Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Neil Diamond North American Tour Visits Chicago on April 14, 2015 @UnitedCenter

Live Nation Announces Neil Diamond’s Highly Anticipated North America And Mexico City Tour Dates

Neil Diamond (Source: LiveNation)

– Diamond's New Album, Melody Road, Set for Release Oct. 21 via Capitol Records –
– Tickets On Sale Oct. 13 in the US and Oct. 20 in Canada –

Neil Diamond, iconic Grammy Award®-winning Rock and Pop Singer/Songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, will embark on his highly anticipated NEIL DIAMOND TOUR 2015, kicking off in Allentown, Pa. on Feb. 27, 2015 and ending in Denver, Colo. on May 31, 2015.Produced exclusively by Live Nation in North America, the 2015 tour will include 29 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada plus one stop in Mexico City, which marks Diamond’s first time ever visiting or performing there.“Neil is one of the greatest live performers touring today and we are honored to be working with him on his 2015 world tour,” said Michael Rapino, president and chief executive officer, Live Nation Entertainment. “The depth and power of the Neil Diamond songbook, from his early hits, right through to his soon to be released Melody Road album, will be a treat for fans everywhere.”

The 2015 tour will feature songs from his newest studio album Melody Road, as well as many classic favorites. Tickets go on sale beginning Oct. 13 in the U.S. and Oct. 20 in Canada at www.livenation.com and through the Live Nation mobile app. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Monday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Neil Diamond’s new album, Melody Road, will be released on Oct. 21 via Capitol Records. This album marks his first since signing with Capitol Records.


2/27/2015    Allentown, PA    PPL Center
3/4/2015    London, ON    Budweiser Gardens*
3/7/2015    Ottawa, ON    Canadian Tire Centre*
3/10/2015    Providence, RI    Dunkin Donuts Center
3/13/2015    Uncasville, CT    Mohegan Sun Arena
3/15/2015    Philadelphia, PA    Wells Fargo Center
3/18/2015    Columbus, OH    Schottenstein Center
3/20/2015    Detroit, MI    The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/23/2015    Boston, MA    TD Garden
3/26/2015    Brooklyn, NY    Barclays Center
4/2/2015    Toronto, ON    Air Canada Centre*
4/4/2015    Washington DC    Verizon Center
4/7/2015    Pittsburgh, PA    CONSOL Energy Center
4/9/2015    Milwaukee, WI    BMO Harris Bradley Center
4/12/2015    St Paul, MN    Xcel Energy Center
4/14/2015    Chicago, IL    United Center
4/17/2015    Indianapolis, IN    Bankers Life Fieldhouse
4/19/2015    Austin, TX    Frank Erwin Center
4/23/2015    Mexico City, Mexico    Sports Palace
4/30/2015    Saskatoon, SK    Credit Union Centre*
5/2/2015    Calgary, AB    Scotiabank Saddledome*
5/5/2015    Edmonton, AB    Rexall Place*
5/7/2015    Vancouver, BC    Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena*
5/10/2015    Seattle, WA    KeyArena
5/12/2015    San Jose, CA    SAP Center at San Jose
5/15/2015    San Diego, CA    Valley View Casino Center
5/19/2015    Los Angeles, CA    Hollywood Bowl
5/26/2015    Houston, TX    Toyota Center
5/28/2015    Dallas, TX    American Airlines Center
5/31/2015    Denver, CO    Pepsi Center

About Neil Diamond

Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums in the U.S. His most recent original studio release, 2008’s Home Before Dark, debuted at #1 in the U.S. and the UK on the Billboard Top Albums chart.

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation & House of Blues Concerts, LN Media and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit: www.livenationentertainment.com.

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SOURCE: Live Nation Entertainment September 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014

CHARLI XCX In #Chicago at Lincoln Hall on October 13

Charlie XCX
Charli XCX Amends Release Date of "SUCKER" to December 16 (US) and January 26 (UK/EU); and Reveals New LP Artwork!

Over the last 18 months 22-year-old singer/songwriter/artist Charli XCX’s rise to international pop stardom has been nothing short of meteoric. From releasing her dark-pop record “True Romance” in 2013 to a wealth of critical acclaim, Charli has toured the globe with the likes of Coldplay and Ellie Goulding, written and been featured on one of 2013’s biggest hits ‘I Love It’ with Swedish duo Icona Pop, in addition to co-writing and being featured on the global, four million-selling hit ‘Fancy’ with Iggy Azalea. This summer, she scored a UK and US Top 10 hit with the single ‘Boom Clap’ and also released the brand new single, ‘Break The Rules,’ off her forthcoming sophomore album, “Sucker,” out December 16th via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records. “Boom Clap,” “Fancy” and “I Love It” combined have sold over 14 Million copies worldwide. This month, The New York Times pegged Charli a “grown-up performer,” an “anti-pop star” with great hooks – and additionally she is featured on the cover of Complex’s Oct/Nov issue. Catch her on tour this fall—full itinerary below.

North American Headline Tour Dates

September 26th - Orlando, FL @ The Social
September 27th - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
September 29th - Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
September 30th - Charlotte, NC @ Amos South-end
October 2nd - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
October 3rd - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
October 4th - Boston, MA @ Royale Boston
October 7th - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
October 9th - Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
October 10th - Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton
October 11th - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
October 13th - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
October 14th - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
October 16th - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
October 17th - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
October 18th - Dallas, TX @ Trees
October 20th - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
October 21st - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
October 24th - Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre
October 25th - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

Charli XcX Website | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter

Plus, Complex Magazine Cover Story Oct/Nov Issue

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wire Walker to Walk over Chicago Skyline Untethered

Famed Wire Walker Nik Wallenda To Attempt His Most Challenging Tightrope Walk Yet Over The Chicago Skyline Untethered

SKYSCRAPER LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA to air Live in Over 220 Countries Around the World Beginning at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, Sunday, Nov. 2 on the Discovery Channel and Hosted by NBC News’ Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore 
Nik Wallenda, “The King of the Highwire” is back at it again.  This time, he is heading to the historic “Windy City” of Chicago to attempt his most audacious and challenging tightrope walk yet.  And like the legendary Wallenda family tradition, he will do it all without a net or harness.  SKYSCRAPER LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA will air live around the world in over 220 countries beginning at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, Sunday, November 2 on the Discovery Channel.  The live event will be hosted by NBC News’ Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.
In June 2013, Wallenda became the first person to ever successfully traverse the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.  The live broadcast shattered ratings records peaking with 13 million viewers, making it Discovery’s highest-rated live event ever; and generated 1.3 million Tweets, ranking it as the most social show across all broadcast and cable networks in the US.  The special was also recently honored with an Interactive Emmy® for Multiplatform Storytelling for its companion website, which featured compelling video, 360-degree interactive views, backstage moments, real-time social updates and many other digital elements.

“Discovery Channel delivers the most talked-about series and live events on television,” said Marjorie Kaplan, Group President of Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet.  "We are excited about shifting from the natural backdrop of the Grand Canyon to the urban environment of Chicago.  It is an iconic American city that presents a number of extreme conditions and challenges that Nik has yet to attempt on such a grand scale.”

Dozens of cameras will be positioned across the city and on helicopters – rolling as Wallenda attempts this nail-biting, two part walk at night time in one of the windiest sections of Chicago.  With unpredictable weather conditions, the tightrope crossing will present countless obstacles.
For the first part of the tightrope crossing, Wallenda will walk further than two city blocks – uphill rising to a 15-degree angle – from the iconic Marina City's west tower to the Leo Burnett Building at more than 50 stories high above the Chicago River.  Not only will this be the highest skyscraper walk in the history of the “Flying Wallenda” family, it will be the first time that he has ever attempted it at such a steep angle.  The second part of the walk will span from the Marina City's west tower to the east tower. 
“This is going to be the most incredible tightrope walk of my career,” Wallenda said.  “I can’t think of a better city to do it.  I have fond memories of spending time performing in Chicago and the Midwest with my family. Besides, it’s the ‘Windy City’ and there’s nothing like doing this during winter in Chicago. That’s a challenge for me and I love to push myself to do things that most people think are impossible.”

