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Oct 30 14

Counting Crows ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ Tour

by Connie Shearar

Counting Crows are making their way across the Midwest this winter on their ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ tour.   When they released the album it debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200.  This makes their 6th top 10 album.

Writing for ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ happened during a 10 day writing session where Duritz, Powers, Vickrey and Immergluck got together in New York to write six songs and begin recoding for the new album. After finishing they then signed with Capitol Records to help them release and distribute the album.  They plan on touring the Midwest to promote the album.  Next, they plan to take the ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ to Australia, Canada and then back to the U.S and U.K. for additional tour dates.

Counting Crows TicketsAfter the release of that first debut album ‘August and Everything After’, which featured the hit single “Mr Jones” Counting Crows popularity went through the roof. Since then they have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for their song “Accidently in Love”, from the film Shrek 2.

Lead singer Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson started out playing coffee houses in San Francisco under the Counting Crows name.  The band’s name was taken from One for Sorrow, a British nursery rhyme.

This is one of the most dynamic bands performing live today.  Their shows are outstanding; fun, high energy and very passionate. Critics are touting that this album is Counting Crows best work yet.  The tour kicks off in Peoria, IL and continues through; Detroit, Indianapolis, and others, ending in Davenport, IA.  Joining as the tours supporting first act will be, Twin Forks, the folk rock bank started in 2011 by Chris Carrabba.

No matter if you are a new fan or been a fan since the coffee house days AllianceTickets.com has what you are looking for. Counting Crows tickets are at the best prices around.

Counting Crows has always been a band that has always preferred to perform live shows.  They have toured extensively as both headliners and supporting roles with other artists.  They are also one of the only bands that actively encourage the recording of its concerts.  The band hosts a trading network on its website to enable fans to swap the bootleg material.

Their musical influences include Van Morrison, REM, Mike and The Mechanics, Nirvana, Bob Dylan.

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Oct 29 14

THE WHO Hits 50! Tour

by Kati Miller

AEG Live presents “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour!  The English rock band is coming to North America in 2015 in celebration of their 50th anniversary; they will be touring the United States and Canada in on a two leg tour!  THE WHO tickets are currently available for their first run which begins on April 15th in Tampa, Florida and they will perform nonstop at 20 different locations up until May 30th at Forest Hills, New York.  Their second leg begins on September 14th in San Diego and The Who Hits 50 Touris set to end on November 4th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Through the set list, you will be escorted on an “amazing journey” through THE WHO’s entire career, from their early days including songs from their classic albums through their present day hits!  Guitarist and songwriter for The Who, Pete Townshend, details the show as including, “Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses” meaning audiences will see the band play all their classic anthems as well as deeper cuts from their albums.  Founder and lead singer, Roger Daltrey, says of the upcoming tour, “This is the beginning of the long goodbye,” and Townshend added, “Trying to stay young.  Not wearing socks, growing a great big Woodcutter’s beard, might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack.  Always a fashion victim but under no illusions.  We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we’re lucky to be alive and still touring.”  THE WHO has sold over 100 million records since their formation in 1964; they are comprised of four very different personalities thus creating one of the most successful and loved groups of all time.  The band is still going strong as they enter their 50th year; they continue to earn rave reviews from critics and longtime fans alike.

Oct 27 14

Billy Idol’s 2015 World Tour

by Connie Shearar

Billy Idol and his famous sneer are back. In his first album since the 2006 Christmas covers album, Kings and Queens. Billy heads out on his ‘Kings & Queens of the Underground’ world tour to promote that album.  Billy kicks off his world tour in the U.K. then he has dates into Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and a few other stops. Before his ‘Kings and Queens of the Underground’ tour hits the U.S. at the House of Blues in New Orleans on January 21. Billy has multiple North America stops before finally finishing up in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan on February 21.  Afterwards Billy heads Billy Idol 2015 Tourto Australia and then finally rounding it all out in New Zealand for a show at Horncastle Arena on April 4th.  For the hardcore Idol fans you can buy a meet and greet VIP upgrade so you can meet the man behind the Idol.  Well let’s not get carried away.  With your VIP purchase you have access to meeting Billy Idol and maybe getting at least a selfie and an autograph. These are exclusive Billy Idol Tickets you don’t want to pass on.

