While the Red Sox get set to open their 2008 season in Japan on Tuesday, Sox fans back home have been planning their own 2008 trips to the ballpark. As always, demand for Boston Red Sox tickets has been through the roof. March typically sees a large jump in Red Sox demand but this year’s demand is above average. One reason for this is the successful 2007 season the Sox had. Coming off another World Series win, Red Sox nation is anxious to start the 2008 season defending that title.
Although high demand does make it hard to offer low prices on Red Sox tickets, Ace Ticket has been able to allocate several discount games for the 2008 season. Discount game availability will change throughout the season. For the latest Red Sox discount inventory check our Red Sox discount page.
It usually goes with saying that Red Sox ticket sales will dominate the Spring and Summer months but the Celtics playoffs should make for a competitive April and May. Regardless of which team garners more demand, its a win-win for Boston sports fans.
The Bank of America Pavilion has a full schedule of concert venues this summer and tickets are now available through Ace Ticket for all of these shows. Check out the list of artists and bands coming through Boston and be sure to contact Ace with any of your concert ticket needs!
Panic at the Disco – Panic will be out touring to help promote their second album which will be released on March 25, 2008 titled “Pretty. Odd.” The pop punk band’s music features elements including dance, rock, electronica, and pop all in one unique sound.
Cyndi Lauper w/ The B-52′s and Rosie O’Donnell w/ Tegan & Sara – The True Colors tour will help Cyndi Lauper release some new material for her upcoming album “Bring You To The Brink.” Many other acts will join the tour including the B-52′s new wave rock sound, and Rosie O’Donnell for comedic flavor.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Ever since the album “Raising Sand” was released in October of 2007, Plant and Krauss have been tearing it up on the US Charts and have set out on tour to share their sound with fans. Plant was formerly in the band Led Zeppelin while Krauss had done solo work as a bluegrass recording artist.
Stevie Nicks – She made a name for herself with Fleetwood Mac but has since embraced an amazing solo career. Nicks tour will feature classics as well as new music that she’s eager to release to her fans.
Steely Dan – Playing shows will never get old for the members of Steely Dan who have been playing together since the early 1970′s. This tour comes as somewhat of a surprise to fans, as many thought the band may only release new music from the studio.
Ringo Starr – The former drummer of the Beatles continues to make music as a solo artist and is touring to get the sound out of his new album “Liverpool 8″ which was released in January 2008.
Devo with Tom Tom Club – It’s been a long time since Devo’s hit single “Whip It” was released in 1980, but the band is still going strong. They hit the studios in 2007 to record a new album and will be touring this summer to promote its release.
Chicago w/ the Doobie Brothers – In 1994 Chicago was supposed to release an album called “Stone of Sisyphus” but it never happened. Well, that album is going to be released this year, and the band is touring with the Doobie Brother to rock out those tracks.
Mark Knopfler – Ever since the 1995 break up of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler has excelled in his solo career. The purpose of his current world tour is to showcase and promote his 5th solo studio album titled “Kill to Get Crimson” which was released in September 2007.
Yes – In 1968, Yes formed and immediately became a popular English progressive rock band. To celebrate the groups 40th anniversary, they will be conducting a world tour in 2008 to commemorate all their years of success.
Crosby Stills and Nash – The trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have rocked been on the stage performing since 1968. Their folk/rock music is know for tight harmonies and creative lyrics and they continue to impress their audiences 40 years later.
Poison – Poison will kick off its 2008 Summer tour in style and Boston will be one of its featured stops. The band will play many songs from their most recent album “Poison’d!” which was released in 2007.
Jethro Tull – After a busy year of touring in 2007, Jethro Tull somehow found time to hit the recording studio so they could cut some new tracks for an album yet to me named, which they plan on releasing this summer. The 2008 summer tour will most likely be to promote the new album.
Chick Corea w/ Stanley Clarke and Al Dimeola w/ Lenny White – With great skills on the piano, Chick Corea headlines a great group of musicians including Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Dimeola on guitar and Lenny White on the drums.
Buddy Guy and George Thorogood and the Destroyers – With Buddy Guy and George Thorogood rocking out on the guitar together with the Destroyers band backing them up, this show has potential to be legendary when it comes to blues rock and roll sound.
Ryan Adams and The Cardinals – After trying the solo act for a few years, Ryan Adams is back making music with a band. Together The Cardinals and Adams create an alternative country/rock sound that entertains all who listen.
Full List of Dates and Artists:
Honda Civic Tour: Panic at the Disco- Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 7:00 PM
True Colors: Cyndi Lauper with The B-52′s and Rosie O’Donnell with Tegan and Sara -
Saturday, May 31, 2008 at TBA
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Stevie Nicks – Sunday, Jun 22, 2008 at TBA
Steely Dan – Monday, Jun 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Ringo Starr – Wednesday, Jun 25, 2008 at TBA
Devo with Tom Tom Club – Friday, Jun 27, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Chicago with the Doobie Brothers – Tuesday, Jul 01, 2008 at TBA
Mark Knopfler – Saturday, Jul 19, 2008 at TBA
Yes – Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Crosby Stills and Nash – Friday, Jul 25, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Poison – Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Jethro Tull – Monday, Aug 04, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Chick Corea with Stanley Clarke and Al Dimeola with Lenny White – Wednesday, Aug 06, 2008 at TBA
Buddy Guy and George Thorogood and the Destroyers – Saturday, Aug 16, 2008 at TBA
Ryan Adams and The Cardinals – Sunday, Sep 07, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Make sure to contact Ace Ticket today for seats to any of these great venues coming to Boston this summer!
Alicia Keys is one of the most successful R&B recording artists in the world, and is currently strutting her stuff on the “As I Am” UK tour. Don’t be worried though, you will have a chance to see her very soon because her US tour kicks off in about a month in Hampton, VA on April 19th, 2008.
Keys has enjoyed a lot of recent success especially with her smash hit single “No One” which has gone double platinum, selling over 2 million copies worldwide. This track helped her earn two 2008 Grammy awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Make sure to check out Alicia Keys in a city near you. Tour dates listed below! Alicia Keys Tickets are availalble now.
2008 Alicia Keys Tour
Sat-Apr-19 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
Sun-Apr-20 Philadelphia Liacouras Center
Tue-Apr-22 Pittsburgh Peterson Events Center
Thu-Apr-24 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Sat-Apr-26 Columbus, OH Value City Arena at Schottenstein Ctr
Sun-Apr-27 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Wed-Apr-30 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Thu-May-01 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Mon-May-05 Los Angeles, CA TBA
Wed-May-07 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
Fri-May-09 Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena
Sat-May-10 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
Mon-May-12 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Wed-May-14 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sun-May-18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Thu-May-22 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
Sat-May-24 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Sun-May-25 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Wed-May-28 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Fri-May-30 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Sat-May-31 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
Tue-Jun-03 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Thu-Jun-05 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center at Cleveland State
Fri-Jun-06 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Sun-Jun-08 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Wed-Jun-11 Boston, MA TD Bank North Garden
Fri-Jun-13 Washington D.C. Verizon Center
Sun-Jun-15 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
Tue-Jun-17 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Wed-Jun-18 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Jimmy Buffett has to be one of the most consistent touring acts around these days. With no signs of slowing down, Buffett will be on the road all summer long in 2008. A number of shows are already onsale for Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band. One of the highlights of the tour will be Buffett’s return to the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. Buffett will play two shows at the venue on 9/4 and 9/6. Many fans were disappointed when Buffett moved his New England show to Gillette Stadium last year. No worries now that the shows are back at the Tweeter Center.
Check out Jimmy Buffett’s 2008 tour schedule and buy Jimmy Buffett tickets now.
In the third and decisive game of the season series between the Celtics and Pistons, it was the Celtics outplaying Detroit in a 90-78 win for Boston at the TD Banknorth Garden. It was a heated and physical game with 43 fouls overall and five technicals called on the Celtics. Kevin Garnett was huge for the Celtics scoring a season high 31 points. Kendrick Perkins dominated the backboards with a career high 20 rebounds.
It was the sixth win a row for the Celtics and with it Boston became the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs. The highly anticipated game featured the two likely contenders for the Eastern Conference title and provided a preview of what would be a great playoff matchup.
Boston Celtics playoff tickets will be available soon.
Legendary singer/songwriter/guitar player, Eric Clapton has announced a Summer tour with limited show dates. The ten show tour will kick off in Tampa on May 3, 2008 and also includes a stop at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield on June 4, 2008. View the full Eric Clapton tour schedule below. Eric Clapton tickets are now available.
2008 Eric Clapton Tour Schedule
03-May Tampa FL Ford Amphitheatre
05-May Hollywood FL Hard Rock Live
27-May Toronto ON Molson Amphitheatre
28-May Montreal QC Bell Centre
31-May Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom Music Center
04-Jun Mansfield MA Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
22-May Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
05-Jun Wantaugh NY Nikon @ Jones Beatch Theater
30-May Noblesville IN Verizon Wireless Center
02-Jun Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Rap superstar Kanye West will be on the road in the Spring of 2008. Kanye’s 2008 Glow in the Dark Tour will kick off on 4/16 in Seattle. Other stops include the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA on 5/15 and Madison Square Garden on 5/13 in New York. See the full tour schedule below. The tour will also feature Rihanna. Kanye West tickets are now available for most shows on the tour.
2008 Kanye West Glow in the Dark Tour
· 4/16 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
· 4/18 – Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
· 4/19 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
· 4/20 – San Diego, CA @ Sports Arena
· 4/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theatre
· 4/25 – * Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
· 4/26 – * Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
· 4/27 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
· 4/29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
· 4/30 – Austin, TX @ Frank Irwin Center
· 5/1 – Dallas, TX @ SuperPages.com Center
· 5/2 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
· 5/4 – Atlanta, GA @ Gwinette Arena
· 5/5 – Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
· 5/6 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
· 5/8 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
· 5/9 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
· 5/10 – Washington, DC @ Nissan Pavilion
· 5/11 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
· 5/13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
· 5/15 – Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
· 5/16 – Hartford, CT @ North East Dodge Music Center
· 5/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehana Bank Center
· 5/18 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
· 5/20 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
· 5/21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Centre
· 5/22 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
· 5/23 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
· 5/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
· 5/27 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
· 5/29 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Palace
· 5/30 – Calgary, AB @ Saddledome
It’s been a long four months for Boston Red Sox fans awaiting the return of the 2007 World Series Champions, but the wait is over. Pitchers and catchers have officially reported to Fort Meyers, Florida for the start of the 2008 spring training campaign and sox fans are as ready as ever to ‘ring’ in the new year.
Along with pitchers and catchers, a few members of the field roster reported early to camp to try and get in a few extra days of conditioning and training before the entire roster reports. Most notably was 2007 AL Rookie of the Year, 2B Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia got off to a very cold start last year when he hit only .192 in April, but from May until the end of the World Series he was a new man, and finished the season with a .317 batting average.
“I don’t think about that, man,” Pedroia said on redsox.com. “That’s just something that sportswriters voted on. I don’t think I was the best rookie. I didn’t really think about it. The only thing I knew is I got an opportunity to play in the World Series and we won. That’s what our goal was all year. The whole Rookie of the Year thing, I’m not really concerned about it. I actually, I might put a little holster on it and hold up my garage door and put it down there.”
Obviously Pedroia wont be using his award as a garage door stop, but this just goes to show that his head is exactly where its supposed to be. Not caught up in the moment of a great year, but focused on the fact that it’s a new season and its time to go back to work, hard hats only in this job site.
Some more encouraging news for Red Sox nation involved a few of the younger arms that we will be seeing a lot of this year. RHP Clay Bucholtz reported to camp having gained over 10 lbs of muscle mass to help strengthen his upper body. With the recent shoulder injury RHP Curt Schilling reported, Bucholtz is expected to have a shot to win the 5th spot in the starting rotation based on his performances in spring training. RHP Manny Delcarmen also reported to camp looking great, having lost 16 lbs since the winter. With the help of a personal trainer, he hit the gym routinely and the Sox are just as happy with the results as he is.
“He looks so good,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said on redsox.com. “This is a kid who last year we kind of pounded on him in the winter, and he showed up a little chunkier maybe than we would have hoped, and he goes to Triple-A and does a great job from there. Now, all of sudden, he gets some responsibility in the Major Leagues and he takes it and runs with it.”
Everything is beginning to shape up for the World Series Champions and Sox fans have every right to be excited for what’s ahead.
Some predictions for this year: look for 100+ wins from the team, another AL East Championship, the MLB consecutive sell-out streak record to be broken at Fenway Park, two legitimate Cy-Young candidates in Dice-K and Beckett, a HR title by David Ortiz, and the first repeat champions in baseball since the Yankees three-peat from 1998 to 2000.
Yea, yea, yea, I know what you’re thinking and so what if it’s only spring training! The Red Sox are the team to beat this year, and I’m sticking to it.
2008 Boston Red Sox tickets are now on sale for all Spring Training and regular season games.
This summer on July 16, Billy Joel will make “The Last Play at Shea” in a final concert at Shea Stadium in New York. Mark your calendars because this is a show that you will not want to miss.
Earlier this week, the Mets organization announced that The ‘Piano Man’ will sing and play the night after baseball’s All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. “It’s an honor to help throw Shea the ultimate concert farewell party,” said Joel, 58. “As a sports fan and a music lover, I will always have a place for Shea Stadium in my heart. I thank the Mets for giving me and my fans a chance to rock Shea Stadium one last time for the ages.”
Only occasionally has the stadium has been used as a concert venue, most notably, when the Beatles played there in 1965 and 1966. Other Shea headliners have included Elton John, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Police. Joel has never played there before.
The new stadium will be named Citi Field and is to open for the Mets 2009 season.