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…

Katy Perrys Prismatic World Tour Arrives in June

Katy Perry

The Prismatic Tour will play 46 cities this summer.

The Artist-Formerly-Known-As-Katy-Hudson announced the North American leg of the Prismatic World Tour last week. This is her third world tour and first since 2011′s California Dreams Tour. North America is leg two of the tour, the first being a series of shows in Europe with electro-pop duo Icona Pop opening.

Miss Perry hits the shores of North America in June at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. She’s bringing along three opening acts, Capital Cities (June 22-August 7 shows), Kacey Musgraves (August 10-31 shows), and Tegan and Sara (September 9 – October 10 shows). The tour is currently scheduled to wrap up here in Texas at the Toyota Center on October 10th.

2014 Prismatic Tour Dates:

  • June 22 – PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
  • June 24 – Verizon Center – Washington, DC
  • June 27 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
  • June 28 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
  • June 30 – Tampa Bay Times Forum – Tampa, FL
  • July 2 – BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL
  • July 3 – AmericanAirlines Arena – Miami, FL
  • July 9 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • July 11 – Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
  • July 15 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
  • July 16 – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
  • July 18 – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
  • July 22 – CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
  • July 24 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
  • Aug. 1 – TD Garden – Boston, MA
  • Aug. 4 – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
  • Aug. 7 – United Center – Chicago, IL
  • Aug. 10 – Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Aug. 11 – The Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
  • Aug. 13 – Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
  • Aug. 14 – Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH
  • Aug. 16 – KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY
  • Aug. 17 – Scottrade Center – St. Louis, MO
  • Aug. 19 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
  • Aug. 20 – Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, NE
  • Aug. 22 – Target Center – Minneapolis, MN
  • Aug. 23 – Fargodome – Fargo, ND
  • Aug. 26 – MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
  • Aug. 28 – Credit Union Centre – Saskatoon, SK
  • Aug. 29 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, AB
  • Aug. 31 – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB
  • Sept. 9 – Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC
  • Sept. 12 – Moda Center – Portland, OR
  • Sept. 13 – Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA
  • Sept. 16 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
  • Sept. 19 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
  • Sept. 22 – SAP Center – San Jose, CA
  • Sept. 25 – Jobing.com Arena - Glendale, AZ
  • Sept. 26 – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV
  • Sept. 29 – EnergySolutions Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sept. 30 – Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
  • Oct. 2 – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
  • Oct. 5 – FedExForum – Memphis, TN
  • Oct. 6 – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
  • Oct. 8 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA
  • Oct. 10 – Toyota Center – Houston, TX

Katycats (and their parents) can pick up their tickets on our Katy Perry page.

Since you’re probably a bit Roar’ed-out, here’s the latest single from the Prism album, “Unconditionally.” Rocking the Anna Karenina vibe with this one, with bonus owl and random slo-mo chair flipping. Towards the end an entirely different video from what I gather was a parallel universe attempts to intrude on our own reality. Either that or someone from the label said, “People dancing in period costumes ain’t gonna cut it! We need more effect shots!”

Image Credit: By Eva RinaldiUploaded by MyCanon (Katy Perry) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Monumentour Tour Tour Announcement

Alt rock comeback kids Fall Out Boy and Paramore announced recently they are joining forces for a summer tour. The news of the tour escaped a bit early than either band planned, as the announcement video leaked a couple of days ago. Apparently their marketing team lacks the discipline of Mrs. Carter’s. Both bands are coming off successful #1 albums released after long breaks.

The 37 date, 30 city tour kicks off in Hartford at the recently re-branded Xfinity Theatre in Hartford. It will rolling through central Texas in early August, including a stop at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Currently it is scheduled to wrap up on the west coast at the Sleep Train Pavilion, where the name alone suggests the dizzy levels of excitement shows there must generate.

Monumentour Dates:

  • June 19 – Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, CT
  • June 21 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
  • June 22 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
  • June 24 – Saratoga PAC – Saratoga Springs, NY
  • June 25 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
  • June 27 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
  • June 28 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
  • June 30 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH
  • July 2 – Darien Lake PAC – Buffalo, NY
  • July 3 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
  • July 6 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO
  • July 8 – DTE Energy Music Thearer – Detroit, MI
  • July 9 – Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
  • July 11 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
  • July 12 – Bunbury Festival – Cincinnati, OH
  • July 13 – The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel – White Creeks, TN
  • July 18 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
  • July 19 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA
  • July 22 – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach, VA
  • July 23 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
  • July 25 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
  • July 26 – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
  • July 27 – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
  • July 29 – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre – Raleigh, NC
  • July 30 – Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
  • Aug. 1 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
  • Aug. 2 – Austin360 Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
  • Aug. 4 – Concrete Street Amphitheater – Corpus Christi, TX
  • Aug. 5 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
  • Aug. 7 – Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM
  • Aug. 8 – Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
  • Aug. 10 – Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Aug. 12 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
  • Aug. 13 – UCCU Center – Orem, UT
  • Aug. 15 – Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV
  • Aug. 16 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
  • Aug. 17 – Sleep Train Pavilion – Concord, CA

You can pick up Monumentour tickets on our Fall Out Boy page or our Paramore page.

Here’s Paramore’s “Still Into You,” their biggest hit from last year’s self-titled return album. I could have used a Fall Out Boy video, but given a choice between watching Hayley Williams for 3 minutes 41 seconds and not watching Hayley Williams for 3 minutes 41 seconds, I bravely choose the former. In my continuing tradition of pointing out interesting elements of the video in question, note half her hair is pink while the other half is orange-red. Also, for some reason there’s two dudes hanging around. I believe they are among the founding members of the “Please Never Go Solo, Hayley” Club.