Entries tagged with: Barclays Center
Arcade Fire at Capitol Records in October (more by Marcus Haney)
Arcade Fire have done just about everything you can do to support a new album... except tour. But now that's changed because The Reflektors have finally announced a massive 2014 tour that brings them to arenas across the US and Canada including two nights in NYC at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 22 and 23. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday, November 22.
All dates, with some gaps during the Coachella weekends, are listed below...
Black Sabbath at PNC Bank Arts Center in August (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath, who are currently reunited with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler all in tow (no Bill Ward though), have a new album out, and went on a tour over the summer which brought them to Connecticut, New Jersey, and other places. It felt a little strange that they omitted NYC, but they've now announced another tour for 2014 which kicks off at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 31! Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10 AM. No openers announced yet, but Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are opening their November/December European tour. All dates are listed below.
Sabbath are also documenting their 2013 tour with a new live DVD/CD Black Sabbath: Live...Gathered in Their Masses, which will be out on November 26 via Vertigo/Republic. Check out the tracklist below and more info, including different combo pack options, here. Ozzy and Geezer discussed the album at the Grammy Museum last week (11/6), you can watch a video of that conversation here.
In related news, Tony Iommi is receiving a degree honor from Coventry University. Reports BBC:
The founder member of the Birmingham heavy metal band will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Coventry University on 19 November.And in more related news, don't give Bill Ward a copy of Sabbath's new album. "I haven't heard anything off that album at all," Bill told Rock Cellar Magazine. "And to be quite honest, I don't care to either. It's too painful. If I want to rip my guts out, I'll put it on."
Iommi will be heading straight from the graduation ceremony at Coventry Cathedral to join Black Sabbath in Helsinki for the start of their latest European tour.
He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide during his career.
Iommi said was "a great honour" to receive the doctorate.
He added: "I'd like to thank everyone at Coventry University for my nomination and look forward to meeting them at the ceremony."
All dates are listed, along with the DVD/CD tracklist and a recent live video, below...
Justin Timberlake at Barclays Center - 11/16/13 (via @liliana_lgd)
Justin Timberlake just brought his tour through the NYC-area for a few dates with The Weeknd including a show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center last week (11/6). Check out JT's 30+ song setlist and videos of both artists from the show, below.
Justin's tour comes back to NYC for a show on February 19 at MSG, and since we last spoke, he's added a ton of more dates, including another show happening at MSG (2/20) a day later. Tickets for that show go on sale November 18 at 10 AM with Fan Club/Mastercard presales starting today (11/13) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Mobile App/Venue/Facebook presales starting Friday (11/15) at 10 AM. There are some tickets left for the first night, but "not many." No openers for these shows announced yet.
Updated dates are listed, along with videos and setlist from Barclays, below...
A Tribe Called Quest
As you may have heard, Kanye West's tour was plagued with some equipment damages which caused certain shows to be cancelled, but Kanye's since fully updated his tour schedule, and is set to pick things up again on 11/16 in Philly. As long as everything goes right this time, this means his NYC shows -- 11/19 & 20 at Barclays Center and 11/23 & 24 at MSG -- will happen according to plan. As discussed, the 11/19 & 11/23 shows are being opened by Kendrick Lamar, and the 11/20 & 11/24 shows are being opened by A Tribe Called Quest. Tickets for all four NYC shows are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
For ATCQ, these will be the legendary group's "final" shows. Tribe member Q-Tip tweeted, "In August, ATCQ did our last show FOR Cali. It's only right we do our FINAL 2 joints where we started...NYC."
Updated dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Justin Timberlake is in a rare position where he's one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, but on (at least the first part of) his new album, he's doing the kind of forward-thinking R&B that usually comes from newer, comparatively smaller artists. So it's a welcome announcement that he's taking one of those smaller artists, The Weeknd, on tour with him. The Weeknd will open this week's NYC-area dates that happen on 11/6 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 11/7 at XL Center in Hartford, and 11/9 at IZOD Center in NJ. Tickets for all three shows are still available. No opener has been announced for JT's MSG show (2/19) yet.
All dates are listed below...
Kendrick Lamar bowing down to the Queen (via Global Grind)
Power 105.1's Powerhouse came to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday (11/2) with a number of rappers, including Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Fabolous and more. During Kendrick's set, he brought out Brooklyn's Queen Bee Lil Kim to do "Get Money" and "All About the Benjamins." Check out a video of that below.
