Simon performed at the six-day event that spanned two weekends. Organizers declined to say how many people attended the event, which typically draws about 500,000 people, but as in past years the lawns and sidewalks were crammed every day.

Many performers said the festival was part of rebuilding the city, which suffered devastating flooding and the loss of neighborhoods.

“We’ve gotta get this town back together, and this is one way to do it,” said jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain before taking the stage Sunday.

The 75-year-old was saddened to learn that Domino canceled his performance.

“When you’ve been through a lot like he’s been through … it’s just a shame,” said Fountain, who also lost a home in the storm and then had quadruple bypass heart surgery in March.

Fountain’s home in Bay St. Louis, Miss., was wiped out, along with his gold records, memorabilia and 10 musical instruments. His New Orleans home has been repaired.

Jazz Fest was held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course, which was under 5 feet of water at the height of the flooding.

“This has been a Jazz Fest like no other,” said Barbara Martin, whose New Orleans home took in 8 feet of water. “So many artists have come down for us. They’re trying to inspire us to restore and rebuild New Orleans, both musically and emotionally.”

Soul singer Irma Thomas played before a rain-soaked crowd in the afternoon, opening her act with, appropriately, “It’s Raining.”

Her tone became more somber for “In the Middle of it All,” which she said represents the state of the city and its people right now.

“I sang this song to let you know that we’re all hurting, but we have hope,” Thomas said.

Many musicians returned to New Orleans for the festival, some for the first time since Katrina.

Others, however, were unable to make the trip, including Aaron Neville, who for more than a decade had performed with his brothers Art, Cyril and Charles on the festival’s closing day.

Art, who played the festival last weekend with his New Orleans-based band The Meters, is the only Neville brother living in New Orleans since the storm.

Michelle Roberts
Associated Press

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Tom Petty to Rock 5-Day Bike Fest

May 25, 2006

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NEW YORK (AP) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are slated to join Keith Urban, the Black Crowes, Big & Rich and Nickelback at Rock ‘n the Rally, a five-day music festival to be held this August in South Dakota during the celebrated Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“We’re building a world-class music festival right into the worlds largest bike rally,” the festival’s producer, Mark Russo of Dork Fish Ink, said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Rock ‘n the Rally has been two years in the making and we’ve built it from the ground up.”

The festival, to be held from Aug. 6-10, will take place in a new 34-acre amphitheater on Glencoe Camp Resort in Sturgis, where hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the nation converge for the motorcycle rally, now in its 68th year.
“Sturgis Bike Week is a celebration of independence and freedom, the same concepts that define Rock ‘n Roll,” said Glencoe owner Gary Lippold, who along with Dork Fish Ink is presenting the festival.

Other performers for the music festival include Joe Cocker, Shooter Jennings, Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick and .38 Special. Organizers plan to make Rock ‘n the Rally an annual event.

Current Tom Petty Tour Dates

Tom Petty Tickets September 14 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 15 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 21 – Gainesville FL – Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Tom Petty Tickets September 22 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Tom Petty Tickets September 26 – Los Angeles CA – Hollywood Bowl
Tom Petty Tickets September 27 – Chula Vista CA – Coors Amphitheatre-CA
Tom Petty Tickets September 29 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley
Tom Petty Tickets September 30 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley

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Brooks & Dunn Announce Vegas Hilton Deal

May 25, 2006

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LAS VEGAS (AP) They won’t just be showing up for rodeo week in Las Vegas any more. Country music duo Brooks & Dunn announced a two-year contract Monday with the Las Vegas Hilton.

“It’s really exciting. The Hilton has given us an opportunity to play more than once a year,” Kix Brooks said at a news conference. “I’m really looking forward to a little more Las Vegas.”

In addition to their National Finals Rodeo performance Dec. 4-6, Brooks said he and Ronnie Dunn would perform at the Hilton hotel-casino in March and July next year, then return for the rodeo in December 2007.