A seventh-generation member of famed “Flying Wallenda’s,” Nik began performing with his family as a toddler and made his first professional tightrope walk at just 13 years old.  He hopes this latest feat will inspire others to go after their dreams and dedicates it to his family, particularly his great-grandfather, the legendary Karl Wallenda, who died after falling from a tightrope in Puerto Rico in 1978.

Wallenda will be joined in Chicago by his wife and three children, his close friends and an engineering team led by his father Terry Troffer. 

“I’m always looking for the next major hurdle and doing something that the world has never seen,” said Wallenda.  “I want my family to be there to see history in the making.  And feel comforted knowing that they’ll be praying along with me.”

SKYSCRAPER LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA is produced by Peacock Productions for Discovery with Gretchen Eisele, Colleen Halpin, Knute Walker, Benjamin Ringe and Betsy Wagner serving as executive producers.  Sharon Scott is President and GM of Peacock Productions.  Howard Swartz serves as executive producer for Discovery.  Other Executive Producers include Nik Wallenda, David Simone, Winston Simone and Shelley Ross.  To learn more, go to Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery or Twitter @Discovery.  
About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 210 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching 2.7 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content on worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Discovery also controls Eurosport International, a premier sports entertainment group, including six pay-TV network brands across Europe and Asia. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

(Hed)pe - Interview of Jaxon Benge

(Hed)pe - Interview of Jaxon Benge
By:  Jenafur Schlangen

(Hed)pe is not only one of those low-end loving, throw your fist in the air, and rocking you straight to the core bands...they are literally one class act.  Seriously, in a music culture currently filled with "hip hopsters" demanding paralyzed fans to stand before gracing them with a live performance; or a band bought and paid for by corporations trying to sell more "smart" phones, this is not the world in which (Hed)pe represents or belongs. 

(Hed)pe, promoting their latest album, "Evolution," performed in Joliet, Illinois, on September 5, 2014, with Illinois' own, Dope.  It was a huge misfortune of a minor ankle injury that forced me to miss this show and personal interview with the band scheduled well in advance.  Yet, low and behold on September 6th, the day after the show, guitarist "Jaxon" Benge rings my phone and asks me how I was doing.  What?!  I was dumfounded.  Who does this?   Folks from (Hed)pe do, that's who!  After skipping the details of my clumsy self, I got straight to the point, throwing a barrage of questions at him about the show the night before, such as, "What did I miss?  Was it packed?  Were the Dope fans assholes like usual?"  (I'm kidding about the last one....not really). 

Jaxon and I spent just over ten minutes talking about how amazing the tour has been going for him and the rest of the band and of their latest album release, "Evolution."  Of Mojoe's in Joliet, he told me how the room was literally vibrating from the energy of the fans.  And, having only one more performance in the United States before heading to Europe for an extensive month-long tour, it definitely made it a cool Midwest experience.  (Don't worry, (Hed)pe has a full tour lined up in the United States upon their return from Europe - make sure you grab this second chance to catch this unbelievably successful tour in a city near you!)

In terms of the most recent album, "Evolution," it is agreed by many (and by Jaxon) that this release is by far the most diverse album  (Hed)pe has put out to date.  Exactly as named, the band considers themselves to be in a constant state of evolution themselves, always growing personally and musically, thus allowing their fans to grow with them throughout an extended period of time, after all, they have been successfully rocking the faces off everyone in their path since 2000.   And, for that, we thank them. 

As for me...I thank Jaxon for the call and to all of you for reading.

To hear more, to see more, to rock more - goto:  http://www.hedperocks.com/  NOW.

