“It’s the perfect time to go back out. 2013 is going to be the year of Fleetwood Mac,” said Stevie Nicks yesterday, confirming rumors from earlier this year that the iconic band will head out on tour in 2013. They’re packing up their greatest hits and shipping out on a three month tour that will take them all over North America, and eventually Europe and Australia.
“We always have to play ‘Dreams,’ ‘Rhiannon,’ ‘Don’t Stop,’ ‘Tusk,’ ‘Big Love,’ ‘Landslide’ and all our most famous songs,” Lindsey BuckinghamtoldRolling Stone, figuring that about 75 percent of each set will be made up of hits, leaving a quarter of each night for the “under-explored,” “more songs from Tusk,” or “an extended middle portion of the show that’s just me and Stevie.”
Nicks had an even better idea for that remainder of time: “We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey two weeks ago we might play.” Crystal visions, we sure hope.
UPDATE (6/8/12 @ 10:00 a.m.): Hey everyone! Just a heads-up that general ticket sales for our big You Oughta Know tour with Ed Sheeran are now on-sale. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this exciting new artist when he comes to a city near you! Follow along for complete details…
Talented beyond his 21-years, British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran’s debut album, +, peaked at No. 1 on the UK charts. After seeing his superb artistry through viral BRIT Awards performance of “Lego House,” we introduced him as May’s You Oughta Know artist. Now that he’s risen to stardom in the UK, Sheeran is ready to take on the states in his first ever North American tour. On September 19, Sheeran will kick off his North American tour at Boston’s House Of Blues and will continue touring through early October. For more information on how you can purchase tickets, see below.
THE “VH1 YOU OUGHTA KNOW TOUR WITH ED SHEERAN” GETS UNDERWAY SEPTEMBER 19TH IN BOSTON
THE HIGH PROFILE U.S. TOUR COINCIDES WITH BRITISH SENSATION’S FIRST NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TREK AND CELEBRATES THE STATESIDE RELEASE OF HIS ACCLAIMED DEBUT, +
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW ON THE iTUNES STORE; RELEASE DAY TELEVISED APPEARANCES SET FOR NBC’S TODAY AND VH1’S BIG MORNING BUZZ LIVE
NYC HEADLINE SHOWS SELL OUT WITHIN MINUTES; + AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE ON JUNE 12TH.
The first two stops of Britney Spears‘s Femme Fatale Tour are in the can, and the reviews are in. Is the tour a success? It depends whom you ask (or maybe which night you attended).
Carla Meyerraved at the Sacramento Bee about Spears’s tour kickoff on Thursday night, a “relaxed” yet “excited” performance that was no less professional for the “fun” Spears had while “hitting all her marks.” Barry Walters, who attended the same show for Rolling Stone, reported the same: “She’s wisely focusing on the present…while offering possibly her flashiest, fastest moving, and most entertaining production yet.” He complimented her agility and showpersonship.
The two reports disagree on opener Nicki Minaj; Meyer praised her “magnetism” and “attention to detail” while Walters thought the set “lacked in commitment.” Both did find it (understandably) strange that Spears’s “Till the World Ends” performance featured an onscreen Minaj instead of an in-person one.
“Discreet; No drama,” Robyn advertises herself on Craigslist 2010 single “Fembot,” and she lives up to her reputation: Ever since the news broke in January that she’d be opening for Katy Perry‘s California Dreams Summer Tour (which began June 7 in Atlanta), those who see the two performers as opposite ends of a musical spectrum have tried to reconcile the pairing. Before Robyn played Radio City Music Hall in February, Sophie Harris at Time Out New York thought she’d found an angle: asking Robyn if she was a fan of Perry’s music. The Swedish singer wisely dodged, “You know what? I have to go now,” but her non-answer was printed?and thus read?as if it were a de facto no, and footage from an earlier interview with MTV implied confirmation. Read more…
Britney Spears kicks off her two-month Femme Fatale summer tour (with Nicki Minaj supporting) tonight in Sacramento (it wraps up August 13 in Toronto). Tomorrow, poorly-shot phone videos will give us an idea of what the performances will look like, but until then, there are five burning questions on the lips of fans and observers alike. Here’s a breakdown of what the answers might be:
HOW ARE TICKETS SELLING?