Billy Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as member of the band Generation X from there he went onto to pursue a solo career.  As a member of the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the US.  After a series of music videos for songs such as “Dancing with Myself” “White Wedding” and “Rebel Yell” made Billy one of MTVs first stars.  Billy has been performing 40 years all over the world.  His fan base is possibly one of the widest in the industry.  His love of music is parallel to his showmanship.  Billy loves to tour, loves to put on shows for fans.  You will be hard pressed to find a show more dynamic than this.  Billy Idol is Punk Rock, there will be others who try to copy but they will fall short.

Billy will be performing songs from his past and current albums this is a must see show if you’re Billy Idol fan.  For all your concert ticket needs come to AllianceTickets.com.   Billy also has a self-penned autobiography, “Dancing with Myself” that released this year via Touchstone.

Oct 21 14

Are the San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Contenders?

by Josh Moore

They are second in their AFC West division right now with 5-2-0.  The only real competition they have in their division would be the Denver Broncos.  That is a very serious competitor but the Chargers also have something this season and that is a head coach McCoy that believes in them and is willing to put in the time to prove his team is to be taken very seriously.   They were just knocked off their 5 win streak by Kansas City Chiefs. 23-20 where they played at home in the Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA.

Head Coach Mike McCoy has only been with the Chargers, this makes his second season. After replacing Norv Turner after 2012.  San Diego still did not compete in the playoffs in 2013 however, the team did score the AFC’s final wild-card spot and won a postseason game.  All of this did was fan the flame for the Chargers fans next year.  Mike cares about each individual player on his team and it shows for example, QB Plilip Rivers was thought to be on his way out of San Diego.  Under McCoy and the rest of his team, the 32 yr old has done a complete 180.  Rivers has thrown 47 TDs and just 11 San Digeo Chargers Playing 2014interceptions. Now at six weeks he is a MVP frontrunner.

If we just look at numbers they are a 2-2 team that has a .500 record or better. This makes them a 3-0 against teams who are below .500.  The problem now comes in because seven of the last nine games are teams who are above .500.  So while the Chargers are having a stellar beginning season.  Keep in mind this is only the start.  The teams just get more challenging as the year continues.

One reason some of the analysts are saying that San Diego may have to put off the Super Bowl for another season is, the team is missing its two starting RBs, its starting center, a starting ILB and OLB and has not had a healthy secondary in over a month.  So word is while the Chargers are having an awesome beginning season and they may very well pull off a Wild Card win.  But Super Bowl though?  We will have to wait to see how the season plays out.

Oct 13 14

Katy Perry Set to Perform at the Super Bowl XLIX in 2015

by Kati Miller

Wondering who holds the coveted spot for the halftime performance at Super Bowl XLIX?  This year it will be none other than Katy Perry!  The game will be played on Sunday Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  Most have heard by now that the NFL was strongly considering artists to pay to perform at all of the following games as it undoubtedly draws in massive ratings.  For last season’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, a record 111.5 million viewers tuned in for Bruno Mars’ performance at the half.  This year should be no different; the half Katy Perry Super Bowl XLIXtime show is always a much speculated event, for some, even more entertaining than the football game itself.  No one could forget the infamous Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy of the nip slip when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performed.  Who would want to risk missing something like that again?  Or, more realistically, who would want to miss the elaborate stages and intricate, well planned acts that are always promised and delivered at all Super Bowl Half times?  Not many, even the haters tune in with their phones in hand, ready to call up and complain at the slightest slip up!  This is exactly why the NFL is eager to start a trend of paying performers.  The Wall Street Journal also reported in August that organizers reached out to Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay to see if they were interested in playing the half time performance.  There is no word on why Perry was chosen but it doesn’t sound like it was because she was willing to fork over the dough.  In an appearance on ESPN’s “College GameDay” on October 4th, the songstress insisted that she’s “not the kind of girl to pay to play the Super Bowl.”  Well, that sure shuts down those rumors.  In regards to what she’s planning to do for her performance, only time will tell; you will just have to tune in to the world’s biggest football game to find out!

 

Super Bowl XLIX performer Katy Perry

Sunday Feb. 1

Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium

Oct 10 14

Week 5 Denver Broncos Team Review

by Travis Castle

In their 41-20 Sunday win over the previously unbeaten Arizona Cardinals, the Mile High Broncos looked at times like titans of the gridiron and others as mere mortals. Obviously, in winning by 21 points, the Broncos had more positives than negatives, however there were a couple of head scratching plays from the Denver squad. What notes can be taken from this game, and what can fans expect from the Broncos moving forward?

