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photo: Shamir at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Shamir

Duran Duran and Chic feat. Nile Rodgers already announced a tour together, and now that tour has additional support from another great (and much younger) artist. Shamir, who released his debut album Ratchet on XL last year and is no doubt a Duran Duran fan (and probably a Chic fan too), will open select dates.

The run with Shamir includes the Brooklyn show on April 12 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show are still available.

In honor of the tour, Shamir recorded an acoustic cover of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like The Wolf." Listen to that, and check out all dates, below...

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Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson had to postpone her "Unbreakable" tour due to surgery, and now the rescheduled dates have been announced.

The NYC-area shows now happen on August 15 at Barclays Center and August 17 at Prudential Center. That's in addition to the ones at PNC Bank Arts Center on June 24 and Jones Beach on June 25, which were not cancelled. Tickets for the new dates should be up soon. Tickets for the June shows (same link) are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with the video for "No Sleeep" off last year's Unbreakable, below...

Continue reading "Janet Jackson announces rescheduled tour dates, Barclays Center & Prudential Center included"

photo: Florence at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Florence

The full tour hasn't been announced yet, but Florence + the Machine is heading out on the road this year with awesome support from Grimes. A few days before she headlines Delaware's Firefly Fesival, she'll headline Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (1/16) at 10 AM, with a Pandora presale starting Thursday (1/14) at 10 AM, and Live Nation/internet presales starting Friday (1/15) at 10 AM. All known dates are listed below.

Florence also paid tribute to the late David Bowie, writing:

David Bowie was a huge influence on me throughout my life... The original star-man returned to the stars. Thank you for everything you brought us. RIP David Bowie xx
Dates and music from Florence and Grimes' great 2015 albums, below...

Continue reading "Florence + the Machine pay tribute to David Bowie, announce tour with Grimes (Barclays Center included)"

Rihanna

Rihanna and Travi$ Scott have expanded their 2016 tour, adding a third NYC-area show. In addition to playing Barclays Center on 3/27 and Prudential Center on 4/2, they'll also play Barclays Center on 3/30. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/11) at 10 AM with VIP/AmEx presales starting today (12/9) at noon and Live Nation/venue/Facebook presales starting Thursday (12/10) at 10 AM.

Rihanna's new album ANTI was rumored to come out last month, but it never happened. While we wait for that, revisit the "Bitch Better Have My Money" video below. Updated dates are listed below too.

Continue reading "Rihanna & Travi$ Scott expand tour, add second Barclays Center show (updated dates)"

photo: Barclays Center in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Barclays Center

Barclays Center and TIDAL, two things Jay Z is financially involved in, have announced a partnership following the huge concert they did last week. The venue's theater will now be called the TIDAL Theater. A press release reads:

TIDAL Theater will offer a new state of the art curtaining system for an intimate theater configuration, with seating between 4,000 and 6,000 for theatrical performances, concerts, music festivals, boxing events, comedy acts, and other events.

The newly unveiled configuration will also allow guests to have direct floor access to Barclays Center's Billboard Lounge amplified by Lightpath and the Calvin Klein Courtside Club, as well as offer top sightlines from the 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.

As part of its naming rights agreement, TIDAL will be curating a minimum of eight events annually in the TIDAL Theater with emerging and established artists.

Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark adds, "TIDAL's name is synonymous with exclusive and personalized fan experiences making it a perfect fit for the theater at Barclays Center." TIDAL Theater shows will be announced soon.

OCTOBER 20th at BARCLAYS CENTER

One hundred percent of ticket proceeds will benefit nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing positive community relations and effecting systemic change for the development and sustainability of just societies, this inaugural event's philanthropic focus.

All funds collected from ticket proceeds and donations will be administered by New World Foundation on behalf of TIDAL.

