Entries tagged with: Madison Square Garden
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...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Justin Timberlake @ MSG - 2/20/14
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.
More pictures, video and setlist from last night, below...
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
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.
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...
"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.
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.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:
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.
"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...
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Kanye @ MSG - 11/24/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
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...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
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.
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...
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.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Metric @ MSG - 11/13/13 (via @efactorygirl)
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...
Justin Timberlake at Barclays Center - 11/16/13 (via @liliana_lgd)
Justin Timberlake just brought his tour through the NYC-area for a few dates with The Weeknd including a show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center last week (11/6). Check out JT's 30+ song setlist and videos of both artists from the show, below.
Justin's tour comes back to NYC for a show on February 19 at MSG, and since we last spoke, he's added a ton of more dates, including another show happening at MSG (2/20) a day later. Tickets for that show go on sale November 18 at 10 AM with Fan Club/Mastercard presales starting today (11/13) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Mobile App/Venue/Facebook presales starting Friday (11/15) at 10 AM. There are some tickets left for the first night, but "not many." No openers for these shows announced yet.
Updated dates are listed, along with videos and setlist from Barclays, below...
Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Songwriting legend Paul Simon is still going strong, having released the quality So Beautiful or So What back in 2011 and continuing to tour. Paul recently announced another tour to go down across the US and Canada in winter 2014 with Sting. The tour will feature the two musicians playing a collaborative set, in addition to solo sets from each of them. It hits NYC on March 4 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Tuesday (11/12) at 10 AM with a Live Nation/Local presale starting today (11/11) at 10 AM.
The two were last in NYC together for a benefit show at Radio City in 2012.
Last month, Paul released the massive box set, The Complete Albums Collection, which compiles all of his solo albums (including 1965's The Paul Simon Song Book, his solo album recorded during Simon & Garfunkel's career that included many songs which soon became Simon & Garfunkel songs), two live concerts, 37 tracks of bonus material, a 56-page book of photos and liner notes by Ashley Kahn. It might be a good holiday gift for your Paul Simon-obsessed loved ones. Two live videos from the concerts included on the box set, and the tracklist, are below.
All tour dates are listed, along with videos, below...
A Tribe Called Quest
As you may have heard, Kanye West's tour was plagued with some equipment damages which caused certain shows to be cancelled, but Kanye's since fully updated his tour schedule, and is set to pick things up again on 11/16 in Philly. As long as everything goes right this time, this means his NYC shows -- 11/19 & 20 at Barclays Center and 11/23 & 24 at MSG -- will happen according to plan. As discussed, the 11/19 & 11/23 shows are being opened by Kendrick Lamar, and the 11/20 & 11/24 shows are being opened by A Tribe Called Quest. Tickets for all four NYC shows are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
For ATCQ, these will be the legendary group's "final" shows. Tribe member Q-Tip tweeted, "In August, ATCQ did our last show FOR Cali. It's only right we do our FINAL 2 joints where we started...NYC."
Updated dates are listed below...
Arctic Monkeys at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Arctic Monkeys are still living large off the success of their well-received fifth album, AM. They've been on a tour in support of it which hit NYC's Webster Hall and a number of festivals, and now they've announced North American dates for 2014 that include by far their largest headlining show in NYC yet. They'll headline Madison Square Garden on February 8, and that show (along with their 11/6 show at Boston's Agganis Arena) will be opened by Deerhunter. You may remember that in 2012, Arctic Monkeys opened for Black Keys at MSG. Tickets for the MSG show (and the whole tour) go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.
All dates, including KROQ Christmas, are listed below...
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.This comes a week after they just finished up the new Chase Bridges:
"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."
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.A couple of the pictures are above. A couple more are below.
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.
As discussed, Kanye West is going on his first solo headlining tour in five years, and as you may know, Kendrick Lamar is set to open most of it, but no openers were ever announced for the four NYC shows. Now it's finally been announced that Kendrick opens two of them, and the other two are being opened by... legendary Queens crew A Tribe Called Quest! The schedule for NYC looks like this:
November 19 - Barclays Center w/ Kendrick LamarTickets for all four shows are still available.
November 20 - Barclays Center w/ A Tribe Called Quest
November 23 - Madison Square Garden w/ Kendrick Lamar
November 24 - Madison Square Garden w/ A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad DJs the RSVPed-out NPR CMJ showcase that Pusha T (whose new album Kanye produced) plays.
Updated Kanye dates are listed below...
Phish at MSG in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
Phish are only a few weeks away from their Halloween shows in Atlantic City (sold out), but they've just announced another holiday celebration for the NYC-area: their annual New Year's run at Madison Square Garden, which goes from December 28-31. Tickets for all four shows go on sale Saturday (10/12) at noon.