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Chicago Horses of Honor Unveiling

Horse of Honor (Clark and Wacker)

Last week Chicago unveiled  the Horses of Honor, presented by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

The pictured horse is dedicated to Police Officer (P.O.) Casper Lauer whos life was taken on on September 18, 1854. To learn about P.O. Casper Lauer. This horse for the Chicago Horses of Honor was designed by artist Pat Skly and sponsored by Wintrust.  It current stands on the southeast corner of Clark St. and Wacker.  Go check it out.

Currently 20 Horses of Honor have been unveiled, with the rest scheduled for the night of October 15, 2014 at various locations on Michigan Avenue.  Head to Horses of Honor website to find out more about the project, locations, such artiss ad Pat Skly and sponsors.

The Twitter Hashtag for Horses of Honor is #HorsesofHonor, Facebook at Horsesofhonor, and also check out Chicago Second City Cop Blog

Horses of Honor
Corner of Wacker and Clark St.
Chicago, IL, USA
Monday, September 15, 2014
Photo by Adam Bielawski

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stevie Wonder Announces "The Songs In The Key Of Life Performance"


– Legendary Musician to Perform at Arenas in 10+ Cities Across North America –

– Tickets On Sale Beginning Monday, Sept. 22 at LiveNation.com
and the Live Nation Mobile App –

 Stevie Wonder
Photo by Dan Locke

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 10, 2014) – Legendary singer, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder announced today the SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE PERFORMANCE, a 10+ city tour across North America this fall. Produced and promoted by Live Nation, the performances which are a live adaptation of the iconic Songs in the Key of Life album, will begin in New York City at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6 then travel through cities such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Atlanta before wrapping at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Dec. 5.

Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. General tickets for select cities will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. local time. Please see below for full details.

Throughout his career, the celebrated singer has amassed 49 Top 40 singles, 32 #1 singles and worldwide album sales of more than 100 million units. He has received 25 Grammy Awards, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe; is an inductee into the Rock and Roll, Songwriters’ and NAACP Halls of Fame; and is the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Stevie is a designated U.N. Messenger of Peace with special focus on persons with disabilities. He continues to be pivotal in U.S. and world events, demonstrating the activism that has made him such a vital voice for social progress and world harmony.

As a live performance tour de force, Stevie continues to astound audiences around the world. This summer, he headlined and performed at iconic sold-out music festivals across Europe in nine countries, including London’s Calling, Roskilde in Denmark and the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Date    City    Venue    On Sale
Nov. 6    New York, NY    Madison Square Garden    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 9    Washington, DC    Verizon Center    Sept. 29 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 11    Boston, MA    TD Garden    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 14    Chicago, IL    United Center    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 16    Philadelphia, PA    Wells Fargo Center    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 20    Auburn Hills, MI    The Palace of Auburn Hills    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 22    Atlanta, GA    Philips Arena    Sept. 29 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 25    Toronto, ON    Air Canada Centre     Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 29    Las Vegas, NV    MGM Grand Garden Arena    Sept. 29 @ 10 a.m. local
Dec. 3    Seattle, WA    Key Arena    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Dec. 5    Oakland, CA    Oracle Arena    Sept. 29 @ 10 a.m. local
About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation & House of Blues Concerts, LN Media and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit: www.livenationentertainment.com.
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SOURCE: Live Nation Entertainment
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Friday, September 5, 2014


Only GarthBrooks.com & ghosttunes.com will sell Garth digital music
Photo by Barry Brecheisen
In addition to launching garthbrooks.com as the definitive home for Garth Brooks’ music, tour information and news, Garth has also agreed to partner with ghosttunes.com a full service online music store celebrating the personal connection between artists and listeners who live for and love their music.

“I want a place that knows how important music is to people and what kind of responsibility it is to be the bridge between the people that create the music and those that listen to it. I got approached by a company who could make it happen and it’s called ghosttunes.com…”

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