Meek Mill also brought out a surprise guest, Nicki Minaj, to do a few songs with him. You can also watch a video of that (via Vibe) below.
Backstage at the show, Nicki was also interviewed for Power 105.1, where she addressed not being mentioned in Kendrick Lamar's infamous "Control" verse, rapping versus going pop, and more. Video of that is below as well.
Kendrick Lamar will be back at Barclays Center when his tour with Kanye West hits the venue (11/19). Kanye's tour also includes an MSG show with Kendrick (11/23) and two NYC dates with A Tribe Called Quest.
confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).
Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...
Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.
Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.
Moon Boots plays Output.
Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.
DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.
Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.
Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.
Or maybe just head to Mexico!
P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.
As you may have heard, legendary soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone will conduct a 200 member orchestra and choir at the Cushman & Wakefield Theatre at Barclays Center on March 23, one of two US shows in 2014. Tickets for that go on AmEx and Internet presale today (10/23) at 10 AM. Internet presale code is "ENNIO".
words by PJ superfan Dominic Masi Jr., photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Pearl Jam in Brooklyn
While Arcade Fire was playing a Bushwick warehouse and CMJ was going on all around the city, Pearl Jam brought their tour to Brooklyn for two sold out shows at the Barclays Center. Choosing the new Brooklyn venue over the being-renovated MSG has been a recent trend, and for PJ to skip the Garden was a big deal for fans. Especially since they've had some of their most legendary shows there. Unofficial spokesman for the city and the building itself, Jay-Z, joined PJ onstage at the Made In America Fest in Philadelphia last year for a version of '99 Problems,' but this was Pearl Jam's first trip to Jay's borough. After a 30+ song set on Friday night, fans felt that the bar was set high but knew they could top it on night #2 and they did just that. On what was the 20th anniversary of the release of their second album, VS., Pearl Jam played for nearly 3 hours and 33 songs on Saturday (10/19) for what many fans are calling one of their best shows ever. Dennis Rodman was even in attendance, bumping elbows with the 10Club members in the pit. Everyone knew from the beginning it going to be "one of those nights."
The Avett Brothers are playing Barclays Center on March 7 with Old Crow Medicine Show. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM, with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/18) at 9 AM.
Single night tickets to see Hot Water Music drummer George Rebelo with his new band The Bouncing Souls at The Stone Pony go on sale today. Check out the openers for each night, including Youth Bridgade, Laura Stevenson, Restorations, The Flatlines, Boy Sets Fire, and more.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Doug Moore
Nine Inch Nails at Barclays Center - 10/14/13 (via Peg Samuel)
Last night (10/14)'s Nine Inch Nails/Godspeed You! Black Emperor show was the first time I've ever been to the Barclays Center. For a show-goer who's mostly used to bars and shitty clubs, walking into the Center is a bizarre experience. The combination of its size, its quasi-organic design, and its many flashing lights & screens make you feel like you're boarding a spaceship. Fitting, I suppose, for the lineup in question.
As weird as the Barclays Center itself is, seeing Godspeed You! Black Emperor there was even weirder. It's not always immediately apparent from listening to their music, but GY!BE are a deeply political band whose main sources of inspiration are social injustices and the eventual collapse of industrialized civilization. (You may remember their harsh response to winning a Polaris Prize a few weeks back.) Watching any band play a huge arena is surreal, but watching these guys bang out their epic jams in one, despite their loud antagonism towards the establishment, was even odder.
Barclays was still about half empty when GY!BE played, which wasn't really their fault -- the venue publicized an 8pm start time for the show, but had the band begin their set at 7:30. Dick move, especially given how great they sounded. GY!BE always sound big, but in the giant reverb echo chamber that is the Barclays interior, they were truly massive.
NIN's set had no such timing miscues. In fact, aside from a few tiny live sound glitches, it really had no miscues whatsoever. Trent Reznor and the backup musicians he recruits have always leaned towards the slick and polished side of things, but seeing them crank through a full two-hour set in full arena rock mode, complete with an extensive light show, virtually without stopping was quite the big-money spectacle. The set leaned fairly heavily towards NIN's new effort Hesitation Marks, but Reznor threw enough golden-era material (including epic set- and encore-ending renditions of "Head Like a Hole" and "Hurt") to please the mostly late-20s/early-30s crowd.
