Billy Joel is one of the most popular and most talented singer-songwriters alive today, and he’s been in this business for more than four decades now. He is the sixth best-selling recording artist, and the third best-selling recording artist in the country, and this did not happen by chance. Billy Joel is a hit songwriter pure and simple. His album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 was one of the top selling albums in history. He’s had thirty-three hits in the top 40, and he wrote all of them himself.
Fans and peers alike acknowledge Joel’s talent. He’s had nominations for twenty-three Grammy Awards, and he won six times. In 1992, he became an inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. He was an inductee to the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
He was not always the solo songwriter and entertainer we know today though. He actually started in a group he formed called the Echoes in 1965. They changed their name to the Emeralds and then the Lost Souls. In 1967, he left and joined a group called the Hassles, which was a part of United Artists Records. In 1969, he and Jon Smalls left to form Attila. A year later, they broke up. It was only a few years later that he would release one of his most famous songs, “Piano Man”, which helped to launch him to superstardom.
When you see Billy Joel live, you can be sure you will get the chance to hear all of the most popular songs, including the aforementioned “Piano Man”. You can also hear some of the biggest hits, such as “New York State of Mind”, “She’s Always a Woman”, “Only the Good Die Young”, “My Life”, “She’s Got a Way”, and “Goodnight Saigon”.
Whether you are a diehard fan or you are just starting to explore the music of Billy Joel, you will have a fantastic time at one of his shows. He sounds great, and you will know all of the songs. Get your tickets to see Billy Joel today.
The weather is cool and there is a nice crispness in the air. For many of us, that means football season is here. With the NFL’s 2013/2014 season underway, we are just now starting to get a good look at the teams and how they are doing, and while it might be too early to make any predictions yet, you can bet that super fans around the country are doing just that! Who is your favorite team? Do you adore the Dallas Cowboys? No matter how your team might be doing this year, true fans remain loyal.
How do you watch your games though? Are you at home and on the edge of your seat, hollering at the refs and covering your eyes when the tension mounts? Do you get together with friends at a sports bar and watch? While those might be some decent ways to watch the game, they aren’t the only ways by any means.
The season is young and the Cowboys are currently 3-3, so things could start getting better for them. Why not get out and watch football the right way? No matter what team you love, you know the best way to see them is to watch the game in person. Tailgating before the game and then heading inside to gather with 60,000 other fanatics is unlike watching at home on your couch. You can feel the excitement in the air and the energy the crowd projects.
It’s time that you got some tickets for you and the other fans in your life. Just imagine how much fun it would be to get down to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and cheer on your team with America’s Team! You can scream at the refs live and in person, which is far more entertaining than arguing with your television. Get your tickets today for one game or for the rest of the season. Don’t forget, football tickets can make great gift items as well. No matter where you live and no matter what your favorite team might be, it’s time to get out there and support them the right way — by screaming and waving your foam finger!
The Wiggles are still one of the most popular children’s acts in the world, and this Australia-based group is touring once again. They’ve been entertaining children for more than two decades now, something that few acts of any type can boast. The group is not one to shy away from making changes either. They want their fans to feel entertained no matter how many times they might have watched their DVDs or seen them live. With their brand new Taking Off tour, they are doing just that.
If your kids love the Wiggles, or if they’ve never even seen them, this show will be a surefire winner. The show promises to be quite a bit of fun, and all of the great characters will be there. The kids will enjoy seeing Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur, and all of the other great characters they know and love.
What are they doing to make things a bit different though? For starters, this tour will feature a brand new team of Wiggles, including the first female Wiggle, Emma. She is the Yellow Wiggle and is sure to be a hit with all of the kids out there. The new team is sure to infuse the show with even more energy, something that is vital to any Wiggles concert.
The Wiggles also have a new CD out, naturally. It might be something you want to pick up before the shows so you get to hear some of the new material. They will be performing some of the old favorites that everyone knows, but they will certainly be playing quite a bit of new material from their Taking Off album too. They are already out on tour in the United States.
If you want to give the little ones in your family a real treat, then you will certainly want to look into getting some Wiggles tickets. Mom and Dad will have just as much fun as the youngsters do! You will want to buy your tickets soon though, because these concerts tend to sell out rather quickly. Your kids will have a wonderful time and will remember this concert fondly for the rest of their lives.
When most people think of Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera is one of the shows that come to mind. It’s a show synonymous with musical theater in NYC, and most people have a good idea of the story and they know all of the wonderful songs. The tale, for those who do not know, follows the Phantom. This enigmatic figure lives below the Paris Opera House, where he hides from the world because of his appearance. The story opened in October of 1986 and has been running in NYC since, making it Broadway’s most enduring musical ever. In addition to being the longest running, it also holds the honor of being the most successful financially.
