Fights, hits, and suspensions have already marked this year’s NHL Hockey playoffs as bruising old-style hockey makes a comeback. The playoffs are just gathering steam and already over 11 game misconducts have been handed out. The second round of the National Hockey League playoffs start on Friday when the third-seed Phoenix Coyotes host the fourth-seed Nashville Predators. Also, second-seed St. Louis Blues host the eighth-seed Los Angeles Kings in the opening game of their Western Conference semi-final on Saturday. Hockey action comes to New York City, Sunrise, Glendale, Washington, DC, Saint Louis, Philadephia, Newark, Kanata, Glendale, and more.
With the NFL draft upon us, the 2012 NFL season is just around the corner. With all eyes on what NFL prospects Andrew Luck andRobert Griffin III will bring to their prospective teams, along with The NY Jets acquisition of superstar quarterback Tim Tebow, and Superbowl Champion Peyton Manning playing without a Colt’s jersey for the first time in his career, tickets are now available for NFL action in New York City, Canton, San Diego, Orchard Park, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Detroit, Cincinnati, Miami Gardens, Seattle, and more.
Three giants of Latin music join forces for the Gigant3s Tour featuring superstars Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solis & Chayanne. Marking the first time the three artists have toured together, the 14-stop tour kicks off in August. It promises to be a multi-media spectaculars and one-of-a-kind musical event. The tour comes to Miami, Orlando, East Rutherford, Uncasville, Atlantic City, Rosemont, Anaheim, San Jose, Houston, Dallas, Laredo, San Antonio, El Paso, and Las Vegas.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne brings his iconic career back to the road for an acoustic summer tour. The American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 17 million albums in the United States alone, delivers a unique show each evening because he does not follow a predetermined setlist. He tours with Nickel Creek founding member Sara Watkins, who is supporting her second solo album, “Sun Midnight Sun.” They come to Los Angeles, Charlotte, Greenville, Nashville, Richmond, Durham, Vienna, Philadelphia, Newport, Gilford, Holyoke, New York City, Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and more.
Californian rockers, System of a Down, teams with Deftones for a two-week North American 2012 headlining tour. While the Deftones are currently recording their seventh studio album due for release later this year, they are taking a break from recording for their first tour of the year. The tour includes stops in Camden, Holmdel, Wantagh, Washington DC, Mansfield, Clarkson, and Rosemont.
Just when you thought it was over, Puscifer adds a June U.S. tour that kicks off with their set at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The three-week tour by the electro-rock group features frontman Maynard James Keenan from Tool and A Perfect Circle. The tour combines music, sketch comedy, and multimedia. Still supporting their 2011 album “Conditions of My Parole,” the group comes to Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Baltimore, Asbury Park, Reading, Richmond, Columbus, Saint Paul, Houston, Prescott, and more.
Sublime With Rome, the band has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, announces a new tour with Cypress Hill and Pepper. Cypress Hill and Sublime with Rome teamed up earlier this year for the2012 Smokeout Festival, and continue the collaboration, bringing the tour to Pittsburgh, Chicago, Columbus, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, El Paso, Las Vegas, Bethlehem, Ridgefield, Morrison, and more.
Five Finger Death Punch tops the bill for the Trespass Americasummer U.S. tour with Killswitch Engage. The hard-rocking tour includes Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid, and Battlecross. The tour, presented by Metal Hammer magazine, promises to be a “theme-park-thrill-ride for metalheads.” Catch the tour in Broomfield, Billings, Milwaukee, Fort Wayne, Lubbock, San Antonio, Beaumont, Nashville, Evansville, Syracuse, Hartford, and more.
American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright announces another set of U.S. dates for a summer tour. Supporting his seventh studio album “Out Of The Game” due out in May, the album, produced by Mark Ronson, features guest appearances from his sister Martha Wainwright, members of The Dap-Kings, Sean Lennon, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. Find Rufus this summer in Los Angeles, San Diego, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Vienna, Philadelphia, Purchase, Boston, Portland, Shelburne, Louisville, Bloomington, and more.
This year’s Identity Festival announces its 2012 lineup which includes surprise official headliner Eric Prydz. What makes this such a surprise billing is that until recently the Swedish DJ’s fear of flying prevented him from performing outside of Europe. He will be joined by Wolfgang Gartner, Madeon, Paul Van Dyk, Porter Robinson, Arty, Noisia, Showtek, and many more. The festival comes to Cincinnati, Pontiac, Toronto, Mansfield, Bristow, Wantagh, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, Dallas, Spring, Phoenix, and more.
Iceland’s Sigur Ros ends their four year live hiatus with an appearance at the Bestival Festival in the U.K. and a North American tour. Their sixth studio album, “Valtari” is scheduled for a May 28th release. The band comes to Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, Troutdale, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Tons of new tour dates are also now in the exchange for:
Def Leppard & Poison,
Gavin DeGraw & Colbie Caillat,
The Dukes of September: Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs.