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Rolling Stones Phoenix Concert News and Tickets

July 31, 2006

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The Rolling Stones keep rolling. The Rolling Stones tour will once again showcase their diversity as musicians and performers. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will perform songs from their latest album, “A Bigger Bang,” released in 2005. The Rolling Stones A Bigger Band Tour comes to Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, Sunday, November 8 – 7:30PM.

The Rolling Stones will be back on tour this fall for the North American encore of their multi-continent “A Bigger Bang” tour. It will launch on Sept. 20 at Boston’s Gillette Stadium, recreating the magic of their historic Fenway Park kick-off one year earlier. The Rolling Stones hold the record for the most successful U.S. and world tour in 2005 and have already been named the number #1 touring band in the world for the first half of 2006 by Billboard. The U.S. tour dates will be sponsored by RadioShack.

The Rolling Stones who have already played to over four and a half million fans on “A Bigger Bang” tour will once again perform for fans in cities including New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. This time around, playing primarily stadiums with a select number of arenas, they will also travel to many new markets to give fans an opportunity to experience the band at their best. The stadium shows will bring back the awe-inspiring production and grand scale excitement with the intimacy of the famed b-stage that brings the band up close to the fans.

“We’re very excited about coming back to the U.S. and Canada. Most of the shows are going to be on the big stadium stage with fans in the balconies behind us. We’re going to play many cities we didn’t get to before and also return to some of our favorite places,” said Mick Jagger. “There is plenty of time for rehearsals and to be able to make some set changes — we’ll have a variety of material ready so we can keep it fresh.” Jagger adds, “Keith’s fine, his heads better, he’s playing well and enjoying himself so we’re all looking forward to this leg of the tour.”

“I thought we left too soon you know, so that’s the reason we’re coming back. I’m really happy that we got some more gigs in America and Canada,” said Keith Richards. “I’m feeling great and can’t wait to get there. We’re going to have the b-stage to get that very close thing happening with the band and the fans.”

The Rolling Stones will bring young, contemporary opening acts to the stage for this leg of the tour. Artists to be announced shortly.

“The return to North America is a celebration of the fact that the most enduring rock n’ roll band of all time is feeling and sounding better than ever before and are ready to rock,” said Michael Cohl, tour promoter. “The response from fans and reviewers to the recent shows in Europe has been amazing. To give more fans an opportunity to see the band we’re lowering the ticket prices on average 10-15% and taking an additional $20 off tickets for students.”

“The Rolling Stones are icons of the music world, and we at RadioShack are excited to join with them as they return to the U.S. for their fall tour,” said Tori Binau, senior vice president, marketing for RadioShack Corporation. “Many loyal RadioShack customers are also fans of The Rolling Stones, so what better way to thank them than by offering special opportunities tied to the tour in the U.S. And with more than 6,000 stores in virtually every neighborhood in America, everyone gets an opportunity to participate. There’s no better way to start off the fall season than a ‘bigger bang’ with The Stones & RadioShack.”

Tickets for the public in New York, Chicago, Boston, Halifax and Regina will go on sale beginning Monday, July 31 and will be available at all usual outlets.

There will be a limited number of Gold Circle seats available while the remaining 90% of the house will average $89 for stadiums and $99 for arena shows. In most cities, students will receive an additional $20 off. (Current ID required). Buys will be limited to 12 tickets per person. Additionally, 200 fans will have the opportunity to be onstage with the Rolling Stones as part of the stadium set and share in the excitement. These seats will also be available at the time of the general ticket on-sale. For additional on-sale information check local listings.

The U.S. dates for “A Bigger Bang” tour will be sponsored by RadioShack. The North American leg of the tour will be presented by Concert Productions International and The Next Adventure and produced by WPC Piecemeal Inc.