The Tony Award-winning musical has a beautiful and haunting musical score from Andrew Lloyd Weber and Charles Hart. Some of the most popular songs from the show include “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Prima Donna”, “Masquerade”, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, and “Point of No Return”. One of the other things that attuned attendees might notice is that the orchestra is larger than what most musicals have. They have a 28-piece orchestra, which is perfect for the style of music in the show.
Even though Broadway and the Majestic Theatre is the home of the Phantom, that doesn’t mean it is the only place to see the show. It is also possible to catch one of the dates on the U.S. tour. Check them out in Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and more. The tour brings wonderful theater to corners of the country that might not have quite as robust a selection as Broadway can offer.
If you love musical theater and you’ve never seen The Phantom of the Opera, it is high time you remedied that! Even if you’ve seen the show a dozen times, it’s always a great time with some incredible songs and performances. Take family and friends, or even catch a show on your own. It will mesmerize you! Look for a tour date near you and buy some tickets today. It’s a perfect time to treat you and your family to a dinner and a show.
It’s been a long four years for Jonas Brothers fans, but their fifth studio album is finally “completely finished” and ready to be released. We’ve already heard some of it with “First Time,” the first track that was dropped on June 25. But Kevin Jonas says that this time around, the brothers used different inspirations and influences so that they could bring fans a completely different sound.
While the group relied on sounds from the Beatles and the Jackson 5 in the past, Kevin said, this time around they tried “new music, influences that were happening for us now.” Those include the likes of Frank Ocean, Miguel, and Calvin Harris among others. The results are a sound that’s different from what the band has produced in the past.
Kevin says those inspirations “really adapted to the way we were thinking and where we were at. We were just trying to be who we were and who we are, and I think that really helped.”
The brothers needed that help, too. After releasing “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times” in 2009 they went back into the studio almost immediately wanting to get to work on their next album. But it just wasn’t happening.
“We got in the studio and starting writing and it didn’t feel right, so we took some time off,” continued Kevin.
The album, while fully inspired and completely finished, still doesn’t have a release date, nor does it have a name. But the brothers think that it will “definitely” come out in the fall.
Who were the big winners at the MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday night? The audience! While there was no one artist that took home the majority of the trophies, there were a lot of different musical styles and genres represented. Of course with MuchMusic calling Toronto home, Canada was largely represented throughout the show; but there was great representation from all corners of the world.
Vancouver natives Classified were one of two groups or artists to take home more than a single award, with his song Inner Ninja taking home prizes for both “Muchfact Video of the Year” as well as the highly coveted “Video of the Year.”
Marianas Trench were the other double winners, winning in both the “Your Fave” and “Pop Video of the Year” categories for their song Desperate Measures. During the show they also performed that song, pantless and with the letters “MMVA” scrawled across their backsides.
Another big hip hop act during the show was homegrown rapper Drake, who wasn’t expected to appear at the awards, but showed up to accept the trophy for his song Started From the Bottom, which won in the “Best Hip Hop Music Video” category.
Avril Lavigne, who was in attendance with her fellow Canadian fiancé, also scooped up a trophy, for her song Never Growing Up, which won in the “Best International Video by a Canadian” category.
But it wasn’t just Canadians that picked up a coveted VVMA. There was plenty of international presence too, mainly from the show’s co-host, Psy. Not surprisingly, after a brilliant opening number he won “Viral Video of the Year” for Gangnam Style, which reached more than 1.65 billion views on YouTube.
Taylor Swift also picked up a prize for the fan-voted “Your Fave for International Artist,” her first MMVA ever. During her acceptance speech she thanked the Canadian fans for their continued support, and MuchMusic for giving artists a reason to put together great videos.
Swift spent the weekend playing for two sold-out crowds at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, and was festively clad in a white and black mini-dress made by Canadian designer, Vawk.
The New England Patriots are an NFL team with a long history, most of which is shining with just a few tarnished spots. Ardent fans of the team will follow the team through winning and losing seasons, and will attend every game or at least watch it on television. The team’s detractors are often just as vocal about the way they dislike the team, so it is important for fans to get out to the stadium — and even to travel to other stadiums — to show support. This year promises to be especially interesting for fans of the team. Most have heard the recent news that the Pats just signed Tim Tebow, a quarterback with a strange history.
The Heisman winner has only been in the League for a few years, since 2010, and he’s been on three teams in that time — the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets, and now the Patriots. His NFL career started promising with the Broncos, having led them to a number of fourth quarter victories. However, his light started to fade, thus the trades.
Now, he is acting as Tom Brady’s backup. This could be a good plan on the part of the Pats, as Tebow does seem to show at least some promise. Under the tutelage of Brady — love him or hate him — Tebow could well improve. Of course, all this remains to be seen, and chances are Tebow will not be getting much playing time.
