30 Seconds to Park

Like most Best Supporting Actor Oscar winners, Jared Leto is celebrating by going on tour with Linkin Park. Those two times Christoph Waltz toured with Linkin Park were off the chain, no, the chiz’ain, people. Lucky for us, Leto comes equipped with his own band, one 30 Seconds to Mars, which will be accompanying him on the tour.

Christened “The Carnivores Tour”, the 2 bands will visit 25 cities later this Summer, starting with West Palm Beach and ending on the opposite coast in Concord, CA. In between they’ll hit New Jersey, New York, swing up through Canada, and then down through Texas. The Carnivores Tour will be in The Woodlands and Dallas in early September.

2014 Carnivores Tour Schedule:

  • Aug. 8 – Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Aug. 9 – George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, FL
  • Aug. 12 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
  • Aug. 13 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
  • Aug. 15 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
  • Aug. 16 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass.,
  • Aug. 18 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
  • Aug. 19 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
  • Aug. 21 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
  • Aug. 23 – Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, QC
  • Aug. 24 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON,
  • Aug. 26 – Minnesota State Fair, Saint Paul, MN
  • Aug. 27 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
  • Aug. 29 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
  • Aug. 30 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
  • Sept. 5 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
  • Sept. 6 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
  • Sept. 8 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, CO
  • Sept. 10 – US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Sept. 11 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA
  • Sept. 13 – Gorge Amphitheatre, Quincy, Wash.,
  • Sept. 15 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sept. 16 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
  • Sept. 18 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, CA
  • Sept. 19 – Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA

Fans can get tickets for the tour on either our 30 Seconds to Mars or Linkin Park pages.

Confession time. I’m sure you know where this is going without saying much more, so I’ll post this little ditty and be done with it.

The Monster Tour in the Room

The Monster Single Cover

The Monster Single Cover

As a fan of irony, and watching Rihanna videos, this announcement pleases me for two reasons. Rihanna and Eminem have announced “The Monster Tour” is coming this August. It will monstrously tour a grand total of three cities: New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit.

At the moment that is all that is known about the tour, venues and dates have yet to be announced. The two have a history of collaboration on tracks, including “Love The Way You Lie” & “The Monster,” the latest hit from Eminem’s most recent album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. I’m going to guess it’s also where they got the name of the tour…

Tickets for the Monster Tour will be available on our Rihanna page or our Eminem page when they actually become available. That’s not right now, because of the whole “no dates, no venues yet” thing.

I was… um… forced… yes, that sounds good… “forced” to review a number of Rihanna videos to pick one for presentation in this blog post. Here’s a classic, “Umbrella,” which, like many of her videos, is a “music video” music video. By which I mean it’s the age-old group of vaguely random, but similarly themed shots of her singing the song, and, since it’s Rihanna, moving about in a less-than-vaguely suggestive manner. No narrative, no “message,” just a few different outfits, few different sets, edit them all together, and *bam*, art.

Halcyon North American Days

Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon Days Tour kicked off last fall, but she’s been crisscrossing the globe ever since. This spring she’ll be stretching her running legs in North America with 26 shows. Elena Jane’s mix of folk and electronica will first be heard in The Garden on March 12th. Okay, it’s not “The Garden” The Garden, but still, the Theatre is not a bad gig.

She’ll be in central Texas later in March, including a show at the Austin Music Hall on the 22nd. Shows in Houston and Dallas follow the Austin gig. She’ll be in the States through her May 8th show in Cincinnati before heading north for two final Canadian shows in Ontario. After that, it’s a long plane ride to Australia for her, and you, too, if you want to see her in concert after that.

2014 Halcyon Days North American Tour Dates:

  • March 12 – Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • March 13 – Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • March 14 – Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • March 16 – Echostage, Washington, DC
  • March 17 – Agganis Arena, Boston, MA
  • March 20 – Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
  • March 21 – BUKU Music & Art Project, New Orleans, LA
  • March 22 – Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX
  • March 24 – Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
  • March 25 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
  • April 09 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
  • April 11 – Coachella, Indio, CA
  • April 12 – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Pool, Las Vegas, NV
  • April 18 – Coachella, Indio, CA
  • April 19 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
  • April 22 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
  • April 23 – Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
  • April 24 – Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC
  • April 26 – MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB
  • April 27 – Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB
  • April 29 – Revolution Center, Garden City, ID
  • May 01 – The Great Salt Air, Magna, UT
  • May 02 – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
  • May 07 – Horseshoe Cincinnati, The Shoe, Cincinnati, OH
  • May 08 – The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, Promenade Ballroom, Windsor, ON
  • May 09 – Kool Haus, Toronto, ON

Tickets for the North American leg of the Halcyon Days Tour are available on our Ellie Goulding page.

Well, finally someone I don’t have to work too hard to find a suitable video for. This is “Goodness Gracious,” the latest single from Halcyon Days. Simple “friends night out” in SolCal sorta vid, with various wholesome activities performed, some including self illuminated footwear. I also think this is a really great song, but don’t let that get out on the Internet or anything.

Bruno of Mars Returns to the Moonshine Jungle

Technically, Bruno Mars announced the second North American leg of the Moonshine Jungle Tour back in the middle of January. At the time there wasn’t much of a splash, but a couple of weeks (and a Super Bowl half-time show) later, and there’s quite a bit more buzz. This is not to say the first leg of the Moonshine Jungle Tour was a failure, though. It ranked 23 on the top tours of 2013, and sold out almost every show. Now it appears Bruno will have a pretty solid chance to place higher on the 2014 list.

