Entries tagged with: Madison Square Garden
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?
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"It looks like we made it to the end," Albarn sang in "To the End," a certainty in numbers that kept turning up all evening: in the gospel pastiche "Tender" from 1999's 13; the young, clinging lovers of "For Tomorrow" on Modern Life Is Rubbish; even during the brittle isolation of 13's "Trimm Trabb." Albarn sang much of that song bent over a cluster of fans in the front, as if lying on a bed of adulation; at one point, as he intoned the line "I sleep alone," a hand reached up like contradiction, stroking his head with a soothing-angel's touch.Blur played a very enjoyable, favorites-filled set at Madison Square Garden on Friday night (10/23), their biggest NYC show ever. Opening was Australia's Courtney Barnett (who can headline pretty big places herself these day) who then stuck around NYC to play the slightly smaller Baby's All Right on Saturday night (10/23).
"Tonight, for us, is about saying thank you," Albarn announced before singing "End of a Century" from Parklife. It was actually something he said repeatedly, citing friends, family, the crowd and colleagues like Street. But Blur at the Garden was also a victory earned - celebrated with perfect timing. - [Rolling Stone]
More pics, and Courtney's MSG setlist, below...
by Bill Pearis
Blur @ MSG 10/23/2015 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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.
photo: The Cure at Voodoo Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Cure and The Twilight Sad announced a tour together that includes NYC's Madison Square Garden on June 18. That show went on sale today and it's almost sold out, and they already added a second night for MSG on June 19. Tickets are on sale now.
A second LA date was added too. Updated dates are listed below...
Now that he finally finished that remix of Ride's "Vapour Trail," Robert Smith can move on to other things... like announcing that The Cure will go on a 25-date tour of North America in 2016. Three dates have been announced so far, all with The Twilight Sad opening: May 22 at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, June 10 at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, and June 18 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Tickets for MSG go on sale Friday (10/9) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (10/8) at 10 AM: password is DISINTEGRATION.
Full details of all dates will be announced in January.
photo: Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Iron Maiden returned this year with their sixteenth album The Book of Souls, which is pretty classic-sounding Maiden but also super refreshing to hear. Now they've announced a U.S. tour in support of it for 2016.
All dates are listed, with the video for "Speed of Light" from the new LP, below...
photo: The Who in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The Who recently had to cancel the rest of their tour dates due to Roger Daltrey's meningitis, but now they've announced the rescheduled dates for 2016.
The new dates for the NYC-area shows are March 3 at Madison Square Garden and March 19 at Prudential Center. Tickets for both are on sale now and if you already bought tickets for the previous date, those work too. If you can't make the new date, refunds are available.
Joan Jett was supposed to open initially, but there doesn't appear to be an opener billed at the moment. Updated dates are listed below...
photos by P Squared
A$AP Rocky / Tyler the Creator / Danny Brown / Vince Staples
Who everyone was really here to see, though, was A$AP Rocky, whose arrival took time. But that was fair: As the purple stage curtain drew back, it revealed a three-tiered platform that the crew had built between sets, replete with members of the A$AP Mob--including A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy--and Rocky's DJs.Four killer rappers, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown and Vince Staples are currently on the road together, and that tour hit NYC for a sold-out show at the Theater at MSG on Tuesday (9/22). As the above review points out, Rocky was who the most people came to see, but at least as exciting was opener Vince Staples whose Summertime '06 is one of the very best albums of this year. Vince came out during Rocky's set to do his song "Señorita" too. The floor was shaking big time from people jumping around. It was a wild show.
"Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)" resonated throughout the arena as Rocky emerged, enveloped by flashing red lights and smoke. Throughout the course of the night, he played a bulk of At. Long. Last. A$AP, performing on all levels of the terrace-like structure.
At one point, everyone else left and it was just Rocky, illuminated on the second level. "Thanks to all the other acts for being talented, for their love and creativity. F*** all that mainstream s**t," he bellowed into the mic. His heartfelt moment was followed by one of the more heartfelt, melodic tracks from ALLA, "L$D." [Revolt TV]
More pictures and a video of the Vince/Rocky collab below...
photo: Black Sabbath in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath recently announced their "final" tour for 2016, which includes NYC's Madison Square Garden on February 25. Since we last spoke, they added a second night for February 27 at the same venue. Tickets for 2/27 are currently on Citi/VIP presale. Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales start Friday (9/25) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starts Saturday (9/26) at 10 AM. The 2/25 show is still on sale (same link).
Sabbath's lineup for the tour includes original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Opening on all dates is Rival Sons.
Updated dates are listed below...
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.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 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]
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.
photo: The Who in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
THE WHO today confirmed that they are postponing all remaining dates on their "THE WHO HITS 50!" North American tour. They had initially postponed FOUR shows on doctors orders after Roger Daltrey contracted a mystery virus. Initially it was hoped that the rest of the tour might proceed, but after extensive tests the seriousness of his condition became apparent when doctors diagnosed Roger as having viral Meningitis and prescribed a period of rest. The band apologize to fans and realize that the postponement will cause an inconvenience for ticketholders. It wasn't a decision taken lightly-THE WHO always give their fans 100% and were never going to compromise the show, but ultimately the band had no alternative but to postpone the tour.Get well soon Roger! The affected dates include NYC-area shows on 10/25 at Prudential Center and 10/26 at MSG. The band promises, "Tickets for the original dates will be honored for the new shows, which will be announced shortly." All affected dates are listed below.
Roger was particularly disappointed as he had been especially looking forward to the Teen Cancer America benefit in Los Angeles, a charity that he and THE WHO have worked tirelessly for. Thankfully he is already getting better and said, "We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of the hospital and have been diagnosed with viral Meningitis. I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better but I am going to need a considerable time to recover. The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year."
Pete Townshend added, "We are rescheduling all the shows for next Spring 2016. We apologize to all our fans who have supported us in the last 50 years. Once Roger is completely well we will come back stronger than ever and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember."
by Andrew Sacher
Amy Schumer played MSG last night opening for Madonna and will do the same tonight (and then Barclays on Saturday), but looks like she's big as Madonna, I'll say it again, because she's now set to headline Madison Square Garden on her own on June 23, 2016. It's been a good year or so for comedians making the jump to headlining MSG, with Louis CK and Aziz Ansari (who Amy just co-headlined the Oddball tour with) doing the same. Tickets are on sale now.
Amy also teams up with Jerry Seinfeld to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Jessica Seinfeld's Baby Buggy organization, which "takes an innovative child-focused approach to curbing generational poverty by linking access to critical child gear items to parental participation in programs designed to lift the family out of poverty." That show happens November 16 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets are on sale.
All of Amy's tour dates are listed below...
photo: Phish at MSG in 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Phish will make their return to Madison Square Garden for their 32nd to 35th times at their just-announced New Year's Eve run. They play the arena on December 30 & 31 and January 1 & 2. An online ticket request period is underway now at tickets.phish.com and runs through September 28 at noon. Tickets go on sale to the general public October 2 at noon.
Phish also play three Mexico shows in January. All dates are listed below...
photo: Black Sabbath in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath discussed retirement not long ago, and now they announced what they're calling "The Final Tour by The Greatest Metal Band of All Time." It has original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler (no Bill Ward) and begins in January 2016.
The tour hits NYC on February 25 at Madison Square Garden with Rival Sons. Tickets go on sale 9/12 at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with a tour announcement video, below.
Keith Richards will probably not catch this one.
photo: The Weeknd at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Weeknd will be in the NYC-area this, uh, weekend, for the Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Jones Beach (tickets), and he'll be back here on a just-announced fall tour that includes three massive shows in the area.
Abel Tesfaye will play Newark's Prudential Center on November 11, NYC's Madison Square Garden on November 16, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 18. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale August 28 with a presale starting August 26 at 10 AM (password: MADNESS). All dates are listed below.
The Weeknd's second official album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is due out August 28 via XO/Republic. It features the massive hit "Can't Feel My Face" (co-written and co-produced by Max Martin and others) and more. Video for that song, with the list of dates, below...
Stevie Wonder announced yet another round of his Songs In the Key of Life shows, going down from late September through late November.
This leg includes two more NYC-area shows: October 14 at Prudential Center and November 24 at MSG. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/21) at 10 AM with Citi/VIP presales starting Tuesday (8/18) at noon and Facebook/Live Nation/local presales starting Thursday (8/20) at noon.
BUT FIRST: Stevie will play a free show at Central Park SummerStage TONIGHT (8/17) at 7:30 PM. It's a pop-up show to promote the newly-announced tour and will only include a few songs. He did the same thing in DC this morning and in Philly less than an hour ago. Though tonight's Central Park show is free, you do need tickets which become available at 4:30 PM.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Grateful Dead in Santa Clara in June (more by Jay Blakesberg)
Now that the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well shows are over, members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are continuing on as Dead & Company with John Mayer and more. They already announced a NYC show for MSG on Halloween, and now they added another for November 1 at the same venue. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (8/14) at 10 AM.
Watch a video of the Dead in '81 below...
Dear Human Person,Meanwhile, Louie is on another hiatus.
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.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Faith No More / Refused
The band is older now and not the same 20-somethings that ran around like maniacs on the stage of Saturday Night Live back in December of 1990. That doesn't mean they aren't still lively. They opened the show with the title track off The Real Thing and my god, was it sensational. That performance was jam-packed with the type of raw energy that very few bands can do night in and night out but these guys somehow find a way. Each one of them leaves a piece of themselves on that stage and there is no holding back the intensity. It's hard to believe it's the same band that had so much infighting that led to the implosion seventeen years ago. The band seems like they really like, no, love each other, and put all egos aside, much to the delight of me and thousands and thousands of fans.Faith No More brought their tour with Refused to NYC on Wednesday (8/5) for a show at The Theater at MSG (moved from the main arena). Both bands were supporting solid post-hiatus albums, and played off those and gave us classics too. Pictures and setlists of both bands are in this post.
They remained active over the years between breakup and reunion. Patton put out a slew of albums with his bands Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantômas, Peeping Tom and more. Hell, I even saw Tomahawk and Fantômas both open for Tool a decade or so ago (to, um, mixed reactions from the crowd). And of course drummer Mike Bordin kept busy by playing with Ozzy Osbourne's band and sometimes subbing in for Bill "Fucking" Ward of Black Sabbath. And while they all can list accolades outside of Faith No More I think they all can agree that when they get together, something magical happens. [The Supernaughts]
After the MSG show, Refused did what they usually do after playing a big NYC show, and headed to a much smaller venue (The Studio at Webster Hall this time) for a midnight show. Did you make it to that one? How was it? Setlist from that below too.
Even with Faith No More back in action, Mike Patton isn't content to work on just one project. He's also currently busy with Nevermen, his collaboration with Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and rapper Doseone.
More pictures and setlists below...
photo: GD50 in Chicago (more by Jay Blakesberg)
There was a rumor that the Grateful Dead would be touring with John Mayer. That rumor is now basically confirmed, though Phil Lesh isn't taking part in it. Surviving Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are teaming up with Mayer (plus RatDog/Furthur's Jeff Chimenti and Allman Brothers Band's Oteil Burbridge) as "Dead & Company." Their first confirmed date is NYC's Madison Square Garden on Halloween. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday, August 10 at 10 AM.
With Phil Lesh's absence, it remains true that the Chicago shows were in fact the final ones with all four of them. Phil is also playing his own NYC-area show on Halloween at the Capitol Theatre, which is part of a six-show run at that venue.
In related news, Bobby, Mickey and Bill were recently added to Lockn' Fest, which Phil was already confirmed for (though they're billed separately). Hot Tuna (playing a Jefferson Airplane set and an acoustic set), Robert Plant, Carlos Santana (playing on his own and with Phil Lesh) and more are also playing. Tickets are still available.
photo: Faith No More at Webster Hall in May (more by PSquared)
Faith No More's upcoming tour with Refused hits NYC on August 5 at Madison Square Garden, but the show has now been moved from the main arena to the Theatre at MSG, which is the smaller room in the facility. If you purchased tickets to the show, those will be refunded, and you get access to tickets for the new show in the previous purchaser presale. That starts today (7/22) at 5 PM with password FNMFAN. General on-sale begins Friday (7/24) at 11 AM.
