Vans Warped Tour Coming to Your City

The Van’s Warped Tour is the largest traveling music festival in the United States and is held in venues such as parking lots or fields upon which the stages and other structures are constructed prior to and for the duration of the event.  Vans the skateboard shoe manufacturer among others, has sponsored the event every year since 1995, and the festival has been called the Vans Warped Tour since 1996.   What began as a showcase for alternative and punk rock music and has grown to feature very diverse genres.  The Vans Warped Tour is the longest running touring music festival in North America.  The festival usually features as many as a 100 bands that play for 30 minutes over approximately 10 different stages with the well-known bands generally playing between the alternating two main stages.  Bands typically start at 11:00 am and end around 9:00 pm, with several bands playing at once.  There is an inflatable board with band times and stages marked usually centered in the venue.  The tour started as a skate punk and their wave-ska tour and later crossed over to feature mostly pop punk and metal core acts and there is no set way of being put up as each venue has a different layout the only consistency is that it is set up early the first morning and taken down usually during the last show of the festival.  In 1998, the tour went international to include venues in Australia, Japan, Europe, Canada, and the United States.

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Yanni announces a 2016 North American Tour

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Yanni 2016 Tour TicketsWorld famous composer and performer, Yanni has announced a 2016 North American Tour.  Yanni along with his famed orchestra will continue their world tour that will include an all new show plus audience favorites and newly reworked arrangements of his classics.  Yanni’s North American Tour is scheduled to kick off at Sarasota Theater in Florida on February 2 and will include appearances in several cities concluding in Newport News, VA, on April 4.  He plans on playing at Microsoft Theater, the former Nokia Theater L.A. Live, on March 18 2016.  You can find all of you Yanni tickets here for all of his upcoming 2016 shows!  Yanni’s music is said to transcend the borders of the world and it communicates with people of all cultures.  Yanni considers himself a global ambassador and his message is one of compassion, understanding and peace.  His music is considered timeless and his concerts have been televised in more than 40 countries.  To his credit Yanni has more than 40 platinum and gold albums with over 25 million copies in international sales and his highlights include six-time platinum album Live at the Acropolis (1994).  Performing in some of the most diverse venues in the world including the Acropolis in Greece, China’s Forbidden City, the Taj Mahal in India, the Kremlin in Russia, the Burj Kahlifa in Dubai, the Royal Albert Music Hall in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York.  His shows continue to be sold out no matter where he is scheduled to be performing from concerts in Asia, the Middle East, North America, South America, and Eastern Europe everywhere Yanni goes ticket sales are through the roof.

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Paul McCartney is unstoppable as he adds new dates to tour

Confirming five new North American shows for the month of October, Paul McCartney is bringing his “Out There” Tour to some favorite spots in the U.S. and Canada.  McCartney is making his first stop ever on Oct. 15 at the State College, in Pennsylvania, at Bryce Jordan Center and Oct. 22 in Buffalo, New York, at First Niagara Center.  Paul McCartney is unstoppable, because the iconic British pop-rocker has already performed 22 concerts this year, stopping in Japan, South Korea, the U.K., as well as a historic headline performance at Lollapalooza this last July 31.  Kicking off the fall run in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena on October 13 will be the “Band on the Run” hitmaker’s first visit to the city in more than a decade.  21-time Grammy Award winner Paul McCartney is also making visits to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Oct. 17 and on Oct. 22 he will be at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena with his tour currently scheduled to wrap up on October 22 in Buffalo.  Also creating this unstoppable feeling from the former legendary Beatle was his announcement in the latest of an ongoing series of reissues from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, which will include 1982’s “Tug of War” along with 1983’s “Pipes of Peace”.  To celebrate the reissues Macca announced that he will be giving fans an exclusive free download of “Take It Away” (single edit) (2015 Remaster).  Sir Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer who with George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr gained worldwide fame as the Beatles.  He was their bassist and the group was one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music, his songwriting with John Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.  You have the opportunity now to see him live and in person at anyone of these five cities, it is the chance of a lifetime!

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Shania Twain TicketsThe Canadian singer-songwriter with the voice that begs you to believe it dripped from the sweet southern branches near country heaven, Miss Shania Twain is one of the best-selling artists of all time.  She has sold over 75 million records worldwide making her one of the best-selling female artists in the history of country music.  She has been called the “Queen of Country Pop” and her sophomore studio album, “The Woman in Me” brought her widespread fame selling more than 20 million copies worldwide winning Twain her first Grammy Award with hits like “Any Man Of Mine”.  Her third album, “Come On Over” became the best-selling studio album by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time selling around 40 million copies worldwide.  In total Shania has received five Grammy Awards, 27 BMI Songwriter Awards, stars on the Canadian Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  Shania is the only female recording artist in history to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond by the RIAA.  Shania is ranked as 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era.  Shania Twain puts on a high energy show packed full of sensational wardrobe changes, excellent choreography, her upbeat lyrics will have everyone out of their seats singing and dancing as she puts on an unforgettable show full of her chart-topping hits!

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Billy Joel On Tour Now

Pianist, singer-songwriter and composer Billy Joel has a name and face recognized world round.  Since his first hit song “Piano Man” Billy has become the sixth best-selling recording artist in the United States.  Ranking as third best-selling album in the United States by discs shipped was his compilation album, “Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2.  During the 30 year span of the 70s thru the 90s Joel achieved 33 Top 40 hits in the United States all self-penned by Joel himself and he is a six-time Grammy Awards winner who has sold more than

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150 million records worldwide and this international superstar puts on one of the best live shows in the world.  Billy Joel’s album “An Innocent Man” was a tribute to doo wop music and resulted in Joel’s second Billboard number one hit, “Tell Her About It” and the album itself reached No. 4 on the US charts and No. 2 on the UK charts and boasted six top-30 singles the most of any album of Joel’s to date.  “Uptown Girl” became a worldwide hit shooting Billy into International fame and Billy has been touring and recording nonstop since then.  Going on to finally releasing his highly sought after album of his most successful singles his, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and 2 was released as a four-sided album.  Joel has maintained his 40 plus year musical career by pushing boundaries and staying on top of what rock and roll is really all about and that is rebellion.

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See The Eagles as They Tour the US this Summer

The Eagles are one of the most well-known and successful American rock bands still recording and performing live today.  They have had five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums.  Their two most successful albums to date were, “Their Greatest Hits and Hotel California both released during the early ‘70s.  Known in the ‘70s as one of America’s biggest band due to releases of such songs as “Desperado,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “One of The Nights,” and “Take It to the Limit”.  They disbanded in 1980 but reunited in 1994 and have toured intermittently going on to release “Long Road Out of Eden” their first album of new material since 1979 and was available in the US via the bands website, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores  and “History of the Eagles” documentary and are now on an extended tour to promote that.  The Eagles have won six Grammy’s in their time together for a variety of accomplishments like, their most recent win in 2009 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance “I Dreamed There Was No War” and made their awards show debut in 2007.  They have released seven studio albums including, Eagles (1972), Desperado (1973) On the Border (1974) One of These Nights (1975) Hotel California (1976) The Long Run (1979) Long Road Out of Eden (2007).  The group ranked number 34 on Country Music Television’s 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003.  They put on a classic timeless show that fans love.

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Neil Diamond Performing in a City Near You

Brooklyn born singing songwriting sensation Neil Diamond puts on a show at 74 that rivals his early days as even better than ever expected. Which is what has made him one of the worlds-best-selling music artist of all time.  He is third most successful adult contemporary artists on the Billboard charts behind Elton John and Barbara Streisand, his songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.  Neil Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.  He received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime achievement award in 2000.  He continues to record and release new material maintaining an extensive touring schedule.  Always insightful Neil had this to say about his gift, “The human voice is the most important instrument at our disposal, yet it is one of the most difficult to understand or define.  You either hear it, or you don’t.  It either moves you, or it leaves you cold… it is more than just a sound…it is the soul itself.”

Neil’s shows are known for his intimate style, heartstring-pulling sentimental lyrics that his fans love. And we all know how much Neil loves to give his audience what they want he is committed to pleasing the crowd at any expense.  He is known for pausing to offer up some good natured banter and he even stops to reminisce about his past with the crowd.  Known also for his signature dramatic hand gestures during his lyrical songs sung by his husky sweet voice.  Most if not all women and some of the men are completely smitten with his melodramatic flair creating the image of the romantic crooner of pop, rock, soft rock, folk, and even country music.  His most recent album Melody Road was fueled by his relationship with his current wife/manager Katie McNeil.  Diamond is known for wearing colorful beaded shirts in concert, originally out of necessity so everyone in the audience could see him without the aid of binoculars, they were designed and made by Bill Whitten from 1970s until about 2007.  Come out and enjoy a live performance by one of the greatest musical artists of our time.

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San Francisco Giants Ready for Season – Spring Training Review

As we head into the final week of spring training, the San Francisco Giants are tweaking their 25-man roster in preparation for the season ahead.

Three members of the Giants 2014 World Series team were already optioned to Triple-A Sacramento: Andrew Susac, Hunter Strickland and Juan Perez. Susac is the most surprising of the three to not make the squad after being an integral part of the championship team, but he fell behind this spring due to a tooth infection and wrist injury.

