May 16. 2013

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Michael Buble tour among onsales this week

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Onsales This Week

After spending 2012 away from the stage, Michael Buble is back with a new tour in support of his latest album, To Be Loved, and initial onsales are this Friday and Monday. The ever-popular Buble will visit 40 cities on this tour, including stops in Indianapolis, IN; Brooklyn, NY; Charlotte, NC; and San Diego, CA. The tour's U.S. concerts are scheduled to begin on September 7 at Chicago's United Center. They will end on November 30 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.

Events onsale this week
Day(s) Event  
Fri UFC on Fox Buy tickets
Fri Justin Timberlake Buy tickets
Fri Mary J. Blige Buy tickets
Fri Jason Aldean Buy tickets
Fri, Sat Backstreet Boys Buy tickets
Fri, Mon Michael Buble Buy tickets
Sat WWE in Brooklyn Buy tickets
Mon CMA Music Fest 2014 Buy tickets
Tues Radio City Christmas Buy tickets

Released on April 22, To Be Loved has proven to be yet another hit, debuting at the top of the Billboard 200. This is Buble's fourth straight album to do so. It also debuted at number one in Buble home country Canada, the fifth time it has done so there.

Other onsales this week include Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Tour, which has another seven concerts on sale this Friday. If your city isn't up this week and hasn't gone up yet, never fear as there are more onsales next Friday, May 24. Also, Christmas has come early for fans of the Radio City Rockettes. You didn't misread that — all 200+ Radio City Christmas Spectacular shows are onsale this coming Tuesday, May 21.

Finally, the Backstreet Boys are back. As we reported earlier this week, they're following up on their successful tour with New Kids on the Block in 2011 with their very own 25-date tour during the second half of the summer. The In a World Like This Tour will begin on August 2 at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago and end on September 8 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA. Jesse McCartney and Jersey Shore's DJ Pauly D will join them. Initial onsales are on Friday and Saturday.

Will Michael Scott appear in The Office series finale?

The series finale of "The Office" airs tonight after nine seasons and all I want is for Michael Scott to return. Listen, I stuck with the show after he departed. I stuck with the show through endless Jim/Pam will-they-won't-they moments. I stuck with the show when Robert California drove me totally crazy. (Sorry, Robert California fans.) And now all I ask is for Michael Scott to come back one more time to bid the series adieu.

But everyone has been saying it's not going to happen. In an effort to quell any disappointment (and Hulk-like rage) I may feel if that turns out to be true, I keep trying to nonchalantly tell myself he won't show up. No big deal, I think, who needs him anyway?

Me, that's who, because I really, really, really want him to be on tonight's show. It won't feel like a final goodbye without him! So I've spent the last few weeks arguing with myself over whether Steve Carell will make an appearance. Will he? Won't he? Well...

Reasons Michael Scott WILL NOT return

Execs have denied Michael Scott will be in the finale. The cast, writers, and producers have been firm about this. They've maintained this for months, possibly longer, and urged us all not to count on it happening. NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt said "[T]he decision would be compromising his schedule."

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The spectacle of golf

The following is a guest article by Colin Knight

Golf course

Golf is a sport that is as popular as it ever has been. Though it lacks the speed of soccer, or the danger of motor racing, the sport still pulls in massive TV audiences, and huge crowds still flock to live tournaments. So what's the appeal? The one thing that does make golf great sporting theatre is how rapidly things can change, even in the last few rounds of a tournament. In a tennis match, when one player wins the first set comfortably, then they will often go on to win the match. In golf, the leader in the clubhouse at the end of the first day of a tournament will rarely win the event. The uncertain nature of golf is what makes us watch and play the sport. No two days are ever the same and it's a sport that no one can ever really say that they have mastered.

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A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article listing six songs that weren't specifically written for a movie, but are now forever associated with that film. Now it's time to go full circle. Which songs were written for a certain movie, but have since stood apart from the movie on their own merits? I began the last post by listing a few, and I'll include a couple of those here, along with a few others.

By the way, this doesn't mean you can't still associate them backwards to their origin. Last time, you knew that "Johnny B. Goode" actually came from Chuck Berry first, right? Likewise, the theme of this article means you can listen to these songs on their own, without immediately needing to see the movie. Here they are, in no particular order:

Bob Dylan - "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

It may seem hard to believe that such a classic song was ever anything else but a hit from one of Dylan's studio albums, but it was in fact written for a little known 1973 movie called Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. The Western, in which Dylan also had a minor role, was directed by Sam Peckinpah. After editing was complete, the movie was taken out of Peckinpah's hands by production company MGM, heavily re-edited, and then released, where it become a box office bomb. I guess if there's a silver lining to the story, it's that Dylan still made out good on the movie's failure.

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