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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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Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jay Z

At Jay Z's Made In America Festival last weekend (8/31-9/1), he announced that he'd be doing a world tour in support of this year's Magna Carta Holy Grail, and that North American dates would be announced soon. Well, on the same day that Kanye announces his tour, Jay decided to confirm his as well.

The tour comes to NYC for two shows at Jay's own stomping grounds, Barclays Center on January 12 and 13, and other area dates include Mohegan Sun on January 17, Nassau Coliseum on January 19, and Prudential Center on January 22. A Citi cardmember presale begins Monday (9/9) at 10 AM, and Live Nation Mobile App and Facebook presales start Wednesday (9/11). More info on the Facebook presale at the tour's Facebook event (yeah, Jay Z's world tour has a Facebook event). General on-sales begin Thursday, September 12 at 10 AM via Ticketmaster.

Jay's wife Beyonce also has two upcoming Barclays Center shows, his collaborator Justin Timberlake has one, and JT's newest collaborator Drake has one as well. And like we just said, Kanye.

Jay Z meanwhile is reportedly selling part or all of his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to Jason Kidd.

All Jay Z dates are listed, along with the video for "Holy Grail," below...

Continue reading "Jay Z confirms North American Tour Dates... guess where the NYC shows are"

Drake

Rapper J Cole released his new album, Born Sinner, this week, and on Wednesday (6/19), he brought his tour in support of it to NYC for a show at Irving Plaza. During Cole's set, Drake came out to perform his verse on "In The Morning," after which Cole said to Drake, "You got classic records... could you please do some shit I guarantee they all will know?" Drake then stuck around to perform his song "Say What's Real" and his huge recent single, "Started From the Bottom." Check out a video of Drake's whole appearance at J Cole's show below.

Meanwhile, as mentioned, Drake is kicking off a tour of his own this year with support from Miguel and Future. That tour comes to the NYC-area on October 26 at XL Center in Hartford, October 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, and October 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. TIckets for those shows go on sale today (6/21) at 10 AM.

Video below...

Continue reading "Drake joined J Cole on stage at Irving Plaza (watch); tix on sale for his Barclays/Prudential Center shows w/ Miguel"

by Andrew Sacher

Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Drake

Drake has been talking for a few months about releasing a new album called Nothing Was the Same this year (though still no release date), and he's already revealed some pretty great singles, "Started from the Bottom" and "5AM in Toronto." Still no more word on that album, but he did just announce a tour with R&B crooner Miguel following Miguel's appearance at Jay-Z's Philly festival Made In America (which Drake played last year). The tour hits the NYC-area on October 26 at XL Center in Hartford, October 27 at Prudential Center in Newark and October 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Auto-tune dude Future is on the tour as well (after dropping off the Lil Wayne/T.I. tour). Tickets for the Prudential Center show go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM and tickets for Barclays Center/XL Center (same link) have no on-sale date announced yet. All tour dates are listed below.

UPDATE: There were rumors that Drake is also playing this year's Made In America fest, though he's not listed on the festival's site and there's no confirmation that he will be there.

It's still been wayyy too long since Miguel played a proper headlining gig in NYC, and dropping off Governors Ball didn't help that matter, but even though he's only opening on this run, it's still a much better way to see him than opening for Alicia Keys.

Meanwhile, speaking of Jay-Z, following the leak of Kanye West's Yeezus, he announced a new album of his own via a commercial that aired during game give of the NBA finals. The album's called Magna Carta Holy Grail and we only have to wait a few weeks to get it (due July 4). The commercial makes it look like it's going to feature contributions from Pharrell, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and Yeezus producer Rick Rubin. And what's more: it's already gone Platinum. Samsung has already purchased 1 million copies of the album to release to Samsung Galaxy users for free 72 hours ahead of the release date. Now that's what I call marketing!

UPDATE: It didn't already go platinum. The Samsung sales won't count.

