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that (first) time Aziz met Kanye
Kanye

We couldn't be prouder of BrooklynVegan's first-ever event host Aziz Ansari, who like one of his favorite bands before him, and Kanye many times, will headline NYC's iconic Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2014. Tickets go on on sale to the general public Friday, 06/13 at noon. a Fanclub Presale starts one day earlier.

Other dates on the Parks & Recreation actor's short "Modern Romance" tour are in TX, Vegas, Philly and DC. They're listed (in a tour poster) below..

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"I woke up this morning and thought the whole MSG run was a dream." - @SoYeahBrah

Phish @ MSG (via @phishfromtheroad)
Phish

2013 marked 30 years since Phish first formed on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. Keyboardist Page McConnell mentioned the occasion on New Year's Eve 2012-2013 and then there was little talk of the anniversary throughout the year...until last night. The quartet finally celebrated their anniversary last night at Madison Square Garden as part of their New Year's Run finale at the NYC venue. The members of the band loaded on top of a truck made to simulate a stage of a club from early in their career for Tuesday night's second set. Phish also tipped their hats to the band's first gig by using hockey sticks as microphone stands and an extremely basic gear setup. Furthermore, in between the end of the third set and the encore, a montage showing scenes from the past 30 years was displayed on The Garden's scoreboard. With the exception of the "Auld Lang Syne" that signaled the start of 2014, Phish didn't play any covers throughout the four night run. [JamBase]
Phish played their four-night run at Madison Square Garden starting on December 28 and leading up to New Year's Eve. Like the review quoted above mentions, they only played one cover over the course of the four nights, which were in celebration of their 30th anniversary as a band. You can check out the setlists from all four nights below.

In less happy news, like at Phish's recent Halloween run in Atlantic City, more than a few people were arrested outside of MSG on the nights of the shows. NY Times reports:

At least 228 people were arrested or received summonses at shows on the first three nights of a four-night stand that was to end Tuesday with a New Year's Eve performance and undoubtedly more arrests.

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While ticket scalping and public urination accounted for some of the arrests over the first two days, most were linked to narcotics possession and sales. Undercover officers have confiscated marijuana, hash, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, MDMA or ecstasy, amphetamine and prescription drugs like Oxycodone, OxyContin and Xanax, among other drugs, the authorities said.

Most of the offenders were charged with misdemeanors or given summonses, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office. So far, 10 people have been charged with felonies, most of them for attempting to sell drugs to undercover police officers.

The article also points out that Phish fans were handing out a pamphlet which included, among other things, a plea for Phish to play New Year's Eve in a different venue:
"How about visiting some other great Northeast venues?" the pamphlet said. "You know the ones that have affordable accommodations, easy transportation, and where Our Community is thoroughly welcomed by the Local Community?"
Setlists from all four nights below...

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Billy Joel

Who's in the mood for a melody? Call your dad. Billy Joel is about to start a very, very long residency at MSG,

"Joining the ranks of The Garden's other original franchises - including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty - Billy Joel will kick off this franchise at The Garden performing a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27, 2014. The first four previously announced shows -- January 27, February 3, March 21, April 18 are sold out. The just announced May 9 show, which is also Billy's 65th birthday, will be available to Citi cardmembers during an exclusive presale from December 4th at 10am (EST) through December 6th at 10pm (EST). Tickets will then be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10am (EST) on Saturday, December 7th.
The piano man also plays Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. Billy's friend Elton John starts a 2-night run at MSG tonight.

Full Billy Joel MSG press release below...

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MSG
MSG

Madison Square Garden has been undergoing some renovations recently (which is at least one reason Barclays Center has been getting so many good shows), and they've started debuting pictures of their work. The most recent one is the new LED video display system:

Madison Square Garden unveiled [Monday, 10/21] the design for the Arena's new state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind, center-hung multi-media display. The display will serve as the centerpiece of The Garden's brand-new LED video display system, known as GardenVision, which will debut on October 25 as part of the third and final phase of The Garden's unprecedented, $1 billion, three-year Transformation. This cutting-edge system will include more than 20 individually produced LED displays, providing fans with an enhanced visual experience while at The World's Most Famous Arena.

"With the completion of our historic Madison Square Garden Transformation, The World's Most Famous Arena has also now become the world's most state-of-the-art arena, ensuring that we continue our tradition of providing our fans with the very best experience possible when they attend an event at The Garden," said Hank Ratner, president and chief executive officer, The Madison Square Garden Company. "Among the many new technological advancements in the Arena is our new one-of-a-kind GardenVision system, featuring the industry's most dynamic multi-media display with a unique circular design and stunning image clarity, guaranteeing fans all around the Arena will get to experience the magic and excitement of The Garden up-close and in high-definition."
This comes a week after they just finished up the new Chase Bridges:
Madison Square Garden[Monday, 10/14] unveiled new construction photos of the Chase Bridges, which will debut later this month as part of the third and final phase of the unprecedented $1 billion, top-to-bottom Arena Transformation project. The two first-of-their-kind Chase Bridges will offer a premium experience for fans with one of the most unique seats in any sports arena.

In a nod to New York City's many renowned suspension bridges, the Chase Bridges are suspended from The Garden's iconic ceiling by 24 (north bridge) and 26 (south bridge) steel tube hangers. First-class food and beverage options are steps away from the seats, including MSG Signature Collection offerings from top New York chefs and restaurateurs. The Chase Bridges include colors, design elements and curving forms that compliment and seamlessly integrate with the distinctive interior architecture of The Garden's bowl. Each bridge is 233 feet long and 22 feet wide, and together they weigh a total of 662 tons. The two bridges combined will seat 430 fans for New York Knicks and New York Rangers games; a limited number of individual tickets are still available via NYKnicks.com and NYRangers.com. Seating on the bridges will also be available for select concerts and other events at The Garden, depending upon event set-up.
A couple of the pictures are above. A couple more are below.

Upcoming shows at the fixed up venue include Kanye West, Phish, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Paramore with Metric, and more.

Continue reading "MSG unveils pics from the renovation"

Irving Azoff
Irving Azoff

Former Live Nation head Irving Azoff has teamed with the
Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) for a new music venture called Azoff MSG Entertainment. Forbes reports that MSG agreed to pay Azoff Music Management $125 million and contribute a $50 million line of credit for the new company. Not a record company in the old school sense, AMSGE offers 360 Deals which encompass all aspects of their careers. Writes Forbes:

What makes this venture interesting is that the company will have four divisions; artist management, music publishing, television production and live event branding, and digital branding. Couple that with the many venues owned by MSG that could host concerts with the company's artists, and you have a look at what the new world record major label looks like.

For the record, Azoff and MSG chairman James Dolan aren't calling this a record label, but they don't have to. It's an outdated term for an outdated concept anyway. The traditional record label combined talent scouting, artist development, distribution and marketing, but each of those operations have changed substantially in the new millennium. Record labels now have fewer A&R talent scouts than ever, and in this one-failure-and-done atmosphere we live in, artist development is merely a nice term with little execution. Couple that with a dying brick and mortar music retail business and companies that market really well in media that mostly doesn't matter nearly as much to music consumers as it once did, and you can see that something in the way the current music business is run has to change. - [Forbes]

Barclays Center (more by Greg Cristman)
Barclays Center

Barclays Center, the arena in Brooklyn that has challenged Madison Square Garden in the New York City market, sold more tickets than any other arena in the United States for the first six months of the year, and led the country in gross ticket sales for concerts and family shows as well, according to tallies published this week in Billboard and Pollstar magazines.

The numbers were a remarkable showing for the rust-colored arena on Atlantic Avenue, which opened in late September last year with a string of concerts by Jay Z. Overall, Barclays ranked No. 2 worldwide in ticket sales with $46.9 million, second to the O2 Arena in London, with $119 million, Billboard reported. Madison Square Garden was fourth with $39 million. [NY Times]

Raise their numbers even highter by buying even more tickets at Ticketmaster. Cirque do Soleil is there through Sunday, and then comes Bieber followed by Beyonce. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs play there in September.

You may have noticed these MSG show posters popping up around NYC....

