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Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Have a Drum-Off

Back in February, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith challenged funnyman Will Ferrell to a drum-off after the latter appeared on link aggregator site Reddit for a Q/A. The cause? Charity. The rationale? Apparently they're often mistaken for each other (but Smith as Ferrell more so than Ferrell as Smith), so they two agreed determine which of the two men is the real Chad Smith. The competition finally took place this week on The Tonight Show. I won't spoil the winner here but it's pretty epic — as well as the result of a good cause — so check it out.

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Cirque du Soleil: Varekai Among Onsales This Week

Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s)Event  
Fri The Black Keys Buy tickets
Fri John Fogerty Buy tickets
Fri Pac-12 Football Championship Buy tickets
Fri UFC 175 Buy tickets
Fri Cirque: Michael Jackson The Immortal Buy tickets
Fri Ringling Bros. Circus Buy tickets
Sat WWE Buy tickets
Tue Cirque: Varekai Buy tickets

With Memorial Day on Monday, the list of major onsales is pretty short, but there are still a number of high-profile events going on sale Friday, Saturday, and next Tuesday. In fact, one of the biggest onsales coming up is for Cirque du Soleil's Varekai, which is coming to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, at the end of July. All 21 shows go on sale this coming Tuesday.

In addition to Varekai, Michael Jackson The Immortal has onsales Friday, and the Ringling Bros. Circus has over 50 shows onsale Friday and Saturday.

Over in concerts, The Black Keys have several more shows on sale this weekend. These include shows in Edmonton, Alberta; and two in Vancouver, British Columbia; all go on sale Friday. Then there's John Fogerty new tour, which has 17 onsales Friday and Saturday.

Finally, in sports, the Pac-12 Football Championship has onsales Friday, as does UFC 175. Meanwhile, WWE: Raw and Smackdown have onsales Saturday.

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NFL Teams, The Black Keys Tour Among Onsales This Week

Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s)Event  
Thu Atlanta Falcons Buy tickets
Thu New York Giants Buy tickets
Thu Philadelphia Eagles Buy tickets
Thu Oakland Raiders Buy tickets
Thu The Book of Mormon Buy tickets
Fri The Black Keys Buy tickets
Fri Lily Allen Buy tickets
Fri Jay-Z & Beyonce Buy tickets
Fri Lorde Buy tickets
Fri Cirque: Michael Jackson The Immortal Buy tickets

This onsales week starts today with several pro football teams putting home game tickets up for sale, including the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles. The team to break the trend is the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose home games go on sale Saturday. There are also sports onsales coming up for the WWE and a preseason match up of the LA Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings.

There are also a number of big concert onsales, foremost among them being The Black Keys' upcoming tour. Most of the Turn Blue tour goes on sale tomorrow, with one show on sale this coming Tuesday, and some additional onsales next Friday. Other major concert onsales include 19 Lilly Allen concerts on Friday, as well as additional onsales for Jay-Z & Beyonce, Lorde, and many others.

Theater is equally as busy. Though I'm sure almost nobody is thinking about it now, Radio City Christmas Spectacular will put its full schedule of over 200 shows on sale next Thursday. Additionally, there are onsales coming up in the next several days for The Book of Mormon, Cirque Du Soleil's Michael Jackson The Immortal and Varekai, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the Ringling Bros. circus.

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Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s)Event  
Fri-Sat American Idol Live Buy tickets
Fri-Sat Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Buy tickets
Fri Cirque: Varekai Buy tickets
Fri Jennifer Lopez Buy tickets
Fri Menopause, The Musical Buy tickets
Fri Kings of Leon Buy tickets
Fri Michael Buble Buy tickets
Fri Miley Cyrus Buy tickets
Fri Paul McCartney Buy tickets
Fri/Mon Jesus Christ Superstar Buy tickets
Sun Mamma Mia! Buy tickets

This week features a couple major tours, one involving an ensemble, and one a double headliner. There are also several big theater events.

First up is American Idol Live. This year's tour, which begins on June 24, features the top 10 contestants from the show's 13th season. Concerts will be held in theaters and amphitheaters, as opposed to the arenas from previous years. Most of the tour is on sale Friday, but a handful of shows go up on Saturday.

The other big concert onsale this coming week is Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull. The singer-songwriter and rapper duo hit the road beginning September 24. The majority of U.S. dates are on sale Friday.

Meanwhile, there are several touring theater productions on sale in the coming few days. Cirque du Soleil: Varekai has 14 shows on sale for Portland, ME, on Friday. Jesus Christ Superstar has seven shows on sale between Friday and Monday for a number of cities, including Saint Paul, MN; Vancouver, BC; and Portland, OR. Mamma Mia! has eight shows on sale Sunday for Boston, MA. Finally, Menopause, The Musical has two shows on sale Friday for Baltimore, MD.

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April's Top 10 Events

I'm quite excited to report that Fleetwood Mac took the lead position for last month's TicketNetwork.com Top 10, as I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to discuss if Ringling Bros. went another month at the top. Last month I wondered if it was possible Paul McCartney might take the top spot like he did in April 2013, but the reuniting of Mac's classic lineup helped boost the band up.

The band's fortunes here at TN.com were assisted by, first and foremost, sales for its two concerts at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. A super-majority of the tickets for that venue were for the first show on October 10. However, the venue wasn't an overwhelming portion of sales. Other venues that brought in many ticket sales for this tour included the United Center in Chicago, IL; The Forum in Inglewood, CA; and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

* Rankings and other data are as of 5/6/2014 1:00 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com. Trademarked terms are the property of their respective owners and are used strictly for descriptive purposes and do not imply an endorsement or partnership. TicketNetwork is an online ticket marketplace and is in no way associated with the trademark owners, artists, teams, or productions mentioned.

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