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Nassau Coliseum

Nassau Coliseum, don't go changing, to try and please me. You never let me down before. I took the good times. I'll take the bad times. I'll take you just the way you are!

Oh, fuck it. Say goodbye to Nassau Coliseum. Say goodbye my baby.

A press release released today reads:

Tickets for Billy Joel in the final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum have sold out in less than five minutes, generating one of the quickest selling concerts ever at the Coliseum. Tickets went on sale this morning at 10 a.m.

The world-renowned Long Island artist will play on Tuesday, August 4 before the venue closes for an extensive renovation. The arena will reopen as a world-class sports and entertainment destination in December 2016.

"Billy Joel closing Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it's only fitting that this show is one of the quickest sellouts ever at the Coliseum," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, who will oversee Nassau Events Center's reimagined venue. "We are honored to have Long Island's favorite son play the final show before we begin to create a spectacular venue that the community deserves."

Joel, who was raised in Hicksville and remains a Long Island resident, has played 31 shows at Nassau Coliseum. His last solo appearance was in 1998 when he sold out nine shows, setting the building record for the most sellouts in one year. A banner with his name hangs in the rafters in his honor.

The show is presented by Bruce Ratner and Nassau Events Center (NEC), the same management team behind Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The centerpiece of a major lifestyle and retail development, the reimagined Coliseum will be developed, operated, and programmed by NEC.
The Who, New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly, and Shania Twain will also play Nassau Coliseum this summer before it closes.

Billy Joel also continues to play every month at the Garden.

Gene Ween pays tribute to Billy Joel at much smaller shows later this month.

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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)"

by Andrew Sacher

Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kanye West

Kanye West, whose Yeezus LP made a ton of best of 2013 lists (including my own), recently wrapped up his Yeezus tour which saw him putting on some pretty epic shows all over North America, including four in NYC. He's now expanded that tour into 2014, and though it doesn't bring him back to NYC, it does hit the nearby area quite a few times, including Prudential Center on February 15 in Newark, Mohegan Sun Arena on February 21 in Connecticut, an Atlantic City show on February 22 at Boardwalk Hall, and February 23 at Nassau Coliseum.

Tickets for the Mohegan Sun, Atlantic City, and Nassau Coliseum shows go on sale Friday (1/10) at 10 AM. The Mohegan Sun show has an AmEx presale and a VIP package pesale starting Wednesday (1/8) at 10 AM and a Ticketmaster presale starting Thursday (1/9) at 10 AM, and the Atlantic City show has a VIP package presale starting Wednesday (1/8) at 10 AM and a Ticketmaster presale starting Thursday (1/9) at 10 AM. No on-sale for the Prudential Center show yet, but it should appear soon at the same link as the other three.

Updated dates (including PA and Albany) are listed, along with the "Bound 2" video, below...

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As mentioned, Muse is going on a tour this year which initially was set to bring them to the NYC area for five shows in April. Unfortunately for those planning to catch the band at their Nassau Coliseum show (2/21), that show has been cancelled due to a "scheduling conflict." "All tickets purchased through Ticketmaster phone and internet will be automatically refunded. All other tickets will be refunded at point of purchase."

Tickets for the Mohegan Sun show (4/13) and the Izod Center show (4/19) are still available. Both MSG shows (4/15-16) are sold out.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Haunted Coliseum (via @thizz31)
Haunted Coliseum

As if they didn't take a big enough hit when they found out they lost the Islanders, The Haunted Coliseum, a rave party that went down at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday (10/27) with Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia, DJ Alesso and Otto Knows was cut short due to some pre-Sandy (and unrelated to Sandy) "chaos" caused by drunk teens (between 14 and 18) apparently needing medical assistance less than an hour into the show. Nassau County police Inspector Kenneth Lack said, "We started getting calls for multiple aided cases for highly intoxicated individuals whether it be on alcohol or controlled substances. As soon as it reached a level where it became apparent that something was going desperately wrong, we made the decision to close it down for the good of public safety."

The situation was made worse when when a helicopter pilot decided to land his bird in a grassy area near the coliseum where there were reportedly about 20 people. The 44-year-old pilot was arrested and his helicopter impounded. Needless to say, many of the attendees are unhappy their party was shut down and have been venting their rage on Haunted Coliseum'sFacebook page.


Meanwhile, three people died in Madrid last night (10/31) at a massive Halloween party headlined by Steve Aoki where 20,000 revelers crowded into the Madrid Arena which is meant hold half that. El Pais reports that trouble started when a disturbance in the crowd started a stampede towards the exits and the deaths were caused by  "trauma by crushing, possibly having suffered a fall and being trampled." Police are still investigating.

Steve Aoki, who cancelled his show in Bilbao tonight, has issued a statement. You can read it below...

Continue reading "Long Island 'Haunted Coliseum' rave ends in chaos; three trampled to death at Steve Aoki Halloween party in Madrid"

Barclays Center (the night Rush played) (more by Fred Pessaro)
Barclays Center

NY1 says:

The New York Islanders will be leaving the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island and make their home the Barclays Center in Brooklyn starting with the 2015 season, NY1 has learned.

The National Hockey League is currently in the middle of a lockout.

The Islanders, as well as NHL officials and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will be making an official announcement this afternoon at 1 p.m.

NY1 will carry the announcement live.

Meanwhile the Nets already play there, as does Rush, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

The Who

As mentioned, The Who will bring their 1973 double album rock opera, Quadrophenia, on tour this year and into next, and will hit the NYC area four times along the way. Those shows include 11/14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 12/5 at Madison Square Garden, 12/6 at Prudential Center in Newark, and 2/21 at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

Tickets for all four NYC area shows go on AmEx presale today (7/23) at 10 AM. General sale starts Friday.

You can stream Quadrophenia in its entirety below...

Continue reading "Who ticket presale: MSG, Barclays Center, Prudential Center, Nassau Coliseum & more"

photos by Chris La Putt


After a 10-year hiatus from the North American concert stage, Sade came. She sang. She danced. She looked radiant. She conquered.

With the hypnotic sound of her elegant, alluring pipes unfolding in serene sonic tapestries of neo-soul, jazz and pop, the 52-year-old Nigerian-born, British-raised Helen Folasade Adu (aka Sade) first seduced music lovers in 1984 with "Diamond Life." And despite more than 25 years passing since her stellar debut, this sexy, exotic chanteuse with the silky, smooth operator voice and cool Anglo-soul is as entrancing as ever, as evident throughout her two-hour, 22-song set Wednesday night at TD Garden that included plenty of highlights, as well as a one-song encore. [Telegram]

Sade & John Legends's ongoing tour hit Nassau Coliseum on 6/21,
Izod Center on 6/24, and the Prudential Center on 6/25. Pictures from the latter, the setlists from all three NYC-area shows, and a just-released video for new song "Love is Found" from Sade's 'Ultimate Collection' (out now), below...

Continue reading "Sade continues on tour, played Nassau, Izod & Prudential (pics, setlists & a new video)"

photos by Matthew Eisman


"It has been a really long time since Long Island experienced a real heavy metal show. In fact, it is flat-out embarrassing and insulting to the fans and bands that it has been this long. Thanks to the demonic forces of the dark lord, Long Island was the place to be on Friday night when Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax invaded the Nassau Coliseum.

The "Big 3 of Thrash" performed on the Island together for the first time ever under the heading of the "American Carnage Tour" presented by Jagermeister. The artists, Dave Mustaine in particular, did not let fans forget that as he made at least 5 references to the sponsor during Megadeth's set."

Going into the show, one would think that Anthrax would be the weakest link. Let's face it, Anthrax is awesome but not of the same caliber as Slayer. The band must have had this in mind because Anthrax annihilated the Coliseum. Original frontman Joey Belladona could not have sounded any better. He was dead on. [Gears of Rock]

Slayer and Megadeth brought their classic LPs back to the NYC area, just two months after their appearance at the Izod Center in NJ. Friday's Nassau Coliseum date (10/8) was identical in scope to the Izod one (Slayer playing Seasons In The Abyss, Megadeth on Rust In Peace detail) with the difference being that the now-Joey-Belladonna'd-Anthrax supported the pair (as opposed to NJ's support, Testament). In addition to classic material, Anthrax played "Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't", a new song performed for the first time with Joey, during their eight-song set. Video of that is below.

