The Week in TicketCity Search – Finalist Four

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 31st
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 - Final Four
2 1 Eminem
3 - 5 Seconds of Summer
4 - Texas Rangers
5 - Miley Cyrus
6 - Luke Bryan
7 7 Romeo Santos
8 Coachella
9 - LA Dodgers
10 - Fleetwood Mac

The NCAA Tournament always has trouble making a big dent in the countdown until the end, when everyone can focus on that single, most evocative of phrases: Final Four. Easier than splitting attention among sixty-odd teams, for example. This year the Final Four is “up the road” from us in Arlington, so it has an even stronger advantage securing the #1 spot this week. While it easily defeated Eminem, it will be likely be a short-lived victory.

The remainder of the countdown is almost all new this week. Landing in third place is 5 Seconds of Summer. They’ve briefly appeared once before. Their April tour is only week and some change away from rolling through Dallas.

The MLB lands two spots on the countdown as we’ve just passed Opening Day. The Rangers secure forth place, while the Dodgers lag a little down in ninth place.

Miley Cyrus’ tour is in full swing, but Luke Bryan fans have to exercise a little patience until May. They’re joined by the more loyal Roemo Santos fans, who manage to keep him on the countdown for a second week in the row. Coachella pops up as the first of the two weekends is just one week away. Finally the announcement of a new tour and reunion with Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac just makes it into tenth place.

10th place is good enough for a Fleetwood Mac video, because I don’t have to worry about content screening. Another one with Christine McVie on lead vocals, “Everywhere.” Bit more ambitious on the video side, with a setting and costumes that have a Shakespearean vibe. Not Shakespearean, though, the story is based on the narrative poem “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes. Yes, I looked that up on Wikipedia.

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Monster at the Gates

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 24th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 5 Eminem
2 - Lollapalooza
3 - NCAA Tournament
4 3 Tool
5 4 WWE
6 9 One Direction
7 - Romeo Santos
8 - KISS
9 1 Lana Del Rey
10 - Sony Open

The Monster Tour dings the top spot this week, helped along with the announcement of additional dates in each of the three cities the duo of Eminem & Rihanna will be visiting this summer. The tour is short, and demand remains high even with the additional dates. Also filed under short-but-sweet, Lollapalooza rockets out of nowhere to capture the second spot. It shares something else in common with the Monster Tour, as Eminem will be headlining the first day.

March Madness slides into the countdown as the tournament reaches the Sweet Sixteen / Elite Eight stage. Just a week to go until the Final Four head to Dallas Cowboys Stadium to crown the champion. So, cross your fingers and hope to salvage a few charred bits of your bracket.

Tool had to make way for basketball, while the WWE had to make room for them both as they round out the top 5. One Direction rebounds a bit this week to land at number six. In at #7 is… wait… one sec…

Okay, after a brief detour through Wikipeida, we find Romeo Santos in seventh place. Mr. Santos, as I’m sure everyone knows, is the former lead singer of the group Aventura. Aventura has landed on the countdown a few times in the past, so he’s got a devoted fan base following along. Of similarly devoted fan bases, but with more avant-garde tastes in makeup, Kiss returns at #8. They’re on tour this summer with Def Leppard.

Hey, remember when Kiss didn’t wear the signature makeup for a few years? Amusingly the official Kiss Vevo channel on YouTube doesn’t want you to forget it. Most of the videos are from that period, including this somewhat random choice, “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose”. I was going to pan the video for a gratuitous quasi-post apocalyptic setting. But then the chicks started fencing. Yes, fencing. No, I don’t know why, nor do I think the people who shot the video know why, but it was epic.

2014 Lollapalooza Lineup — It’s Out, and it’s Tremendous

Eminem is one of the headliners in Chicago this summer.

 

The Lollapalooza lineup is finally out in the open, and it’s caused quite a stir. Leading the way in Grant Park from August 1-3 is rap superstar Eminem, a veteran at the festival that doesn’t tour much these days. The other two headliners are Outkast and Kings of Leon, with a plethora of supporting acts throughout the day. Check out the lineup below and get your Lollapalooza tickets here.

  • Eminem
  • Outkast
  • Kings of Leon
  • Artic Monkeys
  • Skrillex
  • Calvin Harris
  • Lorde
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Foster the People
  • Zedd
  • Sebastian Ingrosso
  • Krewella
  • NAS
  • Above & Beyond
  • Childish Gambino
  • Broken Bells
  • Spoon
  • The Head and the Heart
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Young the Giant
  • Chase & Status
  • Interpol
  • Lykke Li
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Phatogram
  • Cut/Copy
  • Flosstradamus
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Grouplove
  • Chvrches
  • The Glitch Mob
  • Portgual. The Man
  • Gramatik
  • Chromeo

And many, many more! Check out the full lineup.

 

Monster Squared

The Monster Single Cover

The Monster Single Cover

When I first posted about the Monster Tour, there was not exactly a bonanza of information available. Well, now I’ve got more info than you can shake a burning map at. Not only have dates and venues been announced for the promised three cities, demand for the shows was so strong that additional shows were added.

Eminem and Rihanna will be playing 2 shows each at the Rose Bowl, MetLife Stadium, and Comerica Park this August. Sales in Detroit have been particularly strong for the home town hero.

2014 Monster Tour Schedule:

  • Aug. 7 – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
  • Aug. 8 – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
  • Aug. 16 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  • Aug. 17 –MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  • Aug. 23 – Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
  • Aug. 23 – Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

Pick up tickets for the Monster Tour on the Eminem schedule page.

Here’s the latest Rihanna video, “What Now” from the Unapologetic album. Speaking of unapologetic, I resent the implication that doing another post about the tour has anything to do with the need to carefully screen Rihanna videos for content. Besides, screening Eminem videos for content is the very definition of playing a losing game.

I’d say this is the one where the video budget ran out. Granted, there are worse ways to spend 4 minutes and 8 seconds than watching Rihanna lip sync in a plain white room, sometimes with the lights off. Arty use of stock footage at the end didn’t really do much to enhance the experience.

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.”