Entries tagged with: Madison Square Garden

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U2

U2 recently announced a tour that includes four nights at MSG, and they've now added additional dates in several cities on the tour, including NYC. Now they'll be playing six MSG shows total: July 18, 19, 22, 23, and newly-added dates on July 26 & 27. Tickets for the new shows go on sale at 10 AM on Monday (12/15) with U2 Subscriber and VIP presales starting 10 AM on Wednesday (12/10) and fan club bundles going on sale 3 PM Thursday (12/11). Tickets (same link) for the other four shows are still available.

U2 are also making a video for every song on their newest album, Songs of Innocence They just put one out for "Song For Someone" which you can watch at NPR. Updated dates are listed below...

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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...

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Sam Smith at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Sam Smith

It was only August of 2013 when it seemed totally normal for Sam Smith to do something like play Mercury Lounge right after appearing on stage with Disclosure in Central Park, and now his debut album has made him possibly bigger than Disclosure. He just announced a tour for 2015 which has him headlining NYC's Madison Square Garden on January 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, October 24 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday (10/20) at 10 AM.

Sam will actually appear at MSG sooner than that (but not as a headliner) for Z100's Jingle Ball on December 12 which also has Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Meghan Trainor, Kiesza, Charli XCX and more. That's sold out (rats!).

All of his dates are listed below...

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The Who

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

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

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All tour dates are listed below...

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Fleetwood Mac @ MSG earlier this week (via Matt Graham)
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup of Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham brought their first tour with the five of them back together since the '90s to NYC for two shows at Madison Square Garden this week, Monday (10/6) and Tuesday (10/7). The shows were jam packed with classic songs like "Dreams," "You Make Loving Fun," "Landslide," "Rhiannon," "Silver Springs" and so many more, plus other gems like "I Know I'm Not Wrong." Full setlist and a few videos from the shows, below.

Fleetwood Mac's tour has one more NYC-area show this Saturday (10/11) at Prudential Center in Newark (tickets), and they've now expanded the tour in 2015 including a return to MSG on January 22 followed by other area shows on January 24 at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, January 25 at Nassau Coliseum, and February 8 at Prudential Center. Tickets for those show will be on sale via Ticketmaster soon.

Updated dates are listed, with the videos and setlist, below...

Continue reading "Fleetwood Mac played 2 nights at MSG, expand tour, playing MSG again, Atlantic City, Nassau Coliseum & more (dates)"

Jack White at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jack white

Jack White, who spoke about his disappointment with sexism in the music industry in a recent interview, has tour dates coming up including two just-announced arena shows happening in January. Those happen in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on January 28 and NYC's Madison Square Garden on January 30. It'll be the first time he headlines MSG as a solo artist, but he did play in '07 with The White Stripes. Tickets for the MSG show go on sale Friday (10/10) at noon with AmEx, Chase and venue presales starting Thursday (10/9) at 10 AM. There will also be a presale available to Vault members for both arena shows starting Tuesday (10/7) at 10 AM local time.

All dates are listed below...

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Billy Joel

As you may know, Billy Joel is in the midst of a neverending residency at Madison Square Garden, and apparently the Piano Man's melodies aren't getting everyone feeling alright. At the recent September 17 show, attendee Ari Ganeles was allegedly the victim of some drunken violence and he's now suing the venue. NY Daily News reports:

Ari Ganeles, 39, suffered a beatdown after he joined other attendees in objecting to the behavior of a drunken group, according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. He wound up with fractures to his nose, arm and ribs, a torn rotator cuff and facial injuries. "They were being abusive to everyone around them, spilling drinks on people in front of them," Ganeles' lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, said Tuesday.

Prior to the attack on Ganeles, ushers working for Madison Square Garden asked the men to behave, but other staff continued to sell them alcohol at their seats, Jaroslawicz said.

Page Six adds that MSG offered a statement: "We do not welcome anyone into The Garden who behaves in an inappropriate and violent manner in any way, and they will not be welcomed back. We are looking into the particulars of this incident."

