This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Farm Aid, the concert event that was started in 1985 by the likes of John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, and Neil Young after Bob Dylan quipped at Live Aid that he hoped some proceeds might help American farms in debt. That first year, acts as huge and disparate as Billy Joel, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Beach Boys, Lou Reed, Merle Haggard, and others joined in to help raise money and awareness of the plight of family farms in the U.S. Van Halen even took the opportunity to debut Sammy Hagar as their new lead singer, and the event has been going strong ever since. In 1989, Farm Aid president and your favorite marijuana advocate, Willie Nelson, took the show on the road and hit 16 different dates to improve outreach.
We know some of our favorite musicians, actors, politicos, and… Kardashians by their well-worn monikers. From super stars to the super-desperate, we have clear ideas about our celebrities based on their famous names. Often, those are actually famous nicknames, not just stage names. For instance, would you get as excited if William Joel was playing Madison Square Garden? (Gwyneth Paltrow seems to call him “William,” but, um, maybe he saves his given name for when he’s fitting in with the hoi-polloi in The Hamptons?) We threw together a list of our favorite famous folks who just don’t sound as compelling if we switch up the names by which we all know them so well.
- William (Bradley) Pitt just doesn’t stand out like Brad Pitt. Even better? Billy Pitt. I feel like Billy Pitt would own a questionable auto parts shop in the Midwest.
Earlier today, Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station announced a co-headlining tour. The two artists will be joined by their respective bands, as well as special guests Jerry Douglas, The Devil Makes Three, Kacey Musgraves, and Jason Isbell. The two bands and guest will begin their tour on May 1 in Murray, KY, and end it on July 18 in Toledo, OH.
This tour marks the first time the two acts have been on stage together. In all, the tour will run for more than 30 dates.
The tour dates are below. Get more information about ticket availability.
Christmas isn't for over a week, so is it too early to be thinking about New Years Eve? In some cases, maybe, but when it comes to New Years shows, you don't want to wait to get tickets.
This year, several artists and bands will stop by a certain city for brief stays of two to four days, while many others are scheduled to play on just New Years Eve. Here is a selection of just some of those acts who have multi-day runs:
- Phish — Like last year, the jam band is scheduled to play four shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 28, 29, 30, and 31.
- Maroon 5 — Maroon 5 is playing at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV, for two days — December 30 and 31.
- Bruno Mars — Like Maroon 5, Mars is playing in Las Vegas. However, he is scheduled to play at The Cosmopolitan on December 29 and 31.
- Willie Nelson — The country singer has two shows scheduled in Austin, TX, on December 30 and 31.
- Umphreys McGee — The progessive rockers are set to play three shows in Denver, CO, on December 28, 29, and 31.
- Zac Brown Band — The country band's tour heads to Detroit, MI, on December 31 and January 1.
The acts playing only on New Years Eve include the Dark Star Orchestra, Pitbull, Billy Joel, deadmau5, ZZ Top, The Avett Brothers, and Adam Lambert. Click here to see more bands and artists who are playing concerts on New Years Eve.