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photo: MSG during the recent Blur show (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

We already knew that AEG Live was planning a Queens music festival called Panorama for June (that may or may not include an LCD Soundsystem reunion) which Governors Ball organizers are petitioning against. Now it looks like a potential third NYC music festival is being discussed for that same month.

The NY Post reports that Madison Square Garden is also trying to put on a festival in Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the same place AEG is looking to host Panorama, from June 24-26. The article says details are expected to be confirrmed this week, and that sources said "it will celebrate quintessential New York with food and entertainment as well as music." David O'Connor, president and CEO of MSG, told The Post, "There's no one as committed to, or more capable of, creating a world-class festival than we are." The article also points out MSG would do a free Queens community celebration on June 18.

Is it possible NYC could host three festivals in one month? Will GovBall petition this one too?

by Bill Pearis

Blur @ MSG 10/23/2015 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Blur @ MSG

Blur headlined MSG tonight (10/23) one of only two U.S. shows this fall. With a very similar setlist to what they played in L.A. earlier this week, the band hit most of the best notes from throughout their catalogue. "This is a Low," from Parklife, was a particular highlight. Speaking of, while L.A. got Fred Armisen on "Parklife," the band brought out a randomly chosen group of fans to dance, and allowed one girl to do the first verse which she pretty much nailed. It was a very fun show. Courtney Barnett opened. We'll have pictures from the show soon but meanwhile check out Blur's setlist below.

Continue reading "Blur played Madison Square Garden (setlist)"

POPE on Rolling Stone

Catholicism's arch nemesis Madonna recently finished a two night stand at Madison Square Garden, complete with stripper nuns and the Last Supper. Blasphemous? Maybe, but that won't stop fellow Rolling Stone cover star POPE FRANCIS from taking over the same stage for a giant NYC mass on September 25th, complete with musical pre-show...

A two-hour pre-Mass show will keep the [Madison Square Garden] audience engaged as people wade through metal detectors and Francis wends his way downtown from East Harlem. The organizers are calling the [Friday, 9/25] show "A Journey in Faith," a sequence of videos, catechesis, prayer and performances by, among others, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Hudson.

The program will also include a recitation of the rosary, with 10,000 rosaries available for sale.

The concession stands will offer the usual hot dogs, chicken fingers and pretzels, as well as higher-end fare like Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Simply Chicken sandwich, Andrew Carmellini's Sausage Boss and Drew Nieporent's Daily Burger. Forget the beer: Alcoholic beverages will not be sold. [NY Times]

No alcohol, but unlike Morrissey, the Pope is apparently cool with hot dogs. Oh, and Billy Joel was originally supposed to play the Garden for like the millionth time on that date, but Billy now has 9/26 instead (who's in for both nights??).

The Pope, currently in Cuba, arrives in NYC on 9/24, and will also cause traffic jams around St. Patrick's Cathedral, the United Nations, the 9/11 Memorial, Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, and Central Park before heading to Philadelphia, where Sister Sledge will perform for him.

Madonna at MSG
Madonna at MSG
Madonna at MSG
Madonna @ MSG 9/16/2015 (via @madisonsquaregarden/@carlogomez / @markdoctrow)

She then descends from the ceiling similarly banged up, while knights in armour march down the stage, which juts almost the length of the arena. It's Madonna does Game of Thrones. The first song is Iconic, one of the dimmer bulbs from Rebel Heart, followed by Bitch I'm Madonna, a great title in search of a decent song. But when the dancers depart, and Madonna struts down the runway to strap on a flying V, the show has lift-off with Burning Up. One of her earliest records, it amounts to a manifesto ("I'll do anything, I'm not the same, I have no shame") and all these years later it still grabs you by the throat. Aged 57, Madonna is still palpably hungry, and her performance has an enduring rawness and truth. Unmediated and undiluted, she's the ringmaster of her own circus, connecting with her hardcore in a totally instinctive way, regardless of the choreography, pyrotechnics and fancy costumes (created by a battery of top fashion designers - but really, who cares?).

Madonna's striking ability to imbue songs that might seem throwaway with significance and depth is illustrated four songs in. On record, Holy Water is a mortifying extended metaphor for her, ahem, vaginal secretions. But on stage, it's a Ken Russell fantasia in which a scene of transgender naughty nuns poledancing (including Madonna climbing some 12 feet into the air to stand on a revolving naked man, one of several moments which involve genuine physical peril) morphs into a genuinely unnerving demonic parody of the Last Supper in which Madonna ends up tied up on the table, legs akimbo. - [The Guardian]

Madonna brought her extravagant "Rebel Heart" tour to NYC Wednesday night (9/16), the first of three arena shows here, and the first of two at Madison Square Garden. With a production this enormous -- everything is a choreographed set piece with dozens of dancers, props, costume changes, etc -- it should be no surprise this is the same setlist as she's done in Montreal and Washington, DC. But this is as much a show as a concert, still filled with hits and a smattering of new songs too. (Maybe tonight's MSG show will offer surprises.) Setlist is below.

Comedian Amy Schumer opened the show, as she will on all the NYC dates, and came out last night swigging a bottle of champagne, and commenting on her being chosen for the gig: "Who better than you to open up for Madonna?" "Uh...Any band?" Schumer would also come back onstage at the end of Madonna's set for "Unapologetic Bitch," where she got spanked by Madge herself. Video of that is below.

Madonna and Schumer do it again at MSG tonight (9/17) and then hit Barclays Center on Saturday (9/19). Tickets are still available. More instagrams from Madonna's first night at MSG, below...

Continue reading "Madonna played MSG, spanked opener Amy Schumer on stage (setlist); two more NYC shows to go"

Louis CK

Dear Human Person,

Hi. This is Louis CK. This is just a note to let you know that I have put a new show up on louisck.net. It's called "Louis CK live at Madison Square Garden". The show is exactly what is described there. It's the audio from my last of 3 shows that I performed at Madison Square Garden early this year. Some of the material is in the Comedy Store Special. Some of it isn't. But it's also a fun show on it's own. BUT since it's repeated material, I'm giving you the option to set your price anywhere from 1 dollar to 85. The default is 5. I hope you like it.

There isn't much else to say. I'm having a pretty nice summer and I hope you are too. I feel pretty good about the planet, the country and my immediate surroundings, even though a lot of things are a huge mess all over the world. It may be selfish, or naive or even calloused to feel pretty good ever about anything when anyone anywhere is having a bad time and there sure are a lot of anyones everywhere having a bad time. But then again if you're upset all the time because something bad is happening every second, then jesus. I mean... for christ's sake, take it easy.

I hope all of you are having a good summer. I hope you're all relatively okay or better. I hope that nobody shoots anybody today. What are the odds of that? low. But I hope it.

Take care


Meanwhile, Louie is on another hiatus.

words by Jeremy Nifras, photos by David James Swanson

Jack White
Jack White

Detroit-raised, Nashville-based guitarist, music enthusiast, vinyl fanatic and baseball star Jack White took the stage at MSG last night (1/30) for his first time headlining as a solo artist (The White Stripes headlined in 2007). He and his band did not disappoint the sold-out crowd, and he brought out a few surprises along the way.

The night began with rap duo Run the Jewels, who brought loads of fun, energy and hype to kickstart the show. Atlanta-based Killer Mike and NYC native El-P blazed though tracks such as "Oh My Darling Don't Cry", "Banana Clipper" and "Get It". Perhaps the biggest highlight was surprise guest Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, who came on stage to perform his verse on the track "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)". Watch video of that below.

Shortly after, it was time for Jack White. Quickly bouncing and thrashing around the stage during older fan favorites such as "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", "Steady as She Goes" and "Hotel Yorba", he instantly reminded us how rich his 15-plus year history has been. Seven White Stripes songs made it into the setlist, including show-closer "Seven Nation Army". They played three by The Raconteurs.

Jack White

Jack also performed songs from his two solo records, such as the fiery instrumental "High Ball Stepper", as well as the tender "Blunderbuss". And much to our surprise, it turned out Run the Jewels weren't the only rappers on stage for the evening. Hip hop icon and A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip (who last played MSG during the 'Yeezus' tour, the greatest show Jack's ever seen in his life) appeared to drop a few lines during "That Black Bat Licorice", as well as perform the first verse from the Tribe classic "Excursions" from their second LP The Low End Theory. Video of that can be watched below too.

This concert was also streamed online live though Pandora. If you missed it, you can still listen to the loop through Monday (2/2). Starting Tuesday (2/3), the show will be available to stream by individual track.

Jack's tour continues in Ohio tonight. Remaining tour dates HERE. More pictures and the setlist from Jack's set, and the above-mentioned videos, below...

Continue reading "Jack White & Run the Jewels played MSG with guests Zack De La Rocha & Q-Tip (pics, videos, setlist)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher & friends.

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup brought their ongoing tour to Madison Square Garden last night (1/22), their first of four NYC-area shows on this tour. From the opening harmonies of show starter "The Chain," it was clear that having Christine McVie back in the fold makes a huge difference. They were great at Jones Beach in 2013 with just Stevie and Lindsey singing, but their three voices together is such a vital part of Fleetwood Mac. Having Christine back (MSG was Chrstine's 44th show since rejoining, according to Stevie during her monologue before "Dreams") also of course meant getting a handful of songs the band couldn't play without her, which included "You Make Loving Fun," "Everywhere," "Say You Love," "Over My Head," "Little Lies," and her show-closing, solo grand piano performance of "Songbird."

Like their other recent tours, they played almost all of the legendary Rumours and otherwise stuck to the other four '70s and '80s albums this lineup made together. As a band still playing arenas 40 years after their first album together can do, they peppered their set (and ended it) with a few stories from the band members. Stevie gave multiple shout-outs to Hoda from the Today Show and to the show American Horror Story on which she appeared. Stevie introduced "Gypsy" with a story of being in San Francisco clothing store The Velvet Underground (not to be confused with the band, who were named after the book) "where all the rock and roll women bought their clothes" in the late '60s. It was in that store, over the painted floor where Janis Joplin stood before her that she had a premonition of something big which she realized years later was, of course, Fleetwood Mac. This many years later, Stevie Nicks is still the kind of rock and roll woman her premonition told her she'd be: decked out in signature flowy layers, waving scarves with her tambourine, and doing hippie dances in a gold shawl during "Gold Dust Woman." Without a doubt, she's the most entrancing member of the band, and the one the crowd really freaks out over.

On the other hand, Lindsey Buckingham is the band's rock star and lifeforce, running around the stage like he's half his actual age and shredding away at his truly awesome guitar solos. As Mick noted towards the end of the show, he basically never left the stage. The extended solo at the end of "I'm So Afraid" was particularly epic -- so much so that it seemed like the finale of the pre-encore set, but of course that would be "Go Your Own Way." That one had the whole crowd on their feet, ready for the band to come back for more, and not one but two encores followed. Christine ended the night perfectly, at her piano with Lindsey by her side, but what may have been the night's most powerful moment came during the first encore. It's no secret that she does this at (probably all of) their shows, but at the end of "Silver Springs" when Stevie turns to make eye contact with Lindsey -- who the song is obviously about -- howling "I'll follow you down 'til the sound of my voice will haunt you / you'll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you," it never fails to fill the room with that kind of tension that fueled the song 38 years ago. Maybe it's just performance at this point, but damn if it doesn't feel real.

Other highlights included monster Mick's drum solo ("Don't be shy. Don't be shy... Are you with me? Are you with me?"), being brought back to the 80's with "Little Lies" and "Everywhere", and hearing Stevie do "Rhiannon" with her band after just hearing her do it with Deer Tick.

Christine, who the band acknowledged being back multiple times throughout the night, was the last to sing, but not the last to talk. Despite the older age of the sometimes-yawning crowd, MSG was still packed with people on their feet as Fleetwood Mac ended their final song after 11pm on a school night. (There were a lot of 30-and-20-somethings too, it should be said.) Very few people left early, but everyone was ready to go home. That didn't stop Stevie from grabbing the mic post-encore and commanding the entire crowd's attention for another few minutes, as she yet again talked about Christine being back in the band, though with somewhat awkward details, like how they sent Christine to a trainer to make sure she had the stamina after being gone 16 years. BUT WAIT, much like this paragraph, the show still wasn't over. Then came Mick who truly had the last word, spending another few minutes, false endings included, telling us in his charming accent how much he loved us, that he hopes he sees us again, and that "The Mac is back!" They definitely did not give the impression that this would be their "last act".