All Drake/Miguel/Future dates are listed, along with the videos for "Started From the Bottom" and "5AM in Toronto," and the Jay-Z album commercial, below...

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Rolling Stones w/ Lady Gaga at Prudential Center - 12/15/12 (via Sarah Neves)
Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones wrapped up their '50 and Counting' shows at Prudential Center in Newwark, NJ on Saturday (12/15), after playing the same venue two days earlier. They were joined by previously announced guests Lady Gaga on "Gimme Shelter," The Black Keys on a cover of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?", former Stone Mick Taylor on "Midnight Rambler," and Bruce Springsteen on "Tumbling Dice." In addition to those guests, John Mayer (who was a surprise guest at the first Prudential Center show) and Gary Clark Jr. (who was a guest at their Barclays Center show) joined the band for a cover of Don Nix's "Going Down," and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street again joined them for "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

Videos and setlist below...

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Rolling Stones @ Prudental Center -- 12/13/2012 (photo by caviartaste)
Stones

The Rolling Stones, with advertised special guest Mick Taylor, along with surprise guest John Mayer, played their first of two shows at the Prudential Center in NJ on Thursday night (12/13). Check out the full setlist below.

The show was their third NYC-appearance in a few days. The previous one was one night earlier as part of the 12-12-12 benefit at Madison Square Garden, and before that it was a headlining show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn with special guests Gary Clark Jr. and Mary J. Blige. The final show of the run, which is going to be available live on Pay Per View, is back at the Prudential Center on Saturday with advertised special guests Mick Taylor, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and the Black Keys.

12/13 setlist, below...

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Mick Taylor w/ the Stones in London last month
Mick Taylor

We already knew that Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, and Lady Gaga will be showing up at The Rolling Stones second of two Prudential Center shows (12/13 and 12/15), and we're now excited to find out that former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who played with the band from '69 to '74 and showed up at their London shows but not their Brooklyn show will be joining them at both Prudential Center shows. It still remains unclear if former Stone BIll Wyman ('member from 62-'93), who also showed up in London, will be at the shows, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.

The 12/13 show is still on sale but the 12/15 show is sold out, though as mentioned, it will stream live though cable, satellite, telco, and online via Yahoo! WWE.

In related news, Stones saxist Bobby Keys will be playing a Brooklyn show in between the two Prudential Center shows with his band The Suffering Bastards (which features members of Georgia Satellites, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Lynyrd Skynyrd & John Fogerty) at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (12/14) with The London Souls. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Stones will also play the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at MSG tonight which will stream live from multiple theaters, websites, and TV channels.

A video of the Stones playing "Midnight Rambler" with Mick Taylor in London last month below...

Continue reading "Mick Taylor will join the Rolling Stones in Newark (like he did in London); will Bill Wyman?"

Rolling Stones at Barclays Center - 12/8/12 (via Marie-Joelle Parent)
Stones

The Rolling Stones came to the US/NYC area for their first of four appearances here on Saturday for a Barclays Center show. Gary Clark Jr. and Mary J Blige joined them for that one, and the setlist (which you can see HERE) was pretty similar to their London shows. The Stones next play the huge Sandy benefit at MSG (12/12/12) and then head to Newark, NJ for two Prudential Center shows (12/13 and 12/15). The 12/15 will be streamed live and the Stones just revealed some pretty huge guests for that one: fellow 12/12/12 musician Bruce Springsteen, younger blues rock torchbearers The Black Keys, and megastar Lady Gaga.

In other news, NY Times posted a review of the Barclays Center show and here's an excerpt:

What is a Stones show? Musically, now that they're in their 50th year and a long time before now, it doesn't seem to be so much about the performances you're actually hearing in real time. It's an oldies show that can become a flickering re-enactment ritual: momentarily you hear a sound that's both well-worn and alive, with a huge amount of meaning attached to it -- it's almost always a guitar riff or a drum fill -- and then it's gone, pulled under into a more functional or starchier or sometimes sloppier passage. And visually it's about Mick Jagger's stamina. Saturday's show was the start of the American part of the Stones' "50 and Counting" tour; as long as he was on stage, during the show's two and a quarter hours, he never stopped. In running shoes and stretchy black clothes he bounced on his toes with knees slightly bent and swinging independently of each other, like a woman in high heels trying to walk in more than one direction.
You can check out a few videos from that show below.