LINUEP:
BEYONCÉ · JAY Z · PRINCE
USHER · LIL WAYNE · NICKI MINAJ
T.I. · DAMIAN MARLEY · INDOCHINE
THOMAS RHETT · FABOLOUS
PLUS MANY MORE
DJ CIPHA SOUNDS · DJ REFLEX
FEATURING TIDAL RISING ACTS: ALESSIA CARA · BAS
BENJAMIN BOOKER · FLATBUSH ZOMBIES · JUSTINE SKYE

TIDAL users can purchase tickets starting at 12pm EST by logging into their TIDAL account, through the TIDAL.com, the desktop or mobile app. General on sale for the public is Friday, October 2, 2015.

photos by Greg Cristman

Scorpions

The Scorpions are currently celebrating their 50th anniversary on tour with Queensryche and just hit NYC on Saturday (9/12) at Barclays Center. They kicked things off with "Going Out with a Bang" off their brand new album Return to Forever, and then brought it back to 1980 with "Make It Real." They of course packed their set with the hits, giving us "No One Like You," "Rock You Like A Hurricane," "Big City Nights," "Blackout" and plenty more.

Check out more pictures, their setlist, and a video of "No One Like You," -- which featured guest 12-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer -- below...

Continue reading "Scorpions celebrated their 50th anniversary at Barclays Center with Queensryche (pics, setlist, video)"

photo: The Weeknd at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Weeknd

The Weeknd recently announced a massive tour in support of Beauty Behind the Madness which already included three NYC-area dates -- 11/11 at Prudential Center, 11/16 at MSG and 11/18 at Barclays Center -- and now a fourth was added. He'll also play Barclays Center on November 19. Tickets for that show are on VIP/Citi presales now. Artist presale starts Wednesday (9/9) at 10 AM, Facebook presale starts Thursday (9/10) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale starts Saturday (9/12) at 10 AM. His other NYC-area dates are on sale now (same link).

All four of those shows will be opened by Travi$ Scott and Banks. Travi$ Scott is also currently in the midst of a headlining NYC run.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Weeknd expands tour, adds another Barclays Center date"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Kendrick Lamar

The lineup for this year's Power 105.1 Powerhouse at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (10/22) is announced and it's pretty incredible. It'll be headlined by Kendrick Lamar (for whom it will be the first NYC show since the release of the incredible To Pimp A Butterfly), and it also includes Big Sean, Future, Fetty Wap, Meek Mill, Jeremih, Jidenna and Omarion. Tickets are on various presales now (password: BKSOCIAL) and the general on-sale starts Friday (9/4) at 10 AM.

Kendrick also plays the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Vegas this month. Watch his video for "Alright" below...

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Future, Fetty Wap, Jeremih, Meek Mill & more playing Power 105.1 Powerhouse at Barclays"

photo: The Weeknd at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Weeknd

The Weeknd will be in the NYC-area this, uh, weekend, for the Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Jones Beach (tickets), and he'll be back here on a just-announced fall tour that includes three massive shows in the area.

Abel Tesfaye will play Newark's Prudential Center on November 11, NYC's Madison Square Garden on November 16, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 18. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale August 28 with a presale starting August 26 at 10 AM (password: MADNESS). All dates are listed below.

The Weeknd's second official album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is due out August 28 via XO/Republic. It features the massive hit "Can't Feel My Face" (co-written and co-produced by Max Martin and others) and more. Video for that song, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "The Weeknd announces 2015 tour (MSG, Barclays, Prudential Center included)"

Janet Jackson 2015

Janet Jackson has a new album on the way -- her first in seven years -- which she'll release though her own just-launched Rhythm Nation Records. Details on the album are still TBA but first single "No Sleeep" is out now and was written with her longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. You can stream it below.

Jackson will launch her "Unbreakable" tour in August and she's just added two NYC-area shows for early 2016: Newark's Prudential Center on February 17 and Barclays Center on February 22. Tickets for both those shows go on sale July 20 at 10 AM. There are a bunch of presales: AmEx and Janet Jackson album preorder presales on Tuesday (7/14) at 10 AM, and then Live Nation and internet presales on Friday (7/17) at 10 AM.

All tour dates are listed, along with the "No Sleeep" stream, below...

Continue reading "Janet Jackson releasing first new album in seven years, touring -- dates include Barclays and Prudential Center"

Amy Schumer

Madonna's upcoming tour lands in NYC on September 16 & 17 at MSG and 9/19 at Barclays Center, and those three shows just got a pretty sweet opener. The very funny comedian Amy Schumer, who played NYC on her trainwreck tour earlier this week, will support Madonna at the shows. Tickets for all three are available.

Naturally, Amy (whose movie Trainwreck is out in July) has footage of her childhood self singing "Like A Prayer." Watch that, with Amy's recent hilarious "Celebrity Interview" clip from her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, below.

Madonna also just put out a new video. It's for her song "Bitch, I'm Madonna" (ft. Nicki Minaj, prod. Diplo & SOPHIE), and it features both Nicki and Diplo, as well as Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Chris Rock and more. Watch below.

Continue reading "Amy Schumer opening for Madonna (who put out a video ft. Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj & more)"

The Who @ Barclays Center - 5/26/15 (photo via Nikki Cummiskey)
The Who

The Who have so many classic songs, that even if you think you are sick of them, they sound amazing when an arena full of people are singing them in unison. Some examples of the massive hits played were "Who Are You," "The Kids Are Alright," "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," "You Better You Bet," "Baba O'Riley," "Won't Get Fooled Again," and "Eminence Front."

The Who didn't just play the same old boring setlist (which from my research looks like it varies a little bit for each show). They packed the set with hits, but they also played some lesser known tracks such as the mini-opera "A Quick One (While He's Away)," "Slip Kid," "Bargain," "Sparks," "Join Together," and "I'm One." [According2G]

The Who continued their 50th anniversary tour at Barclays Center last night (5/26), their first NYC stop on the tour and second in the area (they played Long Island's Nassau Coliseum last week). Like the other shows on the tour, it was filled with hits, and you can check out the full setlist and watch videos of them playing "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," "The Kids Are Alright" and "I Can't Explain" below. Their tourmate Joan Jett opened, and her setlist is below too.

The Who and Joan Jett's tour has one more NYC show this week: Saturday (5/30) at Forest Hills Stadium (tickets). It returns to the area in the fall for shows at Prudential Center on 10/25 and MSG on 10/27 (tickets).

Check out our pictures from the Austin stop here. Videos and setlists from Barclays Center below...

Continue reading "The Who & Joan Jett played Barclays Center (videos, setlists); three more NYC-area shows to go"

Nassau Coliseum

Nassau Coliseum, don't go changing, to try and please me. You never let me down before. I took the good times. I'll take the bad times. I'll take you just the way you are!

Oh, fuck it. Say goodbye to Nassau Coliseum. Say goodbye my baby.

A press release released today reads:

Tickets for Billy Joel in the final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum have sold out in less than five minutes, generating one of the quickest selling concerts ever at the Coliseum. Tickets went on sale this morning at 10 a.m.

The world-renowned Long Island artist will play on Tuesday, August 4 before the venue closes for an extensive renovation. The arena will reopen as a world-class sports and entertainment destination in December 2016.

"Billy Joel closing Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it's only fitting that this show is one of the quickest sellouts ever at the Coliseum," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, who will oversee Nassau Events Center's reimagined venue. "We are honored to have Long Island's favorite son play the final show before we begin to create a spectacular venue that the community deserves."

Joel, who was raised in Hicksville and remains a Long Island resident, has played 31 shows at Nassau Coliseum. His last solo appearance was in 1998 when he sold out nine shows, setting the building record for the most sellouts in one year. A banner with his name hangs in the rafters in his honor.