Reznor's only talking break to speak of came during the encore, when he took a moment to express his gratitude (and disbelief) that his project has continued to do so well for so long. The point was well-taken. Most people never fill a single arena; Reznor's been doing so on and off for 20 years. Talk about living the dream.
As discussed, Kanye West is going on his first solo headlining tour in five years, and as you may know, Kendrick Lamar is set to open most of it, but no openers were ever announced for the four NYC shows. Now it's finally been announced that Kendrick opens two of them, and the other two are being opened by... legendary Queens crew A Tribe Called Quest! The schedule for NYC looks like this:
November 19 - Barclays Center w/ Kendrick LamarTickets for all four shows are still available.
November 20 - Barclays Center w/ A Tribe Called Quest
November 23 - Madison Square Garden w/ Kendrick Lamar
November 24 - Madison Square Garden w/ A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad DJs the RSVPed-out NPR CMJ showcase that Pusha T (whose new album Kanye produced) plays.
Updated Kanye dates are listed below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Phoenix at Barclays Center - 10/2/13
Phoenix played just about every hit song of theirs that you can think of. No obscure deep cuts or French songs mixed in - just what the fans would order up. After a continuous dozen or so of those songs performed without a break or much banter, Mars disappeared as his band-mates played the mostly instrumental "Love is Like a Sunset" while the screen behind the band depicted a drive through the streets of Paris. Until then the concert was low on glitz - mainly just straight singing and playing - but this was the first of a few wonderful little extras. The next was a blast of fake $100 bills into the crowdPhx-Barclays (3) before and during "Armistice", followed by Mars jumping into the crowd - not for the last time - just a foot or two away from me as he sang the anthemic "1901". Mars stayed close to the crowd, sitting at the edge of the stage with fans' hands surrounding him for the one lullaby of the evening, "Countdown". The slow song - which featured only Mars and Chris Mazzalai playing guitar - plus "If I Ever Feel Better" built the tension for "one of the first songs we ever wrote ... a dance song, so feel free to dance", "Funky Squaredance." [2bitmonkey]Phoenix have been on a tour which currently has the band in Austin for two weekends of ACL Festival (one happened, the next starts today [10/11]) and a surprise show in a high school gym. (Not the only surprise show at a high school to happen this week.) Just before the first weekend of ACL, Phoenix stopped in NYC for a big NYC show at Barclays Center on October 2 with The Vaccines. Their set at that show leaned most heavily on their last two albums -- this year's Bankrupt! and their 2009 breakthrough, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix -- and they included a couple oldies too. Their full setlist, pictures and videos from the show are in this post.
THOM YORKE plays Barclays Center (with Flea) tonight/Friday with James Holden who then opens for Thom's good friend Four Tet in Williamsburg on Saturday, two days before Thom Yorke's good friend Flying Lotus plays Le Poisson Rouge (where Thom Yorke last played NYC, though Thom will be in Virgina by then).
ARCADE FIRE play Saturday Night Live (with Tina Fey) and a show after SNL Saturday, and then maybe will be around for the premiere of the Spike Jonze movie they soundtracked (along with Karen O) as part of the New York Film Festival, or related events (though "Her" doesn't actually premiere until the end of the film fest which runs through October 13). Superchunk, led by Arcade Fire's Merge Record label boss Mac, are also conveniently in NYC for the weekend.
JACK WHITE is on the lineup of Sunday's "Inside Llewyn Davis" event at Town Hall, another NY Film Fest related event (that Patti Smith, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, and the Avett Brothers are also playing) (if you miss it, it's being recorded for Showtime).
BONUS: Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), T. Griffin (The Quavers), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and Mira Billotte (of White Magic) are all at BAM Saturday night, Massive Attack, Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser are at Park Ave Armory for multiple days, John Zorn is having a birthday party with Mike Patton and more, Eugene Mirman is having a comedy festival, Jimmy Cliff is at Webster Hall, and Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Elvis Costello and more are playing in Central Park Saturday.
The possibilities are endless.
Watch the Arcade Fire's SNL teaser video and a teaser for the post-SNL show, below (see if you can decode the clues in Win's shirt to discover the location of Thom, Win and Jack's secret meeting)...
photos by Dylan Johnson
On the heels of their excellent third album, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend brought their tour to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Friday (9/20) -- the day after Yeah Yeah Yeahs played the same big venue -- for what was their largest headlining NYC show yet. VW split the set pretty evenly between all three of their albums, playing tons of highlights like "Giving Up the Gun," "Cousins," "Unbelievers," "A-Punk," and many more in their 23-song set, plus a cover of Blur's "Song 2." Opening the show was two pop singers with a Dev "Blood Orange" Hynes association, Solange and Sky Ferreira. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.
