Among the biggest news in live entertainment in the last week or so is the return of Christine McVie to Fleetwood Mac, bringing the band back to its full classic lineup. She returns as the band is plotting its latest tour, "On With the Show," which runs from late September to late December. All 35 of the tour's concerts go on sale this coming Monday.
The other huge tour on sale this weekend is the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. This year's edition of the annual traveling heavy metal festival is being headlined by Avenged Sevenfold and Korn and also includes Asking Alexandra, Cannibal Corpse, Mushroomhead, and Trivium. Onsales for the tour are split between Friday and Saturday.
Others concert onsales this weekend include New Kids on the Block, New Edition, Devo, 311, and Andrea Bocelli.
The sports world is equally as active, with NHL and NBA playoffs prominent this weekend. NHL teams with divisional playoff home games on sale include the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks on Friday, and LA Kings on Saturday. The Stanley Cup playoffs also go on sale Saturday. NBA teams with playoff games on sale include the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, LA Clippers on Saturday, and Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Finally, in theater, The Book of Mormon tour has onsales Friday for shows in Memphis, TN. Meanwhile, the Ringling Bros. circus has onsales Saturday for San Antonio, TX, and Monday for Louisville, KY. And a production of Mamma Mia! has several shows on sale Satuday for Dallas, TX.
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Watching television can be fun; binge-watching it can be even better. There’s something really fantastic about being sucked completely into a show — its plot, its characters, its actors. It’s like being consumed by a really great book, where suddenly whatever is entertaining you transports you to an entirely different world.
If you're an avid reader of our blog, you probably already know we’re enthusiastic television watchers. So over the next few weeks, we’ll be presenting you with our favorite shows in sci-fi/fantasy, comedy, and drama to binge-watch. You're welcome!
Why Tim Loves It: For a lot of shows, the pilot episode doesn't completely pull you in. It usually takes a few more episodes before you are fully committed. "Lost" was not one of those shows. After the first ten minutes of the pilot episode, you are completely hooked. I did not start watching "Lost" until after the second season had been released to DVD, but once I started watching, it was the only thing on my television for weeks. I can't tell you how many times I said to myself, "just one more episode." Of course, that always turned into four episodes.
By the time "Lost" ended, there was a lot criticism about how it ended and questions that were left unanswered (why was Walt so important??), but it didn't take away from the adventure that was the show. Each time it ended, there were new questions and mysteries that you couldn't wait another minute to be answered.
Ultimately, "Lost" is character-driven show; you will love some of them, you will hate some of them, but they all bring something special to the show (except Nikki and Paulo). If you have not watched Lost before, it's definitely something you should add to your queue.
Where to Watch it: Netflix
Reinforcing the trend I noticed last week, college basketball fans from Connecticut and Kentucky were the most enthusiastic about finding tickets for the NCAA Finals following their teams' advancement to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, this weekend.
The two states were among the ones that sent a very high amount of visits to TicketNetwork.com in the two hours following the Huskies' and Wildcat's wins in the East and Midwest Regional Finals on Sunday. In addition, and not surprising given the proximity to the host venue, Texas also had high visit activity, especially once Connecticut won.
I put together the time-lapse heat map video below, which follows visit activity to tournament-related pages on TN.com, from the beginning of the South Regional Final on Saturday to past the end of the Midwest Regional on Sunday.
Happy April Fool's Day! I'm not sure if that's a thing people say, but whatever.
I will admit I'm not a huge fan of April Fool's Day — if only because I, myself, hate being pranked. But I do love seeing other people get pranked (at least I admit it, guys) so I've been intrigued by the plethora of April Fool's Day jokes happening across the internet.
Some were so good you wished they were real, while others were so bad you're sorry you heard about them (Vegemite energy drinks, anyone). In case you missed them...
2014 April Fool's Internet Pranks
Hope you made it through April Fool's Day relatively unscathed!
Although it doesn't much feel like spring, April is nearly upon us. With it comes the re-awakening of the Broadway stage (yay!); a bunch of fantastic sports playoffs (yay!); and some pretty great tours (yay!).
In concerts, popular acts such as Jimmy Buffett and Bruce Springsteen hit the road. Sports fans have playoffs in basketball and in hockey to look forward to. For theater buffs, Broadway is finally getting back into the swing of things after the winter lull; more than 10 shows will open in April alone.
Here's a closer look at some of the upcoming live events.
Bruce Springsteen: The Boss heads out on another tour, starting April 8 in Cincinnati, OH. The short stint goes through March 18 and wraps in Uncasville, CT.
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Styx and Foreigner: The "Soundtrack of Summer" tour joins Foreigner, Styx, and Don Felder. All three acts are expected to release a compilation album to go with the tour, which starts April 11.
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Jimmy Buffett: Jimmy Buffett is known for his annual tours, and this year he teams up with The Coral Reefer Band. This One's For You Tour begins the 19th in Tampa, FL.
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