The Week in TicketCity Search – Austin’s Most Wanted

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Oct. 1st
1 4 Longhorns Football
2 6 ACL Fest
3 3 Justin Bieber
4 2 Mississippi State Football
5 1 One Direction
6 5 W Virginia Mountaineers
7 8 Dallas Cowboys
8 - New England Patriots
9 - Ohio St Football
10 - Jay-Z

Close one this week, as a couple “local favorites” vie for the top. After adding up a few different ways to say the same thing (for both), the Longhorns get the win. Perhaps the Longhorns’ own winning record has something to do with that.

For the musically inclined, the ACL Fest is now just one week away. Ample time to buy and pick up your passes from our own humble offices. We will also have some folks at Uncle Billys with free swag should you wish to check in before hitting the verdant, melodic fields of Zilker Park.

The shuffling in the top five brings former champs 1D down to #5, losing even the teen idol top spot to the esteemed Mr. Beiber. Perhaps their lack of on-stage gastronomic distress curbed fan interest. Talk about building buzz for the new tour…

The Mountaineers kick off the bottom five, an analogy I’ve probably used before for something that wasn’t football related. They’re followed by the Cowboys, who climb one spot to let the Patriots into the countdown. Haven’t seen them before this year. Ohio State, on the other hand, has been seen before.

Jay-Z just makes it in this week. He is finishing up his Barclay’s Center concert series this weekend. Some quick action will get you in the door for the last couple shows. We have lot of e-deliverable tickets that should make it to any Jay-Z fan’s inbox rather quickly.

One For The Roadie: Watching The Throne

Peanut butter and chocolate is such a transcendent combination. From the moment you pop the combo in your mouth, it’s an instant melody. So you can imagine my elation when I hear something like “Otis,” the first official track off the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration Watch The Throne, dropping on August 8th (alas, all legal versions of “Otis” have been wiped clean off the face of the internet, save the versions found on YouTube, sped up to avoid the copyright claim spiders UMG has deployed). We’ve heard the duo team up in various incarnations before (Jay rapping/Kanye producing; rapping together, like on “HAM”, which will not be WTT; um, merging into each other like in the probably-fake, but still awesome teaser poster to the left), but this Reese’s Piece of news would be a super-collaboration deployed at the height of their respective careers. It’s The Yardbirds if Clapton had still been around when Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page came to play.

So imagine my surprise when the duo dropped another bombshell – the two would be going out on a tour together under the moniker, The Throne. :O indeed. Just like that, it went from a Reese’s Piece to an ice cream cake. Alas, just like their album, information has been coming out in drips and drabs–Watch The Throne only had a firm release date last month, pretty strange for a ginormous release that is essentially wowing the crowd not by content (until “Otis” dropped a couple of weeks ago, anyway), but by the names involved.

All of a sudden we have a tour of the US and Canada on our hands, one whose itinerary has already been changed once since it was announced last week because of “overwhelming demand” (as if there would be any other kind). There had also been so much un-sourced gossip coming out—infighting between the stars, budget concerns, etc.—that Jay-Z had to go on the radio in New York to dispel all of them. To think, all of this commotion before the album actually drops.

So what should we expect (other than, um, the new material)? Will they only do songs from Watch? Will they always be on stage together, and thus, only perform tunes where they’ve collaborated? Will one take the stage before the other, letting it ruminate before both coming on-stage? Who will be the opening act? Will there be an opening act? Gahhhh! I guess the only question answered is if I will be there.

Photo courtesy of The DOTR

The Week in TicketCity Search – Sept. 17th

Call it the revenge of the concert performers? Perhaps just that the buzz of football season openers have given way to the more reserved regular season. Either way, football teams have drifted off the list this week, replaced by a varied selection of performing artists. We also have our first tie in countdown history, at #1 no less. Since Phish are performing at ACL, it’s even more interesting. I can’t really count them as the same, since Phish are on tour and it’s not necessarily people looking for their gig at ACL.

Either way, our little local festival and Phish have successfully knocked the esteemed Mr. Bieber down. He’s joined by Jay-Z, who, along with Eminem two spots down, got a boost from their Home & Home Tour. Those shows have past, but they’ll be on tour again, I’m sure.

Football wasn’t completely banished from the list. The usual suspects, Longhorns and Cowboys, remain, at 5 and 7 respectively. They weren’t the only sporting contests on the countdown though. Thanks to a large local show, the UFC charted for what may have been the first time in countdown history.

1 (tie) 8 Phish
1 - ACL Festival
3 2 Justin Bieber
4 - Jay-Z
5 1 Texas Football
6 - Eminem
7 3 Dallas Cowboys
8 10 Rush
9 - UFC
10 - Drake

The Week in TicketCity Search – March 26th

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Iron Maiden

I think this may qualify as the most changed top 10 ever. 60% of our entries weren’t there last week, some completely new, some old favorites whose time has come again. The top 5 returns to complete concert dominance, with the Lady at the top for a second consecutive week in a row. Despite some managerial hiccups, the esteemed Mr. Bieber remains at #2, while George Strait returns from a long absence.

Pearl Jam appeared, then vanished, and returns again at #4 along with George’s contemporary country compatriot, Taylor Swift at #5. The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) continues a pretty strong showing at #6. You guys know the actual NCAA Tournament is happening, like, right now… right? The Kentucky Derby makes its first 2010 appearance on the countdown at #7. There’s ample time to get seats for this year’s Derby and Oaks.

Jay Z appears after an absence not quite as long as George Strait’s, but a pretty big nonetheless. Our notable newcomer this week is Iron Maiden, another in a long line of venerable rock acts to put in an appearance here. The heavy metal mainstays are working on a new album entitled The Final Frontier and will hit the tour circuit this summer in support of the new album.

1 1 Lady Gaga
2 2 Justin Bieber
3 - George Strait
4 - Pearl Jam
5 5 Taylor Swift
6 4 NIT
7 - Kentucky Derby
8 - Jay Z
9 - Iron Maiden
10 - Elton John

2010 Grammy Winners On Tour

The music industry handed out small replicas of an obsolete piece of audio equipment last night. Many of the winners are fixtures on my weekly Friday updates, and a few may be this summer as they have tours in the offing. So here’s the list of the major category winners. You can pick up tickets to current tours or sign up to get updates when tickets become available for future tours.

Album of the Year
Best Country Album
Taylor Swift

Best Dance Recording
Lady Gaga

Record of the Year
Kings of Leon

Song of the Year
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Best Pop Vocal Album
Black Eyed Peas

Best Rap Solo Performance

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Lady Antebellum

Best Rock Album
Green Day

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Jason Mraz

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Jamie Foxx & T-Pain