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Kenny Chesney‘s No Shoes Nation tour is still a few weeks away but he’s steeped in preparations to make it an unforgettable experience for concertgoers. On Feb. 13, the country superstar and his band begin tour rehearsals. “I used to say we’re like a baseball team: six months on, six months off,” Kenny says. “But the truth is, what we do to create what people see from a show this size out there on the road really does take a lot of work, a lot of thought and a lot of practice. And the great thing about my crew is, they get as much a charge seeing the fans respond to what goes into all this work as the band and I do when we’re on stage.” Expect a greater video presence at this year’s shows, which kick off March 16 in Tampa Bay, Fla. Kenny’s latest video, “Pirate Flag,” made its premiere right here on The Boot. (Watch below.) His album, Life on a Rock, will be out April 30. [GAC]
Grammy-nominated Hunter Hayes has joined the lineup for this summer’s Country Thunder, set for July 18-21, in Twin Lakes, Wis. Previously-announced performers for the hugely popular outdoor festival include Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Jake Owen and more. [Country Thunder]
Tickets Are Selling Out Fast for the King of Country Music’s Final Tour Country music’s best team up again for the new Cowboy Rides Away Tour: George Strait & Martina McBride set to kick off in Lubbock, Texas on January 18, 2013.
Country music fans are in for a two-year bittersweet treat beginning in January of the new year. The King of Country Music, George Strait, has scheduled his last tour and will be joined by Martina McBride who will be his opening act. The tour will be opening in Texas with dates running through 2014. Currently the Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2013 dates show twenty-one different venues in several states with more shows to be put on the schedule at a later time.
George Strait has stated publicly in the past that when he reached the age of 60, he would consider retiring from touring. After reaching the milestone this past May, he decided that the Cowboy Rides Away Tour: George Strait & Martina McBride would be the perfect way to say farewell. By extending the tour over two years, he will be able to reach as many fans in as many places as possible. George won’t be giving up on music altogether as he will continue to record new music and make new albums.
Some advice for fans who want to be part of country music history by attending the farewell tour 2013 is that they need to hurry. Concert tickets are selling fast for all dates on the schedule and tickets have completely sold out in many of the venues through official ticket vendors. Fans who were unable to purchase tickets for the first round of the tour may still be able to see the show, but will have to wait. Once the schedule is set for the second leg of the tour, concert tickets will go on sale again.
This isn’t the first time that the Strait & Martina McBride have teamed up for a tour. They have worked together in the past and have recently come off of a sold-out twelve concert tour in 2012. As for the farewell tour, Strait has hinted that there are some surprises in store for concert-goers that may not be announced in advance. Guest artists are slated to perform for single concerts throughout the tour, with Miranda Lambert and the Randy Rogers Band among them. The two-year extravaganza is expected to be an emotionally charged, exciting tribute full of hits from two of the most beloved icons in country music.
Lubbock TX United Spirit Arena January 18, 2013
Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena January 19, 2013
Salt Lake City UT EnergySolutions Arena January 25, 2013
Nampa ID Idaho Center January 26, 2013
Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Arena January 31, 2013
Fresno CA Save Mart Center February 1, 2013
Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena February 2, 2013
Saint Paul MN Xcel Energy Center February 15, 2013
Grand Forks ND Alerus Center February 16, 2013
Buffalo NY First Niagara Center February 22, 2013
Hartford CT XL Center – February 23, 2013
Knoxville TN Thompson Boling Arena March 1, 2013
Lexington KY Rupp Arena March 2, 2013
Houston TX Reliant Stadium March 17, 2013
Greenville SC Bi-lo Center March 22, 2013
Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum March 23, 2013
Albuquerque NM The Pit April 5, 2013
Las Cruces NM Pan American Center April 6, 2013
North Little Rock AR Verizon Arena April 12, 2013
New Orleans LA New Orleans Arena April 13, 2013
San Antonio TX Alamodome June 1, 2013
Cowboy Strait Rides Away Again
Country music star, George Strait will be on the roads again for his final tour starting early next year. This is according to the latest reports press conference he made in the Country Hall of Fame and Museum while commenting, “Don’t think I’m retiring, because I’m not.”