Now you have another reason to say no the next time your mom asks you to see Billy Joel with her. Safety first.

Alt-J at LPR earlier this month (more by PSquared)
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Alt-J's slightly weirder sophomore album This Is All Yours came out this week, and now they've announced what is by far their largest NYC show yet. They recently played intimate shows here at Le Poisson Rouge and Rough Trade and have a larger sold-out show happening at Beacon Theatre on November 16 on their proper tour, but now that seems intimate too. The UK band have announced they'll be returning in 2015 to headline Madison Square Garden on March 30 with support from Phantogram. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at 10 AM.

Presumably more North American dates happening around then will be announced. All currently known dates are listed below...

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Diplo

Diplo has a few dates coming up this year, and he'll be ringing in the new year in a big way when he teams up with Skrillex for a New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden. The show will include solo sets from each producer, plus a set as their collaborative project Jack U. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale with a Live Nation presale beginning Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (9/19) at noon. All Diplo dates are listed below.

The pair have also premiered the studio version of their collaboration with pop singer Kiesza, "Take Ü There," on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. You can stream that below. Maybe Kiesza will show up on NYE? We know for sure she'll play NYC in October though, for the Downtown Music Festival.

List of dates and song stream below...

Continue reading "Diplo & Skrillex playing MSG on New Year's Eve, released "Take U There" ft. Kiesza (listen + dates)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ MSG - 9/10/14
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Petty & The Heartbreakers' excellent "Hypnotic Eye" album certainly proves that Simmons' pronouncements that "Rock is dead" are pure bunk. (So does Robert Plant's new "Lullaby and ... The Ceaseless Roar" album, for that matter, along with countless bands in the past 20 years that the Kiss frontman has either forgotten or never heard.) Not only did new songs like "American Dream Plan B" and "Forgotten Man" fit in well with Petty's classics, they made them sound more current. ("Into the Great Wide Open" has never sounded better than when sandwiched between those two new songs.)

What took the show to the next level, though, is the way the band set out to prove how "rock and roll will set you free." They outlined several times how messed up American life is these days -- most dramatically in the epic "Shadow People" -- but Petty wants to offer the seeds of a solution as well. - [Newsday]

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' tour, supporting the band's received new album Hypnotic Eye, hit NYC Wednesday night (9/10) for a show at Madison Square Garden. Apart from a couple new songs, it was a veritable hitfest (and Petty's got a lot of hits). The night was opened by another veteran hitmaker, Steve Winwood. Pics and setlist from MSG are in this post.

Petty and the Heartbreakers also hit NJ's PNC Bank Center last night (9/11). More pics from MSG below...

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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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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Tom Petty

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers plan to release Hypnotic Eye, their thirteenth studio album and first since 2010's Mojo, on July 29 via Reprise. In support of that, they'll go on a tour with Steve Winwood that hits NYC on September 10 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show go on sale May 31 at 10 AM with a fan club presale starting May 27 at 10 AM, a fan club presale bundle starting May 28 at 10 AM, a CD presale starting May 29 at 10 AM, and a venue presale starting May 30 at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the trailer video for the new album/tour, below...

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by Ian Chainey

Japan X

Long-running heavy metallers/visual kei stylists X Japan are returning to the United States for a special engagement at Madison Square Garden on October 11. It will mark the first time the Japanese quintet has performed in America since 2010. The upcoming show was recently teased by bandleader Yoshiki at a solo date in San Francisco, which was soon confirmed by the band's website. Ticket information and related details have yet to be announced but should be available soon via Ticketmaster.

If you're thinking, Wait, what. . .is playing MSG, here's a quick and dirty primer: While X Japan never broke big here, they're adored by an ardent base of fanatical followers all of the world. Formed in 1982, X unified rousing power metal with the over-the-top dress and hair of the visual kei scene, helping to further the latter's rise as one of the dominate pop phenomenons of '90s Japan. If you can picture Helloween made-over by '70s Bowie and '80s Simon Le Bon, you're in the ballpark. Their first real taste of success was 1989's Blue Blood, an hour-plus amalgamation of J-pop, hair metal, guitar heroics, and ripping speed metal. Their follow-up, 1991's Jealousy, debuted at number one on the Oricon charts and quickly crested one million albums sold. In 1992, X became X Japan after moving to Atlantic Records with eyes set on conquering the States. It didn't quite go down as planned, but no matter. The group had no qualms settling on inspiring an absolute frenzy at home.

