Most people agree with the term “two are better than one,” which may be why Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean decided to team up for a stadium tour this summer. That said, this won’t be your typical joint tour, such as Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s “Legends of the Summer Tour,” which was a tour devoted to the two of them. Instead, Chesney and Aldean will be on their own tours, but will be performing twelve of their shows together. Aldean will be on Leg 2 of his “Burn It Down Tour,” which will most likely feature songs from his recently released album, “Old Boots, New Dirt,” while Chesney will be on his "The Big Revival Tour,” which will be in support of his latest album, “The Big Revival.”
Have you ever become interested in a seemingly obscure artist, only to look them up and realize they used to be the lead singer or lead guitarist in a famous band? If this has happened to you, don't think you're alone; it's happened to us, too. So today's post is dedicated to that phenomenon. Some artists have switched bands while others have formed solo careers. There are so many examples we could give you, but here are six.
Grohl is now known for being the front man of Foo Fighters, but from 1990 to 1994 he was the drummer for Nirvana. Following Kurt Cobain's death, he formed Foo Fighters. He is also part of Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age (see below) and John Paul Jones, formerly of Led Zeppelin.
Josh Homme is the founder of Queens of the Stone Age, but he was once a member of stoner rock band Kyuss. He also has a shared history with Grohl, but not in Nirvana or Foo Fighters. Instead, he is a member of supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, which formed in 2009 and released an album, but has since been on hiatus.
These days he's known as a successful solo artist, but Gabriel earned his chops in the band Genesis, of which he was a member until 1975. Since leaving Genesis, Gabriel has had a very successful career, with a number of popular solo albums, particularly in the mid-1980s to early 1990s.
Chester Bennington isn't so much a case of an artist leaving one band for another, or leaving a band for a solo career, but one of joining yet another band. Bennington is the lead vocalist for Linkin Park, and has been a member of that band since 1999. In 2013, he also joined Stone Temple Pilots, replacing long-time lead vocalist Scott Weiland.
Another member of Genesis, Phil Collins is still technically in the band but announced his retirement from music in 2011 after years of dealing with pain stemming from issues with his vertebrae. Collins began a solo career in the early 1980s parallel to his work with Genesis. In 1996, Collins left the band to focus on his solo work, but briefly rejoined with bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford for a reunion tour in 2007.
Black Eyed Peas member Fergie has seen two transitions during her career. She was originally a member of teen pop group Wild Orchard but left in 2001. The next year she joined the Black Eyed Peas at the invitation of will.i.am. In 2006, she released her first solo album, Dutchess. That is her only solo album to date, though she has said she's working on a new one.
With less than a week to go until the NFC and AFC championship games, ticket sales for the two on the TicketNetwork.com exchange are at the lowest levels they've been in the past four years*. As you can see on the graph below, the sales trend has been downward for the past few years, but this year is particularly bad for the two. Whereas normally the NFC game sells moderately well, it has been performing worse year after year, and in 2015 it is only selling about as well as the AFC game. The AFC game was improving in sales for a few years until now. All in all, sales for both games are down 55% from the same period of time last year and down 68% from 2012.
Mean Tweets - CFP Edition
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Anyone who watches Jimmy Kimmel Live! is familiar with his segment, “Mean Tweets,” where celebrities go on camera and read insulting tweets about themselves. Well before the CFP National Championship game between Ohio State and Oregon, ESPN aired a special edition of “Mean Tweets," featuring college football broadcasters and coaches. As usual, it’s hilarious.
After some time off, Luke Bryan will soon continue his “That’s My Kind of Night Tour,” with fellow country music stars, Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch. The fourth leg of Bryan’s tour, which kicks off on February 10th and ends on February 21st will make stops in Grand Rapids, MI, Evansville, IN, Louisville KY, Estero, FL, as well as two shows in Orlando, FL.
The “That’s My Kind of Night Tour,” where you can find tickets for here, is in support of his latest album, “Crash My Party” which debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Album Charts when it was released in August of 2013.
On this leg of the tour, where the average selling ticket price was $117, Bryan will be performing hits from the album such as, “Crash My Party” and “That’s My Kind of Night,” as well as many more well-known songs. The“That’s My Kind of Night Tour,” which began in January 2014, will wrap up in Dublin, Ireland on March 8 of this year, after completing a total of 80 shows across North America and Europe.