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary September

Rolling Stones Tickets September 20 Gillette Stadium Foxborough MA
Rolling Stones Tickets September 23 Halifax Commons Halifax Nova Scotia
Rolling Stones Tickets September 27 Giants Stadium East Rutherford NJ
Rolling Stones Tickets September 29 Churchill Downs Louisville KY

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary October

Rolling Stones Tickets October 1 Cessna Stadium Wichita University KS
Rolling Stones Tickets October 4 Grizzly Stadium Missoula
Rolling Stones Tickets October 6-8 Mosaic Stadium Taylor Field Regina Saskathewan
Rolling Stones Tickets October 11 Soldier Field Chicago IL
Rolling Stones Tickets October 17 Qwest Field Seattle WA
Rolling Stones Tickets October 20 Sun Bowl El Paso
Rolling Stones Tickets October 22 Zilker Park Austin
Rolling Stones Tickets October 27 Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary November

Rolling Stones Tickets November 3 BC Place Stadium Vancouver
Rolling Stones Tickets November 5 McAfee Coliseum Oakland
Rolling Stones Tickets November 8 Cardinals Stadium Phoenix AZ
Rolling Stones Tickets November 11 MGM Grand Las Vegas NV
Rolling Stones Tickets November 14 Idaho Center Nampa ID
Rolling Stones Tickets November 18 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA

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Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper Concert News and Tickets

July 31, 2006

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The Rolling Stones are plenty, but Alice Cooper just makes the show a whole lot better, said fans lining up for tickets yesterday to the Sept. 23 show.

Under the shade of the Metro Centre’s outdoor concourse area off Duke Street, the group of about 20 fans yesterday evening said they were happy to hear that the famed hard rocker was joining the lineup for the concert.

Cooper’s website reported this weekend that he would play the Halifax Common concert, although nothing has been confirmed yet by the show’s organizers.

Dartmouth resident Doug Glenn said seeing Cooper would be a great addition to the show.

But the 46-year-old crossing guard was the first in line to buy two tickets and it was just one band that mattered to him – the Rolling Stones.

“I said as a child growing up, if they came to Halifax, I’ll go,” Glenn said.

He counts Satisfaction as among his favourite Stones’ tunes, and will take his wife Melissa to the show.

“I’ve never seen the Stones; I couldn’t afford to go to Moncton, so this is sort of a dream come true,” he said.

Lounging on a red sleeping bag with a small cooler at his side, Glenn said he lined up at 7 a.m. yesterday for the two $116.25 general admission tickets.

It took another three hours before he got some company.

Ellershouse resident Terry Anthony, 41, was second in line at 10 a.m.

“I do this a lot,” she said with a laugh, perched in a canvas folding chair.

In fact, Anthony estimated that this is her 15th or 16th line-sit. She did it for the Rolling Stones’ Moncton concert last summer, for Pearl Jam, and for the Juno Awards, among others.

She’ll buy at least nine tickets, she said.

Tickets go on sale starting this morning at 10 a.m. at Ticket Atlantic box offices.

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary September

Rolling Stones Tickets September 20 Gillette Stadium Foxborough MA
Rolling Stones Tickets September 23 Halifax Commons Halifax Nova Scotia
Rolling Stones Tickets September 27 Giants Stadium East Rutherford NJ
Rolling Stones Tickets September 29 Churchill Downs Louisville KY

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary October

Rolling Stones Tickets October 1 Cessna Stadium Wichita University KS
Rolling Stones Tickets October 4 Grizzly Stadium Missoula
Rolling Stones Tickets October 6-8 Mosaic Stadium Taylor Field Regina Saskathewan
Rolling Stones Tickets October 11 Soldier Field Chicago IL
Rolling Stones Tickets October 17 Qwest Field Seattle WA
Rolling Stones Tickets October 20 Sun Bowl El Paso
Rolling Stones Tickets October 22 Zilker Park Austin
Rolling Stones Tickets October 27 Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary November

Rolling Stones Tickets November 3 BC Place Stadium Vancouver
Rolling Stones Tickets November 5 McAfee Coliseum Oakland
Rolling Stones Tickets November 8 Cardinals Stadium Phoenix AZ
Rolling Stones Tickets November 11 MGM Grand Las Vegas NV
Rolling Stones Tickets November 14 Idaho Center Nampa ID
Rolling Stones Tickets November 18 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA

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Stones Ticket Sales Rolling Along

July 31, 2006

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Jill Crow and her friends spent the night together lining up for Rolling Stones tickets and discovered you can always get what you want.

“They’re such a big band, they’re legends,” said Crow. “It will be great to just go and see them and say that we did.”

Crow and her three friends slept only a few hours while camping outside the Halifax Metro Centre.

When the ticket office opened at 10 a.m. Monday, about 150 people were lined up looking for tickets to the Stones’ Sept. 23 show.

But Tom Melloy, who works security at the centre, says he’s seen longer lines, particularly for the Garth Brooks concert in 1996.

