On Friday, I'll be heading to Camden, New Jersey, to see the Backstreet Boys. It will be my 10th Backstreet Boys concert. (So the next time you wonder, "Is my life embarrassing?" just look at this post you will feel better.) I've actually been to all of their tours since "Into the Millenium," except for their "This Is Us" tour, and I am still mad about it. Let's not talk about it.
But this concert is extra special for two reasons. One, all five band members are back. Two, I kind of splurged on a meet and greet pass.
To be fair, meet and greet passes to a Backstreet Boys show include a decent amount of perks, like photos with the band, access to their sound check, and the ability to be part of a Q&A before the show. I decided just to go for it given the fact that I've been a fan of the band for 15 years of my life. That's kind of longer than a lot of marriages last. (I'm just saying.) So I'm trying to mentally prepare. Here are a few things I'm telling myself to remember before I meet my favorite band.
In August concerts, Bob Dylan, Macklemore, and Allman Brothers Band head on tour — but not before several festivals, including the Americanarama Fest and the Peach Music Fest, take place. For sports, the NFL preseason kicks off the countdown until NFL season starts back up again, while a few new shows open on Broadway.
Bob Dylan: A notoriously prolific touring artist, Bob Dylan will wrap up at the Americanarama Fest, and then embark on a solo tour Aug 4.
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Allman Brothers Band: Like Dylan, Allman Brothers Band will also do a festival, followed by their own tour. The group will perform at the Peach Music Festival, then head to Chicago Aug. 20.
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The rapper/producer duo tour across the world starting Aug. 2, before making their way back to the states Aug. 31 and doing a U.S. tour.
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Lady Antebellum — comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood — announced the country trio would be heading out on the road this fall. This will be Lady Antebellum's second part of their tour to promote their album, "Golden." The group started The Lady Antebellum Tour in May and ended it in June to allow enough time for lead singer Hillary Scott to have her baby in July. (Which means she was performing on stage at 7 and 8 months pregnant — impressive!)
They'll resume the tour, this time, under the moniker The Take Me Downtown Tour 2013. The tour 2013 begins Nov. 8, with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves as the opening acts. Click the cut for the full list of dates.
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So let's say you're attending a concert for your favorite artist or band. The opening acts have finished and you're sitting (or standing) around getting restless. Now it's been 45 minutes since the opener left the stage and you're still waiting. Finally, an hour and a half later the artists waltzes onto stage. By this point you're probably quite cranky, but maybe that'll be consumed by the energy generated by the fans around you. Maybe.
Okay, so stuff sometimes happens to make an act late. Traffic is heavy. A band member gets sick. The lead man gets a flat tire on his bike and is without a cell phone (spoiler: crisis averted). That's not what I'm talking about, though. What I'm talking about is an artist that is late of their own accord. And it's not all about artists who are late. Sometimes they're just downright rude or abusive to their fans, making for a very bad experience indeed.
This isn't something that happens everyday, but it happens often enough to be worthy of highlighting. So here are five artists who ruined a concert in the last few years by their lateness or bad behavior.
It's no secret that pop icon Justin Bieber has upset fans lately. As you can see above, he was over an hour and 45 minutes late for a concert in Des Moines, IA, earlier this month, and it made a lot of fans (and parents) angry. A staff member of the Iowa Event Center where the concert was held said Bieber was scheduled for 9:30pm, making him 25 minutes late, even though the last opening act finished up at 8:30pm.
This wasn't the only time this year, though. It seems that as his star has increased, Bieber has seen fit to mozzy onto the stage whenever he well pleases. At a concert on Friday in Hartford, CT — our backyard — Bieber was more than 40 minutes late. And he was also late in March, April, and May, for concerts in the UK, Germany, and Dubai, respectively.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup and festival dates were announced this week. Now in its third year, the festival will take place Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Ryan Seacrest hosts.
Since the two-day show features performances by some of the biggest acts in music, it's no surprise that Justin Timberlake is headlining the concert. Not only did he partner with iHeartRadio for his album release party, but he's already had an incredible year in terms of "The 20/20 Experience" sales. By the time the show rolls around in autumn, it'll be a great opportunity for him to promote his second album. Plus, his tour partner, Jay-Z, was even one of the headliners for the 2011 fest (a full lineup can be found below) — so maybe he'll make an appearance?
Even if Hov doesn't show up, there are plenty of other artists joining Timberlake at the show.
The 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup: