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.
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.
Mick 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.
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.
Tesla and Styx rocking with Def Leppard
June 23rd at Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre will be the kickoff date and location for Def Leppard’s extensive nearly 50 city tour. The Live-Nation-promoted tour covers the US and part of Canada, joining the guys will be rockers Tesla and Styx. Def Leppard returns to the road this summer after a massive 2014 co-headlining tour with KISS, last summer. All three bands have had extensive influential careers with numerous hits of their own to bring to the road with them. Def Leppard’s hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums –including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, together with classic hits such as Rock of Ages, Armageddon It, and Love Bites will be among the many loved songs you are sure to hear. Together since 1977 and still rocking today almost 40 years later tells you that if you have never been to a Def Leppard concert it is never too late to go! Tesla who started out as City Kidd and by 1986 was the band we know as Tesla today. With the release of their first album, Mechanical Resonance they have been on a fast-track to Rock-n-Roll stardom also. You can get your Def Leppard tour tickets here! Styx is joining as a co-headliner in this tour also. Second oldest in the group of touring rockers but do not let the age of this trio put you off if you’re not into classics. These groups are all currently making music and loving every second of it! If you have not ever been a fan now is the best time to try something new! Everyone loves a good summer concert and you will not find one with as much energy as much enthusiasm and as much rock and roll knowledge as these guys!
Two of the greatest vocal groups of all time will be coming together again this year to do their Surf and Soul tour. The Beach Boys and The Temptations are two American groups that have been performing for a combined total of nearly a hundred years so if anyone is wondering if this show is going to be worth the money, IT IS. Anyone with that much musical know-how and experience that’s still in the music biz will put on a show the whole world will be talking about!
The Temptations sometimes called the Tempts or Temps achieved their fame as one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records. The group’s repertoire has included, R&B, doo wop, funk, disco, soul and adult contemporary music. Formed originally as The Elgins, The Temptations have always featured at least five male vocalists/dancers and have become recognized for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and onstage suits. They have also been attributed with influencing soul music as much as The Beatles were said to influence pop and rock music. The Temptations still continue to perform and record for Universal Records with the one living original member, co-founder Otis Williams still in the line-up. You can get your Surf and Soul Tour tickets here!
The Beach Boys, Iconic Southern California band were the original “boy band” they rose to popularity with their laid back surfer rock music. They became music icons after cultivating a complex and groundbreaking sound that took the world by storm. The generation who grew up listening to the music put out by The Beach Boys say this group helped shape them and the ideologies that many still live by today. Monumental albums like Wild Honey and their debut album, Surfin’ Safari have helped to define them and the season of summer. Mike Love is the only original Beach Boy to carry on the band’s name since Brian Wilson and his brothers, Carl and Dennis, and cousin Mike Love began singing and producing music while they were still in high school.
You can check out tour dates for the Surf and Soul Tour on vegastickets.com website for all upcoming 2015 Beach Boys and The Temptations as they continue touring and making music for their fans the world over. If you have never been to a live performance by either of these groups now is the time to change that because it is never too late to get out and have some “FUN FUN FUN”, Beach Boy & Temp style.
The American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer skyrocketed to fame after releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man” in 1973. From there, Joel went on to become a six-time Grammy Award winner. Having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, Joel has become the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. Some of his most famous hits include, “Just The Way You Are”, “Piano Man”, “You May Be Right”, and “Only The Good Die Young”. The legend’s compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 has been the third best-selling album in the country and he also enjoyed Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, all of which he wrote himself. Billy The Kid’s concerts are known to be amazing experiences; don’t hesitate, get your Bill Joel tickets today.
As one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, it’s only natural that he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. After his River of Dreams album, Joel stopped releasing rock music, except for the 2007 songs “All My Life” and “Christmas in Fallujah”. Although, he always pays tribute to all eras of his solo career during concerts. In the 2015 Billy Joel In Concert tour, the singer broke his own record of most consecutive sold-out shows by an artist and plans on doing it again at the end of this year. Joel performed a great blend of classic hits including, “My Life”, “New York State of Mind”, and, of course, “Piano Man”, along with rare album cuts of “Blonde Over Blue”, “Sometimes a Fantasy”, and the famous, “Ballad of Billy the Kid”. Don’t miss your chance to see Billy Joel when he comes to a city near you!
One year after Mötley Crüe signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement and set off for a “Final Tour”, the “Dr. Feelgood” rockers have annouced their second round of tour dates in North America.
The group is set to play their last concerts abroad in February and will head back to the states to complete their last leg of the tour. The series will begin July 22nd in Eugene, Oregon and end with two dates at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, the last on New Year’s Eve, where they began their music careers. Be sure to pick up your Mötley Crüe tickets now to ensure the best seats for what is sure to be one of the most memoriable concert experiences of your life!
With over 80 million albums sold, Mötley Crüe was inducted onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996 and has sold out countless tours all over the world. Going out with a bang, the band has decided on larger venues to ensure all their fans are able to attend. Bassist Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone, “In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year because of ticket demand. So, we’re coming back to those places to bring them our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as all pyro and every other bell and whistle.” Unfortunately, they are unable to answer to all fan requests clarifying, “Despite the overwhelming fan demand we can only add so many new cities in North America because of our commitment to take the Final Tour global on our final year.” This means only one thing…road trip! Grab your friends and Mötley Crüe gear and head to the closest city near you for the your final chance to see the legendary band live!
Take a trip back to the 90s with Train and The Fray and special guest Matt Nathanson beginning in May. Headliner Train and their opening acts are hitting up cities all across North America from May to July in celebration of their latest album Bulletproof Picasso. There are 42 dates currenty scheduled for the Picasso At The Wheel Summer Tour. The concert series begins May 21st at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Marysville, California and ends on July 25th in Washington for the Picasso Music, Food and Wine Festival. Known to have great interaction with their audiences, lots of spirit and high energy, there is no doubt that Train tickets will allow for one spectular night.
Train has sold over 10 million albums and 30 million tracks all over the world and has released favorites such as “Meet Virginia”, “Save me, San Francisco”, “Angel in Bluejeans”, “Hey, Soul Sister”, and of course, “Drops of Jupiter”. You can always find loyal fans at their concerts, and for good reason too! The group never fails to disappoint, “Music was fantastic and the interaction with selfies and bringing audience members on stage made this concert one of the best I have ever seen.” Be sure to pick up your tickets today, before they’re all sold out!
If the Seattle Seahawks are going to win back to back Super Bowls, they will have to go through the last team to do so, the New England Patriots.
Let’s take a look at some key factors of this matchup and what each team will need to do to hoist that Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done.
Marshawn Lynch- The Seahawks running back is known for wearing down defenses then knocking out long runs in the second half, like the 24-yard touchdown against the Packers in the NFC Championship game. New England really strives to shut down one part of a team’s offensive attack and look for it to be Lynch on Sunday. Most likely they will lean on free safeties Patrick Chung and Devon MCCourty to clog up the run.
Gronk Smash – It is no secret that tight end Rob Gronkowski is the key to the Patriots pass offense, but secret or not, he’s still a huge factor. He is big, strong and can take men with him for decent yards after the catch. He is also great for opening up other New England receivers since he does garner so much attention. Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor is athletic enough to battle Gronk in coverage and will most likely be the one to do so.
Patriots O-Line – Seattle’s pass rush will also be key in this intense matchup. If New England quarterback Tom Brady is allowed to actually set his feet in the pocket he can do damage to any opposing defense. The Seahawks will need to get in there and make Brady uncomfortable, breaking up his rhythm and mechanics. Both New England’s offensive line and Seattle’s front seven are playing at a high level in the post season and should be one of the great battles of Super Bowl XLIX.
On paper, Sunday’s matchup is one for the record books. It’s the meeting of two number one seeds facing off in what should be a tremendous display of football on both sides of the ball. Fans of the Patriots, Seahawks or anyone who loves the game of football will not want to miss out those Super Bowl XLIX tickets.