The show also streamed live on Sirius XM's Alt Nation, and if you missed it (or want to listen again), it rebroadcasts today (9/23) at 8 PM ET.
More pictures, plus VW's setlist and videos (including one of "Song 2"), below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Barclays Center - 9/19/13
Like fellow NYC indie rock bands The National have done and Vampire Weekend will do tonight (9/20), Yeah Yeah Yeahs made the jump to arenas last night (9/19), taking on their city's newest one, Barclays Center. They kicked off their set with two songs from this year's Mosquito ("Sacrilege" and "Under the Earth"), accompanied by the Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir. They then proceeded to dive into the rest of their catalog, mixing it up pretty well between all four full lengths (and including "Art Star" from their first EP), and delivered a characteristically lively show with lots of confetti. Pictures and the setlist from the show are in this post (Har Mar Superstar opened, but unfortunately we missed him).
More pictures below...
Schoolboy Q at #uncapped in NYC - 9/16/13 (via vitaminwater instagram)
Power 105.1's Powerhouse is returning this year, this time happening in Brooklyn on November 2 at Barclays Center with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Fabolous, Trey Songz, and K. Michelle. Tickets go on sale Saturday (9/21) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale and Internet presale (password: "power") starting today (9/19) at 10 AM.
For Kendrick Lamar, Powerhouse happens in the middle of his tour with Kanye West. Kanye's tour hits NYC on November 19 & 20 at Barclays Center and November 23 & 24 at MSG, but Kendrick hasn't been announced as an opener for those shows (neither has anyone else). Tickets for all four NYC shows are still available. Updated Kendrick dates are listed below.
Schoolboy Q was just in NYC for a vitaminwater #uncapped show on Monday (9/16), during which he brought out Kendrick Lamar to perform their song "Collard Greens." The pair also just performed the song on The Arsenio Hall Show (that's not a typo, he has a talk show again), and you can watch videos of both of those performances below.
Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was recently reported that Jay Z would be selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to Jason Kidd, and now he'll apparently be selling his stake in Brooklyn's Barclays Center too. Forbes reports:
Jay-Z has to unload his ownership interests in the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays BCS +2.1% Center due to his new sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. Roc Nation Sports' roster includes Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Skylar Diggins of the WNBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, and Victor Cruz of the New York Giants.Jay's tour comes to Barclays Center on January 12 and 13. Tickets for those shows are still available.
Jay-Z owns slightly less than one-fifth of one percent of the Barclay Center. New York City recently appraised the Barclays Center-based on its potential income-to be worth $741 million. That works out to about $1.5 million for Jay-Z's stake.
MGMT at Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
MGMT just released their psychedelic self titled album today (9/17), and along with the album's official release, they've announced a North American tour in support of it. The new album's weird sounds aren't really built for the arenas that "Kids," "Time to Pretend" and "Electric Feel" are, but lo and behold, the NYC date on this tour is on December 13 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, September 27 at 11 AM. All dates (many venues TBA) are listed below.
The band also just made a video for album track "Cool song No. 2" that stars Michael K. Williams aka Omar from The Wire (and Chalky White of Boardwalk Empire). Check it out, along with the list of dates, below...
Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tickets for the NYC stops on Kanye West's tour at Barclays Center (11/19) and Madison Square Garden (11/23) went on sale this morning, and Kanye immediately added second dates for each venue (Barclays on 11/20, MSG on 11/24). Tickets for all four are on sale now.
Kendrick Lamar opens most of the tour, but hasn't been announced for the NYC shows (neither has anyone else). Updated dates are listed below...
Kanye, Charlie Wilson, The Roots & a choir on 'Fallon'
Kanye West recently announced a tour with Kendrick Lamar, and following that announcement he appeared on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon to perform the closing track on Yeezus, "Bound 2." Kanye performed with backing from Fallon's house band The Roots, a choir doing the "bound to fall in love" vocal and Charlie Wilson joining him to sing his hook on the song. Check out the video of that performance below.
As discussed, Kanye's tour hits NYC on November 19 at Barclays Center and November 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for both shows go on AEG/Venue/Radio/TM/Twitter/AmEx presales Thursday (9/12) at 10 AM (password: "YEEZUS"). General on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 9 AM.
Kendrick, who we just caught at Williamsburg Park, hasn't been announced for the NYC shows (neither has anyone else).
Fallon video, and the list of all 'Yeezus' tour dates, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Depeche Mode @ Barclays Center, 9/6/2013
Hearing tracks such as "Policy of Truth," "Walking In My Shoes," "Personal Jesus," and "Enjoy The Silence," pretty much made the crowd go completely ballistic and even though at times, one would rather hear really obscure songs instead of the obvious hits, being in a stadium full of people reaching out to touch faith still gives me chills every time! Another major highlight was the not very often played "Black Celebration," which was a stadium sing-a-long and is such a welcomed fuck you to mainstream radio! - [According2G]As mentioned, Depeche Mode were in the NYC area over the weekend for two shows. We already posted pictures from Sunday's Jones Beach show, but here's a set from Friday night at Barclays Center. Comparing the setlists between the two shows, Jones Beach got more "classics," but Barclays Center was treated to deep cut "Black Celebration," the title track to their 1985 LP and gloomy lifestyle anthem. Full Barclays setlist is below.
Like at Jones Beach and other dates on this leg of the tour, Bat for Lashes opened at Barclays and we also caught her headlining show at Webster Hall the week before. More pics from Friday's Barclays Center show below...
Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
At Jay Z's Made In America Festival last weekend (8/31-9/1), he announced that he'd be doing a world tour in support of this year's Magna Carta Holy Grail, and that North American dates would be announced soon. Well, on the same day that Kanye announces his tour, Jay decided to confirm his as well.
The tour comes to NYC for two shows at Jay's own stomping grounds, Barclays Center on January 12 and 13, and other area dates include Mohegan Sun on January 17, Nassau Coliseum on January 19, and Prudential Center on January 22. A Citi cardmember presale begins Monday (9/9) at 10 AM, and Live Nation Mobile App and Facebook presales start Wednesday (9/11). More info on the Facebook presale at the tour's Facebook event (yeah, Jay Z's world tour has a Facebook event). General on-sales begin Thursday, September 12 at 10 AM via Ticketmaster.
Jay Z meanwhile is reportedly selling part or all of his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to Jason Kidd.
All Jay Z dates are listed, along with the video for "Holy Grail," below...
Kanye West has made recent festival appearances like NYC's Governors Ball and has gone on a collaborative tour with Jay Z, but the man behind two of rap's most acclaimed albums of the current decade hasn't actually gone on a solo headlining tour in five years. That will change this year though, as he's just announced North American dates spanning from October through December. Stacking the deck even more, another very exciting figure in today's rap world, Kendrick Lamar (who also played Governors Ball), will be opening.
The tour hits NYC for arena shows on November 19 at Barclays Center and November 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, September 13. All dates are listed below.
Kendrick isn't actually currently listed on either of the two NYC shows, but he will be in NYC to play Williamsburg Park on September 10 with Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Bishop Nehru. Tickets for that show are still available.
Jay Z just announced a tour too, including two nights at Barclays Center.
Meanwhile, there's a bunch of other great upcoming hip hop shows happening in NYC.
All Kanye dates are listed, along with the video for "Black Skinhead," below...
Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earlier this year, Jay Z announced he'd be selling his 'miniscule stake in the Brooklyn Nets,' and it's now being reported that part or all of that stake will be sold to Nets coach Jason Kidd. Reports NY Post:
We're told Kidd will take over Jay's .067 percent (1/15th of a percent) stake in the team for about $500,000.Jay is still the director of Barclays Center though (where the Nets play). Upcoming shows there include Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Beyonce (all four of whom just played the Jay Z-curated Made In America fest), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Vampire Weekend, and more.
The move comes as Jay was forced to sell his Nets shares over a conflict of interest after he started a sports agency, Roc Nation, signing clients including Yankee Robinson Cano and Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant.
A source told us, "Other owners want to give Jason a part ownership of the team, and urged Jay to sell his shares to him."
Amazingly, Jay was introduced to the team in 2003 by Drew Katz, the son of one of the Nets' principal owners, after Kidd, then the Nets' marquee point guard, suggested the music mogul buy the team.
According to reports, Jay helped design the team logos and choose the Nets' stark black-and-white color scheme, and personally appealed to National Basketball Association officials to drop their objections to it.