Of course, the Patriots are about much more than Tim Tebow. They are a storied franchise that always seems to be in contention for the title. The passing game is always interesting to watch whether you are rooting for the Patriots or against them. Regardless of which side of the line you are on, there is no doubting that Tom Brady can throw and the rest of the Pats know what they are doing on the field.
If you love the Patriots and you want to show your support for your favorite team, it’s time to check out some tickets right now. Make it to at least one or two home games this year.
When Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided they wanted to do a musical, many people had no idea what to expect. Some even rolled their eyes. Most people know Parker and Stone from their work on their seminal television series South Park, as well as from Team America. At first blush, many do not imagine that these two creators would be able to construct a musical that would be able to stand up to those that are on Broadway right now.
However, those who really know the duo’s work know that South Park and Team America both have a number of wonderful and very catchy songs in them. They happen to be wonderful storytellers as well, and this translates quite well to the stage. It was a new territory for Parker and Stone to enter, but they did so with aplomb. In fact, the musical opened to rave reviews from many professionals as well as fans who found it to be funny, engaging, and even heartwarming. Everyone from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter loved the show.
Even the Broadway community embraced the show, and it received an amazing 14 nominations from the Tony Awards in 2011. It actually won 9 of the awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. No one seemed more surprised by these wins than the people behind the creation of this musical did. Parker and Stone said that they were amazed at the nominations and amazed that they were actually able to take home 9 Tony awards. Fans of the show will tell you that it was inevitable though. Anyone looking for something fresh from Broadway will enjoy it.
The Book of Mormon has done so well in New York, Chicago, and London that shows are now scheduled at other venues all around the country, and chances are they are coming to a theater that will not be too far from you. If you want to laugh, and you want to have an afternoon or evening full of great music, wonderful performances, and a fun story, then you want to see this musical! Buy tickets for a show in your area today.
It hasn’t been on Broadway in nearly ten years. And since that time it’s been a touring show in both America and Australia, and has been turned into a book. Now, Billy Crystal is putting on his one-man show, 700 Sundays, one last time; and he’s doing it where it all started. That’s back on Broadway.
The title is inspired from the fact that before his father’s death, Billy spent nearly every single Sunday with him. This being the only day of the week that Billy’s dad had off from work, he grew up looking forward to that day — and those times — more than any other of the week. The story of Billy spending time with his dad, and eventually losing him to a heart attack when Billy was the tender age of 15, is what 700 Sundays revolves around. Now, the Tony award winner wants to bring it back one final time.
“I’ve now decided to tell this story one last time in my own backyard, where it all took place,” Billy said when talking about the show. “It is a privilege to return to Broadway to say goodbye to one of the greatest thrills of my life.”
The show already has previews set to being on November 5 at the Imperial Theatre, with the official opening night being scheduled on November 13. From there, the show will run until January 5.
When 700 Sundays was last on Broadway for the 2004-2005 season, it won a Tony award for special theatrical experience. It’s also the highest-grossing non-musical production in Broadway history. To be a part of it, just one more time, book your tickets today!
This marks the first time in two years the Los Angeles Kings face playoff elimination, as the Stanley Cup Champions host the San Jose Sharks in a decisive Game 7 in the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
The Kings had a chance to close out the series on the road in Game 6, but fell 2-1, shifting the pressure back onto Los Angeles for this decisive Game 7. The home team has won every game in the series thus far and prevailed in all four regular season games.
The Kings have been led this postseason by the strong play of goaltender Jonathan Quick, who has a stellar 1.54 goals against average and a .947 save percentage. Meanwhile, a pair of former Flyers is at the top of the Kings scoring, as Mike Richards has two goals and eight assists for 10 points and Jeff Carter has five goals and three assists.
San Jose has also gotten strong goaltending from Antti Niemi, a former Stanley Cup Champion with the Blackhawks. Niemi has a 1.85 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. In game sevens, goaltending is always critical, so that matchup could be key.
Offensively, Joe Pavelski has four goals and seven assists for the Sharks, while Logan Couture has five goals and six assists. Joe Thornton has been a key setup man with two goals and eight assists, while Patrick Marleau has scored five times and set up teammates on three occasions.
The winner of this series earns the opportunity to advance to the Western Conference Finals to challenge the victor of another Game 7, between the Blackhawks and Red Wings. Many say that there is nothing more exciting in sports than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so don’t miss out on your chance to see one live in Los Angeles.
Tickets are still available, but they’ll likely go quick between now and faceoff when fans will pack the seats to see the last game of the season for one of these two teams and the next step toward the Stanley Cup for the other.