The announcement came on the eve of the 41st Academy of Country Music awards at the MGM Grand. Brooks & Dunn are nominated in five categories and have won 19 ACM trophies – more than any other artist. Their current album “Hillbilly Deluxe” peaked at No. 1 and has gone gold, selling more than 500,000 copies.

Asked if they would adjust their high-energy performance for Las Vegas, Dunn jokingly replied, “We’re reading the Wayne Newton books now.” Then quickly added, “Nah, we’re going to do the Brooks & Dunn show.”

Brooks noted shows range in Las Vegas from four Cirque du Soleil presentations to Newton, to Broadway (“Mamma Mia!” and “Hairspray”), to David Copperfield and Celine Dion.

“Audiences here come from all over the world. They’re so hip, you can do your thing here,” Brooks said.

The duo was introduced Monday by Reba McEntire, who performed at the Hilton earlier this month and will host Tuesday’s awards show (8 p.m. EDT, CBS) for the eighth time.

“It is my great pleasure to introduce these guys to the Hilton family,” McEntire said.

Brooks & Dunn Concert Dates

August 2006

Brooks & Dunn Tickets 8/23 – Meadville PA – Crawford County Fairgrounds
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 8/25 – Kansas City KS – Verizon Wireless Music Center
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 8/26 – Oklahoma City OK – Ford Center
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 8/27 – Dallas TX – Smirnoff Music Centre

September 2006

Brooks & Dunn Tickets 9/1 – Milwaukee WI – Marcus Amphitheater
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 9/2 – Cincinnati OH – Riverbend Music Center
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 9/3 – Green Bay WI – Resch Center
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 9/4 – St. Paul MN – Minnesota State Fair
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 9/8 – Scranton PA – Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mountain
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 9/9 – Hartford CT – Verizon Wireless Music Center
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 9/10 – Saratoga Springs NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 9/24 – Houston TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

October 2006

Brooks & Dunn Tickets 10/10 – Universal City CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 10/12 – Kelseyville CA – Konocti Field Amphitheater
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 10/13 – Mountain View CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 10/14 – San Diego CA – Coors Amphitheatre
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 10/15 – Phoenix AZ – Cricket Pavilion
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 10/19 – Tacoma WA – Tacoma Dome
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 10/20 – Spokane WA – Spokane Arena
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 10/21 – Boise ID – Idaho Center
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 10/22 – Portland OR – Rose Garden

November 2006

Brooks & Dunn Tickets 11/11 – Tampa FL – Ford Amphitheatre
Brooks & Dunn Tickets 11/12 – West Palm Beach FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre

December 2006

Brooks & Dunn Tickets 12/4-6 – Las Vegas NV – Las Vegas Hilton

TOM GARDNER
Associated Press Writer

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Dixie Chicks Announce Tour Dates

May 25, 2006

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Dixie Chicks are launching a 43-city North American tour in July to promote their new album, “Taking the Long Way.”

The first show will be July 21 in Detroit, and the tour is scheduled to wrap up on Nov. 11 in Tacoma, Wash., the group announced Thursday. Stops include New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and Toronto.

The Chicks are teaming up with Target stores and MSN to promote the tour.

The Columbia label CD goes on sale May 23, and fans who buy it from Target stores will get a passcode to buy four concert tickets before general sales begin in early June.

All tour information is being posted on MSN, which also will offer a behind-the-scenes look and a Webcast at http://dixiechicks.msn.com of the Dixie Chicks’ June 15 London concert.

The trio of lead singer Natalie Maines, banjo and guitar player Emily Robison and fiddle and mandolin player Martie Maguire had several hits, including “Wide Open Spaces” “There’s Your Trouble” and “Landslide,” from their first three albums.

But their music was boycotted by some U.S. radio stations after Maines told a London audience on the eve of the war in Iraq that the group was “ashamed” the president was from their home state of Texas.