The show is presented by Bruce Ratner and Nassau Events Center (NEC), the same management team behind Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The centerpiece of a major lifestyle and retail development, the reimagined Coliseum will be developed, operated, and programmed by NEC.
The Who, New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly, and Shania Twain will also play Nassau Coliseum this summer before it closes.

Billy Joel also continues to play every month at the Garden.

Gene Ween pays tribute to Billy Joel at much smaller shows later this month.

Continue reading "Nassau Coliseum closing for renovations (after a Billy Joel concert which sold out really quickly) "

Ad Rock, Money Mark & Somerville High School Color Guard
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David Byrne's high-concept Contemporary Colors shows, which pair pop musicians with high school marching band color guard troupes, are coming up, happening June 22 & 23 in Toronto (tickets) and June 27 & 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (tickets).

More details have been announced since we posted, including the composer and team pairings which are as follows:

David Byrne and Les Eclipses
Nelly Furtado and Ventures
How To Dress Well and Mechanicsburg High School
Devonté Hynes and Black Watch
Kelis and Brigadiers
Lucius and Shenendehowa High School
Money Mark + Ad-Rock and Somerville High School
Nico Muhly + Ira Glass and Alter Ego
St. Vincent and Field of View
tUnE-yArDs and Emanon
For a better idea of what to expect, you can check out a couple Contemporary Colors videos below. The first, directed by Bill and Turner Ross and edited by Steven Lippman, follows Ad Rock and Money Mark to Somerville High School in NJ for their first meeting. It makes its premiere in this post. The other is more of an overview of the event and a look at what color guard is, featuring Byrne and some of the students. Watch those below.

Continue reading "David Byrne details guest-filled 'Contemporary Color' shows +++ watch videos with Ad-Rock & Money Mark"

photos by James Richards IV

Neil Diamond @ United Center -- 4/14/2015
Neil Diamond

"I grew up in this fair borough," the star said, before playing the song. "It was a great place to grow up."

As home movies of his youth unspooled on screens behind, Diamond navigated what rates as one of the few, relatively subtle numbers of his career.

"Brooklyn Roads" relies on small lyrical details, a tender melody and a hushed vocal - qualities that stand in stark contrast to much of the rest of Thursday's set. Backed by a ten piece band, and two added singers, Diamond barreled through pieces that nearly always go for grandeur. They're full of horns (four here) and strings (provided by synthesized programming live) mirroring vocals that veer between the righteous and the sentimental. The result often ended up both gripping and cheesy at once. As with ABBA, it's impossible to separate what's overblown, and what's brilliant, about Diamond's songs. They're pretentious and irresistible in nearly equal measure. [Daily News]

Brooklyn's Neil Diamond played his 2nd Brooklyn show ever, and 2nd in less than a year at Barclays Center on March 26. It was announced along with the rest of his current tour dates on the night of his first Brooklyn show which was a much shorter show at one of his old schools in September.

Since then the tour hit Chicago's United Center on 4/14 which is where the pictures in this post come from. The tour continues through 5/31 in Denver. He then heads overseas in June.

More pictures from Chicago, along with the setlist from Brooklyn, below...

Continue reading "Neil Diamond on tour, played Barclays Center & Chicago's United Center (pics, setlist)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pinkprint

Nicki Minaj put out her best album yet with her late-2014 release The Pinkprint, and now she's announced a tour in support of it with stacked support from Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Dej Loaf.

The tour hits NYC on July 26 at Barclays Center, and is also nearby for shows on July 24 at PNC Bank Arts Center and August 6 at Susquenna Bank Center. Tickets should be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below.

Between this and the J. Cole / Big Sean / YG / Jeremih tour, Barclays Center has some huge rap shows this year.

Tinashe was also supposed to play Barclays Center with Iggy Azalea but appears to have dropped off. She put out a new free mixtape hours before this tour announcement titled Amethyst.

