The Week in TicketCity Search – The Monster at the Gates

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Week of
Mar. 24th
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.


The Week in TicketCity Search – Maroon 5 Standing By

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
July 29th
1 3 Justin Bieber
2 - Pearl Jam
3 2 One Direction
4 4 Beyoncé
5 7 Justin Timberlake
6 - Maroon 5
7 - Dallas Cowboys
8 8 Luke Bryan
9 9 Houston Texans
10 - Lollapalooza

With the Gold Cup in the history books for another couple of years (we won in a 1-0 scorcher), the countdown turns to that other sort of football. Or it will towards the bottom, at least. Like a healthy immune system, the top five eventually expels all sports-related entities and returns to its natural, concert-only state. This week the esteemed Mr. Bieber recaptures the top spot from which he was exiled months and months ago.

Pearl Jam hits the countdown in a big way, as their recently announced fall tour heats up. The band will release a new album, Lightning Bolt, ahead of the first tour date, followed by 24 more dates in North America. The band then takes trip down under in January.

Also returning this week, though hardly breaking from touring, is Maroon 5. They’ve been on the road already this summer, and are now teamed up with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane for the 2013 edition of the Honda Civic Tour. As in previous years, fans can enter a contest to win a Honda Civic with colors customized by the headliners.

The Cowboys and Texans share spots on the countdown this week as the NFL preseason is almost upon us. Very much upon us is the Lollapalooza festival, which begins today and lasts the weekend. Headliners include The Killers, Mumford & Sons, and The Cure.

Wait, The Cure? What year is this!?

2013 – The Year in Music Festivals

Music festivals have only gotten bigger year after year. And why not? They’re some of the best values a seasoned concert-goer could ask for. For a few hundred bucks (or less), the gateway to multiple stages of bands, entertainment, and thousands of fellow fans is open. The 2013 festival circuit features the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix and more. Check all the 2013 festivals have to offer, and get your tickets today.

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One For The Roadie: Portugal. The Man’s Van Stolen (Although, not in Japan)

I own a chair that I’ve been writing on for about eleven years now. Most of my best writing has been done on sitting in that chair, and it’s followed me from New York to Austin because I consider it a tool as much as my brain or keyboard. So when I heard that Portland-based Portugal. The Man’s van and 97 pieces of equipment had been stolen during their set at Lollapalooza in Chicago, I had to shake my head. Here is a band on the cusp of breaking out, and now they’re without a lot of their gear—something that could have been easily prevented. Portugal. The Man will be writing without their favorite chair for the foreseeable future.

This isn’t the first time, thieves has jammed off with stolen pieces. Most famously, it happened to Sonic Youth in ’99. Their van, which was broken into in Los Angeles, had several pieces of irreplaceable equipment, one-of-a-kinds and instruments that were so perfectly tuned that the band had to re-write and rehearse songs because their new guitars and drum kits had to be broken in (although it did lead to new album for them, so there’s that). My question is, if your van is stocked with your precious tools, why leave it unattended at any point? When I was driving down to Austin with my wife, we would always be with our stuff. Sure, it probably had to do more with our dogs in the car rather than the “stuff,” but we were there.

As for what can be done about it, here are two ideas: why don’t bands bring at least one snotty cousin or extra roadie to sit in the van during gigs where more than 50% of your stuff’s in the truck? A lot of bands have had their vans broken in to after retiring for the night (in sometimes shady neighborhoods). I know amps and kits are heavy, but 30 minutes of grunt work to bring the stuff inside wouldn’t kill them. And it’s a lot less maddening than getting your brand new Fender Jazzmaster perfectly tuned to E. I would throw in some type of renter’s insurance-type solution, but this is about the music, maaaan.

There are silver linings to situations like this. Portugal. The Man’s Van has been returned, alas sans equipment. Bands and companies have been sending their support, both moral and with instruments. Hopefully, this won’t happen to another touring band in the near future, although the price of Keytars on the black market could go up soon. Then, all bets are off.

Here is a collection of snippets from Portugal. The Man’s set at Lolla, as their stuff is getting stolen! At least they got groovy alibis… groovy, groovy alibis.