Entries tagged with: Madison Square Garden
words by Jeremy Nifras, photos by David James Swanson
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 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...
photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher & friends.
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...
photo: Rush at Jones Beach in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Prog legends Rush celebrate 40 years as a band this year with a massive 34-city North American arena tour kicking off in May and running through August. The tour hits the NYC-area twice, first at Prudential Center on June 27 and then at Madison Square Garden on June 29. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 30 at 10 AM. There's a VIP Packages presale starting Friday (1/23) at 10 AM, a Citi presale starting Tuesday (1/27) at 10 AM, and a venue/Live Nation/radio presale starting Thursday (1/29) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Run the Jewels in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels may technically be opening for Jack White at the Saturdays of Coachella, but they'll also really be opening for him much sooner than that when his tour hits Madison Square Garden on January 30. If it seems weird that RTJ is opening for a rock band, it's worth considering that RTJ have Zack de la Rocha and Travis Barker on their newest record, and though Jack can seem like a rockist, he's openly a huge fan of Kanye, Jay Z and Daft Punk. In El-P's words, "When you get asked to open for jack white at MSG you say yes. its in the bible." Tickets are still available.
All dates for RTJ and Jack are listed below...
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:
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.
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.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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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...
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...
Sam Smith at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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...
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."
All tour dates are listed below...
Fleetwood Mac @ MSG earlier this week (via Matt Graham)
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...
Jack White at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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...
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.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."
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.
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)
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...
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...
photos by Greg Cristman
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ MSG - 9/10/14
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.)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.
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]
Petty and the Heartbreakers also hit NJ's PNC Bank Center last night (9/11). More pics from MSG below...
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..
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by PSquared)
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...
by Ian Chainey
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...
Fleetwood Mac at Jones Beach in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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...
Fleetwood Mac on 'The TODAY Show'
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...
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.