Dr Dre

Let's face it. Kanye West would never let anyone bill him 5th on a poster, but regardless, even with the typos, this concert bill popping up around NYC that claims Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Eminem, A$AP Rocky and Andre 3000 are playing Madison Square Garden on a "Thuesday" is sure to get more than a few people excited about a show that is not actually happening.

Who would do such a thing??? Well, the likely culprit is artist Andre Saraiva who allegedly pulled a similar stunt with Daft Punk, Phoenix, Air & more in Paris. A fake Beach Boys, Phoenix, Beastie Boys (really?), The Faint & Tame Impala poster has also been seen in LA.

Thanks Nick Masi for the photo!

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Stevie Nicks / Lindsey Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood) are back this year and are currently on an extensive tour that stopped in NYC for its first area show last night (4/8) at Madison Square Garden. They, not surprisingly, played more from Rumours than any other album, with huge hits like "Dreams," "Don't Stop," and "Go Your Own Way," in addition to some of its much-loved non-singles like "The Chain" and "Never Going Back Again." More interestingly, the album they tapped into second most was Rumours' "weird" followup Tusk, which has gained much of the credit it deserves over the years.

They also played a new song, "Sad Angel," which will appear on the band's new EP. Consequence of Sound points to a video of the band playing that song at their Philly show (4/6) where Lindsey said the EP would be out "in a few days." That video and the full setlist, pictures, and a video from the MSG show are in this post.

Fleetwood Mac's tour returns to the NYC area two more times this month for shows at Mohegan Sun on April 20 and Prudential Center on April 24, and after heading around the rest of the country, makes one more stop for their big outdoor show at Jones Beach on June 22. Tickets for all three of those shows are still available.

More pictures, setlist, and videos below...

Continue reading "Fleetwood Mac played Madison Square Garden, releasing a new EP (pics, setlist, videos)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Sigur Ros @ MSG 3/25/2013
Sigur Ros

They started the show with a giant screen draped over them, casting a giant silhouette of Jónsi towing away with his bowed guitar. Looking like he was the wizard of oz of MSG, he has all of us instantly transfixed. When the screen dropped, the band seemed to take it as a cue to take things up a notch. This was because the band (now a 3-piece) was backed up by a large set of backing musicians who played just about every instrument you could think of.

Playing for nearly 2-hours, it seemed like a lifetime journey spent with the band, in the best way possible. One minute they have you on the verge of tears, and the very next your feeling a spiritual high. A Sigur Ros show has the power and emotional transgression of a religious experience, an amazing feat considering not a single word of English was uttered other than a quick hello or thank you. They do so with their sounds and sight, giving us a spectacular light show backed by moving images that were breathtaking enough to be considering another band member. - [We All Want Someone to Shout For]

As part of their massive North American tour, Iceland's Sigur Ros played their biggest NYC concert ever last night (3/23) at Madison Square Garden. The band previewed a few songs from their forthcoming album, Kveikur (out 6/18), in addition to established favorites. Setlist is below. If you went, what did you think of the show? More pics, plus video of the band performing "Kveikur" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, are below.

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Sigur Ros

Sigur Ros sent out the following message today:

a band note about madison square garden show

almost a dozen years ago we played our first nyc show at irving plaza. we'd originally booked to do angel orensanz, but it blew out fast and we had to move to the bigger room. even so, all the way through the subsequent beacon theaters, united palaces, radio city music halls, even, we never thought we'd get to play madison square garden. it just seemed so...iconic?, establishment?, or maybe just big? when we performed downstairs at the madison square theater in 2006, billy joel was doing a 15-night run above us. that seemed like the right order of things. and yet, here we are, two weeks out from what we can only described as the big one!

we are currently "warming up" in europe, so that when we hit the east coast we are the real hot tamale for y'all. of course, we would say the show's great, but, you know what?, it is. there will be a bunch of new songs and all the stuff we currently love the most from our back pages, all set to the best and brightest production we've ever managed to cram in a small fleet of trucks. most of the show's sold, but there are still some tickets left with the building just having opened up more seats at $35. plus, everyone buying tickets gets a free 3-track digital ep of new material, which will be sent out in advance of the show. we're excited. we hope you are too.

- sigur rós

The MSG show was first announced as part of tour in November 2012.

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Andrew Sacher

Passion Pit @ MSG
Passion Pit
Passion Pit

Passion Pit took their tour with Matt & Kim and Icona Pop to NYC for their largest headlining show in the city yet on Friday (2/8) at Madison Square Garden. Despite the blizzard that hit Northeast that day, the NYC show went on and the place was still pretty packed. The band came out to similar bursts of neon that populate the cover of their great 2012 album, Gossamer, and opened with that album's skittering track, "I'll Be Alright." They continued making their way through a 17-song set that was split pretty evenly between both full lengths and ended with a blizzard of confetti for the encore performance of "Sleepyhead."

Though the MSG show went on as planned, the band also had a Boston show scheduled for Saturday (2/9), which they pushed forward a day. More pictures from the MSG show and the setlist (which was pretty much the same as Boston's) below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit played Madison Square Garden w/ Icona Pop and Matt & Kim (pics, setlist)"

Passion Pit

"Boston show is postponed until Sun 2/10 due to snow. All tickets will be honored & refunds available at point of purchase. MSG is still on." - Passion Pit
Good luck to all those venturing out!

Icona Pop are on at 8pm. Then Matt & Kim. Then Passion Pit's (probably) biggest show of their career!

And check out our list of NYC shows that are cancelled.

Wook down - night 1 @ MSG
Phish wook

Phish kicked off their four-night, annual New Year's run at Madison Square Garden on Friday (12/28) and will wrap it up tonight, New Year's Eve. Tonight's show is sold out though naturally there are plenty on Stubhub for those willing to pay at least $265 each.

The setlists of the first three nights, which are expectedly very different from each other, include covers of Led Zeppelin, The Velvet Underground, TV on the Radio, Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads, and other artists. You can check them all out, along with few shots from the crowd from last night's show (by Robert Altman), below...

Continue reading "Phish played 3 nights at MSG, will again tonight (pics, setlists)"

Christmas is cancelled

Tegan and Sara just added a 2nd headlining show at Beacon Theater in NYC, and lost an even bigger one that they were supposed to open this week...

In addition to cancelling tonight's show at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center, The Killers are forced to cancel their show at New York City's Madison Square Garden tomorrow, December 14th due to lead singer Brandon Flowers coming down with laryngitis. Organizers hope to have a new date for The Killers' return to NYC very soon. Ticket holders are encouraged to hold on to their tickets for this future date; refunds are also available at point of purchase.

The Killers would like to apologize to their fans in New York City for this cancellation.

That is a big show to cancel!

by Andrew Sacher

Paulvana (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Maccavana

The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.

Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.

Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."

But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Videos and setlist from last night are below...

Continue reading "12/12/12 Concert @ MSG - videos & setlist (Paul McCartney w/ Nirvana mems, Chris Martin w/ Michael Stipe, Kanye West & more)"

The Stones setup @ Barclays Center (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Stones

The Rolling Stones are playing Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight (did you get a ticket?), and as wished/hoped/rumored, they were in fact added to the much-scalped Hurricane Sandy Benefit happening at Madison Square Garden on 12/12, a show that will be very "widely distributed"...

The producers of "12-12-12" announced today that the concert at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012, at 7:30 PM (ET) to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy, will have unprecedented and historic global distribution, similar to that of the Superbowl, the Academy Awards®, and the Grammys®.

Nearly 2 billion people worldwide will be able to access "12-12-12" on television, radio and the internet. The concert, presented by Chase, will be available to all 114 million television households in the US and to more than 400 million television households outside the country via networks and feeds in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Further elevating this event to its historic levels of distribution is live streaming on the largest online video services in the world, including YouTube, AOL, Yahoo, Hulu, and others. Combined, these video streaming services reach over 1.4 billion monthly unique users worldwide.

In addition, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, with its 239 million monthly listeners and more than 48 million monthly digital uniques, will broadcast the concert live on its radio stations across the country, and will also video stream live on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio service, and across the websites and Facebook pages of its 850 stations.

The Stones join the all-star line-up that already included Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney.

AND: "A new list of celebrity presenters was also released today, including Steve Buscemi, Jessica Chastain, Chelsea Clinton, Sean Combs, Billy Crystal, Leo DiCaprio, Jimmy Fallon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Karlie Kloss, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon, Jon Stewart, Kristen Stewart, Quentin Tarantino, and Brian Williams."

Stay tuned for Check out the Barclays Center setlist, guests Mary J. Blige and Gary Clark Jr. included.

The Rolling Stones' two NJ shows happen right after MSG.

MSG

"Shameless scalpers are making big bucks by marking up tickets to a star-studded benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Tickets for the "12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief" at Madison Square Garden -- with face values between $150 and $2,500 -- are being resold online for as much as $60,000.
"The scalpers should get their asses handed to them! They should be publicly shamed," said Bill Hind, 44, of Brooklyn, who has volunteered at hard-hit New Dorp Beach, Staten Island, for weeks. "How dare you make money off someone else's misery?"

Michael Sullivan, whose family was displaced from Breezy Point by the storm, was equally disgusted -- yet not surprised the scalpers would try to turn a profit on the backs of Sandy survivors.

"They would sell tickets to their mother's funeral if they could get a deal," Sullivan, 51, said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sounded the alarm on Thursday.

"I find it appalling that scalpers are trying to profit off this charitable concert," Schumer wrote to StubHub and TicketLiquidator." [Daily News]

Tickets for the 12/12 show went on sale 12/3. If you can't be there, you can watch it live on AMC.

MSG

We were wondering... and now here we go:

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company announced today that Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder will be joining the esteemed lineup of artists of the "12-12-12" concert on December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden, with proceeds to benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Tickets to this one-night-only special event will go on sale on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12 p.m. (ET). The all-star lineup includes, Jon Bon Jovi who will now be performing with Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who, with other top artists to be announced. The concert will be presented by Chase.
No Rolling Stones. And:
Tickets for "12-12-12" will go on sale Monday, December 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET through Ticketmaster phones, outlets and www.ticketmaster.com, www.thegarden.com and www.radiocity.com. Tickets will be available at a variety of price levels. Ticketmaster has generously agreed to waive its ticket service charges. VIP packages will be made available through the Robin Hood Foundation. Information on those packages is available by contacting The Robin Hood Foundation at 212-844-3564.
And because I know everyone really cares, Bon Jovi is also playing a benefit at Best Buy Theater in NYC on December 5th.

UPDATE: Ticket info is now announced

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... still hasn't been released UPDATE: Ticket info is now announced,.... though: "The producers of the event are working feverishly to finalize details regarding the concert" and they "hope to have more ticket information later today."

The new information may also include new artists added to the already impressive lineup of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who and Kanye West.

The 12/12/12 NYC show is right between when the Rolling Stones play Barclays Center and Prudential Center, so naturally rumors are already brewing. Stay tuned for more information as it is released.

The Who at Barclays Center on 11/14/12, (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Who
benefit
benefit

The previously mentioned Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Madison Square Garden will happen on 12/12/12, and includes an impressive bill of stars. They are Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney (who asks that you don't eat turkey), The Who (who played Barclays last night, pics) and Kanye West. Ticket info is on the way, but proceeds from the show will benefit the Robin Hood relief fund, and there will be a telecast.

Madonna at MSG - 11/12/12 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Madonna

Madonna played her second of two Madison Square Garden shows last night (11/13), and while Lady Gaga definitely didn't make an appearance, in probably more exciting news, "Gangnam Style" Psy did join her!! You can watch the video below of Psy and Madonna performing Psy's signature song during "Give It 2 Me" as Madonna's dancers take on the song's dance. At the end of the video, there's also a short clip of Psy joining Madge for her own tune, "Music."

Check out the footage and the setlist from the show below...

Continue reading "Psy joined Madonna for 'Gangnam Style' at MSG (video/setlist)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Madonna @ MSG 11/12/2012
Madonna

Luckily I'd gotten the memo that she goes on EXTRA late, so I wasn't one of the bitter concert goers who arrived when the doors opened at 7 pm, only to have to wait for Madonna to take the stage nearly FOUR hours later. Madonna hit the stage around 10:45 and finished 2 hours later at 12:45 am! I've never seen anything end that late at an arena show, but I guess there's a first time for everything.

