A few weeks ago I covered just a few of the instances where an artist's behavior ruined a concert for their fans. Of course, terrible concerts tend to be few and far between. Most go off without a hitch and people have a good time. Occasionally, though, the artist or band does something that makes the show extra special, either for a specific fan or the audience as a whole.
File this one under "good things come to those who help others," especially when your assistance goes to the guy you're driving to see. Last month singer Dave Matthews was out riding before a concert in Hershey, PA, without a cell phone when the bike developed a flat tire. Emily Kaus, a Dave Matthews Band fan who was heading to the very same concert, and her boyfriend, stopped to help and discovered the subject of their rescue was none other than Matthews himself. So Matthews hitched a ride to the venue with Kaus and boyfriend. The two ended up having dinner with Matthews, and received a backstage visit and front-row seats at the show.
As we reported last week, Nine Inch Nails is returning to the stage in full force this fall. The Tension 2013 tour begins on September 28 in Saint Paul, MN. Twelve shows of the the 31-date tour have onsales tomorrow. Aside from the regular concerts, NIN will appear at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in October and the Voodoo Festival in November.
NIN is also spending the summer on a globetrotting festival circuit, including appearances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and Made in America in the U.S., as well as Leeds, Reading and Zurich Open Air in Europe. All of the festivals are in August, and that's just a brief listing of the full schedule.
With quickly approaching international appearances, frontman Trent Reznor has recently been dealt a small challenge. On Friday guitarist Adrian Belew quit the live band, posting on Facebook a reasoning of "it didn't work." That leaves only weeks for someone else to step in and get ready. It shouldn't be too big of a deal for NIN, though, which is known for its revolving lineup, including a couple replacements mid-tour.
In other news, NFL® tickets continues to become available at a rapid pace. This week the Pittsburgh Steelers have initial onsales on Saturday for all home games. Meanwhile, there are additional onsales for Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean tomorrow, and Michael Bublé tomorrow and Monday.
Onsales are practically nil this week, compared to previous weeks, but there are still some to be mentioned. This week features Jason Aldean, the Harlem Globetrotters, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and Les Mis.
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- Jason Aldean has onsale this Friday for a second show at Fenway Park in Boston and a show in Athens, GA. He has an onsale on Saturday for a concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
- Alice Cooper has an onsale today for a December 8 show in Phoenix, AZ
- Bon Jovi has several onsales this Friday.
As of July 31 both of the acts mentioned in the headline have been in the Top 10 for five months, so it's only fitting that they should claim the top two spots for the July list. While One Direction has never left the top 5, the Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan tour has slowly climbed its way up.
The big loser is Justin Bieber, who's dropped completely off the list after holding the top spot for the last two months. It's the biggest downward movement since Van Halen fell from #2 in March. However, it is possible that Bieber will return as the September 29 tour beginner gets closer.
What happened? I can only speculate, but I'll call it the Newbie Effect, which seems to work on sales in two ways. First, the initial excitement for Justin Bieber is long gone. Bieber Fever was at its peak back in 2010, when he was #1 or #2 for nine months. Second, much of that excitement has transferred to One Direction. It's likely that Bieber would be doing better right now if they'd never come along, but they did and so he's not.