Britney’s fanbase was up in arms when Ticketmaster first offered presale tickets for the August 2 Nassau Coliseum stop of the tour (see for example the March 29 Perez Hilton post on the topic)?but the story cooled?when other venues’ prices were revealed to be less high. Nevertheless, a few Ticketmaster searches for tonight’s show found a number of options available for 8 seats in a row in the $47 ticket range (the second-lowest after the sold-out minimal-quantity $27 tickets), on both upper and lower levels of Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion. This is after 1,400 tickets (at the $47 and $87 price points) were discounted on Groupon (to $30 and $52 respectively). All told, over 18,000 tickets were sold at discounted prices through Groupon for fifteen of the first 24 dates of the tour. The Groupon deals for shows in Seattle, Winnipeg, Minneapolis, and Atlanta actually expired before all available discounted tickets were sold. A sixteenth Groupon deal is currently active for the August 6 Atlantic City date?and all of this is before tickets for August 9th’s Hartford, CT show have even gone on sale. All told, the shows look to be under-attended in smaller cities, even as, in metropolitan areas like Greater New York City, new shows have been added. It remains to be seen whether this could have been remedied by better price optimization, or whether the tour’s ambition was more outsized than its actual draw.
AFTER LACKLUSTER PERFORMANCES IN RECENT VIDEOS AND AWARD SHOWS, IS BRITNEY STILL A WORLD CLASS PERFORMER?
Not-quite-unbiased source Perez Hilton witnessed a dress rehearsal of the show, and moderately praised the show, comparing it favorably to the 2009 Circus tour and recent television appearances. He estimated that 40% of the show is sung live, compared to 0% in 2009. He also answers the question no one really wants to put into words: “Is it Old Britney? No.” (He refers, of course, to Spears prior to her knee injury, public media troubles, conservatorship, etc.)
Foo Fighters are noted fans of The Smoking Gun‘s collection of tour riders, nodding in their humorous 2008 rider to Iggy Pop‘s extraordinarily entertaining 2006 rider. For their 2011 tour (taking them across Europe this summer and across the United States and Canada this fall), new requirements necessitated a new rider (not to mention that the 2008 document contained several outdated references to the late Ronnie James Dio). The Foos’ longtime tour manager Gus Brandt decided to make this rider extra-special by including an activity book at the end, featuring a maze, a word search, and other puzzles. “OK. Fire up the forward button sports fans and race to the Smoking Gun,” this section even proclaims, and sure enough, there it appeared earlier today.
The activities serve to hammer home the catering requests found earlier in the rider, including several warnings against “promoter pasta.” Brandt has been ensuring that the band eats well since at least the 1997 tour in support of The Colour and the Shape. Brandt knows the score well, having been involved with touring bands since before any of the Foos (except maybe Pat Smear) had ever been on the road.
Now it turns out that her condition has not improved sufficiently to continue the tour at all. Her plan to resume in San Francisco tomorrow night was derailed by bad news from a consultation with an otolaryngologist in Los Angeles. We wish her the best for a quick recovery.
Where can you go this summer to hear “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” and “I Want You To Want Me” coming from one single stage? Plenty of places. Dates for 40-city North American romp that features Def Leppard, Poison, and Cheap Trick were just announced today. The action kicks off in Camden, New Jersey on June 23.
Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott is calling it the “rock tour of the summer,” and Poison singer Bret Michaels says each stop will be “a night of a 1000 hits.” Something tells us that there are tons of hard rock fans who are going to agree.
Have we got a treat for you: a full day before VH1 airs Christina Aguilera‘s action-packed Back to Basics live concert (complete with 10 costume changes, stilt-walking dancers and 820 pounds of confetti), we’re giving you a taste of what to expect. In the above clip, the Lady in White tears up the stage with her performance of “Ain’t No Other Man.” “I don’t think it would be fair to my audience to just sit on the stage with a mic,” Aguilera told us before her tour kicked off last February. Tune in to VH1 tomorrow at 10 pm to get the total Christina experience.