The Summer Concert season is wrapping up soon, but not before some great shows come to town including Farm Aid and it’s all-star lineup of acts. Seeing this show will be like getting 20 concerts in 1. Headlined by Dave Matthews the 2008 Farm Aid lineup will not dissappoint. Check out the full list below:
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The Farm Aid Concert kicks off at 1pm on 9/20 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA. Great tickets still available for this show. Check them out here: Farm Aid Tickets
Despite some early reports that a new U2 album would be ready by November of 2008, it looks like 2009 would be more accurate. Speaking with U2. com Bono gushed about the band’s songwriting streak. With around 60 new songs in production the band is in no rush to settle on the final album cuts.
“We’ve hit a rich songwriting vein. It gets a bit dark down here but looks like we’ve found diamonds not coal. I thought a while back we might have the album wrapped by now, but why come up above ground now if there’s more priceless stuff to be found” Bono reported.
If what Bono says is true, U2 fans should be in for a nice treat. Bono is comparing the upcoming shift in musical direction to the shift the band took between the ‘Joshua Tree’ and ‘Achtung Baby’. In any event it sounds like we’ll hear some new U2 in early 2009. Expect the band to follow the album release with a 2009 U2 tour.
No, U2 has not set any 2008 or 2009 tour dates yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some live music from Bono and the gang. U2 is set to re-release their 1st recorded concert movie, “Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky” in September of 2008. This U2 concert was previously available on VHS but will get its first DVD treatment on this release. U2 will also be re-releasing the album “Under a Blood Red Sky”.
The U2 Red Rocks show was recorded on June 5th, 1983. Look for the album and DVD re-release on September 29, 2008. Also expect some news soon on the new U2 studio album and possible U2 tour for 2008-2009.
British sensation, Duffy will be the opening act for six of Coldplay’s North American concerts this Fall. Duffy will be appearing at the following shows: 10/21 Cleveland, 10/26 – 10/27 East Rutherford, 10/29 Boston, 10/31 Washington, DC, and 11/1 Philadelphia. Coldplay is excited about having Duffy along with them. “We think she’s brilliant, so we’re very pleased.”
Duffy recently won a MOJO award for Song of the Year for her hit “Mercy”. She album “Rockferry” was also nominated for MOJO’s album of the year.
If you missed them the first time around, no need to worry because Coldplay will be making another stop in Boston on Oct. 29, 2008 during the final weeks of their world tour. The band that has enjoyed renowned worldwide success added another gig in Boston after the impressive turnout to their first show on Aug. 4th at the TD Banknorth Garden.
The band is currently taking a few weeks off to gear up for the second half of their tour which features stops in European countries such as France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic, Belgium and Hungary. A quick stop in Canada will follow and then they will rock 16 US cities including Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City and Phoenix. Once they finish up all their shows in the US, they’ll travel back overseas to the United Kingdom for 14 shows total in seven cities including three in Birmingham, two in Manchester and three in London. The tour will conclude with its final show in Dublin, Ireland on December 21, 2008.
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While fans anxiously await the upcoming new studio album from U2, the band has been distracting them with remastered re-issues of their first three albums, ‘Boy’, ‘October’ and ‘War’. The re-issues mark the 30 year anniversary of U2′s first single. The remastered albums will also contain alternate versions of songs and previously un-released U2 cuts.
Information on the new studio album by U2 has been hard to come by and is mainly speculative. What is known is that U2 will be teaming up with their favorite producers from past albums, including Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite and Daniel Lanois. The album is scheduled for a November release in North America. Many online U2 fan sites predict the album title will be ‘No Line on the Horizon’ which is also the name of a new song on the album. Whatever they call the album it is almost sure to be a hit.
Stay tuned for information on an upcoming U2 tour. After the album release in 2008 many expect U2 to embark on a tour in late Fall of 2008. Once plans are set and tour dates announced check back with aceticket.com for U2 tickets.
The dynamic musical duo known as Gnarls Barkley will play Boston’s cozy Wilbur Theatre on August 6th. Gnarls Barkley is best known for the infectious hit ‘Crazy’ off their 2006 album ‘St. Elsewhere’. Not to be forgotten however is the remaining two albums worth of material that Gnarls has released since 2006. Their current tour is in support of the 2008 album, ‘The Odd Couple’.
In their short touring career, Gnarls Barkley has gained a reputation for high energy live shows that often feature the duo in odd costumes. Their upcoming Boston show at the Wilbur Theatre should be another great live performance. Gnarls Barkley tickets are general admission for this theatre show and are currently $49 each.
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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
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.