The meeting of the thrash titans is ongoing through the next two weeks. Check out more pictures from the Nassau Coliseum stop, with videos and setlists, below...

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Jayz and Jeezy

In the midst of his first college tour, promoting his latest #1 album The Blueprint 3 and his recently released video game sensation "DJ Hero: Renegade Edition," the unstoppable JAY-Z confirms North American tour dates for 2010's BP3 tour. The Live Nation-produced tour will come to the NY area for two dates - March 6 at Izod Center and March 12 at Nassau Coliseum. JAY-Z will be joined by Grammy-nominated rapper Young Jeezy who will open all dates on the tour.

Tickets for the Izod Center performance are $139.50, $99.50, $69.50 and $39.50. Tickets for the Nassau Coliseum performance are $129, $99, $69 and $39. Both shows go on sale to the public Saturday, November 21 at 10am.

Tickets to all shows are currently on Citi Cardmember presale.

The Nassau Coliseum date is new since my last post. Jay also canceled all four 2009 dates that were listed in that post. He cited "unforeseen scheduling conflicts." All dates below...

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photos by Eric M. Townsend, word by Black Bubblegum


Metallica played three NYC area shows in a row this past weekend, the final stops on their Death Magnetic US tour including Nassau Coliseum on 1/29 and a two night stay at the Prudential Center in beautiful Newark, NJ (on 1/31 and 2/1, the latter coinciding with the Superbowl). Machine Head and The Sword supported on all three nights, with The Sword adding a show at Bowery Ballroom on 1/30. The Metallica pics are from 1/31, I attended the 2/1 show.

I headed into the doors of the Prudential Center right around 6:45, settling into my GA "seats" (the floor) a few moments before The Sword hit the stage. My early arrival gave me a few moments to thoroughly inspect the unique "in the round" set-up. Placed in the center of the arena floor, with six mics positioned at various parts of the stage, members of the band were within ten feet of me at times, and on the opposite side at others. Overhead, seven sheet metal "coffins" the size of a Cadillacs containing lighting rigs and lasers rotated up and down and in a circular motion. On stage, located behind a short wall of amps was a line of pyro.... I guess James didn't learn his lesson? Later on, we would learn that Lars Ulrich's kit was also on a swivel. Low-budget, this show was not.

The Sword took the stage at 7PM, playing a shortened 25+ minute set and drawing from both of their Kemado releases. The Austin crew were simple and effective and it was truly surreal to see the band on THAT stage as opposed to the last time I saw them (Bowery Ballroom in 2007).

Machine Head were next, and even if I wanted to hear them (I didn't), I wouldn't have been able to. The mix was absolutely abhorrent, and if it wasn't for the metal-requisite whammy pedal, I probably wouldnt have been able to hear ANY guitars. My life-long Metallica fan friend commented:

"Those dudes are straight up corny".

Mostly. That said, the masses in Affliction/Don Ed Hardy tees, mohawks, and mock wallet chains were contented. Thankfully, guitarist/vocalist Rob Flynn is a good showman, spraying water about and leading the crowd in chants of "Ma-sheen-head" and "Machine-fuckin-head". At least he, unlike the music, held my interest.

Metallica took the stage a shade after 9PM, emerging with their usual intro music, "The Ecstasy of Gold" from Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly soundtrack. Kicking off with "That Was Just Your Life" from the new LP, Death Magnetic, the band was accompanied a laser-light show of epic proportions.... Daft Punk is jealous. Although the concentration was on Death Magnetic material (six songs in total), the band did dip into the classics ("Master of Puppets, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", "Blackened", Seek & Destroy"), the records that propelled them to the top ("Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters"), and deeper fan favorites (a cover of "Die Die My Darling" by the Misfits, "Breadfan" by Budgie) over the course of the evening.

As a fan of the Cliff Burton & Justice era of Metallica, I would say this show was alot like a Jerry Bruckheimer film: loud, lots of explosions, an obscene amount of special effects, a little something for everyone, a touch on the dumb side, but big time entertainment.

More pictures from 1/31 and setlists for all three shows below...

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