“We’ve seen [fans] way up Brunswick Street,” he said.

Melloy believes the line for the Stones is smaller because more people are buying tickets online, and because there are simply more of them available.

The Stones concert is being held at the Halifax Common, the central park that hosted 80,000 people for Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1984.

Organizers expect 60,000 people will turn out to see the British rockers.

“I think we will sell tens of thousands of tickets today,” Fred MacGillivray, chairman of Events Halifax, said early Monday.

“I think the concert will definitely sell out.”

Though the $99 (plus service charge) tickets for the public went on sale Monday, special VIP tickets went on sale Wednesday. Tickets are already on eBay, with some special gold seats listed at $400 and up.

Meanwhile, organizers are still working out the details of how to manage the concert crowd.

Alice Cooper is the opening act.

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary September

Rolling Stones Tickets September 20 Gillette Stadium Foxborough MA
Rolling Stones Tickets September 23 Halifax Commons Halifax Nova Scotia
Rolling Stones Tickets September 27 Giants Stadium East Rutherford NJ
Rolling Stones Tickets September 29 Churchill Downs Louisville KY

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary October

Rolling Stones Tickets October 1 Cessna Stadium Wichita University KS
Rolling Stones Tickets October 4 Grizzly Stadium Missoula
Rolling Stones Tickets October 6-8 Mosaic Stadium Taylor Field Regina Saskathewan
Rolling Stones Tickets October 11 Soldier Field Chicago IL
Rolling Stones Tickets October 17 Qwest Field Seattle WA
Rolling Stones Tickets October 20 Sun Bowl El Paso
Rolling Stones Tickets October 22 Zilker Park Austin
Rolling Stones Tickets October 27 Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary November

Rolling Stones Tickets November 3 BC Place Stadium Vancouver
Rolling Stones Tickets November 5 McAfee Coliseum Oakland
Rolling Stones Tickets November 8 Cardinals Stadium Phoenix AZ
Rolling Stones Tickets November 11 MGM Grand Las Vegas NV
Rolling Stones Tickets November 14 Idaho Center Nampa ID
Rolling Stones Tickets November 18 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA

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Warped Tour News and Tickets

July 30, 2006

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Kevin Lyman is spinning plates.

Among the immediate issues the Vans Warped tour founder and producer juggled at a recent underperforming date in Nashville were a crew member’s minor medical emergency, an upcoming European on-sale for his Taste of Chaos tour, tracking album sales for his two labels and the magical appearance of a key piece of sound equipment that had been chasing the tour across several cities.

Lyman’s production office at Starwood Amphitheatre was packed with tour personnel, transportation coordinators, press, artists and a wealth of other, mostly heavily tattooed, individuals who all seem to function at a high level of organized chaos.

A partnership among Vans, Lyman’s 4fini Productions and Creative Artists Agency’s (CAA) Darryl Eaton, Warped has become one of the most consistent touring properties ever. While it may appear to the casual observer a dysfunctional punk family, the tour, now in its 12th year, works for reasons that transcend the bottom line.

“If this was purely driven by economics, there would be a lot of Warpeds,” Lyman says. “But if I laid it all out for you economically, no one could figure out how it works. It doesn’t make sense, because it’s not really always based on finances.”

What Warped is about is the care, feeding and shepherding of 800-plus people, including more than 100 bands, on 187 vehicles from town to town, and then setting up and putting on a show for thousands of punk kids. Virtually every detail of Warped eventually ends up in Lyman’s lap, particularly if there’s a problem, and he delegates with aplomb.

“I think he probably learns from his mistakes,” observes veteran road warrior Joan Jett, a headliner on this year’s tour. “I heard early on the food sucked, and now the food is excellent. I’m sure there are a million little details you have to get together if you’re going to make this type of thing work.”

It works. Last year, Warped enjoyed its best outing ever, with attendance of 700,000 and a gross exceeding $16 million from a ticket that is generally priced for less than $30.

For a dozen years, Lyman and Warped have continuously pumped new blood — fans and bands — into the punk-rock scene, contributing significantly to the genre’s vitality.

The sense of community appeals to groups as does the potential new audience.

“Warped gives us a chance to play for people who may not necessarily get a chance to see us otherwise,” says Andrew Everding, keyboardist for post-hardcore band Thursday, which played its first Warped in 2002. “The kids that are showing up now that are 16 were 12 back then, and for the younger kids the only concert they might go to is the Warped tour.”