Indeed, the music icon does not seem retire given that his tour and he is set to depart on the 18th of January, leaving for 21 scheduled concerts and 20 other performances until 2014.
The Cowboy Rides Away Tour is thought as Strait’s career celebration since his shows are mostly set in his former venues. Thus, this gives fans opportune moments of singing along the country star during ultimate live performances. Also the country music icon added that there might a few surprises for fans along the way.
Martina McBride, a popular country singer, is also expected to join the George Strait Tour as a guest performer. The first leg dates of the tour have already been released and the tickets have already been available since the 12th of October this year.
The star is looking forward to the plans for the George Strait Tour. In the conference, he still seemed eager and enjoying his performances as a country icon. “I just don’t want to go to the point where I show up and nobody else does, you know? It’s been great. I’ve been doing it for 30-some odd years and I’ve loved it,” he told the reporters who attended the conference. “”…And here lately it’s just the walking out onstage part, that’s all great. I’m still loving that. It’s just the hectic part about touring and traveling and bam bam bam. I just feel like it’s time for me to try something else.”
George Strait Tour is set to take off on the 18th of January next year at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. It is scheduled to stop at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee in March 1st and at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas. More of his performance dates and venues in 2013 and 2014 are also expected to be released soon.
George Strait is one of the country’s most hailed artists in country music. In his career, he has had 59 number one hits, with a song consistently hitting the top ten charts every year. He was first known in his 1981 hit single “Unwound.”
Strait’s career has been reckoned as one of the finest in country music. In fact, he was inducted as a Country Music Hall of Famer in 2006. Plus his career is decked with achievements – 38 gold records, 33 platinum and 13 multi-platinum.
Closing his press release in Nashville, Tennessee, Strait made a memorable remark while reminiscing his triumphant performances, “I’m sure I’ll miss it. I’m sure I will. How can you not after doing it for so long. It was a hard decision to make. It was tough. I’ve lost sleep. But I think about midway through this tour I’ll realize that, yeah, I did make the right decision. It’s just a part of it.”
Here is a list of performance dates and venues of the Cowboy Rides Away Tour.
January 18, 2013 United Spirit Arena Lubbock, TX
January 19, 2013 Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, OK
January 25, 2013 EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City, UT
January 26, 2013 Idaho Center Nampa, ID
January 31, 2013 Sleep Train Arena Sacramento, CA
February 1, 2013 SaveMart Center Fresno, CA
February 2, 2013 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, NV
February 15, 2013 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
February 16, 2013 Alerus Center Grand Forks, ND
February 22, 2013 First Niagara Center Buffalo, NY
February 23, 2013 XL Center Hartford, CT
March 1, 2013 Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, TN
March 2, 2013 Rupp Arena Lexington, KY
March 17, 2013 Reliant Stadium Houston, TX
March 22, 2013 Bi-Lo Center Greenville, SC
March 23, 2013 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, NC
April 5, 2013 The Pit Albuquerque, NM
April 6, 2013 Pan American Center Las Cruces, NM
April 12, 2013 Verizon Arena Little Rock, AR
April 14, 2013 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, LA
June 1, 2013 Alamodome San Antonio, TX
Tickets are available at www.doremitickets.com. For the latest updates and news on the George Strait Tour, simply visit the artist’s site at http://www.georgestrait.com.
Lady Gaga Brings Born This Way Ball to North America
That’s what Lady Gaga’s onstage performance is always about. Elaborate opening performances, different costume changes, well decorated production numbers that even involve the use of motorcycles, live horses and gigantic inflatable zip ups – are what we can expect from her shows. Since only Gaga would entertain us this much.
Only Gaga Would Entertain This Way
In her show in UK last August, the show presented an extravagant Highway Unicorn opening with Gothic castle sets and a horse styled like a unicorn. She also sang Born This Way in an enormously large inflatable zip-up vagina, Heavy Metal Lover while rolling on a motorbike and Poker Face in a meat dress while being fed on big grinder.
