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.
The Boston Celtics added a new big man to their bench today, signing Center, Patrick O’Bryant. Patrick is expected to back up Kendrick Perkins at Center and compete with Leon Powe and “Big Baby” Davis for time off the bench.
The 22 year old O’Bryant has been somewhat of a disappointment in his first two years of NBA play. The young big man was drafted by the Golden State Warriors 9th overall in the 2006 draft. The Warriors had high expectations for O’Bryant who averaged 13.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks in his second and final year at Bradley but the 20 year old struggled early and saw little playing time.
O’Bryant signed a two year, $3 million contract with the Boston Celtics and is eager to show what he can do. The young center knows he’s perceived as an under-achiever and his anxious to work towards his potential.
“I know how good a basketball player I am,” O’Bryant said. “Everyone else doesn’t know. With hard work and minutes, I’ll show everyone why I was the ninth pick in the draft.”
The Celtics expect to continue their efforts to sign free agents, James Posey and Eddie House. Both men were exceptional off the bench and played pivotal roles in the Celtics Championship run.
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.
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Thursday night, the NBA Champion Boston Celtics selected J.R. Giddens with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft. They also selected Semih Erden with the 60th and final pick of the night. The Celtics hope that both players will be able to help the franchise that just captured their 17th title.
Giddens, a 6’5″ guard out of New Mexico, was the Co-Player of the Year in the Mountain West Conference last season averaging 16.3 points a game as well as 8.8 rebounds a night. Giddens began his college career as a Kansas Jayhawk but decided to transfer to New Mexico after his sophomore season was complete. He recorded 10 double-doubles during his senior year and led the Lobos to a 24-9 record on the season.
Erden, a 7’0″ center from Turkey, is a 21 year old big man with lots of potential. For his size he is very mobile and runs the floor well but will need to work on his defensive intensity if he ever wants to see time in the league.
The Celtics also made a deal with the Washington Wizards for the 47th draft pick on the night, Bill Walker, for an undisclosed amount of cash. Walker, a 6’6″ forward out of Kansas State, averaged 16.1 points a game during his sophomore season. He’s a great athlete that explodes when going to the basket but has been criticized at times for his shot selection and ball handling.
These three youngsters look to join the 2008-2009 Celtics roster and make a run at Green 18. Giddens has the best shot of making the team because the Celtics are very unlikely to re-sign veteran PG Sam Cassell. Eddie House is also currently unsigned and it is uncertain if he will opt to look for a multi-year deal or agree to another one year contract with Boston.
In the meantime, the Celtics continue to try and negotiate a deal with free-agent James Posey. The 6th man provided a huge defensive lift all season long and has the ability to drain a clutch 3-point shot when it’s needed. It will come down to if Posey wants his role to remain the same or if he wants to jump ship to another team for more money and become a starter.
For now, the Celtics are still just enjoying the fact that they are the NBA Champions and will be raising another banner in the fall.
Some good news for Boston Bruins fans was announced Tuesday when the team made it official that they had re-signed defensemen Mark Stuart to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal have yet to be released.
Stuart, who played for the Bruins in every single game last season, was the teams first round draft pick in 2003. He scored four goals and notched four assists during 82 games on the ice in the 2007-2008 campaign.
The Bruins also made an announcement that they have obtained the rights to defensemen Johnny Boychuk from the Colorado Avalanche for forward Matt Hendricks. Boychuk spent the majority of last season in the AHL but does have a few NHL games under his belt. Hendricks spent the all of last year in the AHL playing for the Providence Bruins.
Many reports say that the Bruins are now trying to put together a package to attract Marian Hossa of the Penguins to join their club. He may be the most talented skater out there on the market.
In other new, C Patrice Bergeron, who after suffering from a severe concussion and has not played since Oct. 27, continues on his path back to training camp and the NHL. “I’m feeling great,” Bergeron told the Boston Globe. “I’m back doing full workouts, the same as I was doing last year, and in some ways I’d say I’m ahead of where I was last year. No problem.”
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!
Ace Ticket is now offering highly-collectible and authentic Boston Celtics 2008 Postseason tickets. The tickets are all of the season ticket variety and are in excellent to mint condition. These tickets make the perfect souvenir for what was an unforgettable season for the Boston Celtics. Tickets will be sold on an individual and strip basis. You can purchase a set of Finals only tickets as well as a full playoff strip. (more)
The summer is just starting to heat up and so are the names set to tour at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA. Over the next four months all types of musical genres will hit the stage and rock large crowds of all ages. Make sure to check out the concert lineup and grab tickets to see your favorite artists while they are still available!
6/22 – Stevie Wonder – The man still knows how to rock.
6/24 & 6/25– Dave Mathews Band – DMB Summer 08’ tour hits the East Coast
6/28 & 6/30 – Pearl Jam – The group is ready to hit the stage and rock out.
7/12 – John Mayer – Acoustic rock with a sensual blend.
7/16 – Projekt Revolution Tour featuring Likin Park and Busta Rhymes – Going to be crazy!
7/18 – 311 with special guest Snoop Dogg – Two old school artists teaming up to put of a crazy live show.
7/19 – Steve Miller Band – They’re back on tour and ready to entertain.
7/22 – Stained with Three Doors Down and Hinder – Three great rock bands that put on amazing live shows.
7/23 – Warped Tour – It’s the warped tour, enough said!
7/26 – Rock the Bells International Festival – Many groups coming together to put on a full days worth of music and fun.
7/31 – The Police and Elvis Costello – If you missed them last year at Fenway, make sure you get out this summer because it may be their last tour!
8/2 – Maroon 5 with the Counting Crows – A great combination of modern rock.
8/3 – Boston and Styx – Classic rock at its finest!
8/5 – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: Slipknot and Disturbed – Another all day even that will be fill of mosh-pits and mayhem.
8/6 – Jack Johnson – Another great acoustic artist that always performs well live.
8/7 – Jonas Brothers – Like OMG, they are back in Massachusetts!
8/8 – O.A.R – Ready to hit the stage and rock out for again.
8/13 – Radiohead – One of the most anticipated shows of the summer!
8/15 – Rod Stewart – Still puts on a great live show for lots of faithful fans.
8/16 – The Allman Brothers – These guys have been rockin’ for decades and its not about to stop.
8/17 – Toby Keith – A little country never hurt anyone, especially a great live performer.
8/19 – Journey – Don’t stop believing!
8/22 – Crue Fest featuring Motley Crue – An all day all night festival of hard rock.
8/23 – Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock – Two artists who certainly know how to put on a show team up to rock out.
9/4 & 9/6 – Jimmy Buffett – The parrot heads already have their calendars marked for this one.
9/13 – Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift – Two amazing country artists playing at the same show, it’s like two for the price of one!
The line up is set, the artists are booked and the only thing left for you to do is make sure you have your tickets to these great shows hitting the Comcast Center stage. Hurry before it’s too late!
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Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Blake Wheeler has agreed to sign with the Boston Bruins. Selected 5th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2004, he opted instead to forgo the NHL and his high school senior year to play in the USHL. Wheeler went on to have 3 outstanding seasons with Minnesota, including an acrobatic winning goal against North Dakota in the 2007 WHCA championship game (a goal that was a Sportcenter favorite for weeks).
While the B’s cannot officially sign Wheeler until July 1st, both parties have agreed on the terms of the deal. Wheeler will be reporting to Boston’s prospect camp in Wilmington on July 8th.
As the final seconds ticked down on the clock during Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals, cries of “SEVEN-TEEN, SEVEN-TEEN” rained down from the TD Banknorth Garden. The Boston Celtics had done it; they’d beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 to capture their first title in 22 years and in doing so secured themselves a spot in history with some of the all-time great Celtics teams that were able to hang championship banners from the old Boston Garden rafters.
There will be a new banner hanging in Boston very shortly, and it may be the most meaningful one of all.
In the most dramatic turnaround in NBA history, the same Celtics club that was only able to win 24 games last season persevered to rise to the elite status that many are never fortunate enough to experience. Boston fans had long awaited for their teams return to glory and after last nights 48 minutes of dominating play, there is no question that the Boston Celtics are once again the best team in the NBA.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen can now join the long list of Celtics greats to have been able to win a championship ring with the NBA’s most successful franchise.
“It means so much more because these are the guys, the Havliceks, the Bill Russells, the Cousys,” Pierce said. “These guys started what’s going on with those banners. They don’t hang up any other banners but championship ones… And now I’m a part of it.”
A big part of it. Pierce was named the Finals MVP, a well deserved honor awarded to the Celtics captain and leader. During the series he averaged 21.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. Something that you won’t see in any box score is the job he did defending the regular season MVP, Kobe Bryant. On the series, Bryant was held to a 40.5% shooting percentage from the field which was well below his playoff average of 48% from the floor.
It’s almost unfair to call Tuesday nights match up “Game 6″ because it wasn’t a game at all. The Celtics coasted to a 39 point victory, which set a new NBA record for largest margin of victory in a clinching title game. The previous record had been a 33 point margin in Boston’s 129-96 win in Game 5 of the 1965 NBA finals vs., you guessed it, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Every member on the team was able to contribute in the victory which made it that much sweeter. Boston’s bench picked up 39 points shooting 57% (12-21) and every member that checked into the game scored at least 2 points in the win.
The starters weren’t so bad themselves. Garnett led the way with a huge night scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 boards in 36 minutes of play. Allen also dropped 26 points, nailing 7 of 9 three point shots he attempted. Rajon Rondo stepped up in the clutch scoring 21 points, hauling down 7 rebounds, dishing out 8 assists while collecting 6 steals for a very well rounded line.
Over the course of the game, Boston just continued to build on their lead. After the first quarter they led by 4 points, 24-20. They outscored LA 34-15 in the second quarter to increase their halftime lead to a commanding 58-35 margin. A 31-25 scoring advantage in the third quarter put the C’s ahead 89-60 entering the fourth quarter and Boston continued to bring the heat, exploding for 42 points in the final 12 minutes of play to round out the scoring at 131-92.
Some Celtics legends were even on hand to witness the one sided victory including Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Jo-Jo White, Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Walton. GM Danny Ainge sat courtside to marvel at the team he helped create with a few brilliant off-season trades and signings.
And somewhere, Red Auerbach watched as well, most likely with a victory cigar in his mouth, lighting up to the NBA’s greatest franchise ever. The Celtics victory also prevented Lakers head coach Phil Jackson from surpassing Auerbach in the wins column for total championships as a head coach. The two are still knotted at nine a piece.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers was nothing but smiles late in the game and Pierce made sure to let him know just how much he cares by dumping a cooler of red Gatorade over his head with very little time remaining on the clock, to symbolize that the game was over and they had done it, together. Early on in the season Rivers had called a team meeting and used an African word, ubuntu, which translates to “I am, because we are” in English, as the Celtics’ unifying team motto.
Last night was UBUNTU at its finest.
There will be no more question marks surrounding the careers of Pierce, Garnett and Allen. They three proved they have what it takes to win it all, and now they have rings to prove it. During the post-game celebration, Garnett hugged Russell in the center of the court, an exchange that will become just another part of the organizations rich history.
“I got my own. I got my own,” Garnett said. “I hope we made you proud.”
“You sure did,” Russell said.
Congratulations Boston Celtics, you are the champions of the NBA, and your city could not be more proud of you. With last nights victory, Boston’s 22 year quest for Green 17 is now complete and so begins a new journey… the road to repeat… Green 18!