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U2 adds more 2017 North American tour dates

U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

U2 has added three more dates to the North American leg of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. After record ticket demand this morning (Jan 17th), second and final nights have been added for Los Angeles on May 21st, East Rutherford on June 29th and Chicago on June 4th.

Tickets for these three additional shows will go on general sale next Monday, January 23rd with a pre-sale for U2.com subscribers later this week.

The new North American dates come after the band added four more dates to the European leg of the tour. Those eight shows sold out within minutes of going on sale.

NORTH AMERICAN DATES

5/12 – Vancouver, BC CA – BC Place Stadium
5/14 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
5/17 – San Francisco, CA – Levi’s Stadium
5/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl
5/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl
5/24 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
5/26 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium
6/3 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
6/4 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
6/7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
6/11 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
6/14 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
6/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
6/29 – Washington, DC – FedEx Field
6/23 – Toronto, ON CA – Rogers Centre
6/25 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium
6/28 – E. Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
6/29 – E. Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
7/1 – Cleveland, OH – First Energy

Elton John announces 2017 The Million Dollar Piano residency dates

Elton John

Returning to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to perform his most iconic hits, tickets for performances of Elton John’s critically-acclaimed show, “The Million Dollar Piano” for the following April 2017 and May 2017 dates will go on sale Friday, January 20th at noon PST:

2017:

April 25-26 Tuesday, Wednesday

April 28-29 Friday, Saturday

May 1 Monday

May 3-4 Wednesday, Thursday

May 5 Friday

Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 888-4-ELTON J, or online at thecolosseum.com or axs.com. Ticket prices start at $55 (prices include a 9% Live Entertainment Tax). VIP packages are available. Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees. There is an eight ticket limit per guest. For groups of 20 or more, call (702) 731-7208. Shows are scheduled for 7:30 pm.

World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer Elton John made a triumphant return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with his all new show, “The Million Dollar Piano.” At the centerpiece of the performance is the show’s namesake piano, an engineering marvel featuring more than 68 LED video screens created by Yamaha.

Elton John’s band features Nigel Olsson on drums, part of Elton’s original three-piece band, as well as musical director Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with Elton in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards, with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.

“The Million Dollar Piano” features iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout Elton’s incredible five-decade career, all enhanced by the most elaborate stage design Elton has ever used.

George Harrison vinyl box set, extended book announced

George Harrison - The Vinyl Collection

The Harrison family is proud to announce the release of George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection (UMe) box set featuring all of George Harrison’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time on February 24th to mark his 74th birthday.

The vinyl box set includes all twelve of Harrison’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are Harrison’s classic live album Live In Japan (2 LP), and two 12″ single picture discs of ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Got My Mind Set On You’. All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box. The original analog master tapes were used for the new remasters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout. The individual albums from the collection will also be available separately, with All Things Must Pass as a limited edition title.

George Harrison’s I Me Mine was originally published by the specialist book publisher, Genesis Publications in 1980. It became the first of many collaborations between George and Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. In conversation with his friend and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, and in a first-person commentary that accompanies his songs, Harrison’s own words recount everything from his upbringing in Liverpool, to early Beatlemania, his spirituality and philosophy. This new extended version of the book now spans the complete length of Harrison’s career in music, told in his words and through 141 songs with hand written lyric sheets faithfully reproduced in full color. Now stretching to 632 pages it features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until now.

George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection vinyl LP box set contains:

Wonderwall Music (1968) | 1 LP
Electronic Sound (1969) | 1 LP
All Things Must Pass (1970) | 3 LP *limited edition piece
Living In The Material World (1973) | 1 LP
Dark Horse (1974) | 1 LP
Extra Texture (1975) | 1 LP
Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976) | 1 LP
George Harrison (1979) | 1 LP
Somewhere in England (1981) | 1 LP
Gone Troppo (1982) | 1 LP
Cloud Nine (1987) | 1 LP
Live In Japan (1992) | 2 LP
Brainwashed (2002) | 1 LP
12″ Picture Disc Singles of ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ (only available as part of the box set)

Also available, the perfect companion for the vinyl set is the George Harrison Essential III turntable. This elegant piece is manufactured and designed by Pro-Ject Audio Systems, one of the world’s leading suppliers of record players. The artwork was designed by Studio Number One based on an exclusive 2014 art-print lithograph designed for the Harrisons by Shepard Fairey. This turntable is limited to 2500 worldwide.

