In less than two weeks, Super Bowl XLVII descends upon New Orleans, as the San Francisco 49ers, who pulled off a tremendous win over the Atlanta Hawks, face the Baltimore Ravens, who pulled off a massive upset over the New England Patriots. The game will feature the first brother-against-brother showdown in Super Bowlhistory, as the Raven’s John Harbaugh coaches against his brother Jim Harbaugh on football’s biggest stage. In addition to the game, Super Bowl parties and events will be happening all weekend, adding to the already festive spirit of the city as Mardi Gras season is already underway.
The news is everywhere, New Kids On The Block is teaming up with not only 98 Degrees but also Boyz II Men for 2013’s “The Package Tour.” With the three bands selling millions of records in the ’80s and ’90s, they helped usher in a new era of vocal pop groups that continue today. The tour is in support of NKOTB’s new album “10,” which will be released in April with a new single “Remix (I Like The),” which will be released later this month. It also marks the first time 98 Degreeswill have performed together in 12 years. The tour comes to Uncasville, Uniondale, Boston, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Auburn Hills, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, East Rutherford, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Nashville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando, Sunrise, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, and more.
Sting is resurrecting his popular “Back To Bass” tour when he once again embarks on a spring-summer North American tour starting May 30th. Once again Sting will be playing stripped-down versions of his songs along with a few Police classics. Backed by a five-piece band, Sting comes to Kelowna, Victoria, Daly City, Santa Barbara, Morrison, Highland Park, Baltimore, Altantic City, Kitchener, Kingston, Bangor, Boston, Uncasville, Summerside, and St. John’s.
Canadian power trio Rush adds more dates to their “Clockwork Angels” tour with a 20-city excursion starting in April. However, this time, the iconic band will be new members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rush will be inducted into the Hall of Fame April 18th, a few days before their tour kicks off in Austin. Other dates include Sunrise, Orlando, Nashville, Raleigh, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Uncasville, and Atlantic City with more to be announced.
Pearl Jam has announced two summer gigs, one in Canada and the other in the U.S. The concerts are billed as “An Evening With …” and will feature an evening of nothing but Eddie Vedder and the band, with no supporting bands or opening acts. The group promises a fall tour announcement in the coming months, but until then you can catch them July 16th in London, Ontario and July 19th in Chicago.
After more than a 20-year career, renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli is looking to crossover into the pop world with the release of his next album “Passionate” later this month. The album has songs in six different languages and contains duets with Nelly Furtado, Edit Piaf, and Jennifer Lopez. Andrea’s U.S. schedule includes Sunrise, Denver, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Newark, Albany, and Phoenix.
Elton John recently added a handful of dates to his set of spring dates down South. He comes to Birmingham, Memphis, Macon, Montgomery, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge, Biloxi, and Nashville before returning to his Las Vegas residency. On January 11th, Elton and his partner David Furnish welcomed their second son, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John.
Detroit rockers Bob Seger & Kid Rock are joining forces for two nights of “Rebel Soul Rock And Roll.” The shows are scheduled smack in the middle of Kid Rock’s “Rebel Soul” tour and Bob’s “Rock And Roll Never Forgets Tour.” The back-to-back co-headlining shows start in March in Saint Paul, MN, and travels to Fargo, ND the next night. You can also catch Seger as he comes to Denver, Portland, Tacoma, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Green Bay, Grand Rapids, and Toledo.
Grammy-winning R&B singer Alicia Keys has been tapped to perform the national anthem for this year’s Super Bowl. She recently released her fifth studio album, “Girl on Fire,” and performed at the Presidential Inauguration. Despite everything on her plate the songstress is setting off on her own “Set The World On Fire” tour. She will be joined on the 24-city tour by special guest Miguel and they come to Seattle, Vancouver, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Grand Prairie, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Tampa, Southaven, Atlanta, Greensboro, Toronto, Montreal, Brooklyn, Boston, New York City, and more.
Country fans, listen up. Live Nations’s Country Megaticket is back for another year, offering country fans the opportunity to catch as many country shows this summer as they possibly can without straying too far from home. Here’s how it works, Country Megaticket is a multi-show country music package for Live Nation venues across the country, so with a season ticket you can secure the same seat for every show of an incredible line up of country music artists. 2013’s featured artists include, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, and more. Packages are offered in Mountain View, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Maryland Heights, Wheatland, Noblesville, Wheatland, Tinley Park, Phoenix, Camden, and more.
Fleetwood Mac have added 13 more dates to an already jammed pack tour itinerary. With already 35 dates starting in April, the Hall of Famers are now coming to Rosemont, Cleveland, Montreal, Albany, Mansfield, Wantagh, Charlotte, Des Moines, Spokane, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Sacramento.
The performers and presenters for the 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductionhave been announced. The ceremony, which will be held at Nokia Theatre Live in Los Angeles on April 18th, will include Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, and John Mayer as presenters and performers. This year’s inductees include Heart, Randy Newman, Rush, Public Enemy, and Donna Summer.
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers are doing a series of dates this year with Edie Brickell. The tour starts late May with stops along the East Coast. Edie recently collaborated with Steve on his latest album “Love Has Come For You” due out April 23rd on Rounder Records. The tour comes to Atlanta, Blacksburg, Red Bank, Atlantic City, Buffalo, Easton, Fort Myers, Saint Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, Nashville, Greensboro, Waterbury, Morristown, and many more.
Scotty McCreery has announced the first round of dates for his “Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013.” It’s the 19-year-old “American Idol” winner’s first headlining tour. In addition to winning Idol, Scotty also took home American Country Awards’ Artist of the Year and Academy of Country Music’s Best New Artist. His sophomore album is due out later this year, and the tour brings him to Bethlehem, Niagara Falls, Pittsburgh, Plant City, Kansas City, Aurora, Prior Lake, Albany, Wallingford, Wilkes Barre, Lancaster, Hampton, and Morristown.
Tons of new tour dates are also now in the exchange for:
Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death & Immoulation,
Super WHY Live!,
Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm & Young Guns,
The Airborne Toxic Event,
A Day To Remember,
They Might Be Giants.