Entries tagged with: Best Buy Theater
The Best Buy Theater in Times Square, which used to be the Nokia Theatre before that, is no more. It has been renamed the PlayStation Theater. (Before Nokia it was the Sony Astor Plaza movie theater, so it's a bit of a return, corporate-wise.) Upcoming shows at the now Playstation Theater include Danzig on 10/21 and King Diamond on 11/19 - 11/21. So if you have tickets for those, don't forget, and don't get confused: Best Buy is no more. This is the dawn of the age of PlayStation.
D'Angelo played The Apollo on Saturday, his first US show since the release of Black Messiah, and he's since added another show here to happen when he returns from his European tour. Billed as D'Angelo and the Vanguard, he'll play Best Buy Theater on March 11. $80 (!) tickets will be on sale Friday, 2/13, at noon.
No other US dates have been announced yet, but all currently known dates are listed below...
Scion is hosting a free-with-RSVP "Open Mic" show at Public Assembly on Wednesday, 11/7 with DJ Getlive!, Action Bronson, and Harry Fraud. Harry Fraud and friends will be performing the complete Cigarette Boats EP. Unclear if one of those "friends" will be Curren$y who is a crucial piece of that EP and who plays Best Buy Theater with Mimosa two days later.
Due to complications from Hurricane Sandy, Haunted Hill will be POSTPONED. Hang on to your tickets, as a new date will be announced very shortly.Updated Cypress Hill dates are listed below...
The in-store meet and greet at Gotham Smoke Shop in Huntington Station, NY on October 30th will also be rescheduled for a later date. More to follow soon.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Adam Ant @ Best Buy Theatre, 10/6/2012
The Hollywood Reporter: It's been 17 years since you last toured America and released your last record. What made you think the time was right for a comeback?Armed with two drummers to get that Burundi-style Kings of the Wild Frontier sound, new wave icon Adam Ant played a sold-out The Best Buy Theatre on Saturday (10/6) and, much like his recent show in Austin, gave a hit filled performance, including "Desperate Not Serious," "Antmusic," "Dog Eat Dog," "Stand and Deliver" and "Goody Two-Shoes." At 58, he's still quite spry... and can still yodel with the best of them. The crowd, many of whom came dressed up for the show in pirate garb, ate the whole thing up like Cap'n Crunch. You can check out the setlist and lots more pictures from Saturday's show below, including ones of openers The Brothers from Brazil. Adam Ant has a new album at the ready, Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter, that should be out early 2013.
Adam Ant: I went to see This Is It in London after Michael Jackson passed away. I sat there and thought, "A lot of the performers are going." Poly Styrene passed away, and a number of other musicians. There is only a certain time in your life when you can physically keep doing this. I'm pretty fit, and I thought, now's a great time to get back on board. And I was writing; I'd had the album in the can. So I recorded the album, and I thought, "Let's go!"
[This Is It] was quite a good film from the point of view of the mechanics of putting a show together. That's how I used to put shows together -- not on that dance level, but when I did [1982's] Prince Charming Revue in Great Britain, it was very complicated. LIke putting together an opera. I missed putting the album and show together. [The film] gave me that little nod to get back on with it. - [Hollywood Reporter]
"Anschutz Co is considering the sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), whose portfolio of assets ranges from sports teams to concert venues, according to a source familiar with the situation.AEG Live owns Goldenvoice who does Coachella, handles tours like Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, and Paul McCartney, and owns/runs venues around the country like Best Buy Theater in NYC where it also exclusively books the new Williamsburg Park. They got a lot of press after Michael Jackson died. The LA Times focuses their story on AEG's ownership of the Kings and Staples Center, and points out that "other bidders could include Madison Square Garden Co., which owns the iconic New York sports arena and the Knicks basketball team, sports consultant Ganis said."
Owned by billionaire Phillip Anschutz, AEG owns a concert division called AEG Live that ranks as the nation's second-largest show promoter behind Live Nation Entertainment (LYV.N), controlling such venues as London's famous O2 arena and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Its other assets include the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and the L.A. Galaxy soccer team.
A sale of AEG could fetch several billion dollars, the source said.