And don't forget a bunch of indie type bands are working on a Grateful Dead tribute.
All Phish dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Justin Timberlake has a bunch of North American dates coming up, including a previously discussed stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 6 and NJ's IZOD Center on November 9, both of which tickets are still available for. He's just added way more dates into 2014, and the newly expanded tour will bring him back to NYC for a show at Madison Square Garden on February 19. (Not his first time there.) Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (9/30) at 10 AM with a Fan Club presale starting Wednesday (9/25) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Mobile App/Venue/Facebook presales starting Friday (9/27) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.
JT is set to release the second part of his 2013 album, The 20/20 Experience, next week (9/30), but he's currently streaming the whole thing on iTunes. Part 2 gives us 11 more songs and 74+ more minutes of music (hidden track included) from Justin, Timbaland, and co., plus guest verses from Drake and Jay Z. If you liked the boundary-pushing pop of part 1, you'll probably dig much of part 2 too.
Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two album tracks -- "Take Back the Night" and "TKO" -- below...
Rock legend Elton John has announced he is going on a tour, which hits NYC on December 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden. This tour will follow the release of his latest (30th) album, The Diving Board, out today (9/24) via Capitol Records. Tickets to his MSG shows go on sale Friday (9/27) at 11 AM, and are currently on Chase cardmember presale.
All dates are listed, along with a couple videos from the new album, below...
Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tickets for the NYC stops on Kanye West's tour at Barclays Center (11/19) and Madison Square Garden (11/23) went on sale this morning, and Kanye immediately added second dates for each venue (Barclays on 11/20, MSG on 11/24). Tickets for all four are on sale now.
Kendrick Lamar opens most of the tour, but hasn't been announced for the NYC shows (neither has anyone else). Updated dates are listed below...
Kanye, Charlie Wilson, The Roots & a choir on 'Fallon'
Kanye West recently announced a tour with Kendrick Lamar, and following that announcement he appeared on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon to perform the closing track on Yeezus, "Bound 2." Kanye performed with backing from Fallon's house band The Roots, a choir doing the "bound to fall in love" vocal and Charlie Wilson joining him to sing his hook on the song. Check out the video of that performance below.
As discussed, Kanye's tour hits NYC on November 19 at Barclays Center and November 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for both shows go on AEG/Venue/Radio/TM/Twitter/AmEx presales Thursday (9/12) at 10 AM (password: "YEEZUS"). General on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 9 AM.
Kendrick, who we just caught at Williamsburg Park, hasn't been announced for the NYC shows (neither has anyone else).
Fallon video, and the list of all 'Yeezus' tour dates, below...
Kanye West has made recent festival appearances like NYC's Governors Ball and has gone on a collaborative tour with Jay Z, but the man behind two of rap's most acclaimed albums of the current decade hasn't actually gone on a solo headlining tour in five years. That will change this year though, as he's just announced North American dates spanning from October through December. Stacking the deck even more, another very exciting figure in today's rap world, Kendrick Lamar (who also played Governors Ball), will be opening.
The tour hits NYC for arena shows on November 19 at Barclays Center and November 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, September 13. All dates are listed below.
Kendrick isn't actually currently listed on either of the two NYC shows, but he will be in NYC to play Williamsburg Park on September 10 with Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Bishop Nehru. Tickets for that show are still available.
Jay Z just announced a tour too, including two nights at Barclays Center.
Meanwhile, there's a bunch of other great upcoming hip hop shows happening in NYC.
All Kanye dates are listed, along with the video for "Black Skinhead," below...
Madison Square Garden earlier this year (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Madison Square Garden, home to the Knicks, Rangers and many many live events, will be no more in the next ten years, at least in its current locale:
The New York City Council notified the arena that it has 10 years to vacate its 45-year-old premises and find a new home, the Garden's fifth since it opened in 1879.This has to be doubly hard news to hear considering this morning's good news for Barclays Center.
By a vote of 47 to 1, the Council voted to extend the Garden's special operating permit for merely a decade -- not in perpetuity, as the owners of the Garden had requested, or 15 years, as the Bloomberg administration had intended. -[New York Times]
Barclays Center (more by Greg Cristman)
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.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.
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]
Metric at Radio City in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Canadian indie popsters Metric are still riding high off their 2012 album, Synthetica (which was just shortlisted for the Polaris Prize). Last year they toured in support of it, coming to NYC to headline Radio City. Now they're set to go on an even larger tour, but this time it's opening for Paramore.
The tour hits NYC for a huge show at Madison Square Garden on November 13. That show, and many others on the tour, also includes Hellogoodbye. Tickets for the MSG show are on Paramore.net presale now. They go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM, Facebook Presale Wednesday (7/24) at 10 AM, and Live Nation Mobile App/Ticketmaster Presale on Thursday (7/25) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with a Metric video, below...