Others credit Warped with an even bigger role in their development. “I think the reason we have a career is because of the Warped tour,” saxophonist J.R. of Less Than Jake says. “We’ve been doing this so long, we ended up building our fan base on tour, on this tour.”

A shared sense of punk purpose surely greases the wheels, but it takes more than good intentions to keep turnstiles spinning, particularly with a tour that practically turns over its audience every three to four years. Warped works — with the venues, promoters, bands, sponsors, crew and, most importantly, the fans.

“We aim to deliver a great experience for the fan coming to the show, the artists that come out on the road with us, our sponsors, crew,” CAA’s Eaton says. “It is truly a unique community that transcends the ‘business’ of the tour.”

The Brands
Asked to profile the “Warped kid,” Lyman responds, “Thirteen to 19 years old, active, very open-minded to the music and the scene, very musically knowledgeable. We’ve gotten to the point where we’re about 50/50 male/female, but I also have noticed this year that we’re getting some of the older fans back with bands like Helmet and Joan Jett.”

As far as an economic profile, “They come with some money, they buy T-shirts and records, and music is cheap out there. They’re ready to take music home with them.”

Ten stages notwithstanding, Warped has the look and feel of a punk-rock county fair with row after row of booth space. Sixty-seven sponsors and vendors are onboard for this year’s 50-date outing.

Exhibitors have turned into Warped’s second-highest revenue stream, up 20% this year. “Now we have to turn a lot of people down, just like bands,” says Lyman, who adds that 60%-80% of the “seven-figure” sponsorship value is pumped back into the tour. “It underwrites moving this thing down the road.”

Warped sponsors and vendors are not exactly mainstream, outside of entities like Cingular Wireless and Major League Baseball. Instead, most are small indie labels (including Lyman’s own SideOneDummy Records and Warcon Records), alternative fashions and other left-of-center concerns.

While southern California fashion brands like Hurley and PacSun have raised awareness through their association with Warped, none has been boosted like the title sponsor. Footwear company Vans has presented 11 of the 12 Warped tours in the most long-lived tour sponsorship in the business.

“We were an $80-million to $100-million-a-year company back in 1996 when we got involved with Kevin,” says Steve Van Doren, Vans VP of promotion and events, whose father Paul (now retired) started the company 40 years ago.

Van Doren says the Warped association has been a highly effective marketing tool, allowing Vans to become known outside of southern California. “Our customers are 12- to 18-year-old boys and girls. We’ve always been into skateboarding and snowboarding, and music has been a great tie-in.”

This year, Vans is projecting revenue of $500 million, and Van Doren attributes much of the growth to the Warped association.

The Bands
With more than 1,000 submissions to participate this year, bands obviously love being on the tour, and many are veterans.

Bands break on Warped. “The tour has consistently been the launch pad for the next round of new superstar bands,” Eaton says. “Just last year’s tour alone saw bands like My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold and Fall Out Boy, to name a few, rise to the top. I think the tour really provides a platform for fans to go out and discover their new favorite artists.”

Less Than Jake has done at least eight Warped tours. “There’s nothing like this tour,” J.R. says. “It’s truly like summer camp. You get up, you go stand in line for breakfast, you stand in line for lunch, you go play a show, run around. The camp counselor is Kevin Lyman.”

Warped is not the best payday in the world. According to Lyman, “There are bands out here making 50 bucks (a night) to no bucks, to bands that are making $10,000-$12,000.”

The majority of the bands have album releases scheduled somewhere around the tour. Veterans know a Warped slot is a huge opportunity for career development.

“You have to utilize the time you’re out here,” J.R. says. “There’s a lot of bands that don’t. They just jerk around, go watch other bands. You’re out here all summer, you’ll have a chance to watch bands. But make friends, network, meet people, because the band that’s playing on the SmartPunk stage could be selling 2 million records next year.”

Lyman sees too many bands playing rock star too early in their careers. Most Warped bands should be in, well, a van.

“I’ve got bands in two buses that are playing on my small stages. I tell them, ‘You’re going to be changing my oil at Jiffy Lube before long. You’re going to be broke.”‘

Unlike other multi-act tours, Warped lacks a tangible amount of drama. For a veteran artist like Joan Jett, that’s a relief. “There’s been a lot of camaraderie among the bands, which is pretty unique from what I can gather,” she says. “Some other people have made comments that the atmosphere is so much better than on something like the Ozzfest, where there seems to be many more head trips. I haven’t experienced that. I’m experiencing this, where everything is really low-key and down to earth.”