Only in Gaga’s shows would you find vivid storylines depicted creatively while she sings. She has been known to have blown-up narrative expositions in her musical productions. To top it all, not only her songs or costume plays gives an exhilarating spectacle but also the pop dance moves that you would never expect her to do while on a dress.
This is perhaps one of the many reasons why Gaga is sought to have Madonna’s instincts. She is thought to have Bowie’s great showmanship and young Elton John’s musical chutzpah. Plus what’s more fascinating is her growing need to overcomplicate things – which results in brilliant and euphoric performances from her. Simply put, Gaga is one of 21st century’s finest pop stars.
Born This Way Ball
Every Gaga performance brings a grand and exciting feel to the fans. It is one of a kind that is why her concerts are much-awaited for.
This year, it is great news that the pop star is already prepared to bring her concerts to US shores. Born This Way Ball will be brought in installment tour dates to North America starting on the 26th of October this year. Then, Lady Gaga will also bring her music to the US and Canada starting on January 11th next year.
As always, Lady Gaga’s performances will be extravagant – full dances, artistic musical portrayals, breath-taking stunts, costume changes and of course with songs that only Gaga can spectacularly rendered.
Here is an updated list of her concert tour dates and venues. For more information and updates, simply visit Lady Gaga’s site at http://www.ladygaga.com/bornthiswayball.
OCT 26 FORO SOL MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
OCT 30 COLISEO DE PUERTO RICO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
OCT 31 RICOCOLISEO DE PUERTO RICO SAN JUAN, PUERTO
NOV 3 ESTADIO NACIONAL SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
NOV 6 ESTADIO EL CAMPIN BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
NOV 9 PARQUE DOS ATLETAS RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
NOV 11 ESTADIO DO MORUMBI SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
NOV 13 FIERGS PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL
NOV 16 RIVER PLATE STADIUM BUENOS AIRES, ARG
NOV 20 ESTADIO NACIONAL SANTIAGO, CHILE
NOV 23 ESTADIO SAN MARCOS LIMA, PERU
NOV 26 JOCKEY CLUB DEL PARAGUAY ASUNCION, PARAGUAY
NOV 30 FNB STADIUM JOHANNESBURG, SA
DEC 3 CAPETOWN STADIUM CAPETOWN, SA
DEC 6 TELENOR ARENA OSLO, NORWAY
DEC 9 SKK ARENA ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
DEC 12 OLIMPSKI ARENA MOSCOW, RUSSIA
JAN 11 ROGERS ARENA VANCOUVER, BC
JAN 12 ROGERS ARENA VANCOUVER, BC
JAN 14 TACOMA DOME TACOMA, WA
JAN 15 ROSE GARDEN PORTLAND, OR
JAN 17 PAVILION ARENA SAN JOSE, CAHP
JAN 20 STAPLES CENTER LOS ANGELES, CA
JAN 21 STAPLES CENTER LOS ANGELES, CA
JAN 23 AIRWAYS CENTER PHOENIX, AZUS
JAN 25 MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA LAS VEGAS, NV
JAN 26 MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA LAS VEGAS, NV
JAN 29 AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER DALLAS, TX
JAN 31 TOYOTA CENTER HOUSTON, TX
FEB 2 SCOTTRADE CENTER ST. LOUIS, MO
FEB 4 SPRINT CENTER KANSAS CITY, MO
FEB 6 XCEL ENERGY CENTER ST. PAUL, MN
FEB 8 AIR CANADA CENTER TORONTO, ON
FEB 9 AIR CANADA CENTER TORONTO, ON
FEB 11 BELL CENTRE MONTREAL, QC
FEB 13 UNITED CENTER CHICAGO, IL
FEB 14 UNITED CENTER CHICAGO, IL
FEB 16 PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS DETROIT, MI
FEB 19 WELLS FARGO CENTER PHILADELPHIA, PA
FEB 20 WELLS FARGO CENTER PHILADELPHIA, PA
FEB 22 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN NEW YORK, NY
FEB 23 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN NEW YORK, NY
FEB 25 VERIZON CENTER WASHINGTON, D.C.
FEB 27 TD GARDEN BOSTON, MA
MAR 2 BOARDWALK HALL ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
MAR 6 BARCLAYS CENTER BROOKLYN, NY
MAR 7 BARCLAYS CENTER BROOKLYN, NY
MAR 10 BRIDGESTONE ARENA NASHVILLE, TN
MAR 11 PHILIPS ARENA ATLANTA, GA
MAR 13 TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM TAMPA, FL
MAR 15 BANKATLANTIC CENTER FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
MAR 16 AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA MIAMI, FL
2013 Pink Tour: The Truth About Love
Pink blew her one last kiss in a night graced with a giant pair of lips in MTV’s recent 2012 Video Music Awards. It was a kiss-blowing night to remember – a spectacular one last kiss that hit the billboard’s hot 200 after 12 weeks from its release!
Blow Me One Last Kiss is the lead single of the album The Truth About Love. Upon its debut in September 18, it immediately landed number 5 in the Billboard 200 charts.
Better yet, it is one success after another for Pink. Right after selling more than 280,000 in the US alone, the album hit UK’s airwaves and garnered the second top spot in the charts. It also climbed up the US Billboard 100 charts, securing the top spot for weeks. Thus, according to Entertainment Weekly, this success marked Pink’s first ever number one album since her debut as an artist.
Only recently, the pop-rock artist announced that she is set to hit both American and Canadian roads next year. This means that Pink’s last kiss is not the last after all. It will be more than just about Blow Me One Last Kiss but all concerning The Truth About Love.
Not much is given as to how the format of this kiss-blowing jaunt’s opening acts in the Pink Tour. However, with the unforgettable performance the pop-rock star did in the MTV Video Music Awards, this can be no less than an anthology of kisses and Truth About Love.
Much spectacle is also expected from this upcoming tour since it is Pink’s only live performance in significantly larger arenas since her 2009 Funhouse tour. This could be much grander than her live performance in the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
So, forget the last kiss. There’s another one coming your way since the Pink Tour is scheduled to set off starting February 13 next year. It will stop in 25 cities until almost the end of March next year.
Pink Tour tickets for certain dates are available starting September 28 at www.doremitickets.com. Here is a complete list of concert dates and venues in The Truth About Love 2013 Tour.
February 13, 2013 US Airways Center Phoenix, AZ
February 15, 2013 Mandalay Bay Events Center Las Vegas, NV
February 13, 2013 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA
February 18, 2013 HP Pavilion San Jose, CA
February 21, 2013 Toyota Center Houston, TX
February 22, 2013 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
February 24, 2013 Amway Center Orlando, FL
February 25, 2013 BB&T Center Fort Lauderdale, FL
February 27, 2013 Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa, FL
March 1, 2013 Phillips Arena Atlanta, GA
March 2, 2013 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN
March 5, 2013 The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI
March 6, 2013 Schottenstein Center Columbus, OH
March 8, 2013 KFC Yum! Center Louisville, KY
March 9, 2013 United Center Chicago, IL
March 14, 2013 Verizon Center Washington, DC
March 16, 2013 Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, NC
March 17, 2013 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA
March 19, 2013 Xcel Energy Center Saint Paul, MN
March 22, 2013 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
March 23, 2013 IZOD Center East Rutherford, NJ
March 25, 2013 Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY
March 27, 2013 Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT
March 28, 2013 TD Garden Boston, MA
March 11, 2013 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON
March 12, 2013 Bell Centre Montréal, QC
April 17, 2013 Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy Paris
April 12, 2013 The O2 Arena Dublin
April 14, 2013 Manchester Arena Manchester
April 15, 2013 Manchester Arena Manchester
For more updates and further details, simply visit TheTruthAboutLoveTour.com, Pink Tour’s official site.