The Week in TicketCity Search – Lizzy’s Back, Tell A Friend

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 17th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 3 Lana Del Rey
2 - Lil Boosie
3 10 Tool
4 2 WWE
5 - Eminem
6 1 Houston Rodeo
7 7 Luke Bryan
8 - George Strait
9 5 One Direction
10 6 World Cup

Apparently my snide comments haven’t dampened the public’s enthusiasm for Lizzie. Granted, this is less obnoxious than the months the esteemed Mr. Beiber spent at the top. Though our new second place entry is certainly giving him a run for his money. It would seem there’s a lot of pent-up demand for a live performance by one Torrence Hatch, known professionally as Lil Boosie. That might have something to do with all those photos I found of him in a very fetching orange jumpsuit.

Tool is a veritable breath of fresh air as they ping-pong back to 3rd place this week, followed by the WWE. The McMahon carnival is moving on from the Lone Star State, so more likely than not, they will be moving on from the countdown pretty soon as well.

Eminem, and, by association, Rihanna, debut at #5 this week as tickets went on sale for the “Monster Tour.” It terms of scope, it’s a little less monstrous than the title implies. The duo will be doing only 3 concerts total, but they will be big stadium ones, in Pasadena, East Rutherford, and Detroit. Or, you know, LA, New York, and Detroit, were one to round-up geographically.

Houston Rodeo is winding down, though there’s still a few days of concerts left. People are also remembering that, theoretically, at least, George Strait isn’t going to be touring for much longer, so he returns to the list. The final tour dates run from March to June. One Direction suffers another setback, and the World Cup clings to #10 this week. Still a few months off, so expect to see stronger results as the games draw closer.

Since the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet, and another Lana tune would likely send me into a coma, let’s turn up the tempo with something from Rihanna instead. Thematically, this one dovetails nicely with the last tour update, as this is basically “Rihanna in a field.” It’s probably not the same field the Backstreet Boys were in, but I bet it’s close. Since it’s a Rihanna video, she doesn’t stick around too long, there’s a beach, some water, and then fireworks at night. The creative vision for it seemed to be: “let’s make a music video.”

Backstreet’s Forward to ’14

Past week or so was quite the concert tour news bonanza. Having to pick one (it’s a rule I made up) for this post, I have gone the route of radio friendly pop. The Backstreet Boys announced a second North American leg for their In A World Like This Tour. The first leg covered North American back in late summer 2013. This year they’ll be a little earlier, starting off May 3rd in New Brunswick.

Adding a little extra kick to the announcement is Avril Lavigne, who will play opening act for tour dates starting with the May 22nd show in Seattle. Interesting combination, since Lavigne was on her way up about the time the Backstreet Boys were turning in their “worldwide superstardom” chip.

After Avril is on board, the Boys will hit San Diego, Vegas, and even drop by Texas with shows in Corpus Christi and The Woodlands, which will be seeing a lot of big names pass through this year. This leg wraps up in New York in June with a show at the Jones Beach Theater.

Will there be a third leg? I’m sure many Backstreet Boys fans would be happy to see it.

2014 Backstreet Boy’s In a World Like This Tour Schedule:

  • May 3 – Moncton Coliseum Complex, Moncton, NB
  • May 4 – Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, NS
  • May 6 – Rogers K-Rock Centre, Kingston, ON
  • May 7 – Budweiser Gardens, London, ON
  • May 8 – FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, ON
  • May 11 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
  • May 13 – Mosaic Place, Moose Jaw, SK
  • May 14 – ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
  • May 16 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • May 17 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
  • May 18 – Encana Events Centre, Dawson Creek, BC
  • May 20 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
  • May 22 – WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA
  • May 24 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, CA
  • May 25 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
  • May 28 – Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
  • May 29 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA
  • May 30 – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
  • May 31 – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
  • June 2 – Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
  • June 4 – American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, TX
  • June 5 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
  • June 6 – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
  • June 7 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
  • June 9 – CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE
  • June 10 – Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  • June 11 – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
  • June 13 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
  • June 14 – First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
  • June 15 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • June 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
  • June 18 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
  • June 20 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
  • June 21 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
  • June 22 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY

Fans can buy tickets for the In a World Like This Tour on our Backstreet Boys schedule page.

Here is the title track to the album and the tour, “In a World Like This.” What’s amusing about this is how, shall we say… unambitious… the video is. In these days of slightly-less-than-worldwide-superstardom, video budgets are a bit tighter. It’s the Boys of the Backstreet in question standing around lip syncing in a field. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very photogenic field, probably in California, with hills and stuff in the background. Very classy field. Inter-cut are short vignettes of people watching historic events on TV through time, though still in the same room. Because set decoration is expensive.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Rounding up the Top 10

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 10th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 4 Houston Rodeo
2 2 WWE
3 - Lana Del Rey
4 - Maroon 5
5 3 One Direction
6 - World Cup
7 5 Luke Bryan
8 8 ACC Tournament
9 - Bruno Mars
10 6 Tool

The Houston Rodeo takes the top this week. The rodeo is officially underway, and fans have until the 23rd to see some of the biggest shows in Texas over the next couple weeks. Likewise in Texas, the WWE will be bouncing around the state next week, including a show here in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center tomorrow night.

Lana Del Rey returns to the countdown at #3 with the announcement of a longer US tour. She will be helping concertgoers with sleeping disorders with 16 new dates all over the country.

Maroon 5′s Houston Rodeo show didn’t quite achieve the same demand that Usher enjoyed last week, but it got them to #4.

In at #6 is the thing that’s a huge deal in pretty much every other country but the United States, the World Cup. Sunny Brazil hosts this year’s outing. The kicking of balls begins this June, but this is definitely one to shop for early, as Brazil is a little harder to get to than the average Lakers game. Travel packages anyone?

Luke Bryan hangs onto #7 and the ACC Tournament stays put at #8. Bruno Mars’ tour rolls on, and back to the countdown, while Tool’s brief climb to sixth place ends where it began, back at #10.

So, Lizzy’s back. Let’s see… title track to last’s year’s album, Born to Die. The new one, Ultraviolence, isn’t out yet but the tour announcement suggests it is probably on the way soon. I’m sure the title track is a sold choice, just have to make it through the video. Hmm, she’s sitting down, with tigers. Wow, sounds like she’s not really updated that torch-song tempo of old. I’m sure things will… <yawn> …pick up soon. Any second… zzz now… ZzzzzzZZZZZZZ….

Goo Goo Daughtry

The Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry announced a summer 2014 tour yesterday. The alt rockers perhaps best known for the archetypal radio staple “Iris” are joining forces with the band Daughtry for 37 dates between June and August. Both bands recently released new albums, Magnetic for the Goo Goo Dolls and Baptized for Daughtry. Fans can expect to hear a mix of the recent releases and the classics.

The tour takes them from coast to coast and back again, staring in Connecticut and ending in Vermont. Along the way the bands will hit amphitheaters in New York, California, and in Texas at Concrete Street Amphitheater, Gexa Energy Pavilion, and The Woodlands. Other big shows include Red Rocks in July and the Iowa State Fair in August.

2014 Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry Tour Schedule:

  • June 12 – Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
  • June 14 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
  • June 15 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • June 19 – St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Saint Augustine, FL
  • June 20 – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
  • June 21 – Amphitheater At The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
  • June 24 – Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX
  • June 25 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
  • June 27 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
  • June 29 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
  • July 1 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • July 2 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
  • July 3 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
  • July 5 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
  • July 6 – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
  • July 8 – Walnut Creek Amphitheatrem, Raleigh, NC
  • July 9 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
  • July 11 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
  • July 12 – TBA, Memphis, TN
  • July 15 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
  • July 16 – Usana Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
  • July 18 – Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
  • July 21 – The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
  • July 22 – Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
  • July 24 – The Pavilion @ Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort, Valley Center, CA
  • Aug. 1 – Red Rock Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV
  • Aug. 3 – Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
  • Aug. 9 – Iowa State Fairgrounds Grandstand, Des Moines, IA
  • Aug. 10 – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
  • Aug. 12 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
  • Aug. 15 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
  • Aug. 16 – The Summer Stage At Tag’s, Big Flats, NY
  • Aug. 17 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
  • Aug. 19 – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, Bethel, NY
  • Aug. 21 – Meadowbrook, Gilford, NH
  • Aug. 22 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
  • Aug. 23 – Champlain Valley Expo Grandstand, Essex Junction, VT

Fans can buy tickets for the tour on our Goo Goo Dolls schedule page.

Things I learned writing this update: “Daughtry” is a band that includes an individual named Christopher Adam Daughtry, and the Goo Goo Dolls continued releasing albums after 1998. Other fun facts: this song is 16 years old. Less fun facts: I am far, far older.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Ushered to the Front of the Line

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 3rd
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 - Usher
2 4 WWE
3 2 One Direction
4 5 Houston Rodeo
5 6 Luke Bryan
6 10 Tool
7 - Wicked
8 - ACC Tournament
9 - Austin Rodeo
10 - Texas Rangers

Some surprise and some variety in the countdown this week. Surprise: Usher. Head-scratcher? Less than might be imagined. He is playing the Houston Rodeo this very day, in fact. Apparently there is a bit of pent-up demand for a live Usher show in Houston. The WWE and their upcoming swing through Texas make it to second place, while One Direction finally returns to their favorite position, third.

The Houston Rodeo comes in at fourth, along with Rodeo performer Luke Bryan at fifth. Houston isn’t alone this week, as the Austin Rodeo squeezes into the ninth place. Houston and Austin run somewhat concurrently, but Houston is usually the bigger show.

Wicked returns after a long absence. I’m pretty sure the last time the show appeared on the countdown coincided with the last time it visited Austin, as it is doing once more. Performances at the Bass Concert Hall continue through this weekend, then it will bid Austin, and this countdown, farewell.

The sound of sharpening pencils slowly grows to a deafening roar as March Madness approaches. The ACC Tournament reminds us of this at #8 this week. The conference tournaments get underway next week followed by “Selection Sunday” on the 16th.

While ordinarily it would be pretty much a slam dunk to bring you an Usher video this week, I need to remind the readership that Mr. Raymond IV is the man who signed one Bieber, Justin. For that, there must be consequences. Those consequences are, so far, not getting a video in this blog post… and truckloads of money. So, I guess, 50/50 on that one.

So, dealer’s choice, here’s Fun. with “Some Nights”, about which everything is awesome: