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 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.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Beatles, Horses & Motorcycles

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Apr. 15t
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Event
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1 3 Paul McCartney
2 4 One Direction
3 - Kentucky Oaks
4 6 Taylor Swift
5 10 Rihanna
6 - MotoGP
7 - Kid Rock
8 7 Justin Bieber
9 - Beyonce
10 - Kentucky Derby

Paul McCartney classes up the joint at #1 this week. He dropped in at three last week and spent little time politely queuing his way to the top. The previous champs Mumford & Sons are nowhere to be found. The boys in 1D decided to slip into the McCartney motorcade and return to the #2 spot after what was their worst performance in some time last week: the dreaded #4.

Concerts couldn’t keep hold of the countdown permanently. We’re about 2 weeks out from Derby weekend in Louisville. The more economically friendly Oaks enters the countdown in the third spot. The Derby just slides into the countdown at #10. I’m sure it will be climbing up a bit over the next couple of weeks.

Epic segway time.

Speaking of horsepower… the MotoGP shows up at #6. MotoGP is a more Twitter-friendly way of saying Motorcycle Grand Prix, which is impressive because it predates Twitter by a while. The very Twitter unfriendly “MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas” is on for this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas here in Austin. For the record, the spec on a MotoGP engine calls for 240 horsepower. That’s a lot of Derbys.

Of interest on the concert side this week, Kid Rock’s latest tour has earned him the #7 spot, and Beyonce, once queen of the countdown, had returned, but at the slightly more modest #9 spot. She’s playing dates in Europe at the moment, but will return stateside this June when she will likely make a much stronger play for the top once more.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Is Famous, Was Famous, Will Be Famous

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Apr. 8t
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Event
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1 10 Mumford & Sons
2 4 Maroon 5
3 - Paul McCartney
4 3 One Direction
5 - Rolling Stones
6 - Taylor Swift
7 8 Justin Bieber
8 - Depeche Mode
9 - Bruno Mars
10 - Rihanna

It’s only a question of when. When, precisely, you’ll be catching a concert this summer. With NHL and NBA playoffs not quite close enough, MLB opening day fever settling down, and the Derby still a few weeks off, the countdown is completely musical this week.

Mumford & Sons completes a rise to the top that took only two weeks. The London folk rockers have a busy touring schedule over the next few months, and fans eager to see them. Maroon 5 was close, but couldn’t secure the top spot.

England is well represented this week, on both ends of the age spectrum. One Sir Paul McCartney lands with a bang at #3. He’s playing a limited number of dates in May and June, driving up the usual high demand for his tickets. At one time Sir Paul was part of a group of young men in a band, similar in a certain (somewhat) vague sense to One Direction, whom he managed to dislodge from the #3 spot.

Yet another group of English band mates round out the top 5. The Rolling Stones are prepared to embark on the second leg of the 50 and Counting Tour. While 2012 was the official 50th anniversary of the band’s first gig in London, no reason not to keep it going. The Stones are known for long tours, and this one doesn’t look to be any different.

Down in the bottom five, we’re four English bands and counting, as Depeche Mode appears at #8. Having covered folk rock, pop, classic rock, we end up on synthpop. Depeche Mode’s new album, Delta Machine, arrived in March, and their tour will start up at the end of summer, moving into September and beyond.

The Week in TicketCity Search – A None-Too-Swift Rebound

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 25t
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Week
Event
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1 2 Taylor Swift
2 3 One Direction
3 5 Pink
4 8 Justin Bieber
5 6 Maroon 5
6 10 Rihanna
7 1 Bruno Mars
8 - Miami Heat
9 - George Strait
10 - Dave Matthews Band

Taylor Swift returns to the top spot this week, where she dominated a few months ago but was exiled when Beyoncé blew away the competition. Swift’s return to the top only illustrates the staying power of 1D, who have rarely been out of the top 3 in that entire time. As each new big summer tour is announced, they’ve seen a lot of number ones come and go, but consistently remained a favorite.

At #3, Pink steadily gained ground over the past few weeks. Once milling about in the bottom five, she has, indeed, come up, thus the top five is obligated to commence partying. She’ll be taking The Truth About Love Tour overseas for most of the summer, hitting Europe and Australia before returning to the States next fall. Sad she’s leaving just as the party is getting started.

Also on the rebound, the esteemed Mr. Bieber returns to somewhat familiar territory, having spent a few weeks in the bottom five. Maroon 5 also jumps up a notch, rounding things out this week.

Rihanna enjoys a big jump as well. Looks like everyone is doing great this week. Right? Bruno? Oh…

The Heat pop in with some bad news about that whole ‘streak’ thing, and George Strait returns as well. You’ve got almost exactly 1 month at this point to get into the Alamodome and check out the last concert of this leg of The Cowboys Rides Away Tour. Appearances between then and 2014 may be scarce.