The Police Reunion tour that began in 2007 has turned into the Police Farewell tour as the trio winds down to their final show ever. The Police reunion was a huge success and a real treat for Police fans who had been waiting years for a chance to see them alive once again. If you haven’t seen the Police reunited yet this will be your last chance to do so. Their final New England show will be on July 31, at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA. The Police will wrap up their final tour on August 7, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Police tickets for their 7/31 show are now on-sale from Aceticket.com. In addition to already low prices, starting below face value, Ace Ticket is running a limited promotion of $25 off your Police order for 7/31. Simply use referral code: ‘Roxanne’ when you check out to redeem the offer.
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Remaining Police Tour Schedule:
28 Jul Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh PA
29 Jul Wachovia Center, Philadelphia PA
31 Jul Comcast Center, Boston MA
01 Aug Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga NY
03 Aug PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ
04 Aug Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh NY
05 Aug Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh NY
07 Aug Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
One of the most exciting additions to Patriots Place by Gillette Stadium is Showcase Live. The 16,000 square foot venue is set to host many concerts, comedians, and theater events that normally would not have a place in Mass.
Showcase live seats 500 for seated shows, and 1,000 for general admission concert performances. The Kraft Group and National Amusements have joined together to create an upscale concert experience. National Amusements President Shari Redstone said they want it to be a place “where everybody who walks in feels like a star and is treated like a star”. Showcase Live will feature luxury dining and drinking, as well as state-of-the-art visuals onstage behind the artist.
The inagural list of performances at Showcase Live:
Sat, 08/16/08 Al Jarreau
Mon, 08/18/08 Chaka Khan
Tue, 08/19/08 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Wed, 08/20/08 Boyz II Men
Sat, 08/23/08 Dave Attell
Tue, 08/26/08 Squeeze
Thu, 08/28/08 John Hiatt & the Ageless Beauties
Fri, 08/29/08 Savion Glover
Thu, 09/04/08 Robert Earl Keen
Fri, 09/12/08 Evening with Peter Frampton
Thu, 09/18/08 The Average White Band
Sat, 09/20/08 Gin Blossoms
Tue, 09/23/08 From the Jam
Sat, 10/04/08 David Grisman Bluegrass Experience + John Sebastian
Sat, 10/18/08 Hanson
Sun, 10/19/08 Hanson
Sat, 10/25/08 Joe Bonamassa
Wed, 11/12/08 Bayside More Info
Fri, 11/14/08 Girl Talk
Sat, 11/15/08 Ska Is Dead Presents Skanksgiving Feat: the Toasters and Mustard Plug
UK Rockers Coldplay are letting their fans choose a local band to open for them in six cities on their current US tour. Fans in San Jose, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Hartford, and Boston have the opportunity to vote for the band they want to go on before Coldplay in their city.
The finalists have been chosen, and voting is underway for the Boston date. Aloud, The Luxyury, The Family Township, Fendline, Aberdeen City, The Motion Sick, The Brother Kite, Old Abram Brown, Deadly, Hooray for Earth, Filligar, Superduperrad, Plumerai, Hello Ninja, and Common Thrill are in the running to start the Boston show. You can cast your vote here.
Tickets to see Coldplay in Boston are still available.
The country’s longest running benefit concert series, Farm Aid, will be coming to Massachusetts for the first time this September. Back in 1985, American farmers were struggling in an economic lull so musicians Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp came together and played a benefit show to raise money for those in need.
“In the beginning it was Willie’s intention to take it different places where as many farmers as possible could go to the show,” said Farm Aid executive director Carolyn Mugar. “Family farming has grown enormously in New England, and they’ve been asking us for a long time to come here. We’re very happy to be shedding a light on New England agriculture and how people can do more to support it.”
The Farm Aid mission is very simple, keep family farmers on their own land
“The only way to solve this is to do it locally,” said Nelson. “Let your neighbors grow your food so you don’t have to import it. That addresses not only the big expense, but the environmental problem. And at the same time you’re getting better food.”
The Farm Aid show will take place at the Comcast Center (formerly the Tweeter Center) on September 20, 2008.
“Farm Aid is vital in the sense that they’re here every year,” said Philip Korman, the group’s executive director. “The challenge with foundations is this year they’re excited and next year they’re excited about something else. Farm Aid supports the mission year to year.”
This year’s Farm Aid headliner, Dave Matthews, also supports the mission. Matthews who first performed at Farm Aid in 1994 was invited to join the board in 2001. He owns the Best of What’s Around farm, close to Scottsville, Va., where he grows organic vegetables, flowers, and herbs through a community-supported agriculture program.
“The corporate philosophy still dominates, but people are realizing that it’s not healthy and that we need to change the way we view ourselves in connection to the planet,” Matthews said.
Other performers are expected to be officially announced over the next few weeks while the official announcement of the show will come today by Mellencamp who is holding a news press conference at the Copley Square Farmers Market. Performers expected inlcude Mellencamp and Willie Nelson.
Farm Aid tickets will be available soon.
It’s been nearly nine years since Celine Dion has been on the road. After a three year break to spend with family, and a five year stint in Vegas performing in the show “A New Day…”, Dion is going on a massive world tour.
The “Taking Chances” tour started in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 14th, and will eventually make it to 26 countries including Japan, Malaysia, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Monaco.
Celine Dion will stop in Boston at the TD Banknorth Garden on August 12th and August 13, before moving to Montreal and Toronto for 12 dates, and fanning out across North America until January of 2009.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is on tour in support of his first solo album, the soundtrack for the film Into The Wild. Vedder launched the tour in April to positive reviews from fans and critics alike.
“This will be an amazing opportunity for fans to see Eddie Vedder in such intimate settings” said RCA Music Group VP Matt Shay at a recent press conference.
Fans should expect plenty of songs from the Grammy-nominated Into The Wild, some Pearl Jam favorites (“I Am Mine” has been played at most of the shows), and a wide range of covers (songs by Daniel Johnston, James Taylor, Tom Petty, Bob Dylam, and Tom Waits were played at the first show on the tour. Much like Pearl Jam shows; Marathon set-times, double encores, and audience interaction are all the norm. Wild standouts standouts “No More”, “Hard Sun”, and “Guaranteed” are featured prominently in the sets.
After the month-long jaunt, Vedder will join up with the rest of Pearl Jam to resume work on their next as-yet untitled ninth album.
Liam Finn (son of Crowded House frontman Neil Finn) will be opening for Vedder on all the dates of the tour.
2008 Eddie Vedder Solo Tour Dates:
8/1 Boston, MA @ Opera House
8/2 Boston, MA @ Opera House
8/4 New York, NY @ United Palace Theater
8/5 New York, NY @ United Palace Theater
8/7 Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
8/9 Montreal, Quebec @ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier/Place
8/12 Toronto, Ontario @ Massey Hall
8/13 Toronto, Ontario @ Massey Hall
8/16 Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
8/17 Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
8/19 Milwaukee, WI @ The Riverside Theater
8/21 Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
8/22 Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
In a recent interview with Billboard, Police drummer Stuart Copeland announced plans to release a CD/DVD set that documents the band’s final road trip. The live footage was filmed at two concerts in Argentina in early December of last year.
“Those rockin’ Argentines—man, are they noisy,” said Copeland. “It was a pretty exciting show.”
Included with the concert footage will be a documentary entitled “Better Than Therapy”. The clip, directed by Copeland’s son Jordan, shows the band adjusting to working together again. “Therapy” looks to be the most frank portrait of the band yet.
A release date of the CD/DVD has not been made public yet.
Just weeks into the cross country “Biggest & Baddest Tour”, Toby Keith has added more dates and released a new single. “She Never Cried in Front of Me” was realeased digitally this week. His previous single “She’s a Hottie” spent its 18th straight week in the Billboard Hot Country top 40 chart.
Keith is touring in support of last year’s Big Dog Daddy, this summer’s Toby Keith’s 35 Biggest Hits, and a few new tunes from the soundtrack to the film Beer For My Horses, due in theatres next month. The new Southwest shows will run the tour through the middle of September.
18 Ridgefield, WA – Clark County Amphitheater
19 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
20 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
24 Paso Robles, CA – California Mid-State Fair
25 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
26 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay
27 Stateline, NV – Harvey’s Outdoor Arena
31 Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
1 Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
2 Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
3 Burgettstown, PA – Post-Gazette Pavilion
8 Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
9 Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion
10 Hartford, CT – New England Dodge Music Center
15 Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
16 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
17 Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
21 Meadville, PA – Crawford County Fair
22 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
23 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
28 Syracuse, NY – NY State Fair
29 Allentown, PA – The Great Allentown Fair
30 Essex Junction, VT – Champlain Valley Exposition
1 St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
5 Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center
6 Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7 Selma, TX – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
11 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
13 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
14 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
18 Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
19 Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
20 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
The set list for Poison’s 2008 summer tour is not much different from their shows during the 80′s and 90′s. That is exactly the way they want it. Bucking the recent trend of old bands trotting out subpar material and scattering old fan favorites, Poison’s Live, Raw & Uncut tour features hit after hit.
Fans can expect to hear “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” “Unskinny Bop” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In,” and the band’s first single “Cry Tough”.
Poison, Sebastian Bach, and Dokken will be playing at the Bank of America Pavilion on Thursday, August 2nd
When Radiohead released “name your own price” album In Rainbows, they vowed not to make any conventional music videos to accompany it. Keeping with that promise is the new clip for “House of Cards”. Directed by James Frost, “Cards” was filmed using a process called Velodyne Lidar. Images are captured by 64 spinning lasers, resulting in something like 3D sonar.
The band has also announced plans to release the raw data used to make the video so that fans can remix and remake it how they see fit.
Radiohead will be playing at the Comcast Center on August 13th.