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!
It was supposed to be a great match-up that featured the Eastern and Western Conference leaders, but in the end a showdown that would only leave the Boston Celtics standing tall after an impressive display of defense en route to a 94-74 victory over the Houston Rockets, snapping their 22-game win streak. The streak which dated back to Jan. 27th was the 2nd longest winning streak in NBA history, only behind the 33-game steak the 1971-1972 L.A. Lakers team compiled in the midst of their championship season.
Fans in Houston definitely got their money’s worth in the first half of the contest, watching intense play go back and forth between the NBA powerhouses. Both teams were fired up, and tempers even flared before the opening tip when Celtics PG Rajon Rondo and Rockets PG Rafer Alston got into a shoving match that resulted in a double technical foul.
It was the Celtics who jumped out to an early lead but saw it slip away in the final three minutes of the period, capped with a steal and lay-up by Alston with only :03 seconds left on the clock. Alston ended the period with 9 points and the Rockets had a 22-21 advantage.
Houston jumped out to their largest lead of the game with 8:45 remaining in the 2nd quarter after Bobby Jackson netted a jumper to make the score 32-25 in favor of the Rockets. The Celtics fired back going on a 15-8 run to end the half, which ended with a Paul Pierce 3-pointer with :30 seconds left on the clock, tying the score at 40-40.
The second half was a different story, a story about defense.
Boston held Houston to a season low of only 34 points on 11-33 shooting (.33%) from the field in the half and capitalized on turnovers to turn a tied ballgame into a one-sided victory for the Celtics. At one point late in the 4th quarter the C’s took a 27 point lead on a powerful drunk by Kevin Garnett with 1:33 to play.
Rockets’ leading scoring Tracy McGrady was kept in check all night by aggressive, in your face defense, and the All-Star only scored 8 points on a 4 for 11 shooting display.
“It’s not disappointing,” McGrady said on yahoo.com. “It’s a hell of a team over there. They outplayed us. I’ve never seen a defense like that. I mean, if they play defense like that, night in and night out, the NBA is in trouble because that was defense at its finest.”
Garnett led the way for the Celtics recording another double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the win. In only 20 minutes of action, reserve PF Leon Powe scored 21 points while captain Paul Pierce chipped in with 20. The team was again without SG Ray Allen who sat out his third consecutive game with a sore left ankle injury.
With the loss, the Rockets fall back into a tie with the Lakers for the best record in the Western Conference at 46-21. The Celtics remain in charge in the Eastern Conference, now 5 games ahead of the 2nd place Detroit Pistons with the NBA’s best record of 54-13.
Up next, the Celtics continue their Texas swing after impressive wins vs. the Spurs and Rockets to face the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday 3/20 for the fourth game of a five game road trip. In the only meeting between the Celts and Mavs, Boston captured a 96-90 victory at home on Jan. 31st in a game where Garnett sat out with an injury and Pierce and Allen both hit for 26 points.
The Boston Celtics easily handled the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, one day after losing at home to the Utah Jazz. The Celtics were without one of their Big Three on Saturday as Ray Allen sat out to rest an injured heel. Despite his absence the Celtics were in complete control, even resting Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the fourth quarter.
Garnett had a game high 19 points for the Celtics while Pierce and Rajon Rondo added 13 apiece. New addition Sam Cassell finally got his chance to impress the team. Cassell added 10 points, 5 assists and 3 steals off the bench for the Celtics.
The Celtics were happy to get the win while also resting Pierce and Garnett. The Celtics will need the rest on their current road trip with games against the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. The Houston Rockets have won 21 straight games.
The Celtics return home on March 24 to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston Celtics tickets are available for this and all remaining home games. Celtics Playoff tickets are also available.
It took the Boston Celtics 22 years, but with last night’s 111-82 victory over the Seattle Supersonics, Boston captured their first 10 game winning streak since the 1985-1986 season. Back then, the big three in town were a few guys by the names of Bird, McHale and Parrish. The trio would lead the Celtics to their 16th NBA title, the last the organization has seen.
The new big three want that to change.
With another dominating performance by Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, the Celtics continue to control play vs. the Western Conference whom they are now 12-0 against at home, with a 20-3 overall record. Garnett and Allen each dropped 18 points in the win while Pierce chipped in with 14 points and a game high 11 assists.
“We are talking more than ever and we feel connected,” Garnett said on yahoo.com. “Any team can beat you in this league, but confidence-wise we are strong 1 to 12 and that is a rarity.”
The Celtics are getting the job done on both sides of the court holding opponents to only 88 points a game during the winning streak while averaging 105 points. Their defensive effort really showed in the Supersonics win by holding the team to a dismal .380 shooting percentage from the floor and an even uglier .071 percent from 3-point range.
“We are playing well on both ends,” Pierce said on yahoo.com. “We like to share the ball and it’s contagious and [we] are riding the wave at just the right time.”
The score doesn’t reflect the struggle early on in the first quarter for the Celtics who trailed until late in the period. Once they gained the lead by going on a 23-6 run that spanned from the first quarter into the second, they would not lose it again throughout the entire contest.
Supersonics rookie sensation Kevin Durant played a solid game scoring 16 points, but his play couldn’t lift his team who has now lost 10 of 11 and six in a row. “They went on a run and it was quick,” Durant said. “It got us off our guard.”
Every single Celtics player that logged minutes contributed in the winning effort. Veterans PJ Brown and Sam Cassell played solid minutes, each contributing with 3 and 6 points respectively.
The Celtic’s next home game is tomorrow night vs. the Utah Jazz who are also playing great basketball, winning six of their last seven. The two teams met in Utah early on in the season with Boston coming away with the 104-98 victory on Dec. 29th. After the Jazz, the C’s will hit the road for a five game trip out West where there will be no cupcakes. Boston faces Milwaukee, San Antonia, Houston, Dallas and New Orleans in the swing.
It will not be an easy trip, but with the big three on the floor and the luck of the Irish in their uniforms, the Celtics will hopefully continue to dominate the rest of the NBA en route to Green 17.
The Celtics have already clinched a playoff berth and 2008 Celtics Playoff tickets are now available.
The Boston Bruins are hoping to change their fortunes when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins have lost five out of their last 6 and are barely hanging on to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff scheme. They lead the eighth place Flyers 80 points to 79. The main problem for the Bruins continues to be their lack of scoring. Not helping matters is the absence of Defenseman Zdeno Chara. Chara has missed the last two games with an undisclosed upper body injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
Boston Bruins tickets are available for tonight’s game and all remaining home games. If the Bruins stay in the playoff picture, Bruins playoff tickets will be available soon.
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
For the first time in 16 years the Boston Celtics have reached 50 wins. The Celtics’ Big Three mostly downplayed this feat with much bigger goals in mind. “It doesn’t really mean anything”, said the Celtics’ Ray Allen. Allen enjoyed a great shooting night with 21 points. Kevin Garnett added 26 points and 12 rebounds in leading the team to its ninth straight win. Paul Pierce rounded out the scoring for the Big Three with 17 points. The Celtics were winners over the 76ers 100-86.
Sam Cassell also made his debut for the Celtics but looked rusty in limited time on the court. Cassell quickly picked up three fouls within four minutes of play.
The Celtics host the Seattle Supersonics on Wednesday 3/12 at the TD Banknorth Garden. Celtics tickets are available for this and all Celtics games including Celtics playoff tickets.
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.
After almost two weeks of Spring Training action, the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox have looked a little rusty in their Grapefruit League games thus far. Through 11 games, the Sox boast an MLB worst 3-8 record and going into today’s match up vs. the NY Mets had lost 6 consecutive decisions.
Ok, so I know what you’re all thinking… it’s only spring training, so what! Right?
Although it’s certainly not time to start panicking, the early spring training woes are also not a good sign if history were to repeat itself. In 2004 and 2007, the Red Sox were the Grapefruit League Champions, and would go on to also win the World Series in both those years. In 2006, the Sox did not qualify for the playoffs, and finished 3rd in the AL East behind the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. Why does that matter? In the 2006 Grapefruit League standings, the Red Sox finished with a total of only 9 wins, an MLB low for that spring.
Since last Wednesday, the Sox have lost all the games they have played, getting outscored 44 to 18 during that stretch.
Starting to get worried yet?
Three weeks ago the Red Sox pitching staff was talked up as the most dominant in the AL but some eyebrows are being raised by the efforts of the members during the spring. Josh Beckett was scratched from his start due to back spasms. Clay Buchholtz has looked like a Double-A pitcher at best, having trouble keeping the ball down in the zone. Dice-K Matsuzaka gave up a towering 3-run HR to Matt Kemp in yesterdays 4-0 loss to the LA Dodgers. One off-season goal Matsuzaka and then Red Sox had set for him to work on this year was to limit the long ball. He gave up 25 bombs last season, which was tied for 9th most in the American League.
At the plate, the team is averaging only 3.8 runs a game. Last year during the regular season, the Sox plated 5.4 runs a game. Besides David Ortiz who is currently batting .333, the meat of the Red Sox lineup is struggling. Manny Ramirez is hitting only .154, 2007 Rookie of the Year Dustin Pedroia is at .174, team captain Jason Varitek is at .200 and World Series MVP Mike Lowell is hitting only .235.
In three weeks the regular season will open for the Red Sox in Japan with a two game series vs. Oakland. Hopefully within that timeframe they can regain their championship form, and come into this year’s campaign with a legitimate shot at defending their title.
Continue to stay tuned for Red Sox updates, and for any of your 2008 Red Sox ticketing needs, contact Ace Ticket today!