FNM's tour also includes three Texas dates with Napalm Death, an appearance at day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago and more. Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
U2 @ MSG 7/18/2015
At Madison Square Garden on Saturday, the first of eight nights there through July 31 -- the tour has already been through nine other North American cities and then heads to Europe -- U2 has two stages to work with at opposite ends of the room, and a walkway between them. That's already a worn strategy in big-audience concert production.U2 kicked off their eight-night run at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, bringing the spectacle of the "INNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" tour to NYC. Opening with "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" from the band's most recent album, the nearly three-hour show pulled from throughout their long career, including hits, deep cuts and a dusting-off of "October" which hadn't been played live since 1989. In the crowd: Jon Bon Jovi, Salman Rushdie and Harry Belafonte. Setlist and pics from the show are in this post.
But the conceit here is to consistently merge the two stages, in a sense, and to engage the entire space visually, sonically and thematically, through the interplay of many other opposites extrapolated from the central one. These include past and present, obscurity and fame, peace and war, audience and band, punk and statesman, grass-roots activism and corporate philanthropy, live action and animation. Basically, where the band saw a perceived division, it tried to erode it. - [NY Times]
Taking tonight and Tuesday off, U2 resume their MSG run on Wednesday (7/22) and Thursday (7/23) and then July 26, 27, 30 and 31. Tickets are still available. More pictures, and video of them performing "Pride (In the Name of Love)," at MSG on Saturday, below...
photo: Courtney Barnett at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by PSquared)
To follow their (very tiny) first NYC show since 2003, Blur are returning for much larger US shows at LA's Hollywood Bowl on October 20 and NYC's Madison Square Garden on October 23. If that wasn't exciting enough, those shows just got a pretty awesome opener: fast-rising indie rocker of the moment, Courtney Barnett.
Courtney has other dates, and will be in NYC for a headlining show this month at Terminal 5 (7/22) with Speedy Ortiz (who also play NYC with Waxahatchee) and Torres (who also plays NYC with Garbage). That show is sold out.
All Courtney dates are listed, with the video for "Pedestrian At Best" off her great new album, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Rush @ MSG 6/29/2015
Toronto invaded Brooklyn last night (6/29) when Sloan played Rough Trade and the slightly more popular Rush played the slightly larger Madison Square Garden. The MSG show was the NYC stop on their 40th anniversary tour, which they also say is "likely their last major tour of this magnitude." The set spanned their entire career, opening with "The Anarchist" and "Headlong Flight" off their most recent album, 2012's Clockwork Angels, and ending with two off their self-titled 1974 debut, "What You're Doing" and "Working Man." In between we got favorites like "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," and a run of parts I, II, IV and VII of "2112."
During the intermission, they played a comedy film they made that stars I Love You, Man's big Rush fans Jason Segel and Paul Rudd. Jason, Paul, and others (like Tom Morello) also appeared on screen behind Rush to rap along to "Roll the Bones." (Video of that happening in Austin, below.) They played another comedy bit on screen before the encore, which starred fellow Canadian Eugene Levy as his old "Mel's Rock Pile" bit from SCTV.
More pictures from the MSG show, and the setlist, below...
Madonna's upcoming tour lands in NYC on September 16 & 17 at MSG and 9/19 at Barclays Center, and those three shows just got a pretty sweet opener. The very funny comedian Amy Schumer, who played NYC on her trainwreck tour earlier this week, will support Madonna at the shows. Tickets for all three are available.
Naturally, Amy (whose movie Trainwreck is out in July) has footage of her childhood self singing "Like A Prayer." Watch that, with Amy's recent hilarious "Celebrity Interview" clip from her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, below.
Madonna also just put out a new video. It's for her song "Bitch, I'm Madonna" (ft. Nicki Minaj, prod. Diplo & SOPHIE), and it features both Nicki and Diplo, as well as Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Chris Rock and more. Watch below.