The single “Not Ready to Make Nice” has been getting country-radio airplay and was listed at No. 50 on this week’s Billboard chart after peaking at 36.

Dixie Chicks Tour Dates

October 2006

Dixie Chicks Tickets 10/27 – Ottawa Ontario – Scotiabank Place
Dixie Chicks Tickets 10/28, 29 – Toronto Ontario – Air Canada Centre

November 2006

Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/1 – Regina Saskatchewan – Brandt Centre
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/2 – Saskatoon Saskatchewan – Credit Union Centre
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/4 – Edmonton Alberta – Rexall Place
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/5 – Calgary Alberta – Pengrowth Saddledome
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/6 – Calgary Alberta – Pengrowth Saddledome
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/8 – Vancouver British Columbia – General Motors Place
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/9 – Portland OR – Rose Garden Arena
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/11 – Tacoma WA – Tacoma Dome
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/14 – Sacramento CA – ARCO Arena
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/16 – Fresno CA – Save Mart Center
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/17 – Oakland CA – Oakland Arena
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/19 – Glendale AZ – Glendale Arena
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/24 – Los Angeles CA – Staples Center
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/25 – Las Vegas NV – MGM Grand Garden
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/28 – Denver CO – Pepsi Center
Dixie Chicks Tickets 11/29 – Omaha NE – Qwest Center

December 2006

Dixie Chicks Tickets 12/1 – Nashville TN – Gaylord Entertainment Center
Dixie Chicks Tickets 12/2 – Atlanta GA – Philips Arena
Dixie Chicks Tickets 12/4 – Austin TX – Frank Erwin Center
Dixie Chicks Tickets 12/5 – Dallas TX – American Airlines Center

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Candlebox Reignite for CD, Tour

May 25, 2006

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Remember Candlebox? The Nineties Seattle band burst on the scene in 1993, hitting the Top Ten with their self-titled debut, then rode the grunge wave to a string of hit singles — “Far Behind,” “Don’t You,” “Simple Lessons” — before seemingly falling off the radar altogether.

So what happened? “I’ve been producing. I have a solo project called the Hiwatts on my own label — started that in 2000,” frontman Kevin Martin says of what’s been keeping him busy since Candlebox went on “indefinite hiatus” in 1999. “And I got married last year.”

Getting married is an important part of the story, asMartin credits his wife with helping to reunite the group. “I met my wife five years ago. She’s Australian — she’s very grounded,” he explains. “And she made me realize I was longing to play with these guys again, because I was continually talking aboutit.”

That, and an upcoming best-of collection due next month, prompted Martin to get the ball rolling to bring guitarist Pete Klett, drummer Scott Mercado and bassist Bardi Martin (no relation to Kevin) back together. “I contacted Pete in the fall,” he says. “We got together over Christmas when I was in Seattle to visit my family, and we contacted Bardi and Scott and asked them if they’d be interested.”

The reformed Candelbox hits the road July 1st for a full-fledged tour, with a few one-offs scheduled before then. The band isn’t reuniting to be merely a nostalgia act though: They’ve got plans to record an album in the fall for spring 2007 release.

Martin, who admires the political stances of artists such as Green Day, Neil Young and System of a Down, wants to use his new music to speak out on the issues as well. “There hasn’t been a great musical movement since the early Nineties, and hopefully that changes,” he says. Martin points to one of Candlebox’s new songs, tentatively dubbed “Stand.” “It’s not a new concept — it deals with exactly what we’ve been talking about: ‘Stand up for who you are,'” he explains. “People want great music. And if you can give them great music that has a point and is poignant, I think you can change people’s opinions.”

Since so much has changed in the decade since Candlebox was on top — not least, the political climate — how does Martin think the band will be received? “The response to our deciding to go back out and making another record has been great,” he says. “It’s weird — you think when you end something, it’s done. But you continue to sell records and people continue to write you and the music doesn’t ever die.”