There are some guys on the bubble after impressing the Giants coaching staff thus far and potentially have earned themselves a spot on the 2015 team. Short stop Matt Duffy had some solid moments last season but was not guaranteed to make this year’s version of the squad. He did however, have an impressive spring and could provide bench depth with his speed and good on-base percentage.

Outfielder Daniel Carbonell is someone who could make an impact later in the season if he ends up part of the 25-man roster. With San Francisco’s outfield depth taking a hit due to injuries to Hunter Pence and Angel Pagan, Carbonell has shown that he could fill in nicely, hitting .333 with a .421 on-base percentage, two home runs and five RBI’s in 15 at bats.

The 2015 San Francisco Giants are coming off a World Series Championship and will be looking to defend their title and keep that momentum going. As long as they have Madison Bumgarner at the top of the rotation and guys like Brandon Belt and Joe Panik support with solid offense, they could find themselves back in the hunt again.

The regular season is almost here and Giants ticket holders are anxious to get to AT&T Park and get the 2015 season underway as are the rest of MLB fans. San Francisco will start 2015 in Arizona as they face the Diamondbacks on Monday, April 6th.

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The Rolling Stones Rumored 2015 Tour

The Rolling StonesMick Jagger and Keith Richards are still leading The Rolling Stones into stardom 50 years after creating the Rock ‘n’ Roll band.  Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood are the most current new members of the band The Rolling Stones, Mick and Keith are the two who helped create this legendary band and are why many say The Rolling Stones are the success that they are today.  Mick Jagger talked openly about how much more difficult it was when these guys started out trying to gain fame.  There were no terms such as “popular culture’ there were very few people talking about popular music on an intellectual level, social media was not even a thought on anyone’s mind.  The internet has opened opportunities for up-and-coming artists to have a platform not available to Rock Giants who got their name by word of mouth, radio and gigs that is how you got people talking about you.  Great shows, great music, Keith Richards had this to say, “It’s incredible really. In that sense we’re still living on borrowed time.”

Fans were waiting anxiously on “Satisfaction Thursday” only to be left thinking they can’t seem to get any satisfaction from the Rolling Stones when it comes to a tour line-up announcement for 2015.  There is rumor of a 15-city North American tour but that is for now only rumor.  The band finished off the year celebrating Keith Richards birthday on December 18th, the rocker was born in 1943 and thinks that songs that are written by two different people are better than those written by one and his longstanding partnership with Mick Jagger is testimony to that truth.  The two share vocals for the group and have since its creation.   Keith summarized it up best by saying this, “Levitation is probably the closest analogy to what you feel, whether it’s “Jumping Jack Flash” or (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” or “All Down The Line”, when you realize you’ve hit the right tempo and the band’s behind you. It’s like taking off a Lear Jet.” Come out to any Rolling Stones show and leave a fan no matter if it is your first time or not you will leave that concert a fan of The Rolling Stones.

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Widespread Panic Summer 2015 Tour Dates

Widespread Panic has announced tour dates for the Summer 2015 tour series they are putting on.  After several stops in the Northeast, including a run with Umphrey’s McGee, the tour will make way through the Midwest out to the Rockies for the annual Red Rocks run this June 26, 27, & 28th. Then they are heading down into Texas, with a headlining spot at Ride Festival in Telluride.  They will be heading to Arkansas, Mississippi and wrapping it up in Louisville for Forecastle Festival.  This event is a food drive event visit their home page for more details on that.

John Bell or J.B., as everyone else calls him, is a singing, bass-playing journalism school drop-out who with his anxiety stricken guitarist, who was aptly nicknamed Panic, formed the first two members of the band now known as Widespread Panic.  Today the line-up consists of, John Bell on vocals & guitar, John, “JoJo” Hermann on keyboard, & vocals, with Jimmy Herring on guitars, Todd Nance on drums, & vocals, long-time band mate, Domingo S. Ortiz on percussion, & vocals and last but not least is Dave Schools on bass & vocals.  You can get all your Widespread Panic tickets here for their entire summer tour series.  For the band whose main focus is to create a vibe or feeling that, anything can and may happen, they are well on their way of making that thought a reality.  Thinking their successful run was ending with the death of their friend and fellow bandmate – Michael Houser whose final performance at the inaugural Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival was called, “spine-tingling” and “tear-jerking”. .  Nicknamed, The Lingering Lead – affectionately, because he played with the band up until three weeks before his death.     The band returned to the road, at the behest of their late guitarist, with several friends filling his spot while trying to fill the void and heal the loss the others were feeling.  Jimmy Herring was added to their line-up in 2006, returning the balance to the ensemble again.  This was the beginning of a new chapter in the book being written each day of Widespread Panic’s existence.  Herring is now in his seventh year with the band and after a short break they are ready to tour.

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