On the offensive side of the football, Peyton’s first drive against the Cardinals vaunted corner-backs looked predictably efficient. No. 18 simply took what the Cardinals gave him on that drive culminating in Peyton once again reaching the record books becoming the second person in history to throw 500 touchdown passes. At times Manning looked like a mortal throwing 2 Interceptions in the strong wind, but then reminded everyone how impressive he is throwing for 479 yards and 4 TDs. With Manning performing like he is Broncos Tickets are in demand. Demaryius Thomas abused the Cardinals defense having a career day hauling in eight passes for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns. Whatever doubts fans might have had regarding his early season form, Thomas silenced his doubters looking as strong as ever. Thomas, going up against Cardinals Probowl CB Cromartie, was consistently targeted by Manning and made Cromartie look out of his depth. To start off the day the Broncos running game did not do much to relieve pressure off of Manning. Ronnie Hillman showed some signs of life coming into the game for the injured Montee Ball.

Denver Broncos Tickets 2014 2015The Denver Broncos defense was the real story of Sunday’s dominant win over Arizona. The Demarcus Ware, Von Miller duo keeps living up to the preseason hype, applying consistent pressure on the QB and playing the run well. Von Miller looked especially strong on Sunday picking up 1.5 sacks and proving once again just how important he is to this defense. The defensive backs for the Broncos also looked impressive squaring off against the Arizona receivers. Aside from a huge passing play to Cards RB Andre Ellington, the Denver backs did particularly well containing the pass. Particularly the defense stood strong when the team needed them to most, only allowing 3/16 3rd down conversions. The first drive especially illustrated the stone wall that was Sunday’s Broncos defense. The Cardinals offense was driving down the field, reaching the Bronco’s 9 yard-line. With a combination of crowd-noise, a costly penalty, and strong defensive pressure, the Broncos forced their opponent back and held them to a field goal.

Moving forward in the season, the Broncos still look to belong at the top of the NFL table. The groin injury to Montee Ball is concerning, but Ronnie Hillman is a capable backup. Ball’s injury is even less worrisome when one remembers who is at the helm of this team. Peyton Manning is a future Hall of Fame player, and the leader of this Broncos team. This team has as much success as Manning does, and if he continues to play at such a high level, the Broncos look to continue to be a top team. If the Broncos defense continues to play at their potential as they did this Sunday that just instills even more confidence that this team is a dominating force to be reckoned with.

Oct 7 14

Ariana Grande’s debut North American “The Honeymoon” Tour

by Josh Moore

With the success of her latest album My Everything, Ariana Grande has announced plans to embark on “The Honeymoon” tour kicking off next February 25, 2015. With tickets set to go on sale starting September 20th, 2014.

This tour is Grande’s first headlining tour in North America, with scheduled stops in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles included on her 25-date schedule of events that are slated to take place through mid-April with the last show being on Ariana Grande Tickets 2015 TourApril 16thAriana Grande Tickets will not last long for this big of a debut. This is a very big task 26 shows in this short time, though there is little doubt about her ability to deliver.  Her shows are as powerful as her voice is and once you have seen her perform there is no question as to why she has risen in fame so quickly.   It is impossible to not love her sound, her style and just everything about the young performer.

Fans fell in love with her last summer during her performances at much smaller venues on the Listening Sessions tour to promote and support her debut album “Yours Truly” that Ariana chose to utilize instead of taking that album on tour she opted for the smaller more intimate venues and it paid off her fan base and popularity surged in growth. However, since then, Ariana has grown quite accustomed to playing much larger venues, thanks to her performance on the Jingle Ball run last December along with performances at the Billboard Music Awards and the MTV Music Awards among many other notable achievements in such a short time.

The singer will also be helping to bring back a new season of SNL (Saturday Night Live) She’s booked as the musical guest on the show’s 40th season premiere on September 27th.

Sep 24 14

Usher with August Alsina & DJ Cassidy in Denver December 2

by Josh Moore

Live Nation presents the UR experience.  Usher at 1st Bank Center December 2nd with special guests Augest Alsina and DJ Cassidy.  Show starts at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30, all ages are welcome.

Usher is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur who rose to fame in the 1990’s with his amazing voice. Ushers 2004 album, Confessions, established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of that decade selling over 20 million copies worldwide.

Usher UR Experience World Tour TicketsThe RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American history, having sold over 65 million records worldwide.  He has won 8 Grammy Awards and to date he has sold over 65 million records worldwide.

August Alsina is also an American recording artist hailing from New Orleans and signed to Def Jam Recordings.  His debut studio album Testimony was released on April 15, 2014. DJ Cassidy is a New York DJ. Cassidy is known for his work at celebrity functions, including the 50th birthday party and 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the 2008 wedding of Beyonce and Jay-Z.

The trio of artists will be performing at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado and the venue seats 6500 people and is the premiere mid-sized venue for the location. 1st Bank has two floors of seating to choose from so check out their website for all your booking questions, directions, and Usher ticket information can also be found at alliancetickets.com.

Sep 9 14

The Doobie Brothers to be Inducted into IEBA’s Hall of Fame

by Josh Moore

Imagine the mixture of an iconic band and an event created by those who love exceptional music along with electrifying performances. Well, that’s exactly the news, The Doobie Brothers to be Inducted into IEBA’s Hall of Fame. As you may already know the band has a story dating from the late 60′s and they got really popular among the famous motorcycling group The Hell’s Angels. Because of their increasing popularity they got a contract with Warner Bros Records in the summer of 71. Up until today the group is famous for their innovation in sounds and their long track record of rocking people’s lives with their music.

Doobie-Brothers-TicketsNashville, Tennessee is home of many iconic stars and businesses in the music industry. Following this tradition the International Entertainment Buyer’s Association (IEBBA) is changing its own history, why is this so? First of all their tradition goes toward other direction but the Doobie Brothers are the first rock band to be included in this important musical award. But the organization and the band have a lot in common since they both were founded the same year. With four Grammy awards and a raving fan base the band is another pride in the mecca of American music, Nashville. The organization is known for providing the awards to only the cream of the crop, as an example of this Johnny Cash and Dale Morris have won this important award.

The band’s positivism is also breathtaking and no doubt is has been a cornerstone in the many decades of success they have went through together as a group, as a matter of fact, it’s current leader Bruce Cohn mentioned how he truly believes the best is yet to come, which, taking into account their impressive history, is a extremely positive remark. The name of the game here is live entertainment since it requires expertise and finesse in other fields not necessarily related to music, which when mixed creates a magical effect.

Sep 2 14

Mastodon 2014 Tour to Support their New Album

by Josh Moore

The American metal band, Mastodon, is still rocking the world of music with their epic music and style. And the good news is Mastodon Announces Tour Supporting Album ‘Once More Round The Sun’. The heavy metal band has made their decision to tour different parts of US and UK on different months of this year (2014) seeking to garner a massive support for their new Album. This will be a special tour meant to support their album that is now a month old. It will also be a good opportunity to strengthen their bonds with their fans and have their fans enjoy their live performs in different hotels, beach resorts stadium among other platforms.

Mastodon Tour 2014Their 6th album (One More Round The Sun) which was released on June 4th 2014 with the Reprise Records, received positive reception especially from their die-hard fans. The album immediately made available for streaming on iTunes which projected even great success. It was an Album that was highly expected by made fans something that lead to selling of 34,000 copies in US, in the first week it was released. This won Mastodon the 6th position on the Billboard 200 chart. While 34,000 copies was slightly lower than the 39,000 copies that they sold from their 2011 album: The Hunter, they were still able to make it to top 10 debuts with their consecutive Albums. Their 2014 tour will aim at bringing the Album close to the fans and takeover the industry again.

The Atlanta based heavy metal band was formed in 1999 by bringing together various talents from the likes of Bill Kelliher, bassist Troy Sanders, drummer Bränn Dailorand guitarist Brent Hinds. It is a band that has won various awards and nominations from their great songs. In 2007 and 2012 they were nominated for Grammy award for Best metal performance and won awards such as Golden God Awards in 2007 and 2012 and their album: The Hunter won the best Album in 2012 in Kerrang Awards. Mastodon’s new and fresh 2014 album is also anticipated to follow the soot; get nominations and win various awards.