The Mac's tour continues with two more NYC-area shows this weekend, Saturday (1/24) at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall and Sunday (1/25) at Nassau Coliseum, and comes back around on February 8 at Prudential Center. Tickets for those are still available.

More pictures, some videos and the setlist from MSG below...

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Tickets are on sale now for a 1/24 NYC show. Ticket prices ($65, $45 and $25 with no added fees) and purchase security restrictions are the same as last two shows.

January 14th is sold out. January 7th happened (he wore a Charlie Hebdo t-shirt).

Louis CK

In Louis's own words:

Hello there. This is Louis again. Or you can call me Louie. I really don't care. I can't hear you. I'm I'm my house.

Well I put two shows on sale yesterday at the Chicago theater, and one at Madison Square Garden, and ya'll went and bought every ticket. So I'm adding two more shows in Chicago and another one in New York.

Tickets for these are now on sale at:

Chicago Theater - January 5th, Late Show
Chicago Theater - January 6th, Late Show
New York Madison Square Garden Arena - January 14th

Tickets will be $45 and there are no fees on top.

If you are outside a 200 mile radius- you will not be able print tickets at home but will still be able to pick up your tickets at will call night of the show with a photo ID. We do this as one of many methods to monitor and prevent scalpers.

We have implemented several scalper prevention methods, and have and will invalidate tickets if they fit into criteria that is usually associated with scalpers- so anyone buying from a scalper site, be wary as those tickets can be invalidated at any point.
Please come and see me. I like it when people are there.

Happy new year to you and also other people.

Louis CK

Hi. It's Louis CK. Do you remember me? I'm a professional standup comedian. Today I am writing this because I'm going to do some shows in January to wrap up this year's touring schedule before I begin production on season five of my series.

Here's where I'll be playing.... (I put those three dots in to give you a minute to collect yourself before you read this list of 3 cities)

Chicago Theater (January 5th and 6th)
New York MSG (January 7th)
LA (January 11th)

Tickets are as always 45 dollars all in. Except at MSG we have some tickets for 25 and a few for 65.

New York State has laws which prohibit us from forcing out of town ticket buyers to pick up their tickets in person which is something we do in order to reduce scalping and price gouging. Therefore If you are trying to buy tickets to the MSG shows and you are outside of a 200 mile radius, you won't be able to. This is because we think you might be buying the tickets just to resell them. If you are a fan from out of town who is getting lost in the cracks of this system please email tickets@louisck.net and we will try to help you get tickets.

I hope you make it to one of the shows.
Happy new year. Happy holidays. Happy life. Happy family. Happy pets. Happy elephants.

Louis ck.

Louis CK will kick off the new year with two Chicago shows, a NYC show, and an LA show in early January. All four shows are on sale now.

Bette Midler

Maybe only your mom will care about this one, but we kind of got excited that legendary vocalist Bette Midler is releasing a tribute to girl groups throughout history, including songs originally performed by The Chiffons, The Supremes, The Shangri-Las, Martha and the Vandellas, The Ronettes and more, plus "Waterfalls" by the comparatively newer TLC. You can stream her cover of that one below. Full tracklist below too. The album - her 14th studio album (and 25th overall) is called It's the Girls!, and is out this week (11/4) via Warner Bros.

Bette will support the album with a tour in 2015 that culminates in NYC on June 25 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday, November 24.

All dates are listed, with the stream and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Bette Midler releasing LP of girl group covers (including TLC's "Waterfalls"), announces 2015 tour (MSG included)"

that (first) time Aziz met 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..

Continue reading "Aziz Ansari headlining Madison Square Garden on 'Modern Romance' tour (dates)"

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

Phish @ MSG (via @phishfromtheroad)

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.


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...

Continue reading "Phish played 4 nights @ MSG, many arrests included (setlists)"

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...

Continue reading "Madison Square Garden announces Billy Joel "as first-ever music franchise 'Billy Joel At The Garden'""


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.

Continue reading "Sigur Ros played Madison Square Garden (pics, setlist)"

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...

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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...

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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!