TicketNetwork.com June 2014 Events Preview: Elton John, Jay Z and Beyonce, NHL Finals, Holler If Ya Hear Me

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Summer concerts are undoubtedly the most exciting part about June. There are tours from Elton John, Ringo Starr, Kiss & Def Leppard, and Blake Shelton, as well as the hugely successful On the Run Tour from Jay Z and Beyonce. Then the singing competition shows hit the road, too; tours for "The Voice" and "American Idol" begin at the end of the month.

In sports, the hockey and basketball seasons wrap up, but not before games that everyone will be tuning into. The Summer X Games take place in Dallas, TX and various wrestling events flesh out the month of June. Meanwhile, it's another relatively quiet month on Broadway, with only one show opening and a handful dropping their curtains. But there are plenty of touring productions to look forward to!

Let's look closer at a handful of the upcoming live events in June.

Concerts

Elton John: This year, Elton John not only celebrates the 40th anniversary of his record, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," but he'll embark on a worldwide tour that continues through the end of 2014. The tour launches June 11 in Charleston, WV.

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Paul McCartney: If you weren't able to catch the Out There! Tour in 2013 — or if you're simply eager for more — Paul McCartney is back, starting June 14. The extended tour will visit cities across North America, including Dallas, TX; Pittsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL; and Los Angeles, CA.

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Jay Z and Beyonce: The highly-anticipated On The Run Tour starts on June 25 in Miami Gardens, FL. The stadium tour, featuring two of hip hop and R&B's biggest performers, is scheduled for 18 shows through the summer. It wraps Aug. 6 in San Francisco, CA.

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Other Concerts in June:

  • Ringo Starr starts June 6.
  • Andrea Bocelli starts June 7.
  • Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry starts June 12.
  • Paul McCartney starts June 14.
  • Devo starts June 19.
  • Fall Out Boy & Paramore starts June 19.
  • Queen & Adam Lambert starts June 19.
  • Blake Shelton starts June 20.
  • John Mellencamp starts June 20.
  • Sarah McLachlan starts June 20.
  • The Voice Tour starts June 21.
  • Kiss & Def Leppard starts June 23.
  • American Idols Live starts June 24.
  • Jay-Z & Beyonce starts June 25.

Sports

X Games: The Summer X Games will take over downtown Austin, TX on June 5, featuring events in BMX, motocross, rally and off-road truck, and skateboarding. The extreme sports event, which continues through June 8, will also feature musical performances from bands such as The Flaming Lips.

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Hockey finals: After beating out the Canadiens, the Rangers are heading to the Stanley Cup Finals. The team will face off against one of two teams — Blackhawks or Kings. Though the final contender is still in flux, the schedule of games is not. The first takes place Wednesday, June 4, with game 2 on June 7, game 3 on June 9, and game 4 on June 11. If needed, games 5, 6, and 7 will take place June 13, June 16, and June 18, respectively.

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Wrestling events: As we near summer, wrestling events continue as strong as ever. WWE Raw visits four cities: Indianapolis, IN, Minneapolis, MN, Washington, D.C., and Hartford, CT. Meanwhile, WWE Live and WWE Smackdown have weekly events through the end of June.

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Other Sports Events in June:

  • Baseball season continues.
  • Basketball finals start.
  • UFC 174 is June 14.
  • World Championship Boxing: Cotto vs. Martinez is June 7.

Theater

Holler If Ya Hear Me: This musical, based on the music of Tupac Shakur, previews June 9 at Palace Theatre in New York City. Starring poet Saul Williams in the lead role, the show officially opens June 15. Its cast also includes Christopher Jackson (After Midnight), Saycon Sengbloh (Fela!), and Ben Thompson (Matilda).

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Touring Shows Continue: Touring Broadway shows don't stop with just big-name productions like Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and The Lion King. This summer, other popular shows such as the rock opera Evita, the romantic musical Once, and the hilarious, kid-friendly Sister Act continue their tours.

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Matilda the Musical: Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical has announced it will extend its booking period not just through June, but November 2014. It opened back in April to rave reviews, hailed for its creative sets, impeccable actors, and fun soundtrack.

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Other Theater Events in June:

  • Act One closes June 15.
  • Casa Valentina closes June 15.
  • A Raisin in the Sun closes June 15.
  • All the Way continues its Chicago residency.

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