Kings of Leon has scheduled 27 concert dates across the U.S. this summer following their headline slot at the 2011 Coachella Music Festival. The tour will begin July 26th at the Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach, AL and conclude at the KeyArena September 12th in Seattle, WA. (more)
Progressive rock band Phish just recently announced a new set of North American tour dates. The group hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down since returning in 2009 following their five year hiatus. (more)
As the summer winds down, the number of concerts put on at outdoor amphitheaters does too. While that means the show must go on rain or shine, it does muster up a little sadness about having to be cooped up indoors for a concert for the next six months. But no need to sink into hibernation just yet, the Comcast Center’s grand finale concert on September 25th will be put on by none other than country’s finest- Toby Keith.
Although he’s been on tour for most of the last three months, Keith is not ready to call the summer quits yet- his American Ride tour wraps up on October 15th in Oklahoma after playing fourteen dates up the East Coast. Celebrating his eighth consecutive year at the “Ford Truck Man”, Ford presented this American Ride concert, Keith playing even bigger venues and more locations throughout the US than he did in 2009. For his first return to Massachusetts since hosting this year’s Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular, which drew more than a half-million Americans in person and millions more to the telecast, Toby Keith will be promoting his upcoming album- the 15th full-length studio album of his career- titled Bullets in the Gun.
Available as a Deluxe Edition, Bullets In The Gun will be released Oct. 5, with four live tracks in addition to the standard album. The four songs, recorded during the impromptu “Incognito Bandito” show at the Fillmore in New York City, are Johnny Paycheck’s “11 Months And 29 Days,” Waylon Jennings’ “I’ve Been A Long Time Leaving (But I’ll Be A Long Time Gone),” Roger Miller’s “Chug-A-Lug” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown”. Keith also took part in co-producing and writing all 10 new songs. Toby also wrote two songs by himself, including the lead single “Trailerhood,” which is moving quickly to the top of the charts.
With the end of the summer concert schedule coming to a close, Mansfield’s Comcast Center is by no means slowing down its big name lineup. Beginning next week, the Comcast Center will host the Jonas Brothers for a two night extravaganza featuring their Camp Rock co-star Demi Lovato for the first night, August 25th. The Jonas Brothers have broken out of the boy-band brand by proving themselves to be a close-knit threesome of song-writing brothers that emulates a modern day Beatle-mania (with shrieking tweens and all) while conquering the television world with a hit fictional sitcom “JONAS” and the summer spinoff of High School Musical, Camp Rock. Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas have even made names for themselves individually, one getting married and one branching out to form his own rock band. Paul McCartney himself even recently invited the Jonas Brothers to cover a Beatles song at the White House, performing “Drive My Car”. Their headlining tour will be a sign of everything the Jonas Brothers have accomplished in the five-year span of their career while reflecting on the limitless future that lies ahead of them.
One of the most sought after live bands in the country, the Rascal Flatts are among the largest grossing touring groups in the music industry- well known for their live shows that been known to weave special effects, video and pyrotechnic into their ever-changing set lists. Over the course of their ten-year career, the Rascal Flatts have taken country music and made it their own, creating a more accessible image and sound to the genre we so fondly refer to as country. Releasing Greatest Hits Volume 1 in the fall of 2008, wrapping up with their latest hit cover song, “Life is a Highway” and a second greatest hits two-disc collection in October 2009 featuring a live disc, the Rascal Flatts have come full circle in ten years, reflecting on their success while refusing to take a backseat in the country world. The band has been touring all summer and will be wrapping up their tour with a sold out show at the Comcast on September 19th. 15 of the 18 dates left of their amphitheater tour are already sold out. (more)
Last night Green Day kicked off the second American leg of their 2010 tour in front a crowd of 24,000 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ- delivering a marathon three-hour set spanning their entire career and reminding fans that through Broadway fame and an entire Rock Band devoted to their music they’re still the same old punk trio that broke out of California in the early ‘90s. After a theatric, energy-driven opening to the show featuring tracks from the latest 21st Century Breakdown (2009) and rock opera American Idiot (2004), the second half was a stripped back time-warp into the band’s greatest hits and even dabbing into classic rock covers including Guns n’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”. Billie Joe Armstrong even invited a few young fans onto the stage to help sing “Longview” from the critically acclaimed Dookie (1994), one walking away with Armstrong’s guitar and the advice: “Now go sell it and get some singing lessons!”
Green Day has consistently proved to be a modern day mirror of what rock and roll once was- having sold over 65 million records worldwide and 24.5 million in the US alone and winning four Grammy award celebrating their albums. While Green Day began as an independent punk band in the 90’s stapling their success with the breakthrough of Dookie Insomniac (1995) and Nimrod (1997), the band reignited their popularity with a younger generation with the release of their conceptual American Idiot.
The band’s popularity crossed musical borders when this album was turned into a Tony-award winning Broadway musical, expanding on the Jesus of suburbia themes that are entwined throughout the tracks. The band’s latest trek is a short one, an 18-date month-long tour including a co-headlining spot at this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. The tour hits New England on Monday, August 16th at the Comcast Center in Mansfield before travelling to South America for another stretch in October.
After hosting some of the summer’s hottest shows, the month of August is the cherry on top to a delicious lineup! John Mayer is kicking things off on August 6th with his promotional tour. His two singles off of Battles Studies, “Who Says” and “Heartbreak Warfare” reflect on Mayer’s preference for a low-key life, confirming the heart throb’s romanticism and reserve. Earlier this year Mayer also performed at a CMT Crossroads concert with Keith Urban, performing a medley of their own songs, which led to their teaming up again for the 2010 CMT Awards in June. Following the release of Battle Studies (2009), John Mayer, one of Twitter’s most followed celebs, has been on tour since May where he kicked off the tour with two performances in London. Kiss and Rihanna with guest performer Kesha will be following up John Mayer at the Comcast Center on the 7th and 8th.
Maroon 5 is kicking off their tour tomorrow, previewing their upcoming album, Hands All Over. After escaping to Lake Geneva in Switzerland to record last year, front man Adam Levine told Nylon Magazine the result includes a duet with Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum called “Out of Goodbyes”. Lavine has also been hinting for quite some time that there’s a good chance the next album could be the band’s last. The Maroon 5 2010 summer tour features artists Guster, Owl City and Ry Cuming along the way and hits the Comcast Center in Mansfield on Tuesday, August 10th midway through their tour and a month before the expected release date of Hands All Over in September.
Rescheduled from June 26th, Brooks & Dunn’s “The Last Rodeo” tour is not only the final tour, but the Comcast Center is the final venue of the expansive tour- so it’s bound to be an emotional night for the band and fans alike. Brian O’Connell, president of LiveNation, said, “They will leave everything they have on the stage one final time in each city… a celebration of their career by two of the greatest Artists that Country Music has ever known.” The tour follows the recent release of Brooks & Dunn’s career-spanning double-disc collection, #1s … and Then Some, which features 30 favorites in all, with an amazing 23 #1 hit singles including “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” which earned the duo their 15th career Grammy Award nomination. The concert is a must-see for all country-music crazed New Englanders. Following Brooks & Dunn, fellow country stars Zac Brown Band will be playing the Comcast Center August 14th and Green Day will play with AFI on August 16th. (more)