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When I woke up this morning, I had no idea what an important day that today was. That was until I saw this tweet from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter:

50 days! I couldn't believe the season was that close. As a football junkie, I wish that the football season went all year long, but alas, it doesn't. So the football shaped hole in my heart has been filling itself with anticipation for the upcoming season. The more I thought about the season that is oh so close, I started thinking about all the things I'm looking forward to this football season. The list was getting long, so I said let's do 50 reasons to look forward to the 2014 season. Here we go:

1. Johnny Football

2. Fantasy Football

3. NFL Red Zone

4. Because 'Merica

5. Bad Lip Reading Videos

6. Finally back to REAL football after watching too much soccer

7. Super Bowl

8. Touchdown Celebrations

9. Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning

10. Excuse to eat more buffalo wings


Garth Brooks Announces Details of 2014 World Tour

Concert news

Garth Brooks is back! It's been 14 years since country singer Garth Brooks officially retired and, although he's performed shows off and on, this time — with his kids all grown up, with a second chance at a career — he's back with plans for new music and a world tour.

The singer announced yesterday that his upcoming world tour will kick off Sept. 4 in Rosemont, IL (near Chicago). He'll be joined by his wife and fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood.

These details came only after lots and lots of anticipation. For the rest of the tour dates, the world will have to wait, as each city will get its own special announcement (similar to Chicago) until details of the entire tour are finally released.

Brooks, who was previously hesitant about wading into the "digital age," is certainly savoring every moment of his long-anticipated return to the music scene. In fact, the hype surrounding Garth Brooks' comeback started back in December when he made an appearance on "Good Morning America." He was supposed to simply be promoting his new album; instead, he sat down with anchor Robin Roberts and confirmed he'd be doing a world tour in 2014.

Then came the press conference, which took place late last week. During it, he spoke about the Ireland debacle (which we covered a bit on Friday), confirmed a new album come Winter 2014 (which will be available digitally, a first for Brooks), as well as new music as early as the end of the month.

But he was coy about details of his world tour. Instead, Brooks said, come July 14, he'd be reaching out to his longtime fan Andy from Atlanta to give him the scoop on where and when the upcoming tour would kick off. Brooks stayed true; yesterday, Brooks and Andy announced when the tour will begin. Today, through a succinct message on his site, the world received word that each of Brooks' tour dates would receive the same type of announcement.

So we wait. But hey, we waited 14 years; what's a few more days, right?

As more dates/cities are announced, we'll add them below, so be sure to check below and visit the Garth Brooks for more information on tickets!


KISS Confirms Las Vegas Residency in November

Concert news

Celebrating 40 years in music, KISS has announced a Las Vegas residency that runs from Wednesday, Nov. 5 to Sunday, Nov. 23 at The Joint, a venue inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Performances begin at 8 p.m.

It's the first-ever residency for the rock 'n' roll icons, who will perform music that spans their vast four-decade career. In an interview with USA Today, KISS guitarist Paul Stanley spoke of the Vegas shows and said, "Whatever you're used to with KISS, this will pump it up that much more. If KISS is on steroids, this is a double dose."

The residency will likely incorporate some of the elements from the band's current stage setup, which is used during the tour they're co-headling with Def Leppard. But it won't be the same, they said; fans who attend the KISS/Def Leppard tour would still have things to look forward to during the band's Vegas set.

See below for a selection of tour dates and visit the KISS for more information on tickets.



What People Are Talking About

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is back with a vengeance. The country singer made headlines recently for two reasons: one, because he held a press conference yesterday to confirm his return to music and the concert stage (the latter of which he first revealed back in December during a "Good Morning America" appearance, at left); and two, because of Ireland. Poor ol' Ireland. Back in December, Brooks announced he would play two comeback concerts at Croke Park Stadium. When the shows sold out immediately, he added three more dates and ultimately sold more than 400,000 tickets for the five-night event. But several businesses and residents near the stadium complained about the shows; as a rule, only three "special events" are supposed to take place each year at the stadium. They asked him to cancel two of his shows. In response, Brooks — citing a desire to be fair to all of his Irish fans — cancelled all five shows. Basically: it's kind of a mess. Ireland aside, however, Brooks used his press conference to confirm several things: new music by the end of July; a new album sometime around Black Friday (his first, by the way, since 2001); and when more details about his upcoming tour will be released (July 14). All in all, given that people are talking about Garth Brooks again, I'd say it's probably a pretty good week for him.


Judas Priest Shows Have Highlight in this Week's Onsales

Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Fri Judas Priest Buy tickets
Fri Luke Bryan Buy tickets
Fri Allman Brothers Band Buy tickets
Fri T-Pain Buy tickets
Fri Trace Adkins Buy tickets
Fri Cirque du Soleil: Dralion Buy tickets
Sun, Mon Wicked Buy tickets
Mon Kinky Boots Buy tickets
Tue New England Patriots Buy tickets

This week, heavy metal band Judas Priest has several shows on sale for the tour in support of its latest album, Redeemer of Souls. Many of the shows are on sale Friday, but some are set for next week. Other artists onsales in the coming week include Luke Bryan and The Allman Brothers Band. We're also keeping an eye out for Garth Brooks tour dates, which are slated to be announced on Monday.

In theater, Wicked has a couple dozen shows on sale in the next few days, including 16 in New York that go up on Monday and 24 in Melbourne, Australia, that go on sale Sunday.

Finally, in sports, there are New England Patriots tickets on sale this coming Tuesday.

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