Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees Van Halen announced their return to the stage with a 2012 North American tour. Brothers Eddie and Alex, along with Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass, and David Lee Roth will launch the long-anticipated tour in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center February 18th. Their first new album with Diamond Dave since 1984, “A Different Kind Of Truth” will be released in February with the album’s first single and video “Tattoo” available now. The legendary band comes to Louisville, Auburn Hills, Indianapolis, Chicago, New York City, Uncasville, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Kanata, Atlantic City, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Tampa, and more.
Nickelback is going out on its first North American tour in nearly two years with Bush, Seether, and My Darkest Days. The Canadian rockers claim that the 39-date Live Nation-produced tour will be its “biggest, baddest, most over-the-top show yet.” Touring in support of their seventh studio album “Here And Now,” they travel to Moline, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Columbus, New York City, Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Orlando, Sunrise, Edmonton, Calgary, Dallas, Houston, and more.
The NFL Playoffs kicked off last weekend with record-book wins by the Giants, Broncos, Saints, and Texans. This week finds the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Houston Texans, the New Orleans Saints in San Francisco against the 49ers, the Denver Broncos visiting the New England Patriots, and the New York Giants against the Green Bay Packers. It all culminates in the Super Bowl, February 5th in Indianapolis.
Alternative rock band Snow Patrol releases their sixth studio album, “Fallen Empires,” and announces a North American supporting tour starting in March. The band, which formed at Scotland’s University of Dundee, is bringing along British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran as a special guest. The tour starts on the heels of their European and UK tours and comes to Orlando, Miami Beach, Atlanta, Nashville, Cincinnati, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, Oakland, and Los Angeles.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela announced a spring 2012 concert tour to support their latest album “Area 52.” The album contains nine of Rodrigo and Gabriela’s favorite songs re-arranged and recorded in Havana with legendary producer Peter Asher. The album was produced with a 13-piece Cuban orchestra, and this tour will be the first time the duo will tour with a backing band. The tour promises to be a showcase of the dynamic metal, latin, and jazz fusion, featured on the album in a live setting. They come to Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Upper Darby, Boston, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Miami Beach, and Austin.
One of the most iconic bands to emerge from the 1990s alternative rock movement, Jane’s Addiction, announces their new “Theatre of the Escapists” tour. Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney, and Stephen Perkins hit the road in support of their Rich Costey-produced album, “The Great Escape Artist.” The tour avoids stadium venues in lieu of more intimate theaters in order to “immerse the audience in a unique experience unlike any they have ever seen at a rock show,” according to Farrell. Expect musical and visual delights, new songs as well as classics, and more. The tour comes to Indianapolis, Saint Louis, Detroit, Columbus, Toronto, Albany, Portland, Huntington, Montclair, Waterbury, Richmond, Atlanta, Catoosa, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and more.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo revealed the remaining entertainers for the 2012 season with music superstars including Kid Rock, John Legend, Miranda Lambert and Enrique Iglesias. Now in its 80th year, and enjoying record-breaking attendance last year, the Houston Rodeo kicks off February 28th and runs through March 18th at Reliant Park. Other performers include Alabama, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Big Time Rush, ZZ Top, Chris Young, and Reba McEntire.
Icelandic songstress Bjork has revealed designs for a three-year educational tour, inspired by her upcoming “multimedia” project, “Biophilia.” The album’s title refers to a love of all living things. She is mapping out a string of eight six-week residencies, with an elaborate stage show that features a “24-woman choir, giant Tesla coils and several large custom-built instruments that Bjork and her collaborators invented: a portable pipe organ, four 10-foot pendulums that play harp notes as they swing, a gramophone-like contraption called a “Sharpsichord” and another piece called a “gameleste,” which is a fusion of a celesta and a gamelan”. She has confirmed dates for shows in Corona and New York City.
Dibella Entertainment announced Sergio Martinez vs Matthew Macklin, March 17, 2012, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Recognized Middleweight Champ Sergio Martinez48-2-2 (27 KO) will take on Matthew Macklin 28-3 (19 KO) on St. Patrick’s day, as well as Ireland’s native Andy Lee fighting in the co-feature. Martinez burst onto the boxing scene when he stepped in as a late replacement for Kelly Pavlik to take on Paul Williams where he lost a very close decision. After knock outs in his last few fights, Martinez’s St. Patrick’s day face-off with Ireland’s Macklin is noted as one of this year’s most exciting fights.
Radiohead adds more west coasts dates to their U.S. national tour. In addition to headlining both weekends of Coachella, they’ve added more California dates and one in Seattle, before embarking on a European tour June 30th. They are coming to Houston, Dallas, Austin, Kansas City, Broomfield, Glendale, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and more.
The Emmy-award winning figure skating show Stars On Ice, produced by skating legendScott Hamilton, is preparing for a new season. With championship skaters including Olympic medalists Sasha Cohen, Ilia Kulik, Joannie Rochette, and Miki Ando, the touring production comes to Seattle, Wenatchee, Anaheim, San Jose, Rosemont, Portland, Hershey, Kanata, Oshawa, Hamilton, Toronto, and more.
Elton John, who is in the midst of writing his first book to raise money for his Aids Foundation, is expanding performance dates outside out his Las Vegas residency. In addition to his run of dates at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the legendary singer will also be in Sunrise, Florida, and Nimes, France.
Mr. “Margaritaville” himself Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band is back on the road again. The singer-songwriter, film producer, and businessman is coming to Miami, Jacksonville, North Charleston, Orlando, Birmingham, Tallahassee, North Little Rock, Louisville, and Tamp.
Tons of new tour dates are also now in the exchange for:
The Fresh Beat Band,
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Beethoven’s Last Night,
The Black Keys & Arctic Monkeys,
Trey Songz: Anticipation 2our, and