Archive for Concerts
The Rolling Stones rocked a packed house in Los Angeles Friday on the opening night of their North American “50 and Counting” tour. With 17 dates, it’s their biggest in six years. “We first played LA in 1965. Thank you for coming to see us. We really appreciate it,” Mick Jagger said at Staples Center.
Celebrities included Jack Nicholson and Melanie Griffith, with guest performances by Gwen Stefani on “Wild Horses” and Keith Urban on “Respectable.” Days before the show, hundreds of seats were still available and scalpers scrambled to slash prices down from the original $250 to $600. The band released $85 seats on its official website.
Cee Lo Green was served with a multimillion dollar lawsuit over his failure to show at two concerts. The Cierra Management Group claim they paid $243,000 in 2011 to put on a couple of Christmas shows, but they alleged the gigs were never going to take place. They said the deal was only a scheme designed to finagle funding capital for concerts actually planned not to manifest. Cee Lo wasn’t accused of being part of the conspiracy, but he’s being sued for supposedly refusing to perform the shows.
Cierra bosses want a $14 million dollar settlement from Cee Lo. I wonder how much they want from the conspirators!
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards may be 70 this year – along with Mick Jagger – but the band’s just announced their 50th anniversary North American tour should not be seen as their farewell concert. It is after all, being called “50 and Counting …” “Do you know how many times that one’s been asked, who knows honey,” says Keith who jokes he is currently “secluded on an unidentified island. I’m here of my own free will.”
“If the guys are flying and rocking and everybody feels good, I don’t see why they wouldn’t do 51 and Counting, 52….But at the moment, we’re well aware that we’re getting up there.”
He’ll be 70 on December 18th; Mick hits it July 26th. “Yes, we can’t do anything about it,” he jokes. “I’ve applied to the office but no, there’s some things we can’t move.”
Richie Sambora’s stepped out of Bon Jovi’s current tour, Because We Can, due to “personal issues”. All shows will go on as scheduled. He was missing when they played the Calgary Saddledome Tuesday. Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd, “I had two choices – pack up and go home or give you everything I got. Richie Sambora won’t be performing for a while. If there’s ever a night I need you, it’s tonight, Calgary!”
Jon promised to donate to a local charity to make amends.
Sambora’s had a few rough years – a stint in rehab, a drink-driving conviction, and a divorce from Heather Locklear. It’s a long road.
Serena Ryder’s a three-time Juno Award winner, and a nominee this year in the Single of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year categories. Ryder has toured with Melissa Etheridge, shared the stage with David Gray, and her songs were featured on Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, and Private Practice.
The Junos are April 21st. Performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Vancouver’s Marianas Trench, The Sheepdogs, Serena Ryder, and host Michael Buble, live from Regina’s Brandt Centre. Tickets range from $59 to $189 (plus taxes and service charges) at 1-855-985-5000, and www.ticketmaster.ca.
Have you seen the Market Lane display, between Covent Garden Market and Dundas Street? See tomorrow’s events:
At 54, the Material Girl topped Billboard Magazine’s annual list of 40 top money makers for the second time
Madonna was named the biggest money maker in music last year on Friday, with a world tour helping her take over $34 million and highlighting the earning power of live performances as the industry increasingly goes digital.
93.5% of her 2012 revenue was from her 88-date “MDNA” tour.
Madonna, who also led the list in 2008 due to tour income, was the only woman in the top 10. Last year’s winner, Taylor Swift, fell to 15th place because she didn’t tour in 2012.
In second place is Bruce Springsteen with a music revenue of $33.4 million.