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
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.
Its a busy time for Summer Concerts in Boston. Check out some upcoming shows below for great deals on some of the Summer’s hottest shows.
Feist – July 8, 2008 – Bank of America Pavilion
Tickets for this show are starting at half of face value. Get great Box seats in Section 1 are only $39 each. 3rd row VIP tickets in Section 2 are only $55 each.
Buy Feist TicketsBon Jovi – July 9-10, 2008 – TD Banknorth Garden
Don’t miss two chances to see one of the most popular live shows of our time. Balcony tickets for these shows start at $49 each. Loge seats closer to the floor are only $72 each. For extra savings use referral code: ‘Jersey’ when you buy your Bon Jovi tickets online and get $25 off your order.
Bon Jovi TicketsDropkick Murphys & Mighty Mighty Bosstones – July 10, 2008 – Lelacheur Park
This will be a great double bill for fans of Boston based music. These two hometown favorites are set for a nice outdoor show this Thursday night. General Admission tickets are $35 each.
Dropkick Murphys TicketsWidespread Panic – July 10, 2008 – Bank of America Pavilion
In the mood for a jam band this Thursday night? Check out Widespread Panic. We have great tickets in the 6th row, dead center for only $65 each (face value is $130). These VIP seats include parking at the venue.
Widespread Panic TicketsJohn Mayer – July 12, 2008 – Comcast Center
Rumor has it that John Mayer will retire after this current tour. Better see him while you can. We have great tickets for this show starting at $85 each. For extra savings use referral code: ‘wonderland’ online and get $25 off your order.
John Mayer Tickets
Tickets for the next round of Jack Johnson Tour dates are available now! After spending July in Europe, Johnson will return to the US on August 8th to play the Comcast Center (formerly Tweeter Center) in Mansfield, MA.
This “green” tour is encouraging concertgoers to carpool to the show, bring their own bottles of water to refill, and has offered free VIP parking to people who come in hybrid cars. Johnson’s backstage wish list is a far cry from some bands who ask for M&M’s without the green ones, or vodka with a scorpion in it. Johnson’s rider asks for water efficient showers, biodegradable trash bags, recycling containers, and a request that leftover food is donated to local food banks. Additionally, he requests for an “eco-crew” for the parking lot to check air pressure in tires and give fuel efficiency tips.
Catch Jack Johnson’s green tour in a city near you!
Aug. 3: Oro, Ontario (Burl’s Creek Park) Aug. 6: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center) Aug. 7: Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center) Aug. 10: Jersey City, N.J. (All Points West Festival) Aug. 12: Raleigh, N.C. (Walnut Creek) Aug. 13: Atlanta (Lakewood Amphitheatre) Aug. 15: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheatre) Aug. 17: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks) Aug. 18: Salt Lake City (USANA Amphitheatre) Aug. 20: St. Helens, Ore. (Columbia Meadows) Aug. 21: Vancouver (Thunderbird Stadium) Aug. 22: George, Wash. (the Gorge) Aug. 24: San Francisco (Outside Lands Festival)
Many gossip sites are reporting rumors this week that John Mayer will retire soon. Mayer is apparently content with his current body of work and doesn’t see a need to make anymore music at this time. While a short retirement could be possible, many doubt that we’ve seen the last of John Mayer, especially given his age. Today’s music and concert industry is full of acts who were once considered retired but eventually returned to the scene. Recent reunion tours from the Police, and Van Halen are among the more successful of these tours.
If this is indeed the end for Mayer, make sure you check out the remaining dates of his current tour. At the very least it will be the last time you can catch John Mayer for the time being. We hope he enjoys his time off, much of which will likely be spent with his new gal pal, Jennifer Aniston.
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Almost four years have passed since Phish broke up but recent rumors have begun to spread about a possible reunion tour in the works. In an interview last week with Rolling Stone Magazine, Trey Anastasio dropped a few hints that there is a possibility that the band may be considering getting back together.
“When Phish broke up, I made some comment about how I’m not gonna go around playing ‘You Enjoy Myself’ for the rest of my life. And its so funny because Fish and Mike and Page have been talking to each other a lot lately and now – it’s not that I can’t believe that I said that, but its symbolic of how much I lost my mind or how much I lost my bearings or something. Because at this point in time I would give my left nut to play that song five times in a row everyday until I die. I certainly thought about that while I was in jail.” Anastasio said.
The interview with Rolling Stone took place on May 21st, the same day Anastasio got the good news that he would not be heading back to jail for possession of pain killers without a prescription but rather he was sentenced to probation after successfully completing a drug treatment program.
It’s unclear at this point if the talks are just that or if the band has a real intention of hitting the road to tour again. Regardless, the rumors have Phish fans getting excited in anticipation to see the band perform live on stage once again.
Update October 1, 2008
The Phish reunion is rumor no more. Phish will reunite for three concerts at the very least in 2009 in Hampton, Virginia. Phish announced shows for March 6-8.
Phish tickets are now available.
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 ticketing needs!
Highlights of Dates and Artists:
Ringo Starr – Wednesday, Jun 25, 2008 at 7:30pm
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 – Friday, Jun 27, 2008 at 7:30 PM
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 with the Doobie Brothers – Tuesday, Jul 01, 2008 at 7:30pm
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.
Feist – Tuesday, Jul 8, 2008Widespread Panic – Thursday, Jul 10, 2008 at 7:00pmJohn Mellencamp – Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 7:30pm – Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008 at 7:30pm
Don’t miss this recent addition to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame as John Mellencamp performs twice at the Pavilion.
Mark Knopfler – Saturday, Jul 19, 2008 at TBA
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 – Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM
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 – Friday, Jul 25, 2008 at 7:30 PM
The trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have rocked been on the stage performing since 1968. Their folk/rock music is known for tight harmonies and creative lyrics and they continue to impress their audiences 40 years later.
Poison – Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008 at 7:30 PM
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 – Monday, Aug 04, 2008 at 7:30 PM
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 with Stanley Clarke, Al Dimeola and Lenny White – Wednesday, Aug 06, 2008 at 7:30pm
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.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers with Buddy Guy- Saturday, Aug 17, 2008 at 6:00pm
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 – Sunday, Sep 07, 2008 at 7:30 PM
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.
Make sure to contact Ace Ticket today for seats to any of these great venues coming to Boston this summer!