Archive for January, 2013


2013 MTV European Music Awards Will be Live in Amsterdam

mtv-emaPeople are still talking about the show put on last year for the MTV European Music Awards in Frankfurt, Germany. But this year’s show is going to top even that, with the new home the EMAs have found in Amsterdam! Very few details have been given just yet, but it has been confirmed that on November 10 the ceremony for the 20th annual European Music Awards will be held at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. And everyone is very excited!

“We’re very excited to partner with the city of Amsterdam, a true world class music city and top destination for artists,” said Bruce Gillmer, Executive Vice President of Talent and Music Programming/Events at Viacom International Media Networks. “Each year the MTV EMA celebrates the biggest names in music from every corner of the globe and showcases unbelievable performances from today’s most exciting acts.”

And he’s not wrong. Last year Justin Bieber, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and The Killers were just some of the most notable names in attendance, with many of those same performers taking the stage. This year, the ante on those performers could be pushed even higher considering the stage on which they’ll take place.

“Amsterdam, and the cutting edge Ziggo Dome, with its state of the art facilities, will be the perfect setting for what will be a very memorable and spectacular 2013 MTV EMA,” said Gillmer when confirming the location yesterday.

Last year the nominations weren’t announced until September, with performing acts being even later. So it will likely be several months before we get much more word than that. Who do you think will be performing and/or nominated? And do you think Heidi Klum will host again? If so, how many outfits do you think she’ll wear this time? (It was six last year!)

Scotty McCreery Embarks on First Headlining Tour

scotty-mccreery-tourWe all fell in love with Scotty McCreery during the tenth season of American Idol, of which he was crowned the winner. Shortly after that season McCreery went out on the road with some of his own biggest country idols including Brad Paisley and The Band Perry. But fans wanted more. They wanted to see Scotty in his own headlining tour and now, they’ve got it!

Scotty’s first headlining tour is called the “Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013,” and it will all kick off on Valentine’s Day, February 14, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. From there he’ll visit some of the biggest cities in North American including Niagara Falls, Kansas City, and Atlantic City to name just a few. It all wraps up on May 12 in Morristown, New Jersey, and you can find all of Scotty tour dates and cities at StubPass.com.

But while fans may be pumped about seeing Scotty take the stage on his own, no one is more excited than the artist himself.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play a lot of great cities over the last year with Brad Paisley and some other great country artists,” he said when announcing the tour. “This time I get to play some new places with a show that’s all my own. I can’t wait for my fans to see what we’ve lined up for them.”

Unfortunately, the tour is probably going to be too early for fans to hear any of the new music off his sophomore album, which is to be released later this year. But, Scotty says, that record will be one more chance for fans to get to know him as an artist.

“I just want people to really see me this time,” he said. “I don’t want to get caught up in sappy love songs; those are important, but I want them to get a feel for who I am as an artist and sing about real things in life. Hopefully we’ll get that with the songs and have some fun with it as well.”

If you want to have some fun with Scotty, get your tickets for his headlining tour today!


Tim McGraw is Hitting Amphitheatres this Summer!

tim-mcgrawTim McGraw is going on tour this summer, and it might just end up being one of the coolest experiences his fans have ever had. Hitting up some of the biggest amphitheatres in some of the biggest cities, McGraw will also be bringing some big guests along; and is relying on fans to spread the word during promotion.

The Two Lanes of Freedom tour kicks off on May 2 in Birmingham, Alberta and from there McGraw will travel through Charlotte, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and Boston, to name just a few. It will wrap up on July 7 in Virginia Beach, and a full listing of dates and cities can be found here.

The tour will support Tim’s latest album of the same name, which is due out in February. And just as all the stars are doing these days, McGraw took to his YouTube channel earlier this week to announce the tour; and the unique way that fans can help.

“This album marks a new sense of excitement and artistic freedom for me and I really wanted to extend that same feeling to the tour and create a cool vibe for the fans,” McGraw said. “We’ve started working up new songs from the album, and there’s some really cool stuff we’ll be able to pull out this summer.”

Some of that “cool stuff” the country singer has drummed up for fans is the “Fanticipation” program. Through this tour element, certain fans will be contacted by Tim McGraw himself via Tumblr to let them know when tickets will be going on sale in their hometown. He’s counting on fans to spread the word through Tumblr and other social media outlets, allowing them to have full control of the process.

