“We’d like for you guys to participate in this, because otherwise it just sits on its ass”. Music legend Juice Newton’s typically blunt and modest preface to the tremendous 80s country/pop crossover hits “Queen of Hearts” mixed with “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me”, as performed flawlessly (with audience providing the “clap-clap, clap” beat) at Yoshi’s in San Francisco in probably the most intimate show I’ve been to all year. The Juice Newton Trio, which was all acoustic strings with Jay Cawley and Danny Dugan both on guitars and providing backing vocals, Juice Newton stressed that this was a different sort of challenge and endeavor for her… a live concert sans the full band, which required the selection from of incredible songs from her catalog to be rearranged for a completely different result. And that result – simply amazing songs with the most artful delivery by one of the best vocalists in the business – was very moving and definitely sets the bar for soulful live music performances in small, intimate venues.
Today at a press conference in Paris, Modern Rock legends Depeche Mode announced European dates for the 2013 worldwide tour, as well as some details about their as yet unnamed new album. The tour will kick off in at Tel Aviv in Israel in May with 31 dates already set, though North American shows have yet to be detailed. [Read more…]
British alternative rock band Muse will hit arenas in North America at the start of the year, concurrently concluding their touring overseas with Japan, in support of their latest album, The 2nd Law. Tickets are currently on sale via Live Nation, Goldenvoice, and Another Planet Entertainment. [Read more…]
Grammy Award-winning artist P!nk has announced a Spring 2013 North American tour in support of her recently released album, The Truth About Love. Her first tour here in four years, the concert series will cover 24 dates in February and March 2013, beginning in Phoenix, Arizona. Tickets are now on sale via Live Nation. [Read more…]
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine recently announced their 2013 North American tour for this year’s hit album, Overexposed. The 31 date tour kicks off on February 13th in Columbus, Ohio and runs through early April. Tickets are now on sale via Live Nation, with special packages also offered via VIP Nation. [Read more…]
Lady Gaga recently outlined her “Born This Way Ball” tour dates for North America in 2013. The support of the 2011 album started in Asia last year and she is currently touring Europe and will continue to Latin America and Africa. The 26 date run in Canada and the United States kicks off in mid-January in Vancouver. [Read more…]
The Who surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will be having their first tour in North America in four years starting November 1 and continuing well into 2013, with 37 dates planned. Title “Quadrophenia and More, the show will include a performance of the entire 1973 album. Tickets are on sale through AEG Live and Ticketmaster. [Read more…]
“I’m old; I need to catch my breath…” Words from the legendary Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman Billy Corgan during a momentary pause, about two hours into a massive set which kicked off with their newly released Oceania (also the title of this tour), played front to back and in its entirety, followed by an awesome cover of Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, and well into live performances of their many, many classic hits. I think it was more of a breath of fresh air for the fans packed onto the floor of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last night, who had the privilege of witnessing a true rock god at the top of his game, and in contrast to most popular music acts today: sans Auto-Tune, pre-recorded backing vocals, an army of dancers, and other artificial sweeteners. Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins are legendary for their layered, sweeping guitar-based sound and his unique, soul-baring vocals delivering authentic, sometimes fairly dark lyrics and sentiments. Ever the innovator, Billy Corgan continues to turn the music industry on its head, having essentially declared the album dead about four years ago, he now rebels against not the past, but the future. A strange era in music, but the Smashing Pumpkins keep doing their own thing in spite of changes and trends, and the Oceania-based concert last night was fantastic.
Last night was the second show of New Order’s 10-date North American tour (spanning the U.S., Canada, and Mexico). One of the most important bands of my lifetime, they played classic New Order and Joy Division songs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, which had a stage that dwarfed the one that they played last December at their concert at Troxy in London, which I was fortunate enough to have attended. Having been front row center for both shows, it was a bit surreal for me to see them from the exact same vantage point at such different venues and in different countries – both in their own country (which, at the time, was their first date there in five years) and now here in the United States. As the band is among my all-time favorite groups, I feel a bit challenged to evaluate the night, as the band and their music means more to me than I can put into words. It was really a stellar show, and it of course leaves me wondering, in a hopeful way, about the future of this legendary band.