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The Stones back in the day
Rolling Stones

Remember how we said that The Rolling Stones were rumored to play London's O2 Arena and Brooklyn's Barclays Center this November? Well, it didn't exactly come true, but close enough. The Rolling Stones will in fact play London's O2 Arena in November, and in December they'll come just outside of NYC to play The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on December 13 and 15. Presale begins Saturday (10/20) at noon for VIP hospitality packages and on Monday, October 22 an AmEx presale and a Stones Archive presale begin at noon. Tickets (ranging from $95 to $750) go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 26 at noon.

These shows take place just after the Rolling Stones film exhibit, which will be open at MoMA from November 15 to December 2.

A list of all Rolling Stones dates, a trailer video for the shows, and a stream of their new single, "Doom and Gloom," off of their upcoming greatest hits album, GRRR!, are below.

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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"

by Dave Hill (author of Tasteful Nudes)

Dave Hill rocking out to Poison
Dave Hill

Last night (7/11), I went to see Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford at the Prudential Center, which is in Newark, New Jersey. What happened was my friend Ryan asked me and my friend Dave if we wanted to go to the concert and we were both like "Fuck yeah!" and the next thing I knew, we were totally on a train to New Jersey about to get our asses handed to us by Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford, the bands that were playing the concert.

There were roughly 15,732 people in attendance at the show but I was definitely the most rocking person in attendance and you can basically ask anyone because I pretty much owned that show from the second we got off the train in Newark, at which point we walked briskly to the Prudential Center because we were fucking pumped to rock out and everyone around us was looking at us like "Those guys fucking rule!" We had black rock shirts on and everything. It was fucking sweet.

As it turned out, we were kind of late for Lita Ford so by the time we got down to our sweet seats (which were RIGHT ON THE FUCKING FLOOR, SECTION B, ROW 7 MOTHERFUCKERS!!), Lita Ford was playing her last song and basically her biggest hit ever "Kiss Me Deadly," which was great. At the end of her set, Lita Ford told all of us in attendance how awesome we were and I was just like "Yeah, I know, Lita Ford" cuz duh. Also, it should be noted that I would totally have sexual intercourse with Lita Ford if she is reading this, which I hope she is (NOTE: If you personally know Lita Ford and can send this on to her, please do, because I am a real catch and would treat her like fucking gold).

After Lita Ford finished rocking everybody, Ryan, Dave, and I headed up to the concession area and drank like six or eight beers or something I don't even know. Also, Dave had to take a piss, which was fucked because I was afraid we might miss Poison but everything was fine. After Dave finished taking what turned out to be basically the longest piss of all-time or something, we went back down to our sweet seats and watched Poison. If you like Poison, you would have definitely liked seeing them last night because they basically nailed it as far as being Poison goes. They played all the big rocking hits like "Talk Dirty to Me" and "Unskinny Bop" and all that but then they also brought it down by playing "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", at which point I was practically crying like a fucking baby because, man, the words. I still ended up holding it together in the end but most of the chicks seated around me totally wanted to make out with me because chicks fucking love that sensitive shit.

After Poison finished and a bunch of stuff exploded and stuff, Ryan, Dave, and I headed back up to the concession area and had like 14 more beers or something. It was nuts but we couldn't help it because we were so pumped for Def Leppard it wasn't even fucking funny. By then, I had to take a piss too so I went into the bathroom and did my best to ignore the fat guy in the New Jersey Devils jersey shaking his dick next to me for like five minutes straight as I tried to focus on rocking out to Def Leppard pretty much any second now.

Dave Hill

Once we got back down to our sweet seats again (7TH FUCKING ROW, MOTHERFUCKERS!), it was fucking Def Leppard time and then sure as shit, fucking Def Leppard came on stage and started rocking the fuck out of everyone in the fucking place and that shit was nuts. Def Leppard opened with some new song which was still awesome but basically bullshit considering the fact that you know they've got "Foolin'", "Photograph", "Rock of Ages," and about 500 other hits locked and loaded the whole time and they could have played one of those tunes but whatever it was still sweet. A few songs into things, Def Leppard played "Love Bites" and I was singing along with every word and every chick in my section wanted to bang me because I was fucking nailing that shit so hard you would have thought I was in the fucking band, which I probably should be the more I think about it (NOTE: If you are in Def Leppard and are reading this and also want me in the band, just tell me where the bus is parked and my fucking gig bag and I will be there. Also, we should play some more songs from "High and Dry" cuz that shit rules). It should be noted that the Def Leppard guitar player Phil Collen was shirtless the whole time and so was I and I'm pretty sure he saw me and made a gesture to the singer Joe Elliott like "Check that dude out in Section B, Row 7- he is owning this fucking place." And I was. Ask anyone.

Dave Hill rocking out to Def Leppard
Dave Hill

About halfway through their show, the Def Leppard guys all broke out acoustic guitars and sat on a road case brought out by a sweet roadie with a hat on and played some song that I didn't know but it was a real panty dropper that's for fucking sure. A lot of chicks wanted to make out with Def Leppard and also me at this point but we had a show to focus on so we couldn't. It should also be noted at this point that the Def Leppard drummer only has one arm. I realize pretty much everyone knows that already and I am totally used to seeing him play drums like that but when he's just walking around the stage with one arm part of me couldn't help but be all like "Oh, shit- he's coming over here."

After Def Leppard got done showing their sensitive side, it was time for the fucking hits. They played "Women," "Bringin' on the Heartache", "Armageddon It" ("Are you getting it? Yes, I'm a getting it!" It fucking ruled), "Photograph", and basically every other fucking awesome Def Leppard song you can fucking think of. It was at this point in the show, that I ended up meeting this other sweet dude who was rocking out to Def Leppard almost as hard as I was. We high-fived and rocked out and sang every fucking word and basically no one around us could even handle it. You could tell the guys in the band saw us and were like "Fuck- that is some next level shit right there" as we were fucking owning that fucking show so hard. Def Leppard played "Rock of Ages" and then Ryan, Dave, and I got the fuck out of there cuz we had a train to catch back into NYC. I guess you saw this coming, but before we got on the train we fucking knocked back a cold one in the bar in the train station. There were a lot of people who were also at the show at the bar and you could tell by the way they looked at us that they all knew we were the fucking sweet dudes from Section B, Row 7. It ruled. Next time Def Leppard comes back to town we are totally going again and that shit is going to be awesome basically. If they play two nights I would even go both nights.

Dave Hill

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Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford play Jones Beach in Long Island this Friday (7/13). Tickets are still available. Unclear if Dave will again be in attendance. The tour hits Atlantic City on Saturday. They're back in NY to hit Buffalo and Saratoga Springs in August. All dates at Def Leppard's website.

Dave Hill will be promoting his new book Tasteful Nudes in Austin on Saturday (7/14). You can catch him in NYC when the "Dave Hill Explosion" returns to UCB Theater on July 26th. A few more pictures of Dave rocking, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield words by Andrew Sacher

Radiohead at Prudential Center - 5/31/12
Radiohead

"We're not ready for the greatest hits yet... when we are we'll be dead," said Thom Yorke during Radiohead's first of two Prudential Center shows last night (5/31), before going into "Identikit," a new song they've been playing on tour. It's things like that which made it clear during their show that Radiohead is like no other rock band with enough stature and fame to play an arena like Prudential Center. Those bands usually do play hit after hit, whereas Radiohead's set focused most heavily on deeper cuts from their two most recent albums and newer, post-TKOL tracks. And while most arena-sized bands project themselves onto massive screens to cater to the far-away fans, Radiohead opts for a series of smaller moveable screens that project grainy images of individual members from carefully planned camera angles in an art-collage fashion. Those screens blended with the band's light show, heightening the atmosphere and, like 2011's divisive The King of Limbs, continued to prove that Radiohead refuse to be jaded by a 20+ year career and that they deliver with the same spirit as the band who wrote those hits they preferred not to play.

