This week we're talking about Mother's Day and helping out everyone that hasn't gotten something yet. Meanwhile, a mom watches The Matrix for the first time and then describes it, and in the process comes up with a unique re-telling. Finally, Iron Man 3 is already smash hit.
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Last week, Black Sabbath announced that they had added new dates to the band's upcoming North American tour — the first full scale tour by Sabbath since 2005. The 2013 World Tour began with shows in New Zealand and Australia and is a follow-up to shows the band played after it reunited in 2012. The much anticipated tour is itself in promotion of a long-awaited new album, 13, which is the first studio album released by the band since Forbidden 1995, and the first to feature Ozzy Osbourne as lead vocalist since Never Say Die in 1978.
The North American leg kicks off on July 25 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Spring, TX, and runs until September 3 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The tour will run for 21 dates and include stops in Philadelphia, PA; Tinley Park, IL; and Uncasville, CT. Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday and Saturday.
Elsewhere, season 12 of American Idol is drawing to a close, and attention is beginning to turn to the annual summer tour featuring the competition's finalists. This year American Idol Live features 11 performers — the Top 10 plus sing-off winner Aubrey Cleland. The 40-date 2013 tour begins on June 29 at the Chaifetz Arena in Saint Louis, MO, and ends on August 31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday.
Finally, folk rocker Bob Dylan is taking His Band on the road for the Americanarama Festival of Music. Wilco and My Morning Jacket will join Dylan on the tour, as will Bob Weir, the Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Ryan Bingham, and Beck for select dates. The tour begins on June 26 at Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL, and ends on August 4 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday and Saturday.
Songs written for the soundtrack of a movie often become huge hits. I'm thinking about blockbusters like Elton John's "The Circle of Life" from The Lion King, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic, and "Don't You (Forget About Me)," written for The Breakfast Club. All of these are songs that, although written for a movie, developed a reputation outside of their respective films.
What about the other way around, songs that were popular long before appearing in a movie, but gained a second life as a crucial part of the film? It doesn't always happen, as directors and composers like to use original music, but sometimes it does and make the movie that much better. Here are six classic songs that you cannot help but associate with the popular film they were in:
Chuck Berry - "Johnny B. Goode", Back to the Future
George just kissed Elaine, Marty's family is restored from non-existence, and Biff is out cold (for the moment). Time to go home, right? Not before one more song, of course, celebrating the achievement. Marty's rendition of the classic Chuck Berry hit (or was he playing the original version?) is what I think of whenever I hear "Johnny B. Goode."
After getting off to a good start this weekend, the NBA Playoffs continue this week with at least two games scheduled for each day this week. In all eight of the games that took place over the weekend, the home team was able to come away with the win. The road teams will now have to try to even their respective series in Game 2, starting tonight when the Bulls face the Nets in Brooklyn and the Grizzlies take on the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Also, in case you missed it, Tim has a full preview of the Eastern Conference and Western Conference championships. This week tickets continue to go on sale for upcoming games. Likewise, the NHL Playoffs are starting soon, and tickets are continuing to go on sale for that.
Meanwhile, in concerts, the dates keep coming in for Paul McCartney's Out There! tour. Last week, the rocker added two dates at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Those onsales are on today. Finally, Blake Shelton has several more dates onsale this Friday for his Ten Times Crazier Tour, and the Allman Brothers Band have four late summer concerts onsale on Friday and Saturday.
Due to the ongoing manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, the city is pretty much shut down. Therefore, several events that were to go on tonight have been cancelled or postponed.
Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - According to the Red Sox website, the game scheduled for Friday has been postponed until a later date.
Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - According to the Bruins website, the game has been postponed tentatively until Saturday, April 20 at 12:30pm.
The Joy Formidable - According to their Twitter account, the Joy Formidable concert scheduled for Friday at the House of Blues has been postponed until June 20.
The Book of Mormon - According to the Boston Opera House website, the Book of Mormon show scheduled for Friday at the Boston Opera House has been cancelled.
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