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My Morning Jacket Announce December US Tour

My Morning Jacket Announce December US Tour

My Morning Jacket will sneak across the US for a quick tour this December. The band is out in support of the recently released album “Circuital.” The trek will kick off in scenic Universal City, CA on December 1st and wrap with the bands triumphant return to Madison Square Garden on December 14th. Acts set to join Jim James and crew on the tour include Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Delta Spirit and Band of Horses. Dates for the tour are below the nifty viral video the band has produced to support their latest journey across America.

My Morning Jacket December 2011 Tour Announcement! from My Morning Jacket on Vimeo.

 

Dates for the trek are as follow:

12-01 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre #

12-02 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic #
12-06 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre ^
12-07 Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie ^
12-08 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre ^
12-10 Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cove Amphitheatre ^
12-11 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live ^
12-12 Greensboro, NC – War Memorial Auditorium ^
12-14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *

# with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
^ with Delta Spirit
* with Band of Horses

 

Anthrax Teams With Testament and Death Angel For US Tour

Anthrax Teams With Testament and Death Angel For US Tour

With a new album entitled Worship Music set to hit shelves on September 13th, Anthrax has announced dates for an American tour. The trek kicks off October 14th in Grand Rapids Michigan and will cover most of the nation over five weeks. While Anthrax will close all shows, the tour will feature co-headliners Testament while Death Angel will cover the opening duties.

The American tour follows a hometown appearance for Anthrax at Yankees Stadium as part of The Big Four with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.

Pre-sale is underway via AnthraxArmy.com while public on sales begin Friday September 9th.  For more information, make sure you check out Anthrax.com. Complete tour dates are listed below.

 

2011 Anthrax American Tour Dates

September

14 Yankees Stadium – New York, NY

October
14 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
15 Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL
16 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
18 The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
19 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
22 Nokia LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
23 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
24 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
26 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
28 South Side Music Hall, Dallas, TX
29 Emo’s East, Austin, TX
30 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX

November
1 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
2 Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4 House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
5 Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
6 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
8 Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
10 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
11 Palladium, Worcester, MA
15 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
17 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Rave, Milwaukee, WI

 

NKOTBSB 06/26/11: American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX

NKOTBSB 06/26/11

American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX

Words/Photos By Steven Anthony

When the Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block announced they would be touring together, the world’s boy band fans couldn’t believe their ears. Two groups, between them a string of massive hits and over 210 million records sold, touring as one ridiculous headliner.

When the show reached Dallas’ American Airlines Center on June 26, the anticipation was at a fever pitch for those in the crowd. The show got off to a rocky start with underwhelming opening sets by the mostly unknown Ashlyne Huff and former American Idol winner (currently on the “Where are they now?” circuit) Jordin Sparks. Ms. Sparks has a decent voice but the songs are so blah, filled with faux-inspirational lyrics and lazy pop hooks that the crowd just wasn’t feeling it.

Then, at promptly 8:45, nine of the world’s biggest boy band stars appeared, shrouded in smoke and performing a cover of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida”. An odd choice to start the show, but it was over soon enough and the guys: Jordan & Jonathon Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and Joey McIntyre representing NKOTB and Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough playing for team Backstreet, each paraded down the show’s oddly phallic stage, turning “Viva la Vida” into a mashup of NKOTB’s “Single” and BSB’s “The One”.

Throughout the show, NKOTB and BSB took turns performing sets of their biggest hits, new and old.

On the New Kids front, highlights including “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, which featured the track’s trademark dance, “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)”, which found Jordan Knight nailing his ridiculous falsetto notes and “Tonight”, when the boys (now men) ran through the crowd, each singing to a different section of the arena.

For the Backstreet Boys, the major highlights included “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely”, which had some great harmony work, “I’ll Never Break Your Heart”, when the guys pulled some lucky women up on stage to be serenaded, and a slick mashup of “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” and Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”, which really took me by surprise. Never imagined Nick Carter would be singing Prince lyrics to an arena in Dallas.

For fans of either of these two groups, this tour is a major deal. Apart from the guys actually coming out into the crowd and interacting with fans that way, they spent the entire evening giving the crowd fan service. Whether it was Nick Carter shaking his ass or Jordan Knight literally singing to a woman while he was hugging her in the stands, the guys seemed more than willing to show the fans how much they have appreciated the support.

At one point in the night, Donnie Wahlberg mentioned how the show may seem like a flashback to 1989 for some in the crowd, before cracking a smile and mentioning that it was “possible” it reminded some others of 1999. The two groups traded playful jabs at each other all evening, and while it was clear by looking at the crowd just who was there for each band, by the end of the night it seemed like the entire crowd was enjoying the music of both.

Towards the end of the show the guys brought up the house lights and took almost 15 minutes to introduce everyone to the crowd, giving each guy on stage time to absorb his own individual applause. They talked about how much fun they were having and came across as a group of really likeable people. While it’s likely they are getting a decent paycheck for this tour, they all seemed to enjoy performing for the crowd and gave some great performances.

At just around 11PM the show came to a close with another huge mashup – the Backstreet Boys performed “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” while NKOTB took on “Hangin’ Tough”, both spliced with sections of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”. It was a bit over the top, but the crowd ate it up and the guys seemed genuinely happy to be performing with each other.

If you’ve ever been a fan of either of these groups, don’t miss this show. They aren’t trying to win over any new fans and at this stage in their careers they are just content with playing for the women (and a few men) who have been supporting them for so long. Ticket prices are decent the two hours go by quickly, like a peak at some of the past few decades’ biggest pop songs. What more could you want as a pop fan?

Setlist: Viva la Vida, Single/The One (NKOTBSB), Summertime (NKOTB), The Call (BSB), Dirty Dancing (NKOTB), Get Down (BSB), You Got It (The Right Stuff) (NKOTB), Larger Than Life (BSB), Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) (NKOTB), Valentine Girl (NKOTB), If You Go Away (NKOTB), Please Don’t Go Girl (NKOTB), Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely (BSB), 10,000 Promises (BSB), I’ll Never Break Your Heart (BSB), Drowning (BSB), Incomplete (BSB), Step By Step (NKOTB), Cover Girl (NKOTB), My Favorite Girl (NKOTB), Games (NKOTB), Tonight (NKOTB), Shape of My Heart (BSB), As Long As You Love Me (BSB), All I Have to Give (BSB), If You Stay (BSB), Raspberry Beret/Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) (BSB), I’ll Be Loving You Forever (NKOTB), I Want It That Way (BSB), Don’t Turn Out the Lights (NKOTBSB), Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)/We Will Rock You/Hangin’ Tough (NKOTBSB)

Kylie Minogue 05/18/11: Verizon Theater – Dallas, TX

Kylie Minogue 05/18/11

Verizon Theater – Dallas, TX

Words/Photos By Steven Anthony

Kylie Minogue finally brought her fabulous self to Dallas’ Verizon Theater this past Wednesday night, ready to show off her new road show to the thousands of gay men (and a few women) who had flocked to the venue.

Only her second trek through America, Kylie’s Aphrodite Live tour is an exercise in pop perfection, with a healthy dose of ancient Greek imagery fitting her latest album Aphrodite thrown in for good measure.

Ms. Minogue kicked off the show with the title track from Aphrodite, rising up from under the Greek parthenon stage. With hundreds of cameras flashing, Kylie appeared, standing inside of a giant clam shell. The song’s pounding bass got the entire crowd dancing, setting the tone for most of the night. With Kylie waltzing down the staircase moving ever closer to the general admission pit, the show got off to a great start.

After running through a beautiful rendition of The One, the insanely danceable Wow and a fiery rendition of Illusion, Kylie’s dancers (now in strange Greek-slave garb) rolled a chariot on stage. Kylie climbed on board and slowly made her way across the stage while performing a slower tempo version of I Believe In You. While she’s never been the greatest singer, Kylie sounded strong, and had no problems hitting the song’s higher notes and impressing the crowd.

A fairly unremarkable version of Cupid Boy was next, followed by a much more entertaining take on Spinning Around which garnered a huge response from the crowd. Now wearing a black dress, Kylie and her backup vocalists danced around the stage smiling ear-to-ear at the guys in the pit. She was positively excited to be there in Dallas, and the crowd ate it up.

Throughout the remainder of the night (and several costume changes), Kylie played most of her major hits and some deeper album cuts. Most of her older material had gone through some major changes. Slow was given a sexy jazz makeover, taking many in the crowd by surprise.

Perhaps Minogue’s most popular song, Can’t Get You Out of My Head went through drastic changes. Leaving behind most of the recognizable synth parts, Kylie’s guitarist took over the lead section and turned the track into what can only be categorized as groove-metal. During the choruses things were a little more standard, but it was nice to see Kylie changing up her songs a bit.

Love At First Sight became a mashup with Can’t Beat The Feeling, perhaps getting the biggest reaction of the night. The two tracks worked incredibly well together but the crowd had a bit of trouble keeping the lyrics straight.

Kylie’s dancers took a break while she did a solo take on Prefab Sprout’s If You Don’t Love Me. She had trouble getting through the track because some in the crowd felt pressured to tell her that they did, in fact love her. She took it like a pro, laughing and trying to get the crowd to calm down.

After a fantastic version of Better the Devil You Know, Kylie took a fan request from a group of guys in the front row and sang a stripped down version of the ultra-gay Your Disco Needs You. She’s typically only been playing snippets of the fan request songs at her shows, but Dallas got the full version of the track. Everyone in the crowd was singing along, but it was a bit strange to hear the track with only a keyboard and drums backing her up.

After a bit of banter with the crowd and a stripped down version of Better Than Today, Kylie’s dancers came back out in full force and ended the main set with Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love). Everyone in the crowd had their hands up, so what does that tell you? As the song came to a close and Kylie disappeared underneath the stage, the crowd immediately started begging for an encore.

Kylie was more than happy to oblige. Rising up on a three tiered platform on top of the stage, Kylie and her dancers powered through the fabulous On a Night Like This before taking on All the Lovers from last year’s album. During this final track, dancers slowly rose from the floor, suspended from the ceiling while still dancing along with the track. As Kylie and her dancers made their way close to the stage one final time, gold confetti rained down covering both the crowd and Kylie herself.

Appearing genuinely happy to have performed for the Dallas crowd, Kylie seemed on the verge of crying during the last round of incredibly loud applause. She thanked Dallas several times, and then the show was over.

 

For some reason Kylie Minogue has never caught on in America like she has overseas, but for once we get the better deal. She’s brought over her entire show from Europe, making as few changes as possible. While her European tour featured a stage that had water fountains (!!), she has effectively moved an arena (and in some cases, stadium) sized show into much smaller theater sized venues here in the U.S.

As a result, these shows are much more intimate and make the entire audience feel like they are part of the show. This tour is almost over, but the next time Kylie is in America fans of pop need to be sure not to miss this spectacle.

Setlist: Aphrodite, The One, Wow, Illusion, I Believe In You, Cupid Boy, Spinning Around, Get Outta My Way, What Do I Have to Do?, Everything Is Beautiful, Slow, Confide in Me, Can’t Get You Out of My Head, In My Arms, Looking for an Angel, There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart) (Eurythmics cover), Love at First Sight / Can’t Beat the Feeling, If You Don’t Love Me (Prefab Sprout cover), Better the Devil You Know, Your Disco Needs You, Better Than Today, Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love), On a Night Like This, All the Lovers

Janet Jackson 04/02/11: Verizon Theater – Dallas, TX

Janet Jackson 04/02/11

Verizon Theater – Dallas, TX

Words/Photos By Steven Anthony

Janet Jackson made a stop at Dallas’ Verizon Theater this past Saturday night as part of her “Number Ones – Up Close and Personal” tour. What the promoters haven’t told you is that this is less “up close and personal” and more “Janet has to play smaller venues; She bombed her last arena tour.”

Regardless, the Verizon Theater was sold out (~6,300) and shortly after 8PM the lights dimmed and Janet was ready to silence any who were questioning her ability to put on a good show.

For a little under 2 hours Janet ran through her biggest hits. The concert served as a reminded of the massive success Janet has had as an artist since the early 80s. At each show on this tour she’s been dedicating a song to each city and plays the respective video before coming out on stage. Dallas got “Black Cat”.

After the video ended, some audience members on the right side of the lower level began screeching, causing everyone to look in their direction. There was Janet, walking through the crowd like she owned the venue. Opening with “The Pleasure Principle,” Janet made her way to the stage donning a skin-tight leather suit.

It was immediately clear that Janet takes her live show seriously; The woman can still dance and had no problem pulling off the classic moves. From the photo pit, it was clear that Janet was not lip-synching. Whether she remained that way the entire evening or not, only those in the first few rows can tell you.

“The Pleasure Principle” segued directly into “Control,” again featuring the dance moves from the original video. Janet’s live band was incredibly tight, sounding just like the record but with a little increased focus on the drum and bass elements of the song instead of the piercing synth lines.

“Control” morphed into “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”, moving the show along at a breakneck pace. The night would find several more medleys instead of the full versions of the tracks; For the most part these work out better live, focusing on the most catchy hooks and the most danceable breakdowns. Some fans have expressed a distaste for this medley system, but Janet and her band have trimmed out some of the fat to cram in as many hits as possible. It’s a decent compromise.

“Feedback” found Janet briefly on all fours moving around like a cat before standing up for some very classic dirty dancing. Janet’s aged well and moves just as good as one could hope; Straight men who had been dragged to the show with their girlfriends surely stayed entertained the entire evening.

A medley of “Alright,” “Miss You Much” and “Nasty” was next, the latter getting the loudest reaction from the crowd this far into the evening. Instead of keeping the dance party going however, Janet and her dancers left the stage for a brief interlude.

Janet returned to the stage by herself to run through a string of her biggest ballad songs. Up first was the newer “Nothing,” followed by “Come Back To Me,” “Let’s Wait Awhile” and “Again”.

Janet sounded great and the songs deserved their moment in the show, but towards the end of the ballad segment things seemed to slow to a crawl. Perhaps mixing two of the tracks somewhere else in the set could have helped out, but that’s apparently not the way a Janet show goes.

A string of significantly more danceable hits was next. As Janet made her way to “All for You,” the crowd was a massive writhing pit of different races, sexualities and even nationalities (I saw more than one Brazilian flag) dancing together. It’s powerful to see pop music bring so many different people together all in the name of having a good time.

The biggest highlight of the entire evening was a medley of “If,” “Scream” and “Rhythm Nation”. Tightly choreographed and carefully whittled down to just a few verses and choruses, the three songs melded together into a giant, intensely heavy dance track.

When the “Scream” segment started, the video (and Michael Jackson) appeared on stage. It was hard to hear the song over the cheering at the first image of Janet’s late brother to grace the stage for the evening. Janet did the song proud, nailing the entire dance break and singing her original parts of the song (including the middle ballad section).

“Scream” seemed to suddenly stop and Janet began counting backwards from five. When she got to one, the dancers immediately started into the breakdown from “Rhythm Nation” garnering a huge amount of applause from the crowd. Every time the chorus came around the audience sang along, overpowering Janet’s own voice.

Janet’s encore performance of “Together Again” again saw pictures of Michael Jackson on the video screens, causing another roar of applause. The song takes on a whole new meaning for Janet since her brother’s passing and it was a touching way to end the show.

While this tour may have been placed into smaller venues because the last arena tour didn’t do so well, the “up close and personal” format really works out in the best interest of fans. There were no bad seats in the house for the show in Dallas, and while tickets are a bit on the pricey side, Janet knows how to put on a show.

Setlist: Black Cat (Video), The Pleasure Principle, Control, What Have You Done For Me Lately?, Feedback, You Want This, Alright, Miss You Much, Nasty, Nothing, Come Back To Me, Let’s Wait Awhile, Again, Escapade, Love Will Never Do (Without You), When I Think Of You, All for You, That’s The Way Love Goes, What About (Interlude) If, Scream, Rhythm Nation, Diamonds, The Best Things In Life Are Free, Make Me, Together Again


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