Dej Loaf and Rae Sremmurd were both supposed to play Kings Theatre with Kid Ink, but that show's been cancelled. Both Dej Loaf and Rae Sremmurd are also playing SXSW this week.

Continue reading "Nicki Minaj announces 'Pinkprint' tour with Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe & Dej Loaf (Barclays Center included)"

Tinashe

Last year, R&B singer Tinashe put out her excellent debut album, Aquarius, and today she dropped its followup in the form a 7-track mixtape, Amethyst. It features production from Ryan Hemsworth, DJ Dahi, Iamsu (who also raps on a song), and more. Download or stream it below, via Hot New Hip Hop.

Tinashe, who's also on the recent Ty Dolla $ign single with Charli XCX and producer Cashmere Cat, was set to open the upcoming Iggy Azalea tour which was supposed to hit NYC on May 7 at Barclays Center. That show's now scheduled for October 11 at Barclays Center and it's not clear if Tinashe is still on it.

Continue reading "Tinashe releases free 'Amethyst' mixtape ft. Ryan Hemsworth, Iamsu & more; Iggy Azalea reschedules Barclays Center show"

Madonna

Madonna's new album Rebel Heart is out this week, and she's now announced an international tour in support of it. The tour begins in Miami this August and is set to wrap up in Glasgow in late December.

She'll hit NYC for two arena shows -- September 16 at Madison Square Garden and September 19 at Barclays Center -- and will also be nearby for an Atlantic City show on October 3 at Boardwalk Hall. Presales for all dates begin at her website on Tuesday (3/3) at 10 AM local time, which you'll need an Icon Live Pass for (unless you're a Lifetime Legacy Member). Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Monday, March 9 at 10 AM with a Citi cardmember presale starting Wednesday (3/4) at 10 AM.

Rebel Heart features a handful of modern collaborators, including Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Blood Diamonds, Sophie, Ariel Rechtshaid and more. Stream the song with Chance the Rapper, alongside the full list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Madonna announces 2015 tour (MSG & Barclays included)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Dave Hill of WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show

Judas Priest

Thursday night I went to see Judas Priest at the Barclays Center, the place usually reserved for concerts by the rapper Jay-Z in Brooklyn, and that shit was fucking awesome, especially if you like Judas Priest, which duh. Here's what happened. First, my friend Dave, who knows I am basically the biggest Judas Fucking Priest fan of all-time and I should probably be in the fucking band and you can ask anyone, gave me some extra tickets he had to the show and I was like "Thanks, Dave, you're the best!" until my friend Rob, who has a job, called to tell me that he had FOUR FUCKING TICKETS to sit in the sweetass VIP LUXURY BOX the place where he works owns so I told Dave to go fuck himself and threw the tickets he gave me in the trash. Anyway, fast forward like 45 minutes and I'm walking into the Barclays Center and you could tell all the people who worked there were just like "Why isn't this dude going in the band entrance or something?" because of my strong rock look. I had a leather jacket on and everything. But then I just flashed my VIP LUXURY BOX TICKET and they ushered me through some special doors where everything smelled much better. Then I got on some elevator with my friends and some other fucks and I said "I hope Solange doesn't beat the crap out of me!", which was a humorous reference to the time the R&B star Beyonce's sister smacked the shit out of the rapper Jay-Z in an elevator that everyone on the elevator seemed to get a real kick out of. Sometimes it's hard to know how to act on an elevator but I like to think I helped everyone relax.

A couple minutes later, we were totally in the fucking VIP LUXURY BOX, which was awesome. Normally at concerts I like to be down on the floor in the front row because the band seems super pumped about it and the makeout potential (with super hot chicks) is much better but I am definitely down for mixing it up with some VIP action every once in a while too. The cool thing about the fucking VIP LUXURY BOX is that everything in there is totally free. You can grab like six beers from the fucking fridge and no one is gonna say shit about it. And when you get done with those you can grab six more. Fuck it. Also, there was a nice chicken dish with those fingerling potatoes that look like dicks, and also hot dogs, which- yeah, I know- also look like dicks but calm down. There was also a vegetable plate so vegetarians can have some shit to eat too if they think they're gonna pass out or something.

Anyway, I got myself a fucking hot dog (normally I don't like relish but the kind they had was actually pretty good), cracked open a cold one and went to sit down at front of the VIP LUXURY BOX with my friend Marc, who came from work. As soon as I did, like 80 hot chicks down below whipped there heads around to look at me like they wanted to bone but I didn't have time for that shit because I was there for Priest, not to give some hot chick the best night of her life. Steel Panther was still on at this point and they were good but a part of me was also like get off the fucking stage right now or I will come down there and kick all four of you guys in the taint cuz I want to see Judas Priest right fucking now and I pretty much speak for everybody here on this one, thanks.

After Steel Panther ffinished, I went to take a monster piss in the VIP FUCKING BATHROOM down the hall, which has way better urinals than the bullshitty ones regular people at the Barclays Center have to use. While I was in there, the guy taking a leak next to me was all like "The Rangers are winning" and I was like "Calm down- this doesn't mean we're dating." Then I got the fuck out of there.

When I got back to my seat in the VIP LUXURY BOX, there was a giant banner in front of the stage that said Judas Priest on it and I was super pumped.

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Judas Priest about to hit the stage and @mrdavehill is ready. #judaspriest #barclayscenter

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Then like two minutes later, the banner falls down and all of a sudden everyone in Judas Fucking Priest but Rob Halford is standing there like they were gonna kick everyone's asses and it was awesome. They start jamming fucking "Dragonaut" (not the Sleep song, duh) from their new album which is awesome but still seems fucking nuts when you know how to play "Heading Out to the Highway" or something instead. Then a couple seconds after that, Rob Fucking Halford walks on stage covered in leather and I almost pissed my tight rock jeans even though I had just gotten back from taking a massive leak. Anyway, Rob is singing, it's the fucking best and we are both basically owning the entire Barclays Center. Some people say Rob has trouble hitting the notes like he used to but it didn't matter because I had that shit covered. You could tell everyone sitting near me was like "Holy shit."

After the first song, Judas Fucking Priest launched into "Metal Gods", an awesome song about me and the guys in Judas Priest. It should be noted at this point that K.K. Downing, one of the original guitarists in the band, quit a few years ago and they have this new guy Richie Faulkner who is totally sweet at guitar but compared to me it's just like "You're kidding, right?" The thing is though I don't even know if I'd have time to be in Judas Priest right now because I have other shit going on. Sometimes life is all about timing and I hope Rob Halford and the rest of the band understand that. Anyway, Glen Tipton is still in the band and is awesome at guitar and has cool hair. Even so, a lot of the time he just stands there like he's making a salad or something and sometimes I'm just like "Get your shit together- you're in Judas Fucking Priest!" The cool thing, though, is that the bass player, Ian Hill (No relation. That I know of! Hahahahaha. Mom?! I am kidding. Haha), looks like he was cryogenically frozen in 1982 and then thawed out right before the show and he fucking breaks out the rock moves the entire show like he's not even really trying. If Glen Tipton would turn around even once during the show he'd be like "Ian Hill (no relation) is fucking owning me right now!" but whatever.

Anyway, the show took a dark turn when they played their ballad "Beyond the Realms of Death", which made me have to sit down a second and think about my own mortality and also how this chick's ass was in my way for a second. But I got over that fast because then Rob Halford came out on a fucking Harley for "Hell Bent for Leather" and it was the greatest thing ever to happen in North America. He also wore like nine different leather jackets during the show, which ruled. Most singers are lucky if they can wear like three jackets tops.

