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I'm beginning to feel a bit like a broken record, but the Ringling Bros. Circus just does that well when it's on fire, as does Monster Jam. Indeed, those two events dominated the ticket sales landscape for yet another month. For Ringling, it's the fifth time in the top spot in the last seven months, and this month's lead was quite convincing, leaving everyone else in the dust. Maybe it'll go for another streak of three, but we'll have to wait until next month to find out.
I'm more interested in discussing Bruno Mars. Sales for his tour's tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com were close to rivaling Monster Jam. Had some things been different, he might be in the second spot. Still, ticket sales for these shows did extremely well, which is why he got the third spot.
This morning, Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and AFI announced they are getting together this summer for the Carnivores Tour. The trio of bands will hit the road beginning August 4 with five shows at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL. The tour ends on September 19 at Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA.
See below for the U.S. dates and visit the Linkin Park page for more information on tickets.
Carnivores Tour Schedule
|08/04||West Palm Beach, FL||Cruzan Amphitheatre|
|08/05||West Palm Beach, FL||Cruzan Amphitheatre|
|08/06||West Palm Beach, FL||Cruzan Amphitheatre|
|08/07||West Palm Beach, FL||Cruzan Amphitheatre|
|08/08||West Palm Beach, FL||Cruzan Amphitheatre|
|08/09||Tampa, FL||Steinbrenner Field|
|08/12||Charlotte, NC||PNC Music Pavilion|
|08/13||Bristow, VA||Jiffy Lube Live|
|08/15||Camden, NJ||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|08/16||Mansfield, MA||Comcast Center|
|08/18||Holmdel, NJ||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|08/19||Wantagh, NY||Jones Beach Amphitheatre|
|08/21||Buffalo, NY||Darien Lake PAC|
|08/26||St. Paul, MN||Minnesota St. Fair|
|08/29||Chicago, IL||First Midwest Bank Pavilion|
|08/30||Detroit, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|09/05||Houston, TX||Cynthia Woods Pavilion|
|09/06||Dallas, TX||Gexa Energy Pavilion|
|09/08||Denver, CO||Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre|
|09/10||Phoenix, AZ||US Airways Arena|
|09/11||Irvine, CA||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|09/13||Quincy, WA||The Gorge|
|09/15||Hollywood, CA||Hollywood Bowl|
|09/16||San Diego, CA||Sleep Train Amphitheatre|
|09/18||Sacramento, CA||Sleep Train Arena|
|09/19||Concord, CA||Concord Pavilion|
After the recent stories about the New Orleans Pelicans and their terrifying mascots — first Pierre, then King Cake Baby — I figured now is as good a time as any to delve into some of the weirdest mascots in sports. Specifically, 9 of the most bizarre mascots in college sports... plus one more, just for fun:
#1 Blue Blob
Mascot for: Xavier University
Background: Prior to the Blue Blob, Xavier University's mascot was a musketeer — which scared little children. So the school needed another mascot, something more kid-friendly. Blue Blob was born. The university now has two mascots, D'Artagnan the Musketeer and Blue Blob. Since its creation in the 1980s, Blue Blob has made several appearances, including a controversial Playboy article. So much for kid-friendly?
Why it's weird: For starters, it's a blue blob. It's relatively harmless to look at, aside from the fact that its existence has no purpose or connection to Xavier whatsoever. What's more: the mascot has a 22-inch tongue that hangs inside of the blob's mouth — that is, until the person inside uses his or her arm to operate it. The tongue is frequently used to lick children and fans. That's weird.
Did you catch the awards show last night? In case you missed it: Ellen DeGeneres played host; Jennifer Lawrence fell on the way into the venue; there was plenty of selfie-taking (including this gem); and we got to see A-list actors eat pizza. Oh, plus a bunch of awards were given out or whatever.
So that pretty much catches you up to speed on the ceremony portion. But in addition to that, there were several musical performances. While music may seem out of place at an award show created strictly to pay homage to the film industry, most of the performances were actually of the songs nominated for "Best Original Song." There was also an impromptu number by Darlene Love and an "In Memoriam" tribute. Here are the top 3 from last night's show:
Pharrell and his infamous hat kicked off the evening's performances. "Happy," which was on the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is a fun, upbeat song that received an equally fun and upbeat performance by Pharrell. It featured a bunch of young kids dancing around onstage; Pharrell himself ventured into the audience and brought some of the A-listers to their feet, including Lupita N'yongo, Amy Adams, and Meryl Streep. Plus: we can't forget the minions on the giant screen at the back of the stage. Cute!