We all know these people, the superfans. The ultimate band enthusiasts who follow their favorite groups on tour or see them as many times as humanly possible on the rare occasion they hit the road, willing to mortgage houses and max out credit cards because each show might be The Show. (And if you ask them, each show IS The Show. “You shoulda been there, maaaan.”) Now, these superfans also tend to have a strange and obnoxious shared habit of, how shall I say, overly familiar address of their chosen icon. That is, they call their favorite musicians by their first names.
This morning, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced the dates for the upcoming U.S. leg of its 'High Hopes' Tour with special guest Tom Morello, launched in support of the album of the same name the band released in January. Currently consisting of 15 shows, the leg begins on April 8 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH, and ends with two shows at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, on May 17 and 18.
According to Nashville Scene, rumors of a U.S. leg were generated this weekend when an ad for a Nashville concert flashed across screens during a Kings of Leon show at Bridgestone Arena. According to that ad, public onsales would take place on Saturday, February 15. Indeed that is the case, as the official schedule shows. Approximately half the leg's concert will go on sale starting Friday, with the other half on February 21. One show will go on sale February 28.
It's the beginning of another year, and that means it's time to predict all the artists and bands we think will tour during the year. Of course, many acts already have planned tours coming up, but you can be sure that there will be at least another four or five that announce them in the coming months. In particular, the months after June are looking pretty empty at this point, and will need plenty of acts to fill them up.
We think there is a pretty decent chance that the following five artists and bands will tour this year.
The Rationale: Over the last decade or so, U2 has seemed to have a pretty reliable four to five year gap between albums, and three to four year gap between their tours. Well, 2014 is exactly the right number of years for the next album to come out and the next tour to be announced. To be exact, the end of 2014 is at the lower end of the gap, so I wouldn't at all be surprised to see a tour announcement by the end of the year, if not the first dates of that tour.
Besides, what do they have to lose? Nothing, that's what. U2 is always an extremely popular touring act, and the previous 360° Tour was the highest-grossing tour ever. So come on U2: don't leave us waiting for much longer!
According to at least one website, September 5 is Be Late for Something Day, and September 6 is Fight Procrastination Day. So you should get in one last procrastinator's hurrah on the 5th before you have to reform and actually get everything done on time. In other news, check out live events coming up in September:
Bruce Springsteen: The Boss kicks off his North American tour on September 22, with dates scheduled through December 6.
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Rush: The Toronto group is heading up a tour beginning September 7 in Manchester, NH, with dates through December 2.
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Justin Bieber: Don't worry, Beliebers, it's finally time for the Biebs to hit the road. He begins his tour September 29 in Glendale, AZ.
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Other Concerts in September:
- The American Idols Live tour ends on September 11.
- Def Leppard & Poison end their tour on September 15.
- Peter Gabriel kicks off his tour on September 16.
This week's spotlight goes to one class act, one currently popular pop artist, and one classic rocker:
Christian Bale Visits Shooting Victims
Actor Christian Bale, who plays Batman in the latest movie trilogy, on Tuesday visited victims of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO. Bale spent over two hours at the Medical Center of Aurora, visiting with the patients, before heading to a memorial near the location of the shooting. This wasn't something Bale had to do, of course, but he did it anyway. And that makes him a great guy in my book.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" Beats Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"
Love it? Hate it? Doesn't matter, because apparently people like it enough that it's reached its seventh week at #1 on the singles charts. It has now displaced Lady Gaga's 2011 hit "Born This Way," which was on the chart for six weeks. It is not, however, a record for time spent at #1, as some sites are suggesting. That record is held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, with their 1995 song "One Sweet Day," which was at that position for 16 weeks. So "Call Me Maybe" still has a mountain to climb, figuratively, before it gets to the top.
Bruce Springsteen Extends Tour
Been hoping to see The Boss this year? You might be in luck, as today Springsteen announced that his Wrecking Ball Tour is being extended for another 16 North American dates. The fall leg our the tour begins on October 23 and runs until December 6. The tour's North American summer leg begins on August 14 and runs until September 22.
Have a great weekend everybody!