U2 sells out every 2017 European tour date

U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Following last week’s announcement that U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, Live Nation has just confirmed that the tickets for all eight UK and European performances are now sold out.

Due to overwhelming demand, second and final shows have now been announced in London for July 9th at Twickenham Stadium, July 16th at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, July 26th in Paris at Stade De France and July 30th at the Amsterdam Arena.

The shows were sold out within hours of going on sale.

Tickets for the North American dates will be on sale today (Jan 17th) at 10 am local time.

EUROPEAN DATES

July 8 – London, EN – Twickenham Stadium
July 9 – London, EN – Twickenham Stadium
July 15 – Rome, IT – Olympic Stadium
July 16 – Rome, IT – Olympic Stadium
July 25 – Paris, FR – Stade De France
July 26 – Paris, FR – Stade De France
July 29 – Amersterdam, NL – Amsterdam Arena
July 30 – Amersterdam, NL – Amsterdam Arena

Green Day announces Wrigley Field tour stop

Green Day Writley Field

Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day has announced that they will perform at Chicago’s Wrigley Field for the first time in their career on August 24th as part of the Revolution Radio tour, with special guests Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Pre-sale tickets will be available to Idiot Nation members on Tuesday, January 17th at 10 am local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 20th.

Green Day’s latest album, Revolution Radio, was released on October 7th by Reprise Records and debuted at No. 1 around the world. The album features the band’s tenth No. 1 song “Bang Bang” and the Top 10 heartfelt anthem “Still Breathing”.

Revolution Radio was praised by Alternative Press: “the most intensely personal Green Day album in years,” Entertainment Weekly: “their most focused album in years,” LA Times: “a barnstormer of a new punk record,” Nylon: “delivers in terms of music, lyrics, and an unstoppable and quintessentially Green Day energy,” Q: “Revolution Radio is Green Day back at their best,” Rolling Stone: “it reflects decades of accrued emotional and musical wisdom,” USA Today: “a bracing return to form,” and many more.

Tour Dates

3/1 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena*
3/2 El Paso, TX – El Paso County Coliseum*
3/4 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center*
3/5 Houston, TX – Toyota Center*
3/7 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center*
3/8 North Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena*
3/10 Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center*
3/12 Norfolk, VA – Constant Convocation Center*
3/13 Washington, DC – Verizon Center*
3/15 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center*
3/17 Worcester, MA – DCU Center*
3/19 London, ON – Budweiser Gardens*
3/20 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre*
3/22 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre*
3/23 Quebec, QC – Vidéotron Centre*
3/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center*
3/27 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena*
3/28 Champaign, IL – State Farm Center*
3/30 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center*
4/1 Saint Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center*
4/3 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena*
4/5 Broomfield, CO – 1stBank Center*
4/7 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena*
4/8 San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center*

8/1 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre^
8/2 Portland, OR – Moda Center^
8/5 Oakland, CA – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum^
8/7 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre^
8/9 Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre^
8/11 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center^
8/12 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center^
8/14 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
8/16 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center^
8/18 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage^
8/20 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center^
8/21 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center^
8/24 Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field^
8/26 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center^
8/28 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center^
8/29 Hartford, CT – The XFINITY Theatre^
8/31 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion^
9/1 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek^
9/3 West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre^
9/5 Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre^
9/6 Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater^
9/8 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater^
9/9 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center^
9/11 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater^
9/13 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre^

* With Against Me
^ With Catfish and the Bottlemen

‘She Rocks Vol 1’ all female compilation set for Jan 20th

She Rocks Vol 1

Favored Nations Entertainment will release the all-female compilation, She Rocks, Vol. 1 digitally on January 20th with the physical CD available on February 4th. The compilation will be celebrated at the 2017 “She Rocks Awards,” taking place this Friday (Jan 20th) in Anaheim, CA during the annual NAMM Convention.

This collection of kick-ass guitar goddesses is produced by author and former Guitar World editor, Brad Tolinski with iconic guitarist Steve Vai as executive producer, and showcases eleven female guitarists, each a virtuoso in her own right. From the legendary Lita Ford to Sarah Longfield’s jazzy riffin’, to Orianthi’s melodic stylings and the all-out shredding of Nita Strauss, these players each contribute their own voice to this carefully curated collection.

She Rocks, Vol. 1 compilation is released on Vai’s own Favored Nations Label, and in cooperation with the Women’s International Music Network, hosts of the famed “She Rocks Awards.”

The She Rocks, Vol. 1 compilation showcases the amazing talents of Orianthi, Yasi Hofer, Kat Dyson, Sarah Longfield, Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss, Steph Paynes, Nili Brosh, Gretch8en Menn, and Yvette Young and will be released on January 20th.

CD

1. Orianthi – “Transmogrify”
2. Yasi Hofer – “Cosmic Stars”
3. Kat Dyson – “U Know What I Like”
4. Sarah Longfield – “The Taxi Time Travel Task Force”
5. Lita Ford w/Lez Zeppelin – “The Lemon Song”
6. Jennifer Batten – “In the Aftermath”
7. Nita Strauss – “Pandemonium”
8. Steph Paynes – “The Sun at Her Eastern Gate”
9. Nili Brosh – “A Matter of Perception”
10. Gretchen Menn – “Scrap Metal”
11. Yvette Young – “Hydra”

Metallica announces ‘very unique’ Grammy performance

Metallica

This is the band’s fourth performance at the awards ceremony

Metallica has “something very unique and special planned” for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12th. The band has been invited to perform for the first time in three years. They last performed “One” with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang in 2014.

Metallica is nominated for Best Rock Song for “Hardwired” from their newly released Hardwired… To Self Destruct album. They are up against David Bowie, Radiohead, Twenty One Pilots and Highly Suspect in the category. Top nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards include Beyoncé with nine, Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight apiece and Chance The Rapper with seven.

LL Cool J hosts the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 12th live from Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show will broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8-11:30 pm ET/5-8:30 pm PT live on both coasts.

U2 adds additional Joshua Tree 2017 tour dates

U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

U2 has added four additional dates to the European leg of its The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour. The dates were added due to overwhelming demand after Monday’s (Jan 16th) public on sale.

The four shoes are second shows added to Twickenham, London on July 9th, the Olympic Stadium in Rome on July 16th, the Stade de France in Paris on July 26th and the Amsterdam Arena on July 30th.

Tickets for these shows will go on general sale Monday, January 23rd with a presale to U2.com subscribers later this week.

More shows are expected to be added as needed, although no specific information has been given as of press time.

Last week, Live Nation announced that U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic album. Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support from one of a number of special guests including Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Europe.

Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands. There will be a four ticket limit for subscriber purchases and a six ticket limit commencing with public sales. In North America, all floor tickets will be paperless unless otherwise noted.

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Def Leppard, Poison, Tesla announce tour

Def Leppard

Fresh off winning their fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard announce they will return to the road this spring for a three month run across North America. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through cities across parts of the U.S. and Canada. This new leg of dates follows the groups massive 70+ city 2016 tour and is set to kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN. Joining Def Leppard on select dates are Poison and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Tickets will go on sale on January 20th and 21st at LiveNation.com.

“We’re thrilled to be able to take this tour to cities we didn’t play in 2016,” states frontman Joe Elliot. “The demand for us to return, or rather extend the tour was phenomenal! There’s a great buzz around the band right now and we’re loving the fact that we can do this with the latest album being so well received.”

In conjunction with the announcement of their North American tour, Def Leppard also premieres the live video for “Animal” via Brave Words.

The live video clip is from the bands recently announced concert film, And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit which will be released on February 10th in partnership with Eagle Rock Entertainment.

“Our last full concert DVD, excluding Viva! Hysteria, was 1987’s In The Round, In Your Face, which was shot on video.,” comments guitarist Phil Collen. “We felt an updated version was way overdue so here it is, the brand new Def Leppard concert experience.”

The tour also marks the first time in over fI’ve years that Poison will tour with all original members. Members including Bret Michaels, CC DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett. Poison has sold over 40 million records and is is set to perform some of its greatest hits including “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” “Every Rose HAs Its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Unksinny Bop” and “Something to Believe In.”

“I could not be more excited,” states frontman Bret Michaels. “I know all of us will give one thousand percent on stage and we are looking forward to performing our hits together. I personally could not be more thankful for the three generations of fans and I love the music of Def Leppard and Tesla. This will be an amazing night of rock and roll. Don’t wait because god only knows.”

April:

8, Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
10 Montreal, QC Bell Centre *
12 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
14 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
15 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
17 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
19 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
21 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
22 Sioux Falls, SD Sanford Premier Center
24 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
26 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Cneter **
27 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
29 Ft Myers, FL Fort Rock ***
30 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville ***

May:

2 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
3 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
5 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
6 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion ***
24 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma ***
27 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest ***
29 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
31 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

June:

2 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place *
3 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome *
6 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena *
7 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
9 Seattle, WA White River Amph
10 Portland, OR Moda Center
12 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
14 Ontario, CA Citizens Bank Arena
16 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
19 Salt Lake City, UT ASANA Amphitheatre
21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center **
22 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
24 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
25 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center

• Def Leppard only
** Def Leppard and Poison only, no Tesla
*** Def Leppard festival dates

Bon Jovi recruiting local acts as tour openers

Bon Jovi This House Is Not For Sale Tour

Bon Jovi is recruiting 31 local artists to open for them during their 2017 This House Is Not For Sale Tour. Jon Bon Jovi made the announcement during a Facebook Live Q&A event on Tuesday (Jan 10th).

“It’s getting harder and harder these days for a band to get an opportunity to make a record, get any notoriety, it’s even slimmer chances to play on the big state. So we want to take you along,” he states.

The contest is open to bands and solo artists who upload a video to bonjovi.com or the Bon Jovi and Live Nation Facebook pages. Submissions will be displayed in a live gallery for viewing and sharing. Live Nation will choose ten finalists, and Bon Jovi management will select the opening act contest winner for each tour date. All musicians who are selected as tour openers will be featured across Live Nation and Bon Jovi’s Facebook pages.

It is the third time in recent years that the Grammy Award-winning band has invited local and regional artists to share the stage (2006’s Have A Nice Day Tour and 2010’s The Circle Tour). Those chosen will demonstrate that they have the sound, style, and substance to open an arena show. A different artist(s) will open for Bon Jovi on each one of the Live Nation-promoted concerts listed below.

First round of participating dates – winners announced on or about January 27, 2017:

Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC – concert on February 8, 2017
Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA – concert on February 10, 2017
BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL – concert on February 12, 2017
Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL – concert on February 14, 2017
BJCC in Birmingham, AL – concert on February 16, 2017
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN – concert on February 18, 2017
Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO – concert on February 19, 2017

Second round of participating dates – winners announced on or about February 4, 2017:

Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK – concert on February 21, 2017
American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX – concert on February 23, 2017
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV – concert on February 25, 2017
Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA – concert on February 28, 2017

Third round of participating dates – winners announced on or about February 8, 2017:

SAP Center in San Jose, CA – concert on March 1, 2017
Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ – concert on March 4, 2017
Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA – concert on March 5, 2017
The Forum in Los Angeles, CA – concert on March 8, 2017

Fourth round of participating dates – winners announced on or about February 26, 2017:

Pepsi Center in Denver, CO – concert on March 14, 2017
FedExForum in Memphis, TN – concert on March 16, 2017
Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH – concert on March 18, 2017|
Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH – concert on March 19, 2017
Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN – concert on March 22, 2017

Fifth round of participating dates – winners announced on or about March 7, 2017:

United Center in Chicago, IL – concert on March 26, 2017
Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN – concert on March 27, 2017
Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI – concert on March 29, 2017
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA – concert on March 31, 2017
Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT – concert on April 1, 2017

Sixth round of participating dates – winners announced on or about March 12, 2017:

PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA – concert on April 5, 2017
Madison Square Garden in New York, NY – concert on April 7, 2017
Madison Square Garden in New York, NY – concert on April 8, 2017
Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON – concert on April 10, 2017
Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON – concert on April 11, 2017