U2 fans who are sick of all the rumors about when they might see the band live can take some solace in knowing that the band has at least three confirmed performances on the horizon. U2 will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards Show on February 8th. It is not part of any U2 tour but its a live U2 performance nonetheless. You can also catch U2 perform at the Brit Awards on February 18th and Germany’s Echo Awards later that month. U2 will likely be performing their new single, ‘Get On Your Boots’ at all three awards shows.
No U2 tickets are available for any 2009 shows yet. A U2 tour announcement is expected soon.
A source close to the Boston Globe has disclosed that the J. Geils band will christen the Boston House of Blues with a performance on February 19th. The Boston band has played a scant number of shows in the past decade, and this could be one of few gigs with the original lineup in nearly 15 years. The Geils band show will be followed up by the Gipsy Kings on February 20th, and BB King & Buddy Guy on February 22nd.
J. Geils Band tickets are available now!
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band will definitely be on tour in 2009 in support of the new album, ‘Working On a Dream’. The full scope of the 2009 tour is not known yet but some pieces are already in place including two shows at Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden on April 21 and April 22.
2009 Bruce Springsteen & E. Street Band Schedule
Bruce Springsteen Apr 01, 2009 Wed 8:00 PM San Jose, CA Hp Pavilion
Bruce Springsteen Apr 21, 2009 Tue 8:00 PM Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
Bruce Springsteen Apr 22, 2009 Wed 8:00 PM Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
Bruce Springsteen May 05, 2009 Tue 7:30 PM Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
Bruce Springsteen May 18, 2009 Mon 7:30 PM Washington, DC Verizon Center – DC
Bruce Springsteen May 19, 2009 Tue 7:30 PM Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
Bruce Springsteen Jun 04, 2009 Thu 7:30 PM Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Stadion
Bruce Springsteen Jun 05, 2009 Fri 7:30 PM Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Stadion
Bruce Springsteen tickets will be available shortly.
Will you get the new U2 album, ‘No Line On the Horizon’ before its early March release date? If you want to you’ll have to travel to the band’s hometown to do so. Their upcoming album scheduled for release on March 2 in Europe and March 3 in the U.S. will be released on February 27 in Ireland only. No details on how or why the album is getting an early release for U2′s homeland but U2 fans in Dublin won’t complain.
U2′s first single off the new album, “Get on Your Boots” has been met with mixed reviews. Some lovers, some haters and some right in the middle. Either way the sound is definitely not typical U2 and has certainly created a buzz around the rest of the album’s tracks.
Aside from occasional unfounded rumors, there has been no significant news regarding a 2009 U2 tour. We only know that a U2 tour is certainly inevitable. Stay tuned for info on U2 tickets as news becomes available.
The hype surrounding Animal Collective‘s new album, “Merriweather Post Pavilion” had been building for months. The album, released today, is already pegged as a virtual lock for Album of the Year by most indie publications. Animal Collective is going to be heading out on the road in support of the new album starting in May, and leading up to a gig at All Tomorrow’s Parties in New York in September. Last time the Maryland natives played Boston, the Paradise show (650 capacity) sold out so fast it was moved to the Avalon (1850 capacity), so expect tickets to go fast!
Animal Collective 2009 Tour Schedule
05-11 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05-12 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory05-13 New York, NY – Terminal 505-14 Boston, MA – House of Blues
05-15 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
05-16 Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy
05-18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Hall
05-19 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
05-20 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
05-24 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
05-25 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
05-26 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
05-27 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Memorial Library
05-29 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
05-30 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
05-31 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
06-01 Albuquerque, MN – Sunshine Theater
06-02 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
06-04 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
06-05 Austin, TX – Stubbs
06-06 Oxford, MS – The Library
06-08 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
06-09 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
06-10 Orlando, FL – Club Firestone
09-12 Monticello, NY – All Tomorrow’s Parties
Animal Collective tickets are available now!
Canadian folk legend Leonard Cohen will play his first show in the United States in 15 years this February. After his manager Kelley Lynch allegedly defrauded him of over $6 million, Cohen was forced to go back on the road to make a living. The poet-writer-musician and writer of the immensely popular song “Hallelujah” (which has been covered by every artist from Jeff Buckley to American Idol contestants) has been making a number of appearances to build back up a retirement fund. “Almost everything I had was gone … It produced a sense of urgency” Cohen told Canadian Press. Cohen will be releasing a number of works in the near future, and is quickening his usually slow pace of work. “What it did was not so much influence the writing itself — most of the writing was done. What it did do was promote a kind of swiftness in gathering the material together and presenting it. Usually I’d let things sit around for a few more years, so for better or for worse, they haven’t matured for that long.”
Leonard Cohen will appear at the Beacon Theatre in New York on February 19th, 2009. Leonard Cohen tickets are available now!
The Beastie Boys are very busy. Aside from preparing a 20th anniversary reissue of sophomore album Paul’s Boutique, the ‘Boys are recording their 8th studio album. The current title of the new record is “Tadlock’s Glasses”, and it will feature a collaboration with Santogold, as well as steel drums, and at least one “deep dub” track. The Beasties told NME that the album will see the band going back to their “party-starting roots”, and may turn some heads. Expect a massive world tour shortly after the album’s release.
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Immensely popular Latin-lounge-pop act Pink Martini are coming to the Boston Opera House. The 16-piece band will perform at the Opera House on June 10th at 8:00pm. Singer China Forbes is expecting her first child, and this short 5-date tour may be their only set of dates for a while. Pink Martini are still touring in support of 2007′s “Hey Eugene”, but the band has been debuting new material.
Pink Martini Tickets are available now!
Acclaimed “new age” musician and composer Yanni is reinventing some of his classic songs and going on tour. His new album “Yanni Voices” pairs some of his most loved songs with classical and pop vocalists. Yanni will be touring with a number of his collaborators this Spring, including a stop at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA. Yanni and company will play Boston on May 3rd at 7:30pm. Don’t miss a chance to experience their high-energy virtuosic perfomance in person!
Yanni Tickets are available now!
If you have HBO or you happen to be in Washington D.C. you’ll be able to see U2 perform live this Sunday, January 18 at the Lincoln Memorial. U2 joins other artists such as Bruce Springsteen in a celebration of the 56th Presidential Inauguration. The concert entitled “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration will air live on HBO on 1/18/09 at 7pm. If you are in the D.C. area the concert is open to the public but crowds are expected to be very large.
No word on how many songs U2 will play or if they will play anything off their upcoming album, ‘No Line on the Horizon’. In addition to U2 and Bruce Springsteen the show will also feature performances by, Sheryl Crow, Usher, Garth Brooks and John Legend.