X Japan split in 1997 and their future was put into further doubt when original shredder Hide passed away in 1998. However, the outfit reformed in 2007 and has been touring with a steady lineup from 2008 on. While their albums are worthy, the group is primarily known for their live performances, having released a dizzying amount of documentation. And now you can see them in the flesh and catch the buzz of an entire stadium going bonkers. Or, hey, perhaps you'll be purchasing a ticket as a re-acquaintance: You could've caught them in 2010 at Lollapalooza or in NYC at the Roseland Ballroom around the time Yoshiki appeared at Comic Con. Meanwhile, Yoshiki's classical solo world tour continues this weekend in Mexico.

Interest piqued? Check out the Blue Blood album, a Blue Blood-era show, and the nearly four-hour(!) The Last Live, below...

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Fleetwood Mac at Jones Beach in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac are back with their classic lineup of Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie and going on an extensive North American tour this year which hits NYC on October 6 at Madison Square Garden. That show is almost sold out, but the band have now added a few more dates, including a second MSG show (10/7) happening the next night. Tickets for the newly-added show are currently on AmEx presale, go on Facebook presale Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM, Live Nation presale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM, and general on-sale Saturday (4/12) at 10 AM.

The tour also hits NJ on 10/11 at Prudential Center, and you can still grab tickets to that one and the other MSG show.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Fleetwood Mac on 'The TODAY Show'
Fleetwood Mac

Though the longest-running and most famous lineup of Fleetwood Mac toured again pretty recently, it was without Christine McVie. However, as rumored a few months ago after Christine briefly joined them on stage for the first time since 1998, she's officially back in the band. All five members -- Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie (who was recently diagnosed with cancer but says he's getting better) -- appeared on The TODAY Show with Carson Daly this morning (3/27), confirming the reunion. They also mentioned they'd be touring this fall, and that they'll perform at the TODAY plaza in Rockefeller Center on October 9. You can watch the TODAY interview below.

The tour, dubbed "On With The Show,' brings the band to NYC on October 6 at Madison Square Garden and Newark on October 11 at Prudential Center. Tickets for the tour go on sale Monday, April 7 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday, March 31 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

The band also just spoke to People Magazine about the reunion. Christine is happy to be back in the band, and when asked about the drama that plagued the band in the past, she said, "Well, it wouldn't be Fleetwood Mac without a bit of drama, you know. Of course there will be some drama, but for the most part I have to say everyone is getting along really well. At the moment the drama is kind of the fun."

The list of tour dates, with the TODAY video, below...

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Queen

I think the thing that's really special is that this is the real deal. This is live. In today's music world, you go to a concert and you're getting a lot of playbacks. There's click tracks. It is what it is. I'm not hating on it. But this is the real deal. This is pure. We're not playing to a click. We're not playing to tracks. This is all live instruments. I'm singing all the vocals with these guys on vocals. It's purely organic. I think in today's day and age, it's very exciting for an audience to see something that has that much heart. [Adam Lambert to Rolling Stone]
Back in 2011, we asked What's the worst example of a band replacing their singer? around the time INXS, Journey, and "Sublime With Rome" were all touring. Giving all three of those a run for their money, American Idol season 8 runner up Adam Lambert will tour as the lead singer of Queen this year, in place of the late Freddie Mercury. He's performed with the band before but this will be their first full tour together. Can't wait.

The tour, which features original members Brian May and Roger Taylor (but not John Deacon), comes to NYC for a show on July 17 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 14.

All dates are listed below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Justin Timberlake @ MSG - 2/20/14
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake brought his current tour back to NYC for his first of two Madison Square Garden shows last night (2/20), his third NYC run in the past year. He played a good deal of both parts of The 20/20 Experience, including standouts like "Don't Hold the Wall," "Let the Groove Get In," "Mirrors" and more. Plenty of the older hits like "My Love," "SexyBack," "LoveStoned," and "Rock Your Body" were represented, and did a number of the covers he's been known to play lately like Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York," Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie." Pictures of the show are in this post.

JT hits MSG again tonight (2/21), for his final NYC show of the week, which was rescheduled from Wednesday. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

More pictures, video and setlist from last night, below...

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JT

Justin Timberlake is currently on a tour which comes to NYC this week and was supposed to hit NYC tonight (2/19) and Thursday (2/20) at Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, JT had to postpone tonight's show until Friday (2/21). All tickets purchased for tonight's show will be honored on Friday, and you can still pick up tickets for both shows. If you can't make it on Friday, refunds are available at point of purchase.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Arctic Monkeys @ MSG - 2/8/14
Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys

As recently as 2011, surrounding the release of Arctic Monkeys' last album, Suck It and See, it didn't seem possible for the band to sell out an arena (at least in America). Despite moving forward artistically, it felt like they were waning in popularity, at risk of remaining remembered only for their early hits, like the bulk of the '00s garage rock/post punk revival breakout bands. But with the deservedly successful AM under their belts, they proved those feelings to be very wrong, taking the stage for a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden Saturday night (2/8), and coming off as anything but a band nostalgic for their breakout period. In fact, they only played two songs from the first album, the massive "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and non-hit "Dancing Shoes," and the former actually felt out of place, rather than a highlight of the show. Arctic Monkeys have fully made the transition into the uniquely dark, diverse rockers they showed us they could be on Humbug, and it was that which actually made this huge arena show one of the best times I've seen them.

They played almost the entirety of AM, kicking off with the sludge hop of "Do I Wanna Know?," like they've been doing this tour, and hitting everything else but the two ballads and "I Want It All." When they did revisit the previous three albums, they mostly stuck to darker cuts ("Pretty Visitors," "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," "Brianstorm") which blended right in with the AM material. They paid tribute to one of the obvious big influences on their new sound, Black Sabbath, working in a snippet of "War Pigs" before the guitar solo on "Arabella." And in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US, they covered "All My Loving" as the first song of their encore (which they've done at other tour stops too). For that cover, and pre-encore song "505," the band were joined by friend/collaborator Miles Kane of The Rascals and also of The Last Shadow Puppets with AM frontman Alex Turner. Not a dull moment the whole set.

Deerhunter
Deerhunter

Making the show doubly great, it was opened by Deerhunter, who also opened the Boston show on their tour two days earlier. Since openers sometimes get the shaft at MSG, I was worried about how their set would go over, but they still pulled it off. Like at their own shows, the stage was clouded by fog machines and neon lights, and they were pretty loud for an opener at MSG too. Of course, being that their set was only 9 songs, there was no way to get as absorbed in it as a headlining show, but Deerhunter still gave you moments to get lost in, like the krauty jam of "Desire Lines" and the noisy ending to set-closer "Monomania."

Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, along with the setlists of both bands, videos of Arctic Monkeys (including the "All My Loving" cover and "Arabella-meets-War-Pigs"), and audio of their full set, below...

Continue reading "Arctic Monkeys played MSG w/ Deerhunter, covered The Beatles' "All My Loving" (pics, videos, setlist, full set audio)"

"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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by Andrew Sacher

Kanye @ MSG - 11/24/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Kanye

Kanye West just wrapped the 4-night NYC runYeezus tour at MSG last night (11/24) with legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest opening, and billing it as their "final" show. The run also included another show with Tribe last Wednesday (11/20) at Barclays Center and two with Kendrick Lamar -- 11/19 at Barclays and Saturday (11/23) at MSG.

