We all love a good cameo. With Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones we got to see heavy metal super stars Mastodon [SPOILER ALERT] act as Wildlings, and then die, and then come back as ice zombie Wildlings. Since the band are self-professed GoT fans, they seemed positively tickled pink by the personal invitation from show runner Dan Weiss to don the costumes and personae of Westeros's neighbors to the North, particularly as they contributed to the Game of Thrones mixtape Catch the Throne Vol. 2. Mastodon's joyous (just look at those grins) guest spot was hard to pick out in the utter melee of the episode, so this still is credited to HBO and Helen Sloan, and now we are looking back at other fantastic (or fantastically bad) musician cameos in film and television.
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!
Spring is right around the corner and with the temperature warming up, so will the sports, concert and theater events in March. This month features plenty of great holidays including St. Patrick's Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day and International Fanny Pack Day. Whatever you're into, there are plenty of great things going on in March. Check out an overview below.
Bruce Springsteen: "The Boss" is back and about to embark on yet another tour with the E Street Band. The tour begins on March 18 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA.
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Straight No Chaser: The a cappella group that was originally created on the campus of Indiana University before becoming a YouTube sensation will head out on a North American tour starting March 6 in Winnipeg.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Having sold over 70 million albums during their storied career, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have fans worldwide. Those fans will have a chance to see RHCP in person when they start their tour March 29 in Tampa, FL.
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If you were looking forward to seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers next week, there's some bad news. The band announced today that they are postponing their tour due to foot injuries sustained by vocalist Anthony Kiedis. The venues for the new tour dates will remain the same as the old dates, and tickets will be honored on the new dates. The updated schedule is below.
Great news! According to MTV News the Red Hot Chili Peppers are returning to the road early next year for their first U.S. tour in more than four years, in support of their latest album I'm With You. The first tour date will be on January 25 in Charlotte, NC. The tour will run for six shows; however, it is possible that more concerts will be announced in a couple weeks.
The tour actually started earlier this year with a few warm-up dates in California and, following a handful of promotional concerts, the band toured South America and Europe. The I'm With You Tour follows a four-year hiatus after non-stop work on Californication, By The Way, and Stadium Arcade, and their associated tours.