This is not the first time that Anschutz has explored a sale of some or all of AEG. In 2008, IAC's (IACI.O) Ticketmaster and Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N) came close to acquiring 49 percent of the AEG Live concert division for roughly $400 million. But those talks eventually flamed out and Ticketmaster went on to merge with Live Nation." [Reuters]
AEG recently partnered with C3, owner of Lolla and ACL, to buy Front Gate Tickets.
photos by Greg Cristman
Chicago industrial-metal favorites Ministry are on tour and played Best Buy Theater in NYC on Saturday (6/23), with support from the awesomely dressed Blackburner and Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda. The shows are part of the band's (read: Al Jourgenson's) anti-retirement dates which conclude in the US with a pair of shows in their native Chicago later this week (Jun 28th and 29th at Vic Theater). The band will then play lots of dates in Europe over the rest of the summer.
Here are some pictures from the NYC show. More of them and the setlist, and all those dates too, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The concert really kicked into high gear when Weller and his band returned to the stage after the short break following the Sonik Kicks' performance for their acoustic set. They were joined again by the string section for some of the acoustic selections. In a nod to the informality of the acoustic set, Weller changed out of the suit that he'd been wearing during the Sonik Kicks portion of the show and returned to the stage in a T-shirt. The acoustic set started off with a spellbinding take on The Jam's "The Butterfly Collector." It received a big reaction from the crowd when it ended. The acoustic takes on "All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)" and "You Do Something To Me" also got big cheers from the packed house. The acoustic set was the best-sounding part of the show because, for some reason, there was a lot of distortion in the sound during the electric performances.After an invite-only show at the John Varvatos store on Thursday, Paul Weller played two nights at the Best Buy Theater in Times Sq on Friday (5/18) and Saturday (5/19) with openers Desert Sharks. Weller performed three sets -- Sonik Kicks in full, an acoustic set backed by a string section, and then an electric set of career-spanning favorites. Weller plays Toronto tonight. The Goldmine review above is from Saturday night's show, but our pictures are from Friday night.
The main set closed out with the electric set. "From The Floorbaords Up," "Wake Up The Nation," "Foot Of The Mountain," and "Echoes Round The Sun" all got a stellar live treatment by Weller and the band. But they were saving the best for last. The closing song of the main set, "Whirlpool's End," received an absolutely blistering take by Weller and crew that left the crowd, many of them already hoarse from singing along during much of the show, roaring with approval. [Goldmine]
More pictures of Paul Weller's show (and openers Desert Sharks), and Weller's setlists for both nights, are below.
by Klaus Kinski
At 12:06AM on February 25, 2012 I tweeted "Am I the only person here who fires up GTA IV just to hop in a car, tune in to "The Journey" and just drive?" If you don't know, The Journey is a radio station featured on GTA IV that specializes in New Age music. It is the chillest radio station, and if it was a real thing here in NYC I'd listen to it constantly. To sit on ones couch, throw on some headphones, drink booze, and drive aimlessly around Liberty City listening to the Journey is probably the most profound form of laziness, lifelessness, and lack of motivation I can think of; and man, it's bliss. The Journey features songs that conjure up images of pot-smoking, space travel, astrology and astronomy by artists including Terry Riley, Steve Roach, Michael Shrieve, Jean Michel Jarre, Philip Glass, Tangerine Dream, Aphex Twin, and Ray Lynch. Sure, this shit might be cheesy, but if it wasn't for these folks half the electronic, ambient music you like wouldn't exist. They are the godfathers of mellow.
As it happens, the tune by Tangerine Dream is my favorite cut on that dial. Prior to GTA IV I had SOME familiarity with Krautrock pioneers Tangerine Dream, but it was their inclusion on The Journey that made me want to delve into their (unbelievably fucking massive) catalogue head first and I soon became a devotee of them. The other day at work I was at my computer listening to Vangelis of all things when a guy, who I'll refer to as BV, chimed in through gchat to tell me that Tangerine Dream has some US dates scheduled including July 7th at the Best Buy Theatre in NYC!! How BV knew I was into Tangerine is a mystery to me. And how he had the timing to tell me when I was listening to new age legend Vangelis is just plain scary.
Anywhoozle, RIGHT NOW Tickets to the NYC show are in Amex and internet presale. Regular people can get tickets when they go on sale to the public today, Friday April 13th at noon.
More tour dates and their cut from The Journey are below.
Off! @ Scoot Inn for BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tanner Douglass)
"Tickets to the July 18 Brooklyn Refused & Off! concert at Williamsburg Park will be available on Friday, March 30 at 12pm EST via Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone 800.745.3000, Service charge free tickets are available at the Best Buy Theater box office, 1515 Broadway at West 44th Street, 212.930.1950, and Sound Fix Records, Williamsburg's independent record store, located at 44 Berry Street in Brooklyn."More Refused & Off! dates HERE.
As you've surely known for a while now if you bought a ticket to tonight's NYC show at Best Buy Theater, that Adam Ant show was postponed to October 6th. Tickets for the new NYC date are on sale, and all dates are listed below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"The WU TANG show at best buy theatre was jenkin like fuck 2nite..only thing was missing was @Raekwon @GhostfaceKillah the clan did it up doe" - LYVE1OH
Wu-Tang Clan recently played a few NYC-area dates including Best Buy Theater on Sunday (12/18). No Raekwon & Ghostface unfortunately, but Method Man, RZA, Masta Killa and others from the crew were in the house. Here are some pictures and videos from that show
In related news, Wu-Tang Clan revealed via facebook that Method Man is working on his "last album produced by the RZA." As HipHopDX points out, it's not clear whether they mean that it's going to be Method Man's last album or the last album that RZA produces for him.
More pictures and videos from the NYC show, and a recently-posted Ghostface vs Narduwar video, below...
Keith Murray, EPMD, and Redman of Hit Squad
Best Buy Theater in Times Square will welcome the return of the Hit Squad on February 24th, the hip hop crew which included EPMD, Redman, Keith Murray, K-Solo, and Das EFX before splintering into the Def Squad after the EPMD break-up. The show will feature all previously-mentioned members (and not Hurricane G or Knucklehedz) including Erick Sermon who has recoverd from his recent heart attack scare:
"I sat on the sofa and I got two sharp pains on my left-hand side," Sermon, 42, told Sway from the hospital where he has been recovering for the past five days.Get some rest Sermon! See you at Best Buy Theater on 2/24. Tickets go on sale Saturday.
The platinum producer didn't think much of the pain, though, and instead of seeking help, just shifted to a better position on the couch and kept watching TV. The next afternoon, Sermon began experiencing the pains in his side again and decided to head to the hospital. "When I got there, as soon as I hit the door, my whole left side cramped up on me and the heart palpitations started going really fast again and I started to get the pains again," he recalled.
The Long Island, New York, rap star seemed to have taken action just in the nick of time. According to Sermon, his blood pressure was "200 over 190," and if he would've waited much longer, things could have gotten far more serious. -[MTVNews]
In related news, Erick Sermon, Redman, and Keith Murray covered the Sugarhill Gang classic "Rapper's Delight" in the late 90s, and now you can catch the pioneering crew with Kurtis Blow, Cold Crush Brothers, Rob Base, Joeski Love, Lovebug Starski and DJ Hollywood on December 23rd at BB King's. Tickets are still available.
Check out some classic Hit Squad (and related) videos below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Talib Kweli @ Mohawk Friday night
As previously mentioned, Black Star will return for a pair of dates at Best Buy Theater, and on the same night. Saturday December 3rd will see Yasiin and Talib Kweli perform their only LP in its entirety at an 8:00 show and an 11:30 show. Tickets are on sale for both. Talib Kweli joined Res and band to form Idle Warship, at the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Saturday (10/22) before heading to the Duck Down vs Blacksmith showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg next door. Pictures from the BV party are on the way, but we have a set of pictures in this post from the show Talib Kweli played at the Mohawk one night earlier (yes he was in Texas playing a show after midnight the night before he headlined our show at 5pm in Brooklyn!).
In related news, Wu-Tang Clan (billed as with Method Man, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck, and Masta Killa) will also head to Best Buy Theater in the coming months, hitting the venue on December 18th as part of a string of live dates that will also include Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on 12/15 and Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY on 12/17. Tickets are on sale for all dates.
Inspektah Deck will also HEADLINE his own show at 285 Kent on 11/4, joining Ava Luna, DJ Dog Dick, and a DJ set from WFMU'S Marty McSorley. Tickets are on sale. The show is meant to wave goodbye to Babycastles, a collective of independent gaming designers that built an arcade inside Silent Barn.
In other "hip hop at Best Buy Theater" news, Jadakiss, Lloyd Banks, Juelz Santana, Fabolous, Meek Mills, French Montana, and Red Cafe will team for a Funkmaster Flex Presents event at the venue on 11/24. Tickets are on sale.
J Cole plays there tonight (10/25).
Talib Kweli's show Friday night at the Mohawk in Austin, TX was with G-Eazy and Franchize. More pictures from that 10/21 performance, and Wu Tang dates, below...
photos by Brook Bobbins, words by BBG
Before the Diplomats hit the stage, the DJ treated the highly energized crowd to a mix of current hits and classics - shouting out the late, great Harlem emcee Big L while mixing it up with hits by Rick Ross and Meek Mill. Once the Diplomats hit the stage, the crowd's energy level soared, chants of "Dipset!" accompanying the Diplomats as they performed songs like "Bout It Bout It Pt. 3," "Ground Zero" and "I'm Ready" . Instead of performing Diplomatic Immunity in its entirely as a group, the Diplomats split up and every member performed a solo set, revealing one of the deepest catalog of hits hip-hop has to offer. -[Stupid Dope]During those non-Diplomats sets at Best Buy Theater on 9/30, Jim Jones, Juelz and Cam all performed their solo material, bringing guests like Vado and ASAP Rocky to perform tracks from Gunz & Butta and the forthcoming Live.Love.A$AP respectively. Despite the billing as "Diplomatic Immunity in its entirety" the show seemed to be laid out more like a conventional Dipset show between the individual sets and the performance of only part of the advertised LP.
More pictures from the show below...
photos by Brook Bobbins
Talib Kweli / EPMD
The energy and atmosphere was so Hip-Hop in every way! The crowd roared as the legends of the game hit the stage. A top memorable moment of the event was the LOX reunion. Styles P, Jadakiss, and Sheek Louch all hit the stage and performed classic material. They all did solo verses as well. The crowd went crazy when Styles P did his verse off Rick Ross' " B.M.F." Overall it was a great night for Hip-Hop. If you were there you would have felt that love, that energy and most important, you would understand that Hip-Hop is not dead. -[MsDramatv.com]
Yo MTV Raps of 1990s exploded onto the stage at Best Buy Theater on June 30th, as Hot 97 hosted a lineup of hip hop greats from the era and beyond. Headlined by Talib Kweli, the show featured appearances from EPMD, The Lox, Large Professor, M.O.P., Keith Murray, Nice n Smooth, Brand Nubian, and many many others. Pictures from the show, which include shots of DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, JuJu of The Beatnuts, Lil' Ceasar, and many others, continue below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum, words by BBG
Last night's posted set times:The welcome home Mobb Deep show for Prodigy last night at Best Buy Theater (5/12), their first in three years, featured appearances from some of the biggest names of the 90's. Method Man appeared during fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface & Raekwon's set, and again during a DJ set from one of the crew's biggest supporters in their early years, DJ Stretch Armstrong. Ghost & Rae closed with Ol' Dirty Bastard classic and crowd favorite "Shimmy Shimmy Ya".
7:00PM-8:00-DJ JEFF CHAIRMAN MAO
8:00-8:30-BLACK THOUGHT & MONEY MAKING JAM BOYS
8:30-9:00-DJ STRETCH ARMSTRONG
9:00-10:00-GHOSTFACE & RAEKWON
10:00-10:15-DJ STRETCH ARMSTRONG
Unlike in the days before the release of their classic LP The Infamous, Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep did not freestyle rhymes over Stretch beats, but Black Thought did open the show dropping freestyle verses before The Money Making Jam Boys joined him on stage.
And the 41st side crew had a surprise of their own during their headlining set, bringing out Lil Kim for a rendition of the awesome "Quiet Storm". Video of that, Mobb Deep performing "Burn" and "Right Back At You", and more pictures from the whole show, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Doro Pesch & Lemmy in Times Square
"When you're at a Motorhead show there is only one thing to do, get yourself lost in the music and follow the rhythm of the crowd. The vibrations of the amplifiers, the feedback, the music, and your aggression guide your body. All body functions like hunger, sweat, fatigue, your bladder, don't exist at a Motorhead show. It's only when the music ends you realize you have to drain, which is how a good old fashioned rock show is supposed to be.The Motorhead, Clutch & Valient Thorr tour continues at House of Blues in Atlantic City tonight (3/4). It hit Best Buy Theater in Times Square on 2/28, and a set of pictures from that show, Motorhead's setlist included, continues below...
Other highlights of the night was the New York return of Mikkey Dee, who absent the last time they came around due to a comittment to the Swedish version of "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here," Lemmy's shout out to 1983 (the year I was born), and last but certainly not least, Doro Pesch (of Warlock fame) joining the band for "Killed by Death."" [Examiner]
photos by Chris Gersbeck, words by Klaus Kinski
Tim and Eric played two shows at The Best Buy Theater in NYC on Saturday November 27th to extremely packed crowds. I am pretty sure there were no other events scheduled at the venue earlier in the day, but upon entering the live room for the early show you could have told me that High Times had sponsored an Official Farting Contest earlier in the day and I would have believed you (it smelled like weed and farts in there). I got there just as Neil Hamburger hit the stage, and he did an all-too-short set that can only be described as perfect. And classic. After a very brief post-Hamburger intermission, T&E staple David Liebe Hart appeared on the video screen to introduce the show and warm up the crowd. Overall the show was pretty funny. We saw skits that featured T&E's Chrimbus characters, Jim Heckler and Derrick Whipple (probably my favorite T&E characters ever), and more, as well as videos and a performance by Pusswhip Banggang.
Though I do prefer the TV show much more; the editing, sound design, and overall craziness that can be achieved on television works better for me than seeing skits of theirs played out on stage, but the live show was still funny as hell. More pictures from the late show (some a bit NSFW), below...
Wu-Tang Clan @ Rock the Bells over the summer (more by Brook Bobbins)
Wu-Tang Clan are touring in December. That includes two NYC-area shows around Christmas and New Years. They hit Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on December 23rd (one day after Big Boi plays Terminal 5), and Best Buy Theater in NYC on December 29th. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday at noon.
Their California dates are at the beginning of December. Between NJ and NYC they hit Toad's Place in CT on 12/26 which is one day before Raekwon opens a show at Terminal 5. They end the month with a New Years Eve show at Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale, PA (population 4028) (it's close to Pittsburgh) (Cloud Cult plays there this Tuesday night).
Wu-Tang last played as a group on the summer's Rock the Bells tour, but both GZA and Ghostface played shows in NYC during CMJ. Raekwon showed up to assist Ghostface at BB King's on 10/22. One of the GZA shows was a surprise appearance at Brooklyn Bowl with Kanye "penis on the Internet" West and many others.
Some videos from CMJ and all dates below...
photos by Greg Cristman
[Gary Numan]'s stop in New York to promote "The Pleasure Principle Tour 2010" marks the 30th anniversary and re-issue of his groundbreaking album, which he is performing in its' entirety. Written when he was a mere 21 years old, The Pleasure Principle debuted in 1979 but only charted Stateside a year later. Propelled by the monumental single, "Cars", the album was a watershed as disco yielded to new wave and power pop...Numan was supported by Rasputina and Boom Boom Satellites (who recently played Irving Plaza) at the sold-out Best Buy Theatre in Times Square Saturday night (10/23). The NYC show was part of an ongoing tour. Gary performs the full album each night.
Not content to stand idly in front of his instrument, Numan took every opportunity to move and thrash about; though for the duration of the performance of The Pleasure Principle he seemed content to let the music wash over the crowd. And they soaked it up, bouncing and singing along to songs like "Films" and "M.E.". As the album is only 41 minutes in length, it was a short time to the highly anticipated performance of the ubiquitous "Cars" and Numan did not disappoint. The Pleasure Principle concludes with "Engineers" and in spite of the poignant darkness of the lyrics ("All that we know/Is hate and machinery") the crowd cheered wildly as Numan gracefully expressed his gratitude with a beaming nod. -[Consequence of Sound]
More pictures from NYC, with Gary's setlist (nine songs after the album included), below...
computer rendering of Best Buy Theater marquee (via NY Times)
For whatever reason, I prefer "Nokia Theater" - it almost doesn't sound like a sponsored name or I just got used to it. "Best Buy Theater" on the other hand - all I can think about is blue and yellow ("Danzig played the Best Buy Theater" doesn't sit well).... Press release below...