Warped Tour Dates

07/25 – St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
07/26 – Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/27 – Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
07/28 – Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
07/29 – Detroit, MI Comerica Park and Street
07/30 – Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/01 – Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Fields
08/02 – Fitchburg, MA Fitchburg Airport
08/03 – Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
08/04 – Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
08/05 – New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
08/06 – Old Bridge, NJ Englishtown Raceway
08/08 – Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/09 – Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/10 – Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion Lot
08/11 – Cleveland, OH Tower City
08/12 – Toronto, ONT Park Place
08/13 – Montreal, QUE Park Jean Drapeau

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Pet Shop Boys “Fundamental” Tour News and Tickets

July 29, 2006

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British synth-pop icons Pet Shop Boys are set to return to North America with a major tour late this fall supporting their recently released new album “Fundamental.”

The duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who have only been making sporadic concert appearances during the last few years, have mapped out a full-on blitz this summer, with a full slate of European shows leading up to their autumnal North American dates.

The duo’s trek through North America will begin with an Oct. 10 show in Montreal. The 23-city slate includes stops in major cities across the continent, ending with a pair of Mexico dates in mid-November.

“Fundamental,” the band’s ninth studio album, and first since 2002’s “Release,” hit stores in June. The album contains 11 new originals penned by the duo, as well as a Dianne Warren composition entitled “Numb.” The disc was produced by Trevor Horn (Paul McCartney, Tina Turner).

The album’s first single, “I’m With Stupid,” became a Top 10 hit upon its release in the UK. A second single, “Minimal,” was released shortly after the album hit store shelves.

A streaming video of “Minimal” is currently available for viewing on the Boys’ website.

Pet Shop Boys Tour Dates

Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 13 – Boston MA – Boston Opera House
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 14 – New York NY – Radio City Music Hall
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 15 – Washington DC – D.A.R. Constitution Hall
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 17 – Miami Beach FL – Jackie Gleason Theater
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 18 – Orlando FL – Hard Rock Live-Orlando
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 19 – Atlanta GA – The Tabernacle
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 21 – Austin TX – The Backyard
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 22 – Grand Prairie TX – NOKIA live at Grand Prairie
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 24 – Saint Louis MO – The Pageant
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 26 – Detroit MI – State Theatre-MI Detroit
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 27 – Chicago IL – Chicago Theatre
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 28 – Minneapolis MN – Orpheum Theatre-MN
Pet Shop Boys Tickets October 30 – Denver CO – Paramount Theatre-Colorado
Pet Shop Boys Tickets November 3 – Salt Lake City UT – E Center
Pet Shop Boys Tickets November 5 – Seattle WA – Paramount Theatre-Washington
Pet Shop Boys Tickets November 7 – San Francisco CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Pet Shop Boys Tickets November 8 – Los Angeles CA – Wiltern Theatre
Pet Shop Boys Tickets November 9 – Los Angeles CA – Wiltern Theatre

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Korn Family Values Concert News and Tickets

July 29, 2006

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It’s still over three months until Election Day, but the Family Values crowd is on the move. Korn resurrects the tour of that name Saturday, July 29 in Antioch, Tennessee, with a line-up featuring Deftones, 10 Years, Stone Sour, Flyleaf and others. This will be Korn singer Jonathan Davis’ first live excursion since a blood infection felled him in Europe last month, and he told Launch he’s chomping at the bit. “We’re just gonna go out there and rock the house,” he said. “I think I’m gonna be extra hungry ’cause it was taken away from me from Europe, so it’s gonna be good. Production-wise, I mean, it’s gonna be different, it’ll be cool. I mean, we’ve got stripper poles, wading pools, paintball gun fields, all kinds of crazy, weird s*** that we’re gonna be doing in each town, so it should be good.”

Davis spent much of the last month recovering from the rare, potentially fatal disorder that forced Korn to cancel most of its European tour in June.

The first Family Values package debuted in 1998 and featured Rammstein, Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube and Orgy in addition to Korn. Two later editions, in 1999 and 2001, included acts like Staind, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Filter and Method Man.