I enjoyed the Madonna show, but not for the reasons I usually enjoy concerts. Madonna's show is less of a concert and more of a Broadway-esque spectacle where they just happen to be dancing to Madonna tunes all night. At 54 years old, you've got to respect that she's taken care of her body and she looks great. I am not entirely sure if that's a reason to strip down to your bra and panties in front of 20,000 people (and with your children present), but I digress. [According to G]

Madonna played her first of two shows at Madison Square Garden last night (11/12) as part of her still-going-strong MDNA tour that was last in the area for two shows at Yankee Stadium in September. The two-hour show, which featured multiple costume changes (we were there for the cheerleader portion of the evening), made stops at most of her biggest hits ("Open Your Heart," "Like a Prayer," "Vogue") and the setlist is below. Madge also made time for a little speechifying too (you can watch video of below) which included talk on the recent election and Hurricane Sandy, the effects of which she saw in person when she visited the Rockaways on Sunday with MoMA curator curator Klaus Biesenbach (who has organized relief charity Aid for Rockaway). She was also selling "Free Pussy Riot" t-shirts at the merch booths.

Madonna plays MSG again tonight. If you're going, do note she tends to go on late (10:45 last night, according to G). More pictures from MSG night 1 and the setlist are below.

Continue reading "Madonna played Madison Square Garden (pics, setlist), will do it again tonight"

by Andrew Sacher

Sigur Ros at Prospect Park in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sigur Ros

SIgur Ros made a triumphant return this year after a four-year hiatus with a great new album, Valtari, and an equally great return to the live stage on their tour which brought them to Prospect Park in July. Now the band have announced that they'll be back in North America next year for their largest headlining tour to date, including what is by far their largest NYC show ever at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2013! Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (11/16) at 9 AM with a fan presale starting Wednesday (11/14) at 10 AM. All dates on the tour, which looks like it might hit Coachella, are listed below.

Sigur Ros recently played a new song, "Brennisteinn," at Iceland Airwaves, which you can watch a video of below.

Meanwhile, Nowness also premiered a film for the title track off Valtari today (11/12) which you can watch below. It's part of the band's Mystery FIlm Experiment and was directed by Christian Larson with choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

As mentioned, their Mystery Film Experiment is screening worldwide soon and NYC will get their screening on December 7-9 at TBA location. Tickets are still on sale, however.

A list of all dates and both of those videos are below.

Continue reading "Sigur Ros announces huge 2013 North American tour, headlining MSG! (dates & videos)"

Aftermath of the Rockaways post-Sandy (more by Gretchen Robinette)Hurricane Sandy

Madison Square Garden have cleared the way for a benefit concert on December 12 (12/12/12) to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. No artists have been announced thus far, but Clear Channel Entertainment, the Weinstein Company and the Madison Square Garden Company are all involved.. the same trio that organizied "The Concert for New York City" after the 9/11 that featured David Bowie, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton, The Who, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Paul McCartney and many many notable others. Stay tuned for updates.

Meanwhile, you can help raise money for Sandy relief by partying with Dan Deacon twice in NYC this week.

You can also sign up for a Tuesday or Wednesday volunteer slot at the Park Slope Armory.

Madonna plays MSG tonight (11/12).

Passion Pit @ BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Passion Pit

Passion Pit, who just played Saturday Night Live, just announced they'll headline Madison Square Garden on February 8 with openers Matt & Kim. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/19) at noon. Pretty amazing they were playing Pianos just four years ago. Updated Passion Pit dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, some of you may have noticed Ayad Al Adhamy is no longer in Passion Pit, deciding instead to focus soley on his group Team Spirit. The band have signed to Vice & Warner Brothers and NYC will have a bunch of chances to see them this week during CMJ, including the Banners showcase at Pianos tonight (10/16); the NYC Taper day party at Pianos on Wednesday (10/17); the Noisey CMJ showcase at Santos later Wednesday night; and the Fuzz showcase at the Swat Bar on Saturday (10/19). They've also got a few dates with White Denim and Maps and Atlases and their full tour schedule is listed below, along with a stream of their EP from earlier in the year.

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