After "Hell Bent for Leather", the whole band went back stage to check out some tits and high-five I bet before coming back out for the encore, which included my personal anthem "Living After Midnight" and then another one. Personally, I think it's fucking insane that Judas Priest didn't play "Heading Out to the Highway", "Hot Rockin'", or "United" and I hope someone has a long fucking talk with them about it and then they can have a good long think about it on the bus, but Judas Priest is still so good at being Judas Priest it's not like I can stay mad at them. I bet if Jay-Z tried to ride a motorcycle on stage he couldn't even handle that shit for like two seconds. Also, he sucks at rapping. The drummer for Judas Priest is Scott Travis. I would like to be in their band.

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Judas Priest continue on tour and play Izod Center in NJ on 10/17 before continuing towards Texas to co-headline Fun Fun Fun Fest. More pictures and the setlist from Brooklyn, below...

Continue reading "Judas Priest played Barclays Center, Dave Hill was there (duh) -- review, pics & setlist"

The Who

The Who will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015...by going on tour. "The Who Hits 50!" tour will include a few NYC-area shows: May 20 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, May 26 at Barclays Center, May 30 at Forest Hills Stadium, and then on the fall leg of the tour, NJ's Prudential Center on October 25 and Madison Square Garden on October 27. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale October 17, 2014 at 10 AM with a fan club presale starting Saturday (10/11) at 10 AM and a Citi cardmember presale starting Monday (10/13) at 10 AM.

For the Forest Hills show, The Who will return "nearly 44 years after their first performance at the venue - they will open the stadium's 2015 concert season."

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All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Who announce 50th Anniversary tour for 2015, playing Barclays Center, MSG & Forest Hills (dates)"

Barclays Center, night of The Weeknd (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Barclays Center

The venue for next week's Judas Priest show may have a new owner soon. The NY Post reports:

Brooklyn's former and current teams are close to teaming up.

Guggenheim Sports and Entertainment, which owns the LA Dodgers, is in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about a "combination of assets."

The proposed deal would include both the Nets and the 2-year-old Barclays Center, according to a report.

Guggenheim, which bought the Dodgers in March 2012 for $2.15 billion, the highest price ever paid for a Major League Baseball team, is valuing the Nets at $1.7 billion and the arena at $1.1 billion, NBA league sources told The Post.

That's a pricey sum for the Nets -- about 20 percent more than the team would fetch if they were sold on the open market, one sports banker said.

Guggenheim is offering the premium to pre-empt any auction for the whole team and arena, the banker said.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire, is expected to remain in control of the Nets, according to Nets Daily, the website, which first reported the talks.

Bruce Ratner, who controls Barclays Center, would retain that same control after the deal, if it is completed, according to the report.

Neil Diamond just announced a Barclays Center show. Tickets go on sale on 10/13.

We just caught The Black Keys and The Weeknd there.

photos by David Andrako

Neil Diamond @ Erasmus Hall High School 9/29/2014
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond

Dennis and Jackie Beck, 66 and 64, traveled from western Pennsylvania. Ms. Beck said she had seen Mr. Diamond 10 times.

"It's not that many," she said. She sported a "Diamond Girl" shirt and said she was convinced that this concert at his old stamping grounds would be special.

"He's an emotional guy," she said.

A largely middle-age crowd of about 800 filled the wooden seats in the hot auditorium. Pictures of Barbra Streisand (class of '59) lined the walls.
[NY Times]

There was no AC in the chapel at Flatbush, Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School and it was sticky hot as the crowd loudly sang along to Neil Diamond hit after Neil Diamond hit...from the Best Of CD they were playing before the man himself took the stage. Folks had been lined up outside since 3 PM for this somewhat secret free show and there were definitely a lot of neighborhood folks -- including many who had attended Erasmus back in the day -- and die-hard fans. When Neil did come out about 6:30 PM, after an introduction by radio DJ Scott Shannon, it was the expected thunderous applause (crowd member Geraldo Rivera also received a bit of that applause as he was taking his front row seat, just for being there and for being Geraldo). Instead of immediately launching into a song, Neil shared a few anecdotes about Erasmus which he attended from 1954-56, and this show was supposedly his first Brooklyn concert ever. He told stories about getting detention, his chorus teacher, and working as a shoeshine boy in a nearby subway station. "It's a good gig," said Diamond. "It doesn't go anywhere, but it's a good gig for a kid."

After that Neil knocked out a short set of hits, starting with "I'm a Believer," "Solitary Man," "Kentucky Woman," and, of course "Brooklyn Roads." Then a couple late '70s nuggets -- "Love on the Rocks" and "Forever in Blue Jeans" -- before the requisite new song, "Nothing But a Heartache" (from Melody Road, out next month). He finished up his set with another new one, "Something Blue," and then finished with showstopper "Sweet Caroline" which had the whole crowd singing. Well, almost. "I saw two people not singing," Neil told the crowd before proceeding to run through its chorus two more times. At 73, Diamond's voice is in great shape and he's ever the showman, with a band of pros who know how to punctuate the big moments -- nearly all the songs got the Vegas Ending. As it should be. Too short, but this free show in a very special location was a lot of fun. If you missed it, you can maybe catch the video if and when it's released. There was a very professional video crew capturing every moment. Channel 7 news, who said everyone who waited in line got in, also said the show was being filmed for a documentary. Everyone got a poster as they walked out.

Neil will be back in Brooklyn when his 2015 tour stops at Barclays Center on March 26. Tickets for what should be his 2nd-ever Brooklyn show, go on sale October 13 at 10 AM.

All dates, plus more pictures from the intimate Brooklyn show, below...

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Black Keys @ Barclays Center - 9/23/14
The Black Keys
The Black Keys

Crazy popular blues rock duo The Black Keys brought their ongoing tour with Cage the Elephant in support of this year's Turn Blue to Barclays Center last night (9/23) for the first of two shows this week at the huge Brooklyn venue. In addition to supporting the new record, their 21-song set was really pretty well-rounded between their last three including a handful of fan faves like "Lonely Boy," "Next Girl," "Tighten Up," "Gold on the Ceiling" and plenty more. They reached back to their earlier years a few times as well, and included a cover of Edwyn Collins' "A Girl Like You."

They do it again tonight (9/24) and tickets are still available. More pictures of the first night, and the Black Keys' setlist, below...

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The Weeknd / Schoolboy Q @ Barclays Center - 9/19/14
The Weeknd
Shoolboy Q

"In my city, I'm a young god," The Weeknd boasts briefly in his distinct, smooth as silk voice on "Often." One of the few clean lines from his steamy summer release, it's a bold statement that rings true in his home of Toronto, and evidently in New York as well. At Brooklyn' Barclays Center on Friday, the once rather enigmatic artist proved that he's no longer an underground gem but a mainstream favorite.
After delivering a rapturous and at times chill-inducing performance, Abel Tesfaye left the thousands who attended the first show of his "King of the Fall" tour eager for more. However, fans can rest assured that Friday night was just the start of this king's reign.

..."I gotta say, me and my team--we've been coming to Brooklyn every year, and the venues, they just kept getting bigger and bigger. And in three years, we are playing at the Barclays Center," the usually stony-faced singer said near the end of the night, unable to keep from breaking into a smile. Much to the delight of the crowd, The Weeknd encored with Ty Dolla $ign's "Or Nah" and "Often." It was a weed and pheromone-filled concert that felt satisfying and managed to leave fans longing for more (in perhaps more ways than one). [Swagger New York]

Sexed up R&B crooner The Weeknd began his tour with Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q and weed-loving songstress Jhene Aiko at Brooklyn's huge Barclays Center this past Friday (which he sold out at his own pace). He went through the material from his mixtape trilogy, his official debut Kiss Land, and threw a few covers in too as the crowd went unsurprisingly wild for him. We've got a set of pictures from the night.

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