The second leg brings Bruno to over 40 dates in the US and Canada. He’ll be joined by Aloe Blacc for most of them. Pharrell Williams will perform at select dates. No word on whether they were able to book his hat from Grammys. Bruno heads home to start things off, with shows at the Blasidell Arena in Honolulu. The tour is currently scheduled to wrap up in August at Englewood’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

2014 Moonshine Jungle Tour Dates:

  • April 18 – Blasidell Arena, Honolulu, HI
  • April 19 – Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, HI
  • May 27 – Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA
  • May 28 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  • May 31 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
  • June 1 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
  • June 4 – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
  • June 6 – FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
  • June 7 – New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
  • June 10 – Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, AR
  • June 11 – BJCC Arena, Birmingham, AL
  • June 13 – Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
  • June 14 – PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
  • June 17 – Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
  • June 18 – The Palace at Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
  • June 20 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago Heights, IL
  • June 21 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
  • June 23 – CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE
  • June 25 – Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
  • June 27 – US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
  • June 28 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  • June 30 – First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY
  • July 2 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • July 9 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
  • July 11 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
  • July 12 – Hershey Park Pavilion, Hershey, PA
  • July 14 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • July 15 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • July 17 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
  • July 18 – Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH
  • July 20 – Times Union Center, Albany, NY
  • July 23 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
  • July 24 – Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
  • July 26 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
  • Aug. 2 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
  • Aug. 3 – Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK
  • Aug. 5 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • Aug. 9 – The Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA
  • Aug. 11 – Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
  • Aug. 14 – Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Stateline, NV
  • Aug. 15 – SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA
  • Aug. 17 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, CO

Tickets for leg two of the Moonshine Jungle Tour are available on our Bruno Mars page.

Here’s “When I Was Your Man”, the last #1 hit from the Moonshine Jungle album. Bruno has a thing for ‘retro’, which pops up in the video for “Treasure” as well. I’m not against retro, I just wish the stuff he sees as retro didn’t date from my childhood…

The Crüe Went Down with the Ship

Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil Album Cover

The 80s, where girls just wanted a guy they could share eyeliner with.

It’s time for Mötley Crüe to cash in their umlauts. The band announced “The Final Tour” in LA, singing a “cessation of touring agreement” their publicist claims is legally binding. While the article I read didn’t mention it, I would not be surprised if they also announced they were retiring to sell prime ocean-front real estate in Nebraska.

Fellow metal rocker Alice Cooper will join them as special guest on the tour. Crüe fans will certainly not want for opportunities to bid their favorite band farewell. What is described as the “first leg” of the tour covers 67 dates in the US and Canada, kicking off in Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena. Things wrap up in Vancouver at Rogers Arena, but not before hitting most major cities in the US. They’ll be grinding through Texas in July, including a stop in Austin at the Ceder Park Center. They’ll return again in October for a show at The Woodlands.

2014 Mötley Crüe “Final Tour” Schedule:

  • July 2 – Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
  • July 4 – Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI
  • July 5 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
  • July 6 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • July 8 – Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OH
  • July 9 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – St. Louis, Maryland Heights, MO
  • July 11 – Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
  • July 12 – Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS
  • July 13 – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
  • July 15 – Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
  • July 16 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
  • July 18 – Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
  • July 19 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
  • July 21 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
  • July 22 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA
  • July 23 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
  • July 25 – Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
  • July 26 – Sleep Country Amphitheater, Ridgefield, WA
  • July 27 – White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
  • July 29 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, CA
  • July 30 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
  • Aug. 1 – Usana Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Aug. 2 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  • Aug. 3 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
  • Aug. 5 – Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
  • Aug. 6 – Tyson Events Center, Sioux City, IA
  • Aug. 8 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
  • Aug. 9 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
  • Aug. 10 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
  • Aug. 12 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • Aug. 13 – First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
  • Aug. 15 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, AL
  • Aug. 16 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
  • Aug. 17 – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
  • Aug. 19 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
  • Aug. 20 – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Aug. 22 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
  • Aug. 23 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
  • Aug. 24 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
  • Aug. 26 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Aug. 27 – Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown, PA
  • Aug. 29 – Nikon Theater At Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
  • Aug. 30 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
  • Aug. 31 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
  • Oct. 10 – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Oct. 11 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
  • Oct. 12 – CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, LA
  • Oct. 14 – KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
  • Oct. 15 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
  • Oct. 17 – Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, FL
  • Oct. 19 – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
  • Oct. 21 – Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
  • Oct. 22 – Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
  • Oct. 25 – Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Oct. 26 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
  • Oct. 29 – War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY
  • Nov. 5 – Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MS
  • Nov. 6 – Landers Center, Southaven, MS
  • Nov. 9 – I Wireless Center, Moline, IL
  • Nov. 11 – Resch Center, Green Bay, WI
  • Nov. 12 – Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum, Madison, WI
  • Nov. 13 – CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE
  • Nov. 15 – Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  • Nov. 16 – Fargodome, Fargo, ND
  • Nov. 18 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
  • Nov. 19 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • Nov. 21 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

Tickets for the Final Tour are available on our Mötley Crüe page.

Upon reflection, I realize finding a Mötley Crüe video to post was going to be tricky. But, here’s a fairly tame selection called “Live Wire.” This is pretty much just the ole standby of a stage performance packaged as a video, for those times when “effort” is hard. I did review the entirety of the video for “Girls, Girls, Girls” and judged it less than acceptable for the consumption of our readership. In fact, I may have reviewed it a few times, in case I did not pick up any subtle artistic nuance in the first viewings.