Brantley Gilbert and Love & Theft will be supporting Tim on the tour; and in the meanwhile, Tim will be busy with other gigs. Those include joining his wife, Faith Hill, onstage at the Venetian in Las Vegas for a handful of Soul2Soul shows. While fans wanted the couple to take this show on the road, too, Tim says they’re just enjoying what they have for the moment.

“We just couldn’t do it,” he told Billboard earlier this month. “This was a way we could play together and only be gone one or two nights a month.”

David Bowie Thrills Fans with First Music in a Decade

david-bowieOn Tuesday, David Bowie celebrated his 66th birthday, and he rang his newest year in with fine style. Coming as a complete surprise to fans, Bowie released a new single — the first music to be heard from the iconic rocker in a decade! And now, fans are eagerly anticipating the album from which the new track came from.

The first song from the album, The Next Day, is titled “Where Are We Now?” an appropriately titled track since fans have largely been wondering where Bowie’s been for the past ten years. To go along with the song, a video was also released which is strange and artistic, and moving and mysterious all at the same time. You can view the official version posted on YouTube here.

Tony Visconti, who’s been producing Bowie’s work since early in his career, says that the “Where Are We Now?” track is a very slow ballad depicting a very “inward” look at Bowie. He also says that fans shouldn’t expect this from the entire album, as it mostly consists of the pure good rock and roll that fans have come to expect from Bowie.

Fans will find out for themselves though, after the album is released on March 12. There has currently been nothing said from Bowie’s camp as to whether or not this album will have an accompanying tour. But, after getting fans so excited with this newest music, would David Bowie really stop there?

Criss Angel Blows Minds

criss-angelCriss Angel will bring his mind-blowing blend of illusion and magic to hundreds of audiences at the Luxor Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada’s Luxor Hotel throughout 2013. This show, Criss Angel Believe, is collaboration between Criss and the Cirque du Soleil troupe, is going to be an evening of illusion and entertainment that you or your family won’t soon forget.

Born in 1967, Criss Angel is perhaps best known for his television program, Criss Angel Mindfreak, which aired on the A&E network, beginning in 2005. Some of the illusions featured on the show have been walking on water, walking up the side of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, floating between buildings, and being run over by a steam roller. Criss has made numerous appearances on television, being featured on such programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with David Letterman, and America’s Got Talent.

He has also acted in such famous shows as CSI: NY, and Rules of Engagement. Criss Angel Believe was actually planned for Broadway, but that evolved into the current show when Criss entered into an agreement with Cirque du Soleil, and the MGM Mirage (the Luxor’s parent company) who financed the show for $100 million.

Criss Angel has appeared in a multitude of shows, both live and on television, since bringing his own unique style and sensibilities to the worlds of magic and illusion. Often using a blend of shock, surprise, and even gore, Criss never fails to bring high quality entertainment to everyone who attends one of his spectacular performances.
A controversial figure to some for his outspoken demeanor and confrontational performance style, Criss Angel remains on the cutting edge of modern, psychological magic, bringing his talents to the forefront of many a show where his exploits seem all but impossible until they have been witnessed first-hand.

In fact, first-hand is the only real way to experience a Criss Angel show, as anything else simply can’t convey the awesome talent and ability for illusion and storytelling Criss brings to every performance. So, if you really want to see what Criss Angel is really about, pick up a few tickets for his show at the Luxor Hotel, and prepare to be amazed.

Bob Seger Hits the Road in 2013

bob-segerBob Seger, popular classic rocker, takes his show on the road this spring with dates across the Mid-West and Canada.

Bob got his start in 1961 with a local band called “The Decibels.” They were a local favorite, and recorded a demo called “The Lonely One” at Del Shannon’s studio. Seger’s first original song, it was also the first song of his to be played on the radio, airing once on an Ann-Arbor, Michigan station.

Once this band broke up, Seger joined the Town Criers, another local band that became crowd favorites with Bob on lead vocals. From here, he moved on to a variety of other bands until he started his own band “The Last Heard”, which soon became “The Bob Seger System”. This band was signed to Capitol Records, and their second single, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” was a hit, reaching #62 on the charts and giving Seger his first real taste of success.

Seger released a solo album in 1970, and began forging relationships with long-time collaborators Alto Reed, Shaun Murphy, and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. However, he was becoming frustrated and began searching for another band. In 1974, he began the Silver Bullet Band, and kicked of the era that saw his greatest success as a musician.

By 1975, Seger was receiving strong airplay in radio markets around the country and had a mild hit with “Katmandu”. But, in 1976, Bob Seger released “Live Bullet”, the album that would catapult Bob and The Silver Bullet Band to stardom. Live Bullet would eventually sell 5 million albums and stay on the charts for 168 weeks. By 1976, the album “Night Moves” had been released, which was not only commercially successful, but was loved by the critics as well for the dramatic tale spun by the song. With numerous albums and hits under his belt since then, Bob Seger has become a legend among classic rock fans, and his songs are staples on radio stations around the world to this day.

If you want to see what real rock and roll is all about, then you need to catch Bob Seger live in concert this spring, and enjoy the music of a musical legend.

The Mystery and Magic of David Copperfield in Las Vegas

Emmy award winning illusionist David Copperfield displays his unique style of storytelling through illusion twice daily at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas Nevada in 2013.

Copperfield, one of the most successful magicians in history according to Forbes magazine, has earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, been knighted, and received 11 Guinness World Records during a career that has spanned 3 decades and counting.

Copperfield performs over 500 shows a year and has sold over 40 million tickets and grossed $3 billion dollars, more than any entertainer in history.

A History of Magic

David began performing at age 10 around his neighborhood in Metuchen, New Jersey as “Davino the Boy Magician”. By the age of 12 he was admitted to the Society of American Magicians, becoming the youngest person ever to have done so.

David saw magic as a way of getting girls, and fitting in with the other kids when he would otherwise be too shy to talk to anyone. David first appeared on television in 1977, on a show called “The Magic of ABC”. Between 1977 and 2001, there would be 20 David Copperfield TV specials, and most of his TV appearances were on his specials or as a guest on another program.

His Broadway show is 1996 broke box office records, and during this time he also collaborated with Dean Koontz, Joyce Carol Oates, and Ray Bradbury for an anthology of fiction called David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible. A Sequel called David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination was released in 1997.

According to Copperfield, his childhood heroes weren’t magicians, but were stage performers like Gene Kelly and Orson Welles. “They took their individual art forms and they moved people with them… I wanted to do the same thing with magic” says Copperfield. “I wanted to take magic and make it romantic, and make it sexy, and make it funny, and make it goofy… all the different things that a songwriter or a filmmaker gets to express.”

Get tickets and catch David Copperfield show, twice daily at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater, and let him move you with magic like only he can.

WWE Shows Deliver Thrills and Excitement

wwe-showThe WWE brings their unique brand of sports entertainment to venues across the world, and 2013 looks to be an exciting year for wrestling fans. WWE Champion CM Punk, World Heavyweight Champion The Big Show, and Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett promise to take on all comers when defending their titles, and there are no shortage of contenders on the roster of performers in The WWE.

The WWE began back in the 1950s when Roderick James “Jess” McMahon and Joseph Mondt started the Capitol Wrestling Corporation and began promoting wrestling matches in New York City, at Madison Square Garden. However, Jess died in 1954, and one of Mondt’s business associates brought in Vincent J. McMahon to fill his position in the company.

By the 1960s, the CWC had become the World Wide Wrestling Federation and featured such historic wrestlers as “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers and Lou Thez, considered one of the greatest wrestlers in history. Other early stars from this era included Lou Albano, who would later become one of the most well-known figures in pro wrestling, and “Superstar” Billy Graham, the influence of wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

The Beginning of the WWE

The WWE officially got underway in 1980 when Vincent K. McMahon, the current CEO of the WWE, and his father started Titan Sports. Vince later purchased his father’s shares and the shares of other stockholders and began pushing the WWE – then known as the WWF – across the country and on national television. Vince also began selling videos of his matches, an unheard of practice at the time.

From there the WWE continued to grow, becoming the top promotion for wrestling in the country and bringing hundreds of shows to fans on a yearly basis. From their colorful past to their meteoric rise to the top of the wrestling game, the WWE has something to offer every wrestling fan, and the best way to experience it first hand is to buy tickets for one of the live shows near you in 2013. If you want action, excitement and fun, you’ll be mightily entertained.

Should RG3 have been Benched in Redskins’ Loss to Seattle?

rg3-redskinsDuring the Washington Redskins’ first playoff game of the season, they lost to the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 24-14. And it was ugly. RG3, who was the best hope Washington had to further themselves in the postseason, got injured twice — both injuries to his right knee, an area that he’s already been benched for this season. The first time he injured the knee was in the first half, and he went back out to play. Now, those who love controversy, are saying that he should never have gone back in.

It’s an easy argument, to say that Griffin should have been benched and Cousins should stepped in much sooner than he did. Even when you consider that Cousins had missed practice that week due to illness, and the fact that the Seahawks’ defense has been one of the toughest to beat this year. After all, this is Griffin’s health we’re talking about and possibly, his career that he has only just begun. So yes, perhaps he should have been sat after he first injured his knee in the first half.

But, the other side of the story always must be considered. First, there was a conversation that took place on the sidelines once Griffin was hurt the first time. Coach Mike Shanahan asked him if he was good to play, and Griffin answered, “I’m hurt, not injured.” Really, what player isn’t at least somewhat hurt after just coming off the field? And while this is the hottest line being tossed around in the debate of whether Griffin should have been benched, the actual conversation was likely much longer than that. These talks are very typical between the coach and the player, as the decision is largely theirs to make.

So maybe Shanahan really doesn’t trust Griffin at his word. And maybe he knew he was putting the kid’s career in jeopardy when he sent him back out there. But that’s not likely the case. After all, Griffin didn’t really seem all that hurt on the field. There was some maneuvering, and sometimes yes, he limped. Again, these are things that nearly every football player does while they’re playing football. Especially when it’s a playoff game. And even if Griffin was showing signs of weakness, he also showed signs of strength, tossing a touchdown after he went back out.

The culture of football is typically cutthroat, as we’ve seen with teams just this past year. But would a coach really knowingly risk his own player’s health? In the first game of the playoffs, and with many good years still left in him? Would the player knowingly severely injure himself, in the hopes that he can at least make a couple good plays in the meantime? None of it is likely. What’s more probable is that both Shanahan and Griffin took a risk, as players and coaches do every day in the NFL. Unfortunately this time, it didn’t work out for either of them.

Catch Bill O’Reilly in 2013

Bill O’Reilly will be bringing his unique brand of political commentary to a venue near you in 2013.

Bill O’Reilly, an American author, historian, and host of the FOX News program “The O’Reilly Factor”, is taking his show on the road in 2013, delivering his own brand of “conservative” commentary and political views to shows all across America.

O’Reilly himself considers his views to be more “independent” and “traditionalist” than conservative, but his views on many subjects remain popular among his conservative fan base.

Humble Beginnings

O’Reilly’s career began in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he anchored as well as delivered the weather. He won an Emmy for his local coverage of a hijacking when he worked in Denver, Colorado before working at TV stations in Oregon, Connecticut, and Boston, Mass.

By 1986, O’Reilly joined ABC news as a correspondent after delivering a eulogy for his friend Joe Spencer, who had died in a tragic helicopter crash while covering striking plant workers. Then head of ABC news, Roone Arledge, who had also attended Spencer’s funeral, decided to hire O’Reilly after hearing this eulogy.

Nationwide Attention

At ABC, O’Reilly hosted briefs and previews of stories that would be featured on upcoming broadcasts of World News Tonight and as a general reporter on programs such as Nightline and Good Morning America.

Bill joined the King World produced “Inside Edition” in 1989, becoming the program’s anchor after only three weeks. O’Reilly was one of the first broadcasters who covered the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as being one of the first to broadcast from the area devastated by the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

O’Reilly left Inside Edition in 1995 and went back to school, earning a master’s degree in Public Administration.

The O’Reilly Factor

Then, in 1996, he was hired by Roger Ailes to host “The O’Reilly Report” on the fledgling FOX News Channel. This show was soon renamed “The O’Reilly Factor” after Bill’s friend John Tantillo, a noted branding expert, made remarks about “The O’Reilly Factor” in any of the stories Bill was presenting.

Since then, Bill has written books and become a popular speaker in shows across the United States. Tickets to see Bill O’Reilly live in 2013 are on sale now, and no matter what your political affiliation may be, his shows are a must see event for anyone who cares about honest political discourse. Get your tickets today!

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