Radiohead kicked off their set around 8:50 in front of a backdrop of dripping lights, similar to the lines that obscure the TKOL album art, with the opening track off that album, "Bloom." The band have been known to rotate instruments according to the song, and this one saw them in their traditional "rock band" format with Thom on guitar, but it only took one more song ("15 Step") for Thom to show off those dance moves that anyone who hasn't seen them live before may remember from the zany "Lotus Flower" video. That song started in a dimly lit setting, with a double drum intro and Thom's vocals, but once the guitar kicked in, the band was blasted with light and met with huge cheers from the crowd.

Though I mentioned it wasn't a hits set (and better because of it), it goes without saying that when they played "Karma Police," the crowd gave by far the highest level of participation they'd given all night. Everyone who had been watching the show from their seats stood up, and the entire Prudential Center joined in on vocals, overpowering Thom's own voice. It was like a campfire song (cause you know, "Karma Police" is one of the few Radiohead songs you and your friends can manage on an acoustic guitar) coming to life on a level unimaginable. They followed that with the bass-heavy "Feral," which saw Thom's craziest dancing yet, in front of an equally spastic light show. Then came "Idioteque," the final song of their pre-encore set, and when the heavy drum breaks came in, I'm still not sure if Thom's mic was malfunctioning or if he was intentionally cutting out, but the crowd immediately chimed in, chanting every single word for the remainder of the song.

Radiohead quickly returned for their first of two encores, opening with the only Amnesiac song of the night, "You and Whose Army?" After a couple more, they finished the first encore with their live/dancey rendition of "Everything In Its Right Place." The song, which is generally one of the band's more ambient cuts, was propelled by a relentless bass drum and shakers, and the audience clapped along on every beat. At the end of the song, the band members slowly left the stage, until only Jonny Greenwood and Ed O'Brien were left, continuing to manipulate the song through samplers. Eventually they left too, letting the song exist entirely on its own above an empty stage.

Their second encore began with a stripped down version of the band performing "Give Up The Ghost," and similarly to "Everything In Its Right Place," it ended with Thom's looped vocals harmonizing over each other after he had stepped back from the mic. They followed that with a distorted take on Kid A's "The National Anthem" which saw a rare moment of two distinctly different colored lights hitting the stage at once, and they wrapped things up with "Reckoner."

Unfortunately, I showed up a bit late and missed most of Caribou's opening set, but from what I saw they were killing it as well. Though the crowd had barely filled in yet, Caribou seemed unaffected by it and delivered a solid set of material from their 2010 LP, Swim. I was able to catch them closing the set with the album's two opening songs, the warped pop tune, "Odessa," and an extended version of the choppy dance track, "Sun." Before Radiohead left the stage, they greatly praised the band and thanked them for opening (we already know they're fans).

Radiohead and Caribou continue their tour together, and do it again at Prudential Center tonight (6/1). The setlist from last night is HERE. More pictures and videos below...

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Bruce Springtsteen, Prudential Center, 5/2/2012 (photo via legslambert)
Bruse

"10:44 p.m.: Band takes bows but doesn't leave stage. Springsteen walks to lip of stage, takes a sign that says "Play 1 for Levon," referring to the late Levon Helm of the Band. Says Helm had "one of the greatest voices in country-rock and rock 'n' roll." Plays the Band song, "The Weight," with an acoustic guitar. Other band members join in, and everyone in the building sings along. Horns sound great on this. Just a great, great tribute. I feel very lucky to be here right now." [NJ.COM]
After two shows at the Izod Center and two at MSG, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band played another area show, this time at the Prudential Center in NJ last night (5/2). Check out the full setlist, "The Weight" included, below.

Bruce is headed overseas later this month for some touring in Europe, but will start up again in North America this August. The new dates include two shows at Chicago's Wrigley Field and three more home-state shows at, another insurance company sponsored venue, the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford in September. Tickets are still available (so maybe the BOSS ACT is not as necessary as they thought). All dates and that setlist, below...

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by BBG

Rush

Canadian hard rock gods Rush have released the new single "Headlong Flight" from their ninteenth LP Clockwork Angels, due on June 12th. The uber-influential trio will follow-up the release with a string of North American dates in September that will include a pair in the NYC area: Prudential Center in East Rutherford, NJ on 10/20 and on 10/22 in the spankin' new Barclays Center (!) in Brooklyn. All dates are listed below.

Along with co-owner Jay-Z's promised shows and Andrea Bocelli, the Barclays show is one of the first music events to be announced in the new space, which sits on Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn. Tickets for Prudential go on Citi presale on 4/24 at 10AM and regular sale on 4/27 at 10AM. Tickets for the show at Barclays Center are on sale Friday, 4/27 at well (with presales probably happening too).

All tour dates, that "Headlong Flight" video, and more classic Rush, below...

Continue reading "Rush prep 19th LP, announce tour dates (playing Brooklyn!)"

Maxwell

Maxwell is poised to celebrate his entire catalog in three cities, each set to have two nights of sultry R&B in the way that only the Brooklyn native knows how. Los Angeles, Atlanta & E. Rutherford will each get a pair of shows, with the first devoted to early LPs Urban Hang Suite and Embrya and the second set for Now and Blacksummers'night. The R&B crooner will be backed by an eleven-piece band when each record is visited in its entirety, some tracks for the very first time. Tickets go on AMEX Presale on 4/20 at 10AM with regular sale hitting on 4/28 for August 3rd and 4th at Prudential Center (first two albums the first night, the latter on the second).

The tour isn't just to celebrate his releases, it's also an opportunity for Maxwell to show his political stripes

The Maxwell tour will also offer fans a way to help President Obama's re-election campaign. Custom Obama-Biden 2012 merchandise will be available for purchase at select tour stops. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Obama for America. Obama for America will also be at the Maxwell concerts to sign up volunteers to help register voters in battleground states.
I guess there goes the prospects of a Romney/Maxwell ticket.

All tour dates and some video is below.

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Radiohead @ Roseland in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
RadioheaD

As mentioned last night:

It's rumored that Radiohead will be announcing more dates soon. The latest rumor includes a June 1st show at Prudential Center in NJ, though I'm not going to believe it until I see it via Radiohead) (and not via Aids Bunny) (the previous rumor said there would be two nights at MSG around Bonnaroo, but now the rumor people are leaning towards the NJ show instead) (stay tuned).
Well, the latest rumor happens to be true (nice one Aids Bunny!), but also includes a May 31 performance at the NJ venue. They also play Camden on June 13th (so 3 NJ shows total!). Tickets for the new dates go on sale via W.A.S.T.E this Thursday, March 8. A general onsale will hit Ticketmaster on Saturday, March 10 at 10AM. All dates are listed below...

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Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 on 2/17 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleith Bells

Like Santigold is currently doing, controversial SNL stars Sleigh Bells will open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on a string of dates this May including the sold out shows on May 4 & 5 @ Prudential Center in NJ. Before then, Sleigh Bells will be out on a headlining tour of Noth America - mostly out west. All dates are listed below...

