The Week in TicketCity Search – November 18th

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Nov. 14t
1 6 Radiohead
2 - ACC Championship
3 1 Texas Longhorns Football
4 2 Mississippi State Football
5 7 Taylor Swift
6 - Roger Waters
7 - SEC Championship
8 4 Dallas Cowboys
9 5 Arkansas Football
10 - Mac Miller
Week of
Nov. 7t
1 1 Texas Longhorns Football
2 5 Mississippi State Football
3 9 BCS Bowl
4 6 Dallas Cowboys
5 7 Arkansas Football
6 - Radiohead
7 8 Taylor Swift
8 - Georgia Tech Football
9 - Penn State Football
10 3 Justin Bieber

Returning this week to chronicle the rise of Radiohead to the top of the countdown. Entering last week at #6 they quickly hit the top spot this week by a pretty solid margin. Since their tour doesn’t start up until next spring, we’ll see what kind of staying power the alt rockers have.

College football remained strong both weeks, though this week we see the end of the road is in sight. Both the ACC Championship and the SEC championship find spots this week. The big conference championship games are the gateway to bowl season, which kicks off with the December 4th selection show. The first bowls of the season are the New Mexico, Famous Idaho Potato, and New Orleans Bowls on December 17th.

Some other concert performers also made their way onto the countdown this week. Roger Waters is in full nostalgia mode with “The Wall Live Tour.” On the other end of the musical age spectrum we see Mac Miller slipping into the #10 spot. The young hip hop artist has been compared to Eminem, and his debut album, Blue Slide Park, hit #1 on release.

One For The Roadie: Radiohead #OccupiesNewYorkCity

In my two months writing this column, I’ve shown a tremendous love for Radiohead, my favorite living rock band. So that’s why I find it a personal affront that the group chose to wait until I left New York to make the city its plaything. For the past two weeks, the British band has holed up in the Big Apple and played around town like some artist-in-residency at a fancy college. Except, instead of poetry from the heart, Thom Yorke and company have been rocking the hell out of the city. Damn them.

Of course, there are many reasons that I would not have been able to see them. First, most of their performances have been pretty much closed off to the public. Half their performances were at “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “The Colbert Report,” which are hard enough to get into to begin with (unless you totally lucked out and randomly chose to get tickets to the show months in advance-if so, L’Chaim to you). However, add one of the greatest bands ever into the mix, and the tickets become damn near impossible to get your hands on. Secondly, the two Roseland Ballroom shows they did sell tickets to sold out about as quickly as you’d expect them to because it’s a relatively small room. I mean, RH blew my mind in the middle of a field in New Jersey with the Statue of Liberty behind them. Imagine a crowd of about 1,500? No wonder it was the hottest ticket since forever in New York City. Only the Yankees and a reincarnated Frank Sinatra get that kind of buzz. And for the prices they were going for outside the venue ($1,200 and up), my wife would have killed me once I got home (which was late – they went on at 10:40! My hypothetical NYC self has work in the morning!).

The last reason I would have probably not seen them is because I would’ve believed the rumor that they were going to jam out for the protesters at #OccupyWallStreet , which I believe is the official name given to the protest. So I would’ve forgot about selling a liver for tickets, skipped work, been caught up in the pepper sprayed masses, only to hear random drumbeats coming from the protesters, and not Phil Selway’s drum kit. Oh that would’ve made me sooo angry.

However, I’m in Austin and was able to see the band jam on TV from the comfort of my living room. Can’t you tell how happy I  am… soo, sooo happy! Oh look, they played “Street Spirit,” my favorite rock song ever… so happy. Excuse me while I go pepper spray myself.

For more cool videos and pics, check out Brooklyn Vegan’s recap of the Roseland Shows.