Then, in another sign of the changed times, Martin adds, “We’re adding MySpace friends everyday.”

Candlebox Tour Dates Thus Far:

6/10: Kansas City, MO, Liberty Memorial Park
6/17: The Woodlands, TX, C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
7/6: Mokena, IL, Pearl Room
8/2: Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
8/5: Raleigh, NC, Moore Square Park
8/18: Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues

STEVE BALTIN

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Dashboard Confessional Readies an Emo Tour of America

May 25, 2006

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Dashboard Confessional fans will get a dose of frontman Chris Carrabba’s moody melodies and heart-on-sleeve lyrics when the emo outfit hits the road this summer for six weeks, beginning June 30th in Toronto. Pre-tour, Dashboard will visit several radio festivals — including Irvine, California’s KROQ Weenie Roast and Columbia, Maryland’s HFStival — to give audiences a taste of some long-awaited new songs.

The summer trek — with support from Aussie singer-songwriter Ben Lee and emo punks Say Anything — launches three days after the release of Dashboard’s fifth studio album, Dusk and Summer. The band recorded the new material with Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park), as well as Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan and U2).

Tracks on Dusk and Summer include “Heaven Here” and “Don’t Wait,” which came to Carrabba one night after a show. “I walked offstage and wrote the song,” he told Rolling Stone about the single. “I was really drawing on that energy.” Carrabba, when he hits dates this summer in cities like Las Vegas and Milwaukee, will no doubt tap whole new reservoirs of energy.

Dashboard Confessional Tour Dates:

5/13: Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
5/28: Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post (HFStival)
6/9: Chula Vista, CA, Coors Amphitheatre (91X X-Fest)
6/18: Detroit, State Theatre (89X Birthday Bash)
6/30: Toronto, ON, Molson Amphitheatre
7/1: London, ON, John Labatt Centre
7/3: Thunder Bay, ON, Community Auditorium
7/4: Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Convention Center
7/6: Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
7/7: Calgary, AB, Jack Singer Concert Hall
7/9: Vancouver, BC, Plaza of Nations
7/10: Seattle, Paramount Theatre
7/12: Berkeley, CA, Berkeley Community Theatre
7/14: Las Vegas, House of Blues
7/15: Mesa, AZ, Mesa Amphitheatre
7/19: Houston, Verizon Wireless Theater
7/22: Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues
7/23: Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues
7/24: Atlanta, Atlanta Civic Center Theatre
7/25: Nashville, Ryman Auditorium
7/27: Milwaukee, The Rave
7/28: Chicago, Chicago Theatre
7/29: Bonner Springs, KS, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (98.5 The Buzz Beach Ball)
7/30: Council Bluffs, IA, Westfair Amphitheatre (89.7 The River “River Riot”)
7/31: Minneapolis, Orpheum Theatre
8/2: Columbus, OH, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
8/3: St. Louis, The Pageant
8/5: Pittsburgh, Chevrolet Amphitheatre
8/7: Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
8/8: Norfolk, VA, Chrysler Hall
8/11: Camden, NJ, Tweeter Center
8/12: New York, Radio City Music Hall
8/13: Boston, Opera House

NICOLE FREHSEE

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Skynyrd’s Johnny Van Zant Finds His Country Heart

May 25, 2006

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It was the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, 1976. A simpler time and what felt like real personal freedom. A time when a young, barefoot Ronnie Van Zant took the stage with his new Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, which — cheered by a sell-out crowd of sweaty fans and with a Confederate flag unfurling behind them — brought the house down with an encore rendition of “Sweet Home Alabama.” All hell broke loose, and a rock legend was born.

A lot has changed in thirty years — but one thing persists: It’s still possible to crack open a beer, drift back on a daydreamcalled “Freebird” and see Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd at their white-hot best, live. The good ol’ boys still do up to 100 shows a year, mostly in the summertime. (Lead singer Johnny Van Zant also tours with his brother and .38 Special founder, Donnie, as Van Zant, a country music duo.) On June 23rd, Skynyrd will square off with 3 Doors Down, Bo Bice and Hank Williams Jr. at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal, followed by a co-headlining trek with 3 Doors Down and a solo jaunt from late June through mid-September.

Not only does performing in front of their fans keep them energized, it’s what saved them in 1976. Those three sold-out nights at the Fox scored them a platinum album, One More From the Road, at a time when the band desperately needed help. Three years after signing with MCA, their last studio effort, Gimme Back My Bullets, had petered out on the charts. Furthermore, they were exhausted from touring as many as 123 nights straight — so exhausted that drummer Bob Burns and guitarist Ed King had stepped off the bus for good. But in placing all their chips on a live album, Skynyrd won big: One More From the Road became their best-selling record, ever.

A little over a year after the album’s release, of course, tragedy struck: Ronnie Van Zantand guitarist Steve Gaines were killed in a plane crash, and the Skynyrd amps were turned off for ten long years. But Ronnie’s younger brother Johnny managed to help resurrect his big brother’s band, and he’s been at the Skynyrd mike since 1987. “He’s just like Ronnie,” says lead guitarist Gary Rossington. “He looks just like him, and he sounds just like him.” (Only he does wear boots onstage, unlike his brother, who went barefoot.)

Today, Billy Powell, 54, still tears up the keys and Rossington, 53, delivers some of rock’s best-known licks on a Gibson axe, a re-issue of a 1959 Les Paul he named “Dottie,” after his wife. (The venerable guitar company even issued Rossington his own signature-model Les Paul.) It’s the combination of that tough, gravelly VanZant vocal, Powell’s painful piano fills and Rossington’s searing guitar riffs that pack in three generations of fans to hear “Freebird.” Rossington says he never gets tired of playing the epic anthem.

“Every time I play it in front of people, I see theiremotions come up,” he says. “Some people have old memories of it, and they just lose it — they’re crying, and they’re singing every word. You just can’t stand in front of thousands of people doing that and not feel some emotion. Sometimes they sing louder than us and you can hear them over the PA.”

For Johnny Van Zant, 47, music is as much about a love of performance as it is about a love of family. Little more than a year ago, he teamed up with middle brother Donnie to do something that Ronnie always wanted to do: make a country album. As the country music duo Van Zant, the brothers released Get Right With the Man last May and watched as singles like the earnest “Help Somebody” and the deviant “Nobody Gonna Tell Me” climbed the country charts, putting Get Right on the path to go gold by summer’s end. Now they’ve just released another single, “Things I Miss the Most,” and they’re up for the Top Country Music Duo award at the Academy of Country Music awards the end of May.

“We’ve already won, really,” Johnny says. “Who would’ve thought that we’d even be in a category like that? especially with folks who’ve been in the country music business for so long, like Montgomery Gentry and Brooks and Dunn.”

But the transition has felt natural, having grown up in Jacksonville, Florida, watching the Grand Ole Opry. “Rock & roll has kept us alive for all these years,” Johnny explains. “But we just love country music. It’s in our blood. It’s the steel guitar, it’s the violin, it’s the banjo. And not only that, but just the people in the country field. It’s the down-home feel, and that’s what we’re about.”

So while Skynyrd was just inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Johnny and the crew are rocking amphitheaters across the U.S., he’s also carving a place for himself in the world of country, out on the road with Donnie singing about the “dogs out barkin’ in the yard and the tractors in the field.”

Says Johnny, “Sometimes, hell, we get around these rock bands, and they’re like, ‘You guys are hicks!'”

Lynyrd Skynyrd North American summer tour dates:

August 2005

Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 8/24 – Rapid City SD – Central States Fair
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 8/26 – DuQuoin IL – DuQuoin State Fair
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 8/27 – Sparta WI – Fort McCoy Army Base
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 8/28 – Saint Paul MN – Minnesota State Fair

September 2005

Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/9 – Blackfoot ID – Eastern Idaho State Fair
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/10 – Mack CO – Festival Grounds (Rock Jam – Grand Junction)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/13 – York PA – York Fair (w/ The Allman Bros. Band)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/14 – Allegan MI – Allegan County Fair (w/ The Allman Bros. Band)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/16 – Farmington PA – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/17 – Chillicothe OH – Ross County Fair (ORIGINALLY 8/11)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/18 – Westbury NY – North Fork Theatre @ Westbury
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/23 – Pikeville KY – Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/24 – Muncie IN – Downtown Muncie
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/25 – Sevierville TN – Smokies Stadium (ORIGINALLY 8/16)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 9/30 – Raleigh NC – Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek (w/ The Allman Bros. Band)

October 2005

Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 10/1 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre (w/ The Allman Bros. Band)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 10/ 2 – Charlotte NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/ The Allman Bros. Band)

December 2005

Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets 12/2-4 – Las Vegas NV – Las Vegas Hilton

WAYNETTE GOODSON

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Madonna Launches Tour With Disco Crucifixion

May 25, 2006

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Though Madonna’s latest world tour has been dubbed the Confessions tour in honor of the singer’s latest album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, the trek, which began Sunday night before a sold-out audience at L.A.’s hallowed Forum, was much more Cirque du Soleil than a night of intimate revelation.Descending from the heavens at a quarter to nine in a ton-and-a-half disco ball — covered in 2 million dollars? worth in crystals — Madonna began the “Equestrian” portion of the show (the nearly two-hour show was broken down into four sections) with Confessions’ “Future Lover.” Clad in horseback-riding attire, complete with top hat and riding crop, she moved around the stage’s center inlet, which stretched halfway through the floor, before making her way to center to pay homage to another disco queen, with Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.” She returned to the new album for “Get Together,” performing the song without much assistance from her cadre of backup dancers — and proving why the disco-tinged track is one of the album’s high points.

But since the majority of the frenzied throng paid as much as $350 a ticket for some high-powered spectacle, Madonna would not let the faithful down. And she didn’t: The pop diva rode a mechanical saddle/stripper pole during “Like a Virgin” and displayed her gymnastics skills in “Jump.” Madonna re-emerged for the “Bedouin” portion of the evening on a mammoth disco crucifix wearing a crown of thorns to perform “Live to Tell.” She returned to religious imagery for Confession’s “Isaac,” which featured a woman dancing in a cage. The singer showed some of that who-gives-a-fuck attitude that first made her a star with “Like It or Not,” a rendition spiked by her burlesque-style dancing with a chair. And that was only in the first half of the evening.

Changing costumes again for the “Never Mind the Bollocks” section, Madonna came out rocking an electric guitar for “I Love New York,” which featured projections of the city skyline on a large video screen. She held the guitar while exhorting the crowd to dance for a hard-rocking version of the title track of Ray of Light. In keeping with the theme of this portion, the background dancers reemerged, New Wave’d out in black-and-white ties.

Madonna’s career has been marked by her chameleon-like ability to reinvent herself, and indeed, in the annals of pop music, her talent in that category may be second only to David Bowie’s. Throughout the night, she continually assumed new roles — even playing the balladeer remarkably well, in renditions of “Drowned World” and “Paradise (Not for Me),” the latter of which was a duet with Yitzhak Sinwani, whom she introduced as her friend.

The singer’s most recent role in the pop world has been dance diva, and she assumed that mantle proudly for the evening’s final “Disco” theme. Emerging to the beat of the Tramps’ “Disco Inferno” in a John Travolta-style white suit (circa Saturday Night Fever, of course), Madonna became the dancing queen for high-energy versions of “Music,” “La Isla Bonita” (complete witha cavalcade of dancers and tropical-island images), a techno-fied “Lucky Star” and the closer, “Hung Up.” With the climax of that runaway single, gold balloons descended from the rooftops.

Madonna had played many roles in the first night of her Confessions tour — but confessor was not one of them. Apparently, in all the pomp and circumstance, there was no room for warmth, or even the attitude that made her recent Coachella festival performance so memorable.

Performing at Coachella before a largely foreign audience, she appeared as the Madonna of old: defiant, hungry, ready to fight. A determined Madonna, one who might spar with the crowd, seemed largely absent this weekend at the Forum. She limited her interaction to platitudes like, “Are you ready for aride, L.A.?,” “The show is just beginning!” and “Put on your dancing shoes.”

Then again, she didn’t have anything to prove to these fans. They got exactly what they wanted on this night: a celebration of all things Madonna, for better or worse.

Madonna Confessions Tour Dates

Aug. 03 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 06 Rome Olympic Stadium
Aug. 09 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 10 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 12 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 13 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 15 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 16 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 20 Dusseldorf LTU Arena
Aug. 22 Hannover Niedersachsen
Aug. 24 Horsens (Denmark) Forum Horsens Outdoor
Aug. 27 Paris Bercy Stadium
Aug. 28 Paris Bercy Stadium
Aug. 30 Paris Bercy Stadium
Aug. 31 Paris Bercy Stadium
Sept. 03 Amsterdam Arena
Sept. 04 Amsterdam Arena
Sept. 06 Prague Sazka Arena
Sept. 07 Prague Sazka Arena

Steve Baltin

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Mariah Carey Readies First Tour in Three Years

May 24, 2006

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Five-time Grammy winner Mariah Carey will take to the road this summer for a two-month, thirty-city arena run slated to kick off in Miami August 5th and run through October 10th in Phoenix. The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, the Hits, the Tour will be Carey’s first outing in more than three years. Dancehall star Sean Paul will open the first month of the trek, with more openers to be announced. Special guests will also appear in select cities.

Carey will be touring in support of last year’s The Emancipation of Mimi, which has thus far sold more than six million copies. According to the singer’s Web site, which boasts of the “most elaborate concert production of Mariah’s career” and promises “surprises every night,” Carey will also draw on her back catalog of hits, a few of which have never been performed live.

In December, the divine Miss M’s single “Don’t Forget About Us” reached Number One, tying Elvis Presley’s total of a whopping seventeen Number One songs, and bringing the diva just three chart-topping singles shy of the Beatles’ record.

“In the past, I knew people wanted certain formulaic things from me,” Carey told Rolling Stone early last year. “By ‘people,’ I mean executives. But the funny thing is, I’ve always known that what I really love would be commercially successful.”

Mariah Carey Tour Dates:

Mariah Carey Tickets 8/21 – Boston – T.D. Waterhouse Centre
Mariah Carey Tickets 8/23 – New York – Madison Square Garden
Mariah Carey Tickets 8/25 – Uncasville Connecticut – Mohegan Sun
Mariah Carey Tickets 8/27 – East Rutherford New Jersey – Continental Airlines Arena
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/1 – Albany New York – Pepsi Arena
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/3 – Hershey Pennsylvania – Giant Center
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/5 – Verona New York – Turning Stone Casino
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/7 – Washington D.C. – Verizon Center
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/9 – Detroit – Palace
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/11 – Chicago – United Center
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/14 – Houston – Toyota Center
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/16 – Dallas – American Airlines Arena
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/18 – Denver – Pepsi Center
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/21 – Edmonton – Alberta, Rexall Place
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/23 – Vancouver – General Motors Place
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/25 – Seattle – Key Arena
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/27 – Sacramento California – Arco Arena
Mariah Carey Tickets 9/30 – Las Vegas – MGM Grand
Mariah Carey Tickets 10/2 – Oakland California – Oakland Arena
Mariah Carey Tickets 10/8 – San Diego – Ipayone Center
Mariah Carey Tickets 10/10 – Phoenix – US Airways Arena

DANE SMITH

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