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Iron Maiden at Madison Square Garden in 2010 (more by Justina Villaneuva)
Iron Maiden

IRON MAIDEN are back on the road this summer with a series of Arena, Amphitheatre and Festival shows in the U.S.A. and Canada, opening in Charlotte, NC, U.S.A. on June 21, and finishing in Houston, TX, on Aug 18 (dates listed below), to be followed by further dates around the World in 2013. The MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR will closely mirror, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour".
Iron Maiden will play shows with Alice Cooper on some dates and Coheed & Cambria on others. Look for Alice Cooper at both NYC area shows: June 28th at Jones Beach and July 2nd at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Maiden will release details on fan presales in the near future via their website, but ticketing info is otherwise unavailable.

Alice Cooper is also playing Bonnaroo this year.

All Iron Maiden tour dates and some video from that production in 1988, below.

Continue reading "Iron Maiden touring like it's 1988 (shows include Jones Beach & Prudential Center w/ Alice Cooper) -- 2012 Tour Dates"

photos by Kurt Christensen

"So me, Riff, and Elyse saw Soundgarden at Jones Beach. It was an awesome show! The whole band can still fucking rip." - veganaction

Soundgarden

It was a generational mix of fans as old classic rock loving men mixed with metal heads, Gen X and Gen Y'ers as the 90's came back alive and everyone remembered when grunge was king. Opening with "Searching with my Good Eye Closed," Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Ben Shepherd reinvoked the power and thunder that fans have loved them for all these years. It was a trip down memory lane as the band are reintroducing themselves with their back catalogue of singles, B-sides and very deep early cuts and in a set list that appealed to the casual listener to the hardcore fan, Soundgarden were not ready to play any of the new material they have been working on and they didn't need to, they stuck to the working wheel of high octane, dark and murky rock and roll. "Jones Beach, sorry for the wait! We got some new songs but you won't hear any tonight, this is an old song" a bearded Chris Cornell told the crowd right before kicking into "Jesus Christ Pose" -[Officially a Yuppie]
Soundgarden played two NYC area shows over the weekend with Coheed & Cambria. They hit July 8th at Prudential Center in Newark and July 9th at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. Their set consisted mainly of material off Louder Than Love, Badmotorfinger, and Superunknown, with a few other cuts as well. The above review and photos in this post come from Jones Beach. We also have setlists and videos from both below.

Last night, Sunday night (7/10), Coheed & Cambria opened for Soundgarden at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass, but without their bassist who was arrested at the venue for robbing a pharmacy earlier that day!

Soundgarden is currently touring the east coast, and will play upcoming dates in Phildelphia and Atlantic City (with Mars Volta) in the coming days. Full tour schedule (which now includes a headlining appearance at Voodoo in New Orleans), with more pictures (though none of Coheed), videos and setlists below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Sade

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...

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photos by Eric M. Townsend, word by Black Bubblegum

Metallica

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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Prudential Center

When the new Prudential Center arena opens in downtown Newark next month, the city - which spent $210 million in taxpayer dollars on the project - will not be getting one of the arena's 76 luxury suites.

Some city council members are irate, saying the city deserves one of the boxes that are being sold for $225,000 apiece. Newark could use it to host guests, children or other dignitaries, the council members say. The issue, they say, symbolizes the bum deal the city has cut with the New Jersey Devils over the arena.

Some council members say they'll boycott opening night - Oct. 25 when Bon Jovi performs.

"To me, the height of disrespect is the city of Newark has put into the project $210 million - which is the baseline - and the Devils have not given us a box," Council President Mildred Crump said. "They're dissing us at a level that's disrespectful." [NJ.COM]

Dissing you? nice.
The Prudential Center (nicknamed "The Rock") is an 18,000-seat multi-purpose arena being built in Newark, New Jersey for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.....The arena will open on October 25, 2007 with a series of concerts by New Jersey rock group Bon Jovi, featuring a star-studded lineup of opening acts, including Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Daughtry, The All-American Rejects and New Jersey's own My Chemical Romance. The first two concerts will be followed by the first Devils home game on October 27 against the Ottawa Senators, who were the Devils' last opponent at Continental Airlines Arena. [Wikipedia]