It was Kanye's second live appearance(s) in NYC this year, after having headlined Governors Ball back in June. His GovBall set was an incredibly elaborate affair, with a massive light show and intense on-screen footage that was more about the overall audio/visual experience than it was "a concert." And last night's MSG show was a similar experience, but a totally different delivery. Instead of video clips, Kanye was backed by a giant 3-dimensional pyramid, a "sky" screen above it, and a silent group of "dancers" who looked more like a cult-ish or religious group than dancers. The setlist was super heavy on Yeezus early on, playing most of the older hits towards the end, but it was those dark, abrasive moments of the new album mixed with the ominous stage show that really made it an unforgettable experience. That, and of course, Kanye's nightly rant, which this time was about how "nobody says anything bad about Lenny Kravitz," how terrible the fashion industry is, and about not letting your ego get to your head too much.

During A Tribe Called Quest's set, like he did at Barclays Center, Busta Rhymes came out during "Scenario" which got him and Tribe a standing ovation. Busta and ATCQ's Q-Tip have a collaborative mixtape, The Abstract & The Dragon, coming out on December 12, and they just made a video for its single "Thank You," which features Kanye, in addition to Lil Wayne. A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and Tristan Wilds make cameos in the video, but aren't on the song. Check it out below.

And in more related news, James Franco and Seth Rogen decided to make their own version of Kanye's "Bound 2" video, which you can watch, along with a couple videos from MSG (including a "rant" video) and Kanye's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Kanye West played 2 shows @ MSG & 2 @ Barclays Center, appears on new Busta Rhymes/Q-Tip track (videos & setlist)"

Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
Kanye

Kanye West just premiered the video for "Bound 2," the final track on Yeezus, during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The video features (a topless) Kim Kardashian and was directed by Nick Knight. You can watch it, along with his Ellen interview, below.

UPDATE: The uncensored version of the video is out now, and you can watch that below. NSFW obviously.

Kanye also just responded to president Barack Obama calling him a "jackass" during a 2009 Hot 107.9 interview. Via The Guardian:

On the "jackass" comment, Kanye admitted that "that's how the world felt," but that Obama shouldn't have responded negatively. "I don't care if somebody the President or not. I care about thoughts, and how you helpin' people, and what you bring to the world. My music brings joy to people. What I create brings joy to people, and I'm about people. Me, I'm not about me. I'm about, 'I got an idea that people gonna like.'"
Yeezy's tour begins its four-night run in NYC tonight (11/19) at Barclays Center. It also hits Barclays on Wednesday (11/20) and then MSG on Saturday (11/23) and Sunday (11/24). Tonight's and Saturday's shows are being opened by Kendrick Lamar, and Wednesday's and Sunday's shows will be the "final" shows for legendary group A Tribe Called Quest. Tickets for all four nights are still available.

In between those shows, you might run into him at a local Wendy's.

Ye also just spoke on Bret Eason Ellis' new podcast, which you can listen to here. New videos and updated list of tour dates below...

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Reptar

There's "not many tickets left" to the Paul Simon and Sting show at MSG (3/4), but they've since added a second night happening on March 6 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the newly-added show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/Local presales start Thursday (11/21) at 10 AM, and general on-sale begins Friday, November 22 at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Shearwater at The Bell House go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Justin Timberlake at MSG go on Live Nation/Mobile App, venue, and Facebook presales today at 10 AM (password: "SEXYBACK").

Tickets to see J. Cole at The Theatre at MSG go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see H2O and Youth Brigade at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Suffocation and Pyrexia at Webster Hall's Marlin's Room go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Flogging Molly show at Roseland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Baauer and Ryan Hemsworth at Webster Hall are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Metric @ MSG - 11/13/13 (via @efactorygirl)
Metric

Canadian indie pop band Metric have been on a tour supporting Paramore which just hit NYC for a huge show at Madison Square Garden last night (11/13). If you'd rather see Metric headlining their own show, and in a much more intimate environment, you're in luck because they've added a last-minute NYC show happening on Tuesday (11/19) at Bowery Ballroom. (It's even intimate for Metric's standards. Their last headlining show in NYC was at Radio City, where they were joined by Lou Reed.) Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (11/15) at noon.

Metric will also perform on Letterman tonight (11/14). Updated dates are listed, along with a video and the setlist from Metric's set at MSG, below...

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