The Week in TicketCity Search – The Cowboy Rides to the Top

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Oct. 14th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 7 George Strait
2 1 ACL Fest
3 6 Drake
4 2 Dallas Cowboys
5 - Pearl Jam
6 - Pink
7 - Clemson
8 - Elton John
9 8 SF 49ers
10 3 LA Dodgers

Another week with a winner able to be seen from miles away. George Strait’s final tour gets underway early next year, and tickets have gone on sale, including for our little local venue, the Erwin Center. ACL hung in there, as it usually does for the week after it’s over, and Drake climbed up a few spots to make it to #3.

The Cowboys had to make room, but remained at a respectable #4, joined by Pearl Jam at #5. Their latest album, Lightning Bolt, arrived on (mostly digital) shelves on the 14th. The Lightning Bolt Tour is in full swing. Fans have until early December to catch them in North America before they enjoy the warm summer air in Australia in January.

Pink drops by once more. She rescheduled a few concerts for a little vocal cord rest, but the remainder of The Truth About Love Tour appears to be safe.

Elton returns, while the 49ers end up just one spot lower. Finally, the Dodgers hang on to the countdown, barely, while their NCLS hope hang by a similarly thin thread.

This week it’s obviously time for a little classic country, hand-picked by our office’s biggest George Strait fan:

The Week in TicketCity Search – Saving the Best for a Repost

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Oct 7th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 ACL Fest
2 2 Dallas Cowboys
3 - LA Dodgers
4 - TX-OU
5 4 Book of Mormon
6 - Drake
7 5 George Strait
8 7 Cher
9 8 SF 49ers
10 - LSU Football

The first notes of ACL Weekend Two’s Friday lineup should be drifting out of Zilker Park by the time I finish writing this. Some band called The Orwells, to be specific. ACL doesn’t hand out the coveted 11am Friday spot to just anyone, people. With two weekends this year, ACL allows me to recycle content as effectively as they recycle bands.

The Cowboys recycle their position on the countdown, while the NLCS bound Dodgers drop in to capture the third spot. Their NLCS series is with the Cardinals. The Tigers sowed up their ALDS matchup with Oakland last night, so they’re on to face the Red Sox in the ALCS.

The tradition of the Red River Rivalry continues this weekend, pushing it to the #4 spot, while the local touring production of Book of Mormon drops to the #5 spot.

Drake returns while George Strait falls a couple of spots, sharing a similar fate as Cher, who loses one as well. The 49ers continue drifting around the bottom five. The Tigers of LSU début this week, in 10th place, but it’s still a début.

This week we’re doing dealer’s choice on ACL performers, mostly because I’ve already posted videos for the other concert performers that ranked this week (I think). So I’m picking an old Neko Case song:

The Week in TicketCity Search – Saving the Best for Last

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Sept 30th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 2 ACL Fest
2 1 Dallas Cowboys
3 - Pink
4 - Book of Mormon
5 - George Strait
6 - Justin Timberlake
7 - Cher
8 10 SF 49ers
9 - Pittsburgh Pirates
10 3 Houston Texans

The first notes of ACL Weekend One’s Friday lineup should be drifting out of Zilker Park by the time I finish writing this. Some band called The Orwells, to be specific. ACL doesn’t hand out the coveted 11am Friday spot to just anyone, people. With two weekends this year, ACL might hold onto the top spot a little longer than usual.

ACL did knock Dallas off the top, but this time they had a much softer landing at #2. They are followed by a significant shuffle in the results this week, starting with Pink, whose on-and-off relationship with the countdown has once again switched to the “on” position. She’s followed by The Book of Mormon. The Broadway hit is touring through our backyard with a couple weeks’ worth of shows at Bass Concert Hall.

George Strait brings the top five home, and Timberlake leads off the bottom five. Fans have a little longer to wait for George than Justin, but the demand for last leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour is growing stronger everyday. It is his “farewell tour”, and what are the odds that you’ll ever have a chance of seeing George on tour again? I mean, think about how huge Cher’s 2003-05 Farewell Tour was, and how that means you’ll never, ever, ever be able to see her on tour again.

Cher enters the countdown at #7 with the announcement of the 2014 Dressed To Kill Tour.

Sports rounds things out, with the 49ers and Texans hanging around from last week, and the Pirates show up to remind us that MLB playoffs are underway and the World Series is just around the corner.

Since I already used the Cher video with the tour announcement post, I guess I have little choice in the matter. Direct from the 11am hour on Friday in Zilker Park, a band whose Wikipedia page has been nominated for speedy deletion: The Orwells!

The Week in TicketCity Search – Don’t Call it a Comeback

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Sept 23rd
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 10 Dallas Cowboys
2 - ACL Fest
3 4 Houston Texans
4 - Luke Bryan
5 3 Drake
6 - Beyonce
7 - NY Knicks
8 - Elton John
9 - John Mayer
10 - SF 49ers

While my memory may be a little fuzzy at this point, I’m not sure anyone pulled off the 1-10-1 bounce before. America’s Team is certainly in a rather élite fraternity either way. I won’t even attempt to predict where they’ll end up next week.

In slightly more expected news, the Austin City Limits Festival drops in at #2. Somewhat appropriate, as there’s now 2x more of it than in previous years. Weekend One is one week away. If you miss that one, Weekend Two is, you guessed it, two weeks away. Headliners include hot new acts like Depeche Mode and The Cure. Which is what I would have said if it were 1980.

Luke Bryan bounces back, while Drake is one of the few who managed to hang around from last week. Beyonce, a former top 3 fixture, returns to lead off the bottom five. She is followed by the Knicks, who remind us that the NBA preseason starts in October.

Elton John’s new Vegas residency shows a spark of interest, while John Mayer’s fall tour makes the list at #9. Finally the 49ers return to slide into the spot the Cowboys left open this week.

Let’s pick a slightly more recent ACL headliner, Muse, who only hail from the 90s. Here is “Uprising”, otherwise known as the only Muse song you know:

The Week in TicketCity Search – This Week’s 80s Fashion Dispatch

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
May 6th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 3 Taylor Swift
2 2 One Direction
3 8 Paul McCartney
4 - Justin Timberlake
5 7 Beyoncé
6 - George Strait
7 - Bruno Mars
8 9 Justin Bieber
9 - ACL Fest
10 - Maroon 5

Homecoming week here on the countdown, as a lot of former top performers crowd in. A homecoming of sorts for Taylor Swift, who returns to the #1 spot after some time. She’s never been too far from the top for many months, and the momentum of the Red Tour only appears to be strengthening. Various lads from that most United of Kingdoms round out the top 3.

Popping into fourth place is Justin Timberlake. Timerlake’s Legends of Summer Tour with Jay-Z is already booked. His recent pop is thanks to the announcement of the tour after that one. Following a short break, Timberlake goes solo for The 20/20 Experience World Tour. That gets underway in October, and will be keeping fans warm throughout the cooler months into 2014.

Beyoncé rounds out the top 5 and George Strait opens the bottom 5. His big June 1st Alamodome concert will likely ensure we’ll be seeing him for the next few weeks. Bruno Mars, who had a short, but solid top 3 run, returns at #7, where’s he is followed by current bottom 5 fixture, the esteemed Mr. Bieber.

Timberlake’s next tour wasn’t the only announcement this week. The 2013 ACL Fest lineup was announced at midnight on the 7th and resulted in a frenzy of early interest. Headliners this year appeal to the usual eclectic variety of fans, and include Depeche Mode, Kings of Leon, The Cure, Eric Church, and Muse.

For the element of that eclectic variety that may not be quite so aware of why Depeche Mode is headlining (or that they existed), here’s a little ditty from 1984 I saw played on MTV! (Weird, right? I mean… music, on MTV). Enjoy the hair…