Family Values Tour Dates

August

Korn Tickets August 20 – Marysville CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Korn Tickets August 24 – Bonner Springs KS – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Korn Tickets August 25 – Maryland Heights MO – UMB Bank Pavilion
Korn Tickets August 26 – East Troy WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre

September

Korn Tickets September 1 – Holmdel NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Korn Tickets September 2 – Wantagh NY – Jones Beach Theater
Korn Tickets September 3 – Hartford CT – New England Dodge Music Center
Korn Tickets September 6 – Cleveland OH – Tower City Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 8 – Burgettstown PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 9 – Clarkston MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Korn Tickets September 12 – Cincinnati OH – Riverbend Music Center
Korn Tickets September 13 – Columbus OH – Germain Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 15 – Camden NJ – Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Korn Tickets September 17 – Bristow VA – Nissan Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 20 – West Palm Beach FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre

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Staind and Seether Concert News and Tickets

July 29, 2006

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Staind has announced the first dates of its upcoming tour with Seether and Three Days Grace. After a short trip to Australia and New Zealand, Staind will play a July 23 radio festival in Wisconsin before getting the trek underway on August 5. Staind has been on the road for nearly a year in support of its latest album, “Chapter V”, and guitarist Mike Mushok told Launch the band is perfectly happy to keep working. “You take it when you can get it, you know, and the thing is, the record’s doing pretty good, and we’re able to stay out, so we’re gonna,” he explained. “That’s really kind of how we’re approaching it, you know. Things are going well, and we’re real thankful for that, and we’re going to a lot of places and a lot of towns that we’ve never been to, so that’s a good thing also.”

Most of the shows will also feature Soil, with some other acts in the mix as well. More dates will be announced soon.

Staind and Three Days Grace recently toured together on the latest edition of the Jagermeister Music Tour.

Confirmed Staind Tour Dates (with Seether and Three Days Grace):

Staind Tickets Aug. 22 – Pikeville KY – Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Staind Tickets Aug. 23 – Johnson City TN – Freedom Hall
Staind Tickets Aug. 25 – Memphis TN – Mud Island Amphitheatre
Staind Tickets Aug. 29 – Monroe LA – Civic Center
Staind Tickets Aug. 30 – Birmingham AL – Boutwell Auditorium
Staind Tickets Sep. 03 – Hampton Beach NH – Hampton Beach Casino
Staind Tickets Sep. 11 – York PA – York College
Staind Tickets Sep. 16 – Huntington WV – Harris Riverfront Park

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Foreigner Concert News and Tickets

July 26, 2006

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When singer Lou Gramm left Foreigner for the second time four years ago, guitarist Mick Jones believed the band he founded would be relegated to the saddest of rock clichés.

“We just couldn’t carry on anymore,” Jones says by telephone from New York City. “The fact is we created this together and I have a great respect for that, but we couldn’t get along. I really didn’t know what I was going to do.”

A couple of jam sessions in Los Angeles with friend and drummer Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) changed all that.

“I’ve known Jason since he was about 18,” Jones says. “He’s a huge fan of Foreigner and said he would love to join the band if I reformed it.”

So that’s what Jones did.Adding Bonham, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio) and vocalist Kelly Hansen (Hurricane) to a lineup that also features longtime keyboardist Jeff Jacobs and rhythm guitarist/saxophonist Tom Gimbel, Foreigner has set out on a 115-date tour, which includes Saturday’s stop at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen.

“I had a little trepidation how this would be received without Lou,” Jones says. “But I feel good about it. Instead of Foreigner going out on a sour note, I’d like to bring a certain level of respect back to the band.”

Foreigner originally formed in 1976 when Jones, a British journeyman rocker (Nero and the Gladiators, Spooky Tooth and The Leslie West Band) and Ian McDonald (King Crimson) created the band with Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliot, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi.

The band’s self-titled debut sold more than four million copies in the United States and featured such hits as “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” Subsequent albums included the hits “Hot Blooded,” “Double Vision,” “Head Games” and “Urgent.”

The first of several personnel changes began in 1980 when Gagliardi and Greenwood were dismissed and Rick Wills joined to play bass.After releasing “4” (“Jukebox Hero”), and “Agent Provocateur” (“I Want To Know What Love Is”), the band went on hiatus and Jones and Gramm turned to solo efforts. In 1987 Foreigner regrouped long enough to release “Inside Information,” (“Say You Will” and “I Don’t Want To Live Without You”). Then, the band dissolved. In 1990, Jones reformed Foreigner with vocalist Johnny Edwards, but by 1992, Gramm rejoined the band and produced their second greatest hits album, “The Very Best and Beyond.” Three years later, Foreigner released, “Mr. Moonlight,” to poor record sales.

“There was a time in the ’90s when I felt I may be throwing it in,” Jones says, “but if you can rediscover that passion, that can help you become energetic.”

Foreigner continued to tour throughout the United States until 2002. That’s when Gramm left Foreigner again to embark on his solo career, forming the Lou Gramm Band.

Jones (the only remaining original member of Foreigner) says he hesitated using the name when Bonham first asked him to reform the band.

“I guess it could have been my name with the band,” Jones says, “but my desire was to be in a band and not put any single name out front. By the same token, Foreigner’s a name I’ve devoted a great deal of my life to. As long as I could recapture the sound we had … we would continue.”Pilson, who had appeared alongside Bonham in the movie “Rockstar,” came on board immediately, but finding a singer to replace Gramm took a little longer.

“That was the major stumbling block,” Jones says. “I knew people would want to hear (Foreigner’s) songs even if it wasn’t a similar sounding voice, but I also knew I had to hit it right on the money.”

Then, Jones received a demo from Hansen singing a few classic Foreigner tracks.

“The songs immediately took on a new life,” Jones says. “He sang incredibly well, and made the decision easy.”

Throughout the summer tour, Jones and Co. have been playing classic Foreigner tracks (“Hot Blooded,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Urgent”) and a few that the original lineup rarely played live (“At War With the World,” “Say You Will” “Woman in Black”). They also often slip into Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” to honor Bonham’s father.”It’s been overwhelming, honestly,” Jones says. “I have to think of the early days to remember this kind of excitement. It’s really got a life of its own.”

Jones says that he’s writing new material and the band has plans to bring a portable studio on the road. They’ve already recorded a live album that’s available only at their concerts and expect to record in the studio as early as November.

“We might have new tracks coming out by the spring of next year,” Jones says.

If Jones sounds optimistic, it could be because there’s no in-fighting going on in Foreigner’s current incarnation.

“We all get on so well,” he says. “There’s a lot of smiles and laughing that goes on. It’s contagious in this natural way. I’m having so much fun again.”

Foreigner Tour Dates

Foreigner Tickets August 24 – Fraze Pavilion – Dayton OH
Foreigner Tickets September 7 – DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston MI
Foreigner Tickets September 8 – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island Chicago IL
Foreigner Tickets September 22 – Chastain Park – Atlanta GA
Foreigner Tickets September 24 – Sound Advice Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach FL
Foreigner Tickets September 28 – Casino Rama – Rama ON
Foreigner Tickets September 30 – Trump Marina – Atlantic City NJ
Foreigner Tickets October 14 – Cerritos Center – Cerritos CA

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Warped Tour Review

July 26, 2006

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Sound: The sound of almost all the bands was flawless. You could hear every singer/instrument perfectly. What’s even better was that it was it was open air, so my ears didn’t ring that much afterward.

Perfomance: Everyone in the crowds for the bands I saw was having a great time. We were all just enjoying ourselves on the pier and we could not have been happier. Here’s the bands I saw:

Escape The Fate – I had never heard of these guys, but they were pretty damn good.

Underoath – Fantastic. This was my second time seeing them. They had so much energy and it really rubbed off on the crowd. We were singing along to almost every song, and afterwards, I got them to autograph a poster for me!

Senses Fail – I saw them for the second time from a distance because I was waiting in line for an Underoath autographed, but they kicked ass, as usual, and played some songs from their upcoming album, Still Searching, as well as some favorites from Let It Enfold You, like “Rum Is For Drinking,” “Buried A Lie,” (which, according to them is Billy Idol’s favorite song) and “You’re Cute When You Scream.”

Anti-Flag – Hell yeah, these guys rocked. There was this huge circle pit going on, and the guys in the band loved it. Everyone was going crazy during songs like “Die For Your Government,” and “Fuck Police Brutality.” Anti-Flag alone made the day worth the ticket price.

Rise Against – They absolutely tore it up. I love Rise Against, and seeing them live was amazing. The crowd was going nuts. There were only two problems with their set: it was going on at the same time as Every Time I Die, and I lost my autographed Underoath poster! But, afterwards, I got an autographed ETID poster (and I might be in their upcoming DVD) and I got my ticket autographed by Rise Against.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I heard her playing while I was waiting in line to meet Every Time I Die, and she sounded really good. She played crowd favorites like “Bad Reputation” and “I Love Rock & Roll.”

The Bouncing Souls – I caught the last of their set after meeting Rise Against, and they were lots of fun. I got in the circle pit and it was a perfect end to a great day. // 10

Impression: USA, San Francisco, CA at Pier 30/32 on July 8, 2006. I loved seeing and meeting Rise Against and Underoath, seeing Anti-Flag, and meeting Every Time I Die. I hated the fact that Rise Against and Every Time I Die were playing at the same time, and that I lost my Underoath poster. The ticket cost $30, and it was definitely worth it, thanks to Anti Flag, Rise Against, and Underoath. Unforgettable moments included the HUGE circle pit during Anti Flag, meeting Underoath, Rise Against, and Every Time I Die, and Rise Against and Underoath’s sets. I most likely will go next year, but hopefully in San Diego, because the San Francisco stop ended at 7:00 (as opposed to 10:30 in San Diego) so less bands got to play. It was still a great show though.

Warped Tour Dates

07/25 – St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
07/26 – Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/27 – Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
07/28 – Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
07/29 – Detroit, MI Comerica Park and Street
07/30 – Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/01 – Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Fields
08/02 – Fitchburg, MA Fitchburg Airport
08/03 – Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
08/04 – Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
08/05 – New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
08/06 – Old Bridge, NJ Englishtown Raceway
08/08 – Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/09 – Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/10 – Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion Lot
08/11 – Cleveland, OH Tower City
08/12 – Toronto, ONT Park Place
08/13 – Montreal, QUE Park Jean Drapeau

Review by I’m Not Mental

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Rolling Stones Boston Concert News and Tickets

July 26, 2006

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The Rolling Stones will kick off the second leg of their “A Bigger Bang” world tour at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Sept. 20, the band announced yesterday. The group, which apparently has a soft spot for Boston, began the tour last August with a pair of concerts at Fenway Park.

“A Bigger Bang,” already ranked the top moneymaker for the first half of 2006, is expected to become the biggest-grossing concert tour in history, according to Billboard magazine.

The Stones made the announcement via satellite from Paris, one of 20 European cities the group is playing prior to its return visit to the United States . An assortment of as-yet-unnamed “young, contemporary opening acts” will join the Stones stateside, according to the band’s website.

In addition to the Gillette Stadium date, the North American fall tour will include stops at stadiums and arenas in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Oakland, Seattle, Vancouver, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“Keith [Richards is] fine, his head’s better, he’s playing well and enjoying himself,” Mick Jagger says in a statement on the band’s website. The Stones’ guitarist required surgery for a head injury he sustained after falling from a tree while vacationing in Fiji in April, forcing the group to postpone the first 15 dates of its European tour. In June the Stones’ other guitarist, Ron Wood, checked into an alcohol rehab center, further delaying the European dates.

Jagger also promises some changes to the set list.

“We’ll have a variety of material ready so we can keep it fresh,” says the singer.

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary September

Rolling Stones Tickets September 20 Gillette Stadium Foxborough MA
Rolling Stones Tickets September 23 Halifax Commons Halifax Nova Scotia
Rolling Stones Tickets September 27 Giants Stadium East Rutherford NJ
Rolling Stones Tickets September 29 Churchill Downs Louisville KY

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary October

Rolling Stones Tickets October 1 Cessna Stadium Wichita University KS
Rolling Stones Tickets October 4 Grizzly Stadium Missoula
Rolling Stones Tickets October 6-8 Mosaic Stadium Taylor Field Regina Saskathewan
Rolling Stones Tickets October 11 Soldier Field Chicago IL
Rolling Stones Tickets October 17 Qwest Field Seattle WA
Rolling Stones Tickets October 20 Sun Bowl El Paso
Rolling Stones Tickets October 22 Zilker Park Austin
Rolling Stones Tickets October 27 Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City

Rolling Stones Concert Itinerary November

Rolling Stones Tickets November 3 BC Place Stadium Vancouver
Rolling Stones Tickets November 5 McAfee Coliseum Oakland
Rolling Stones Tickets November 8 Cardinals Stadium Phoenix AZ
Rolling Stones Tickets November 11 MGM Grand Las Vegas NV
Rolling Stones Tickets November 14 Idaho